December 20, 2012

Review: INDEPENDENCE by Shelly Crane

Title: Independence

Author: Shelly Crane

Source: ebook from author for review

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...

My take...
Maggie and Caleb are headed back home from London to help out a friend who has recently become the latest victim of Marcus and his sick idea of revenge. They should have known he wouldn’t stop just because he is human now. Maggie just wants a normal life again and to marry Caleb, her Significant. In order to get all that dreams of she must stop Marcus and protect her new (and recently expanded) family. But will a vision from the past become reality and destroy their future? Will Maggie risk it all to save her family?

Just over a year ago I started this amazing journey reading Shelly's books. This series is definitely one I will cherish forever; along with its characters and this unique world Crane has created. And knowing it is coming to an end is breaking my heart. Only one word can truly sum up this series: bittersweet. On the bright side we do have the movie to look forward to. Right?

Maggie…my sweet, precious Maggie. How you have grown over the course of the series. From the shy, sweet girl we met in Significance to the fiercely devoted woman you now are in Independence. Gosh, they grow up so quick *sniff sniff* One day they are young girls graduating high school and the next they are Visionary’s leading their clans into a glorious future. Seriously, how could you not love this girl’s development? Crane you struck gold when you gave us these characters. I don’t think anyone will be forgetting them anytime soon.
Yes, I will not forget Caleb. How can I? I do believe that he is even more swoony than in the previous books. I mean come on people…we get his vows to Maggie…his adorable-beyond-anything-I-can-think-of vision!! It was all too much. I died of a swoon overload. That dude seriously knows how to make a woman weak in the knees. Now where is my Caleb darn you?

If you are expecting a Guns-a-Blazing, full of action story to knock out this series then I will say you will be sadly disappointed. Not a lot of action happens in this one. There is some, it’s just not rampant throughout the story. But you know what? That’s ok with me. I was so happy with the way Crane told their story. Even more happy with how it ended. It could not have been more perfect. I was smitten as a kitten with every single word, thought, and feeling Crane poured into her book. It was absolute perfection. Have the tissues close by, they are a must. Oh my goodness, you will need them. And that is not even counting the ones you will need for the epilogue.

Would I recommend this story? Most definitely. Who would I recommend this story to? Anyone who is head over heels in love with a fabulous romance; a romance that beats out any other stories out there. If I had the time I would be rereading this series again. Alas, there is only one of me and there are more books to read. Read it people. GO. READ. NOW!


  1. Awesome review. I have my copy and can't wait to get time to read it. I am so excited and yet so sad that the series is ending. It has been wonderful.

  2. This sounds like it was a great series overall. I think I have the first three books, I need to pick this one up too!

  3. Man, I really need to get started on this woman's stories!!