Significance (Significance #1)
By Shelly Crane
“I saw something in you that I couldn't live without. I chose you, inside of me, and you chose me. It's not one sided, it only works when both people choose the other.
You are perfect for me in every way.”
A love like this comes once in a lifetime.
A love like this can consume you.
Graduation is a time for celebration for most teenagers.
There's the cap and gown.
The receiving of that paper scroll.
The flashes of cameras, the smiles of proud parents, the cheering of friends.
The future bright and full of opportunities.
But for Maggie, graduation is a reminder of everything she's lost.
Her mother got up one day, taking everything - clothes, bedding, Maggie's college money - and leaving for California, breaking Maggie's dad's heart and sending him into an almost catatonic state. Bish, her adopted brother, lives away from home. Her boyfriend of almost three years, Chad, dumped her to get his college football scholarship, three days after her mother left.
Love at first sight is just a myth. Or is it?
In a freak moment of destiny, Maggie saves the life of Caleb - stopping him from crossing the road, and from being hit by a truck. From the moment his eyes meet hers, urgent, as he asks her whether she's alright, something flares up between them. Drawing her to him. Intriguing her. Making her long to know him, to be by his side.
All it takes is one touch.
One touch - one simple touch - and Maggie and Caleb 'imprint' with each other. Visions whirl, their future together playing out before her in flashes. Confused and incredulous, Maggie discovers that Caleb is an Ace. Otherwise known as Virtuoso, or Charmed, they're not completely human - gaining abilities once they reach a certain age after they imprint. Imprinting is when an Ace finds his or her soul mate - they can feel each other's heartbeat in their chests, read each other's minds, find each other and even heal each other.
And Maggie and Caleb are soul mates. She is his significant and only death can keep them apart.
Imprinting, for Aces, has become rare. But to imprint with a human is even rarer.
Caleb's big family - quirky, motley and talented - welcome Maggie with open arms. They explain to her that she'll soon be experiencing supernatural changes of her own. That her soul, and Caleb's, chose each other. That she needs the touch of his skin to survive.
But not everyone is thrilled by this development. Aces are divided into clans, and a rival clan appears - enemies of Caleb and his family due to a centuries-long grudge - intent on putting a stop to Caleb and Maggie's 'ascension'. Because when the ascension completes itself, Caleb and Maggie's abilities will appear and bloom and will threaten the rival clan - not to mention that Maggie presents an enigma to them. Why her? Why a human? What is it about her that caused an imprint to occur after such a long time?
But love is worth fighting for. No matter the cost
A cross between Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss, Significance is funny, full of adventure and with a cast of characters that will steal your heart.
Booknut's Playlist Choice: Falling For You by Nick Howard.