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The Pace Paperback – August 19, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Pace (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing, LLC (August 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982500505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982500507
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shelena Shorts graduated from George Mason University with a degree in English and Education. Her passion for books led her to teach American literature in both traditional and online classrooms. When she's not in the realm of teaching or reading, she's writing novels geared toward young adults and the "young at heart."

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The story line of The Pace is utterly mesmerizing.
The Book Pixie
I look forward to reading the second book in this trilogy, The Broken Lake, which will be released in August.
The Eager Readers
I would have been happier with something predictable, then the author ends the book on a cliffhanger.
Catrini

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Eager Readers on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Pace is a romantic YA novel with a sci-fi/paranormal twist. Wes and Sophie's love story is one that seems to defy time, and it is difficult not to find yourself intrigued by their relationship. This book is the first in a trilogy, and I look forward to finding out where Sophie and Weston's future leads them.

What I Liked:
- The premise of this series is interesting and has a lot of romantic potential. It is difficult to say much without revealing too many spoilers, so I'll just say that their connection to one another is unique and intriguing.
- Sophie and Weston share several very sweet moments. Their relationship has a soulmate quality to it that isn't based on lust or casual interest. It also has an innocence and a timelessness that I found compelling & memorable.
- The heartbreaking portions of their love story are genuinely heart-wrenching & I found myself reading through tears a few times.
- Sophie and Weston have a lot in common with Bella and Edward. Not only is Weston strikingly handsome and wealthy, but he has supernatural qualities and is protective, chivalrous, restrained, and sincere in a way that your average 19 year boy generally is not. Sophie shares Bella's introspective nature and has a fairly unsocial disposition. She also just moved to town, has an unconventional relationship with her mom, is defined by her selflessness, and seems to be a bit of a danger-magnet at times. Plus Weston and Sophie's romance is of the soulmate variety & poses potentially devastating risks to both of them.
- Some of the differences between Sophie and Bella were among my favorite aspects of this book. Sophie demands answers from Weston on a few occasions & is ready to break off the relationship when she suspects he is lying to her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catrini on September 16, 2010
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When I started this book I thought it was great, easily earning 4-5 stars. But by the time you reach the halfway mark the author has revealed the mystery of who Wes is and as the reader I was easily able to guess the secret of who Sophie was. Thus as a reader I was left wondering what was going to happen and frankly no longer caring.

I read another review here that complained of the author telling the story and not showing it which I agree with completely. The story is told through the first person viewpoint of Sophie which quickly degenerates into her telling us the reader what is happening, even whole conversations are told by Sophie. At this point I quickly lost interest in the characters, I no longer cared what happened to them, I simply wanted to get to the end of this crash hoping something would happen that would salvage the story.

Alas something does happen, it comes out of left field and is possibly the most stupid contrived ending I have ever read. I would have been happier with something predictable, then the author ends the book on a cliffhanger. Perhaps she hoped that this would lead to the purchase of the second book but honestly I care so little for the characters they can just stay on their cliff, as for me I'm moving on.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nana on September 2, 2009
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In a time where so many stories carry the "mortal and immortal" element, The Pace distinguishes itself by knotting two topics that have been debated and constantly separated: science and X spiritual themes. Who said both couldn't get along? Certainly not Shorts, who has gotten them together in order to create a novel that involve elements like: suspense, mystery and romance. The story's narrated by Sophie after moving to California with her mother. There she meets Weston and thanks to this her life and "existence" take a new meaning. Sophie's character is molded in a delightful way since there is a truthful balance in her personality. Unlike other "heroines" we are finding in this subdivision, she is decided, says what she thinks, not afraid to ask for explanations or giving ultimatums, but most surprisingly, she knows when to stop feeling sorry and move on. On the other side, we have Weston, a handsome boy, intelligent, adorable and does not keep a single secret, but several. As a vivid reader, I could appreciate that a pattern I have been observing in this category is broken and the author creates something new, interesting and captivating. For instance, the couple gets to know themselves in a peculiar situation, not on scholastic environment since each attend different academic grades; Sophie studies with an online program and Weston goes to college (not Biology class ... Yes!). Readers will have the opportunity to see the relationship blossom, and by this I mean Shorts does not exclude the couple's dating process and does not limit it to the main character's room (Thank You!). The complexity of Weston's emotions towards Sophie is much emotionally deep, tender and loving than just attempting to: eat her, sacrifice her or kill her. This is the character's charm and bright.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on February 23, 2011
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Hmmmmm, well I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't like it. At one point I wanted to stop reading but I decided to keep going since the book wasn't that long. It wasn't worth it.

I just didn't think it was very interesting. The first 4/5 of the book is them pining after each other. I didn't get it. Really, nothing happened. I might as well have been reading her diary about Sam this, Edward that... whoops! I meant Wes. Wes!

Speaking of Wes, I couldn't help compare him to Sam from Shiver. He was kind of weak and boring. I know that once or twice we get told kind of that he's strong but I think I was lied to. He was just not what I look for in rich and handsome men.

There was no way I could read this without thinking about Twilight. I couldn't help it. When she described his cold and impenetrable skin I just couldn't stop picturing that brooding sparkly vamp. Plus, he drove a nice car, was filthy rich, kind of antisocial, and had a funky shaped house (that I still don't understand why he had it. Little cozy log cabin too tiny for you??)

Sigh... and Sophie, I don't know what to do with her. I didn't think that she suffered from low self-esteem but I wanted to shake her and remind her that her life should not revolve around a dude. (Remind you of another character, too, huh?). I liked that she got mad, but it doesn't work if you're going to pine right after that.

So, like I said, nothing happens. They hang out, they talk, they make out, they talk, they go to the overlook, they talk. I predicted nearly everything that happened. I hope I am wrong about what will happen next. Did anyone know the point of the party scene? The only action in the book happens right near the end where you get hit with a cliffhanger and the title to the sequel.
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