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review 2016-04-30 15:53
On the Run on Landu...
The Other Side Of Gravity (The Oxygen Series Book 1) - Shelly Crane

"My name is Maxton and I'm a trader."


"I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market , too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else - don't get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her."


"My name is Sophelia and I'm a stowaway."


"I've been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be."


"I won't survive without him."


"I can't breathe without her." 



I've never read any books by Shelly Crane before but when I saw the cover and read the blurb I knew I was jumping on this one head first regardless. I'm glad I did too because it was even better then I expected. The writing style, the plot and the characters were all really nicely done but the world building was brilliant. It was original and creative and I could tell that a lot of thought went into it, by all the little details that were accounted for.


The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because about midway through the story started getting bogged down with hot & heavy make out sessions and back & forth relationship angst issues between two of the main characters Sophelia and Maxton. Now I don't mind a little romance in a sci-fi/dystopian story if its done well but in this case I thought it was just way too much and it distracted from and overshadowed an otherwise really fantastic story line. Plus the characters are only 17 year old virgin teenagers so the whole hot and heavy, draw you a picture, make out sessions just weirded me out especially since I have a teenage son. I think those scenes should be reserved for more mature adult character roles and toned down a notch in a ya series. 


All-in-all, I enjoyed the story, I think the series has a lot of potential and I'm definitely going to read the next book. I just hope though, that in book two, the author will let the incredible world and plot shine through and ditch the excessive unnecessary romance. 


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Red Coat PR in exchange for an honest review.



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review 2016-01-29 00:00
Significance - Shelly Crane re-read 1/29/2016
... I kind of did not like this book.. It was so incredibly corny. I like the whole story line. It is an interesting concept but the dialogue.. oh my god. Was it really just a couple years ago that I read this and I loved it. I cringed the whole time. Not only was it so freaking cheesy but everything was repeated multiple times. Like I'm talking 5 or 6 times. They met at a stop light... And I really wish I would have counted how many times either one of them said how glad they were that they were there that day. It was at least 5 in the first half of the book and then in the end it is thrown in there again. And then the whole imprinting thing was explained a lot as well. I kind of feel like Maggie was an idiot. She was extremely sweet but I don't think she was all that smart. She was also so very self conscious. 75.63% of the book was Caleb reassuring her that he wanted to be with her. Um hello you have freaking imprinted! You are his SOULMATE! Also you can read his flipping mind. You know exactly what the guy is thinking. You would know if he didn't want you. Annoying.
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quote 2015-11-24 03:51
"Jealousy is when you want something you can't have, something that doesn't belong to you. Being protective is defending what's yours." He leaned in, his hand closing around my jaw as his nose skimmed mine. "And you better believe that I'll be protecting what's mine..."
Undeniably Chosen: A Significance Novel - Book 6 (Significance Series) - Shelly Crane

Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

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review 2015-11-05 04:03
Excellent Story and Characters
Significance - Shelly Crane

Maggie's mom had walked out on her and her dad and nothing was the same. On graduation day, Kyla asked Maggie out and she said yes. Maggie ended up saving Kyle's cousin Caleb. When he touched her hand, she felt a jolt and had a vision.

I totally enjoyed this story. I couldn't put it down. I love all that Maggie went through and came out the other end with a happiness beyond her imagination, as well as Caleb. I loved the overall story and plot and of course the characters. I highly recommend.

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

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review 2015-10-30 00:00
Significance (A Significance Novel)
Significance (A Significance Novel) - Shelly Crane (I received a free ecopy of the book from the publisher, Red Coat PR, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Maggie's mother ditched her and her father a year ago for no reason. Her father then retreated into himself and is absent in her life. She's been working a full time job at a diner on top of school to bring in money for her own clothes and food. After Maggie's graduation, she heads to her friend Kyle's house. On the way she meets a man named Caleb, who happens to be Kyle's cousin. He nearly gets hit by a truck and Maggie saves him. She ends up imprinting with Caleb. It turns out Kyle's family isn't human.

I would say that the one thing that bothered me was the pacing. Some parts seemed too slow while others seemed too quick.

I enjoyed the chemistry between Maggie and Caleb. I am normally not a fan of insta-love, but I liked this one. Maggie saved his life and now she becomes his soulmate. Again, I enjoyed the romance in this book.

This book reminded me of Twilight and also Prince of Wolves that I just finished reading. I can't wait to see where this story goes!
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