Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating - barely - and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.Then she saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.
They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.
Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.
Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
The concept of imprinting is what drew me to this book. I actually use that concept in Into the Fire, so I wanted to see how another author handled it. I have to say that Crane didn't disappoint. I was immediately rooting for Maggie and Caleb, and I felt like the connection they had was both genuine and realistic. The imprint kind of throws them into each other's arms, but that's the nature of an imprint. I liked how it was all new to Maggie and she lets the reader feel her draw to Caleb while still finding it odd to care about someone so much when she just met him.
The book has a nice balance of action and inner reflection. I was never bored and constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed both the characters and the plot. My only complaint was that I found a lot of errors in the book. I'm pretty lenient when it comes to understanding human error. Even after having a team of people proofread a book, an error can slip through. I get that. But there were enough errors for me to really notice and that makes me sad because I would rate this book a five for content and characterization, but I have to deduct a point for grammar/punctuation.
If you can get passed the errors, this story is well worth the read. Oh, and I really liked how this book sort of bridges the YA/NA age groups. I think it appeals to both.