Review: Defiance by Shelly Crane

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I read both Significance and Accordance (the first two books in the Significance series) by Shelly Crane each in one day, back to back.  However, I could only neglect my home and family for so long, so Defiance took me two whole days.  I know, right?

Needless to say, I’m loving this series. 

One thing Defiance has going for it is a great villain.  You know, the kind of villain that you get to feel a cathartic kind of hatred for.  Donald does that for me.  And in this book we get to learn a lot more about Maggie and the Jacobsons’ enemies: their history, their motives, and the depth of their soullessness.  It is kind of awesome.  And it is matched with the awesomeness of Maggie and Caleb, and the rest of the family.  There is a lot of back and forth—like a tug of war—as the two sides try to gain control of the other throughout the book.  It was appropriately frustrating in a way that just makes you eager to find out what is going to happen next. 

There is a lot more I would say about the things I like about this book, but it would be difficult to do without spoilers, and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. It is a reading experience worth preserving, if you know what I mean.

I’m sad to have reached the point wherein I have to wait for the next book to come out.  I’ve really enjoyed reading Significance, Accordance, and Defianceback to back.  The fourth book Independence  is set to release later this year, and I can’t wait for that. 

If you’ve reached this point too, make sure you check out Reverence.  Shelly Crane has provided us with a few snippets of each book from Caleb’s perspective.  It was cute, and a fun little thing to read.  You can find it here.

There were still some editing issues with this book, but (as with the first two) keep in mind that it is a self published novel.  I think this book is actually an improvement on the other two, in this area.

I give it:

4.5 stacks

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