Saturday, January 12, 2013

REVIEW: Independence by Shelly Crane

Recap:

This is it; where it all comes together. With everything that’s happened, Maggie’s overwhelmed, but she can finally focus on her life with Caleb. However, she does have a few others things still on her mind. Haddock is now a part of her life, Marcus is still at large, Maggie’s human past struggles for a place in her future, and Caleb learns how to lead his family just as Maggie learns how to lead their people. Even with all that, they focus on their wedding plans and everything that will come after. They have a lot to look forward to…

Title:  Independence
Series:  Significance
Book #: 4
Author:  Shelly Crane
Approximate Book Length:  350 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This book focuses a lot more on Caleb and Maggie as a couple and their places in their families rather than the rest of the Virtuoso. We still get some action as far as danger and threats and Maggie’s gift, but the bulk of the plot is based on the wedding and the future.

I particularly liked the message(s) woven within the story. Life keeps moving no matter what is happening in your own world, and friendships, no matter how strong, evolve and grow (sometimes apart) over time as we get older. Another theme in the story is sex. It’s unavoidable, but the good thing about it is that it’s AFTER marriage, which isn’t always observed in this day and age, but is still a powerful sentiment. It’s also in no way explicit so it’s not like you’re reading smut in a YA book.

Other than the overall themes and focus, I really enjoyed this ending to the series. The author gives us closure, direction, and satisfaction. Everything that the first three books hinted to and built up to is addressed and tied up with a nice little bow. The only exception is how Maggie changes the council of the Virtuoso. It’s mentioned, but we don’t actually see any more progression of that plot line, but I’m ok with that as I’d rather see the progression of their and their families’ lives – and that’s exactly what we’re provided with.

In Conclusion:

Continuing with everything I’ve come to expect from the series, Independence is an exciting, fun, and sweet finale to the Significance series. It’s a bittersweet ending, as it’s a great story, but I’m still sad to see it end at all. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books, you will love this cap to the series!

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