My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Let me start by saying this cover is amazing, love how we can see Maggies ‘Visionary’ tattoo. Anyway, this book is just as amazing as the other two. I really am impressed with Shelly Crane’s writing style and how she brings it all to life for us. I know there is some grammar errors and typos, but I look past that, as sometimes things slide by, and I know I have a eye for mistakes, I should be an editor, as nothing slides by my eyes, lol, but I am not. So I judge on the story and the way it’s written, and I will say, it was beautifully written. It really was. I care so much at what happens to Maggie, Caleb, Jen, Peter, Rachel, Kyle, Bish, her dad Jim.
This book starts up right where the last left off, its like a continuation, and I like that, especially when I have the next book ready to read, unfortunately I have to wait for the 4th bummer.
Well, in this book Maggie has the reunification and has to be there and finds not only does she have the old enemies (well, the Watson family anyway) she also has new enemies, the council, (or more like the Watson on the council) This goes much further than it has before. They are quire horrible, they are pulling Maggie and Caleb apart, not caring about the fact he is her Significant, and they will both be in major pain, the demand they be apart. Then while Caleb is locked in a gross horrible cell, Maggie is forced to meet the demands of her new government.
The council wants her to stay at the palace all the time. The worst part, is that she would be alone, untrusted and kept in the dark and Maggie really doesn’t have a choice. That is, unless she is ready to defy- and recreate this world that is now her own. She knows she must do this, it’s what her big vision showed her, but how exactly to do that, she is unsure.
I was floored at times at some of the revelations in this book, we find out some pretty major things, so many twist and turns, and some things that come along that just made me “WHAT??” and freak out, lol. But I loved every minute of it. This whole series is amazing, and you need to read them all to really enjoy this book, it’s like one continues book, split up into parts, but I love that. I am so happy that Kyle found someone, and that develops well in this book, Kyle is back to his carefree, happy clown around self, that Maggie loves, as her friend, like it should be. I won’t go into much details that will spoil the story for you, just some highlights is all.
I was so heartbroken at a loss that they have toward the end, but I won’t say who, but it just made me get tears in my eyes.
I was surprised in a good way too at some of the events that unfold in this book. The twist and turns sure have you on the edge of your seat too.
I love how strong Maggie becomes, especially after she decides to defy the council, (like the name of the book, a hint there, lol) She gets some help from an unexpected source that had me intrigued too.
Here is a rather funny part I quoted here, where Caleb snuck to Maggies room (which is charmed against abilities, including their need to touch, so they still have the withdrawals, and they need to go into the hall to get relief from them, this is the part where they are in the hall, but not dressed, underwear is all, lol)
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“Let’s go get dressed.”
I looked down at him and saw that he was in his underwear still. I couldn’t help but smile, but then we heard a door open. Gran came out of her room, stopping dead in her tracks at seeing her grandson in his skivvies.
I waited for her to blush, or something, anything, but she just stood there. Caleb coughed uncomfortably and pulled me in front of him. It was the first time he’d ever put me in front of him. Usually it was the other way around. And then Gran’s cackle started. She laughed so hard and pointed, even doubling over as she did so.
“Gran, come on,” Caleb complained to her and then bent his head to look at me when I started laughing too.
“I’m sorry,” I said,”but its funny!” “Caleb,” Gran laughed and gasped for breath, “just tell me you didn’t walk all the way from your cell that way and I’ll be fine.”
(of course Maggie broke him out of his cell when they stuck him in it, she was not going stand for that!)
A few sentences later Caleb and Maggie get back in the room:
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Caleb jerked me into the room and quickly shut the door as he flipped on the lights. “Well, that was just great,” he said sarcastically.
“I’m sure she’s seen your cute behind before,” I told him as I went to my suitcase. “I’m sure she changed plenty of your diapers.” He grimaces. “I don’t want to think about it.” I just laughed at him more.
Got to love Caleb, such a sweet guy.
This quote is priceless, and will get your curiosity up, lol
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“You do realize that you completely threw Kyle under the bus,” I told him, “Like threw him under and then put it in reverse.”
One more cute quote, this is Jen’s daughter Maris (think she’s 8) She is talking with Bish, who just said she was good at tossing grapes in the air and catches with her mouth,
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“Hey, Maria. You’re pretty good at that, kid,” He said
“I know,” she spouted. “This boy at school taught me. But then he pulled my ponytail on the playground the next day, so I’m not really friends with him anymore.” “Why did he pull your ponytail?” “Momma says boys are mean when they like you,” she whispered in a disgusted voice. “But I think Momma’s been misinformed.”
That was priceless. I love how we get more of Bish in a different way in this book, he isn’t present as much as the last, but when he is, it’s good, and important. And what goes down with Maggies father is great too.
I can’t really describe how much I loved this book, and the series as a whole. I also enjoyed the 3 chapters’ from Caleb’s POV the short book is called Reverence. I know it’s a free download at Smashwords I think, not sure where else it can be picked up. It has a short part from the beginning of the next and final book in the series called Independence. (I can loan it out, if anyone wants to read it, just contact me at my blog or leave a comment, or send message in Goodreads)
Go read this series, you won’t be disappointed.