Series: Significance #5
Published by Independent on March 30th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, YA Romance, Young Adult
Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.Amazon •
Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.
The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…
they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.
Mature-Content Rating: Language, Minor Sexual Content, Implied Mention of Rape
“Everyone’s love story is epic in its own way. It’s up to you how epic you make it. It’s up to you how much you love them and how much you fight for them and keep them and wind them around your soul.”
Ava’s character, I’m sad to say, I did not like. There was way too much moaning and crying in her character when she’s always described as the opposite. True, she does have her moments during the story, but it’s really hard to get past all the woe-is-me moments for that stronger personality to click into place.
Seth’s character I’m on the line about. He grew up a Watson and tries to hold on to his “family” as much as possible, but still grows angry when the Jacobson’s tell him the truth he already knows. It’s past just being stubborn and more like just trying to keep a plot line going past a dead end.
There are a few secondary characters that caught my attention and I hope they’ll be more prominent in the next book- namely a firefighter nicknamed “Trouble”. He reminds me of Caleb’s cousin, Rodney, from the first books- winks and fresh air and silliness to keep the lightness in the story.
One thing that I really could not overlook was the repetitiveness. Ava was constantly biting her lip or curling her fist in Seth’s shirt – making a big show of it and probably on every other page. Ashlyn’s story was also stretched out way too far. By the time I finally learned what the last Visionary was in the story for, I really didn’t care and just wanted to get on with the rest of the story.
I do give one star for all the pop-culture references (Doctor Who, Hunger Games), but I am sorry to say I was disappointed with this continuation of a great young adult series.