Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating – barely – and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.
Then she saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.
They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.
Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb’s enemies know he’s imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.
Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
How can I possibly explain how I feel about this book. It’s very weird and my feelings toward it are weird as well.
Let’s just start with the characters because that is really what was going on throughout this whole book (except for the REPETITION of the idea of significants, but we’ll get there…)
So, starting with our main character Maggie:
Maggie is a very (for lack of a better word) weird character. In the beginning, she’s a headstrong, independent, responsible graduate. After meeting Caleb, she went through this complete metamorphosis. She just became very drab, bland, and more of a lap dog than an actual person. After imprinting with Caleb, Maggie seems to go along with Caleb’s whims since they are now soul mates. In the novel, Maggie claims that she has control over herself but I am not quite convinced. After she’s acquired her powers after Ascending, she becomes more in control but still dominated by Caleb which is so annoying. Also what kind of name is Maggie, I hate it! But that’s beside the point. If she hadn’t imprinted with Caleb, I bet you that she would not really be with him. Then again, though, if she didn’t have her Significant powers, than she wouldn’t be able to really be with anyone but… this is all very complicated, let’s move on.
Caleb is also very strange, not only because he’s some weird alien thing??? Caleb is Maggie Significant (soul mate) and he is a very lovable character but also one of the most boring characters. He is very monotonous and robotic, like he was “meant to do something” but shows no intense emotion (beside kissing Maggie, ALWAYS KISSING MAGGIE.) He is a very logical character, which I admire, and he’s passionate, which I also admire. I feel like he had so much more potential that wasn’t described well and if it were, he would be an overall amazing character.
The most well-rounded character, also my favorite character, also the character that really saved this entire novel, is Caleb’s cousin, Kyle. Kyle is a very endearing character, he’s had a crush on Maggie for two years and he’s been asking her out since she and her ex-boyfriend Chad (I think that’s his name…?) broke up. He is very persistent which is very adorable, but we also get to see other sides of Kyle. He is very sarcastic/sassy/witty, whichever adjective you’d prefer. After Caleb and Maggie imprint, he becomes very jealous which is very normal for people, even though he isn’t completely human. It is noticeable that Kyle likes Maggie by his thoughts. After Maggie gets hurt she reads his thoughts and they show him to be very worried and protective and Maggie notices that Caleb gets angry because he’s supposed to be protective over Maggie and not Kyle, but Kyle knows that and he still feels that way. Even when Maggie is with Caleb, Kyle is there with her when Caleb isn’t to just be her friend but Maggie completely shuts him out because she sees him as a little too eager and affectionate and that is one of the reasons why I don’t like Maggie also, she shuts out everyone who isn’t Caleb.
Apart from the characters the writing really did need a lot of work. It used very informal “ok”‘s instead of “okay” and it bothered me because even though fiction isn’t formal, it shouldn’t be this informal. Every time you see the phrase “you’re amazing” just take a shot and you’ll be drunk before you reach page 75. A lot of phrases are so heavily overused that it just watered down the emphasis the phrase was supposed to add because it was already said like a chapter ago. The last thing I really did not like at all was this topic of “soul mates.” It seems that the author just used this paranormal/sci-fi element to ignore the fact that they literally fell in love at first sight. Love can’t happen that fast, even if you know you’re soul mates, even with paranormal powers.
So you’re probably now asking then “Well Rosie, why did you give it 3.5 out of 5 stars if you hated it so much?!” My answer is very complicated. I tried to look more at the whole elements as opposed to the details. Really, the concept of these alien-things that have cool powers and can find their soul mates is so unique and I don’t know if it’s even been done! It was very interesting to get to know about this new race of people called the Virtuoso. I was also very interested in the feud between the Jacobsons and the Watsons. I really want to know more about it and more than just the story, I want to know their thoughts. Lastly, I really was just looking for a light contemporary read and I didn’t read the synopsis for this book and I was surprised as to what I got. It was beyond my expectations and I really did enjoy it, and I am really glad that it had a happy ending.
I will continue on with this series.