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The Pace Paperback – August 19, 2009
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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.
'What do I say about this book? It was beyond anything I had imagined. I have been wanting to read this book for some time now but kept putting it off because of all the other books pushed my way but finally due to a mishap of not getting "Lemniscate" on time I decided to finally read this and boy am I glad I did! I Loved Weston and Sophie, their relationship is beyond anything I could ever hope for in my life but it sure is good to read about it in books....
Alright it's going to be short because there's a lot of mystery in this book and I think it's better if you discover it on your own but I'll give you a brief summary.
Sophie has moved a lot in her life, her mom drifting them from one town to another till they finally settle in California. Sophie is estatic because she found an online school where it invovles no face to face interaction with teachers or students. But her mother fears of her being without friends so she makes a deal with Sophie that she has to meet her every thursday on campus of a university for Lunch and she can take the online school, of course our dear Sophie agrees.
But one of the times she is leaving from one of their lunches she gets a call from her friend from the last place she came from and it startles her causing her to back into a very sleek black maserati, she instantly freaks but then comes face to face with a very handsome guy who happens to look around her age. She immediately panics at see the damage to his car she tries offering the guy her information but he says he has it covered and smiles at her. she can do nothing but stare dumbstruck. He then leaves and as does she. She arrives home and tells her mother who then calls the accident into the insurance agency where they come out and determine that it would cost 500 dollars to fix. So Wes, which was the guy's car she ran into insists he pay for the damage but he refuses...but he somehow gets her car fixed without her knowing and soon she finds herself in a world of udder confusion. They soon grow close and one thing leads to the next until Wes reveals not only something unusual about himself but about Sophie.
I really am glad I finally got around to reading this book and have already bought the "Broken Lake" on my kindle. Weston and Sophie definately already have me wrapped around their fingers. I fell in love with them instantly not only for their great character development but for their total mysteriouness. I definately give this book 5 stars!
For me, this book is a lot like Cara Lynn Shultz's Spellbound...but a million times better. You have that concept of reincarnation and two semi-starcrossed lovers trying to find each other throughout history. But where Spellbound often felt contrived and the relationship between the two main characters forced, I never got either of those feelings with The Pace. On the contrary, I thought Shelena Shorts' debut had a sweet romance that developed naturally and it broke out of the mold of paranormal romance.
First, let me say that Wes and Sophie's relationship was precious. While I noticed a lot of Twilight comparisons (I know - sorry! I brought up the dreaded Twi-reference), they didn't distract me from these two characters who genuinely cared for each other. And I loved that they dated like normal people before Wes ever dropped the I'm-an-immortal-creature bomb. And you think you've got everything figured out about the book, then a little over halfway through, Shelena throws you for another loop with an added paranormal element that left me thirsting for more.
As for Wes' paranormal-ness, I liked that he was something completely different than I've ever read. It was all very Dr. Frankenstein/steampunk/hardcore sci-fi, which I loved. And he's a nice guy, which was refreshing. He never once tried to hurt Sophie or said something mean to her or wanted to eat her. Overall, he was just a good guy. He was kind of the epitome of "beta hero" for me, in that he wasn't a dominant personality but somehow still wormed his way into your heart anyway. I <3 those kinds of heroes!
But really, my favorite part of the story was the past relationships between Wes and Sophie in her past lives. I loved, loved, loved reading about how they met in the early 1900s, then found each other again in the 1960s. And the knowledge never felt like an info dump. I actually wanted her to tell me even more, for Wes to keep talking about it for more pages. I don't think I've ever been so interested in a character's backstory. It was brilliant!
Like I said, this book a rough beginning for me. The first half of the story has a pretty slow pacing. (Hah! Pace...pun lol) But by the halfway mark, everything really started coming together, and the last third of the book was mesmerizing. And the ending! How can she leave it that way?! Talk about cliffhanger! I'm reminded of the ending of Clockwork Angel, which literally ended in the middle of a conversation.
The Pace is a great addition to any paranormal romance junkie's library. It has some really interesting, unique elements. There's reincarnation, starcrossed lovers, alligator blood, a psycho ex-boyfriend, and lots of other juicy tidbits. Definitely check out this beginning of what's sure to be an amazing series!