Review: Independence by Shelly Crane
by Shelly Crane
Series: Significance #4
Published by Self Pub
on December 18th, 2012
Genres: YA
Pages: 233


In the fourth and final installment, Maggie and Caleb must tie up all the loose ends of their lives and make a way to be together completely on their own. With everything that happened with Bish and Maggie's father, she's almost reluctant to move on and move out. And now she must figure out all of this...stuff...with Haddock. But of course, nothing can stay simple for the Jacobsons. Enemies who were thought to be dissolved have decided to not go down so easily. And old flames come calling for more than just Maggie. Caleb is torn between leading his family and personal wants. Maggie is torn between Caleb and being the leader of their people. But neither will let what they need most to be pushed to the wayside. They are determined to make it all work, design a plan toward destiny, and make everything right again for themselves and their family.

And then there's a wedding...

*Please give me a second to get over my shock, and varying emotions.*


I can’t believe it’s over. Yes I know I can re-read it, but as my fellow book lover’s know, re-reading a book has nothing on getting to read it and fall in love with it for the first time. Independence was a fantastic read that made me sad it was over but happy with how Ms. Crane laid it all out there.

The story picks up right were Defiance left off. Caleb and Maggie are still in London coping with the lose of their cousin when Maggie gets some horrible news about Bec. Now we all know how Ms. Maggie is and of course she and Caleb rushed back to the states to see what happened. I don’t believe in spoilers so I won’t say exactly what happened to Bec just know that Marcus was involved (of course) and Bec is now my official mortal enemy and the current poster child for jack-assery. I mean that whole whack-ass apology at the end made my blood boil. I was proud of Maggie for not going all kung fu master on her but one hit would have made me feel a tad better. Then you through Marcus disturbed and pathetic tush in it and I was just itching for a fight. But again no spoilers.

 Even though a lot of the book I wanted to hit, Bec/Marcus this bit of drama wasn’t the focal point of the book. I have read more books than I can count were there was no balance between the romance, the action, the mystery or the drama, but some how Shelly Crane has not only found the balance she has completely redefined it. No matter how angry I got with our villains my awe of Caleb and Maggie always outshined it. 

I can go on for days about how bittersweet this book is, but instead I demand that you go grab the series (which is insanely cheap at Amazon) and judge it for yourself. Crane has given me one of my all time favorite series and while I’m so happy I found it. I’m just really really sad it’s over.

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