The Pace

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Weston Wilson is not immortal and he is of this world. But, aging is not part of his existence, and eighteen-year-old Sophie Slone is determined to find out why.

In doing so, she could also uncover something about her own life expectancy that she may not want to know. Suddenly, immortality will mean everything and nothing all at the same time.

Intensely fascinating and rich...

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Overview

Weston Wilson is not immortal and he is of this world. But, aging is not part of his existence, and eighteen-year-old Sophie Slone is determined to find out why.

In doing so, she could also uncover something about her own life expectancy that she may not want to know. Suddenly, immortality will mean everything and nothing all at the same time.

Intensely fascinating and rich with determination, The Pace brings together romance, mystery, and suspense in a compelling bond that is sure to have readers asking for more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982500507
  • Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/19/2009
  • Pages: 316
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelena Shorts graduated from George Mason University with a B.A in English and a M.Ed in Education. Her passion for igniting a spark in teens led her to teach American literature for six years in traditional and online classrooms. When she's not interacting with teens in all possible realms, she's writing novels geared toward teens and the young at heart.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    This book was sooo amazing!

    The Pace was even better then I anticipated. I was expecting just another clear cut "girl falls in love with immortal boy" story, but Shelena Shorts provided a much more meaningful story. Sophie Slone has moved to California with her mother. These cross country moves were not new to Sophie but this time she was able to convince her mother to spare her the torture of starting a new school for her senior year. So she will be finishing her high school career with an online high school. This doesn't leave many opportunities for Sophie to meet anyone. Her loner status is abruptly changed when she literally crashes into the beautiful and seemingly perfect Weston Wilson. Sophie is shocked by her immediate fascination with him and how peculiarly he reacts to her.

    She soon discovers that all the things that Wes has been telling her about his past don't seem to add up. The truth is bigger then Sophie could have ever dreamed. While Wes may not be immortal he has some serious longevity. The plot thickens when Sophie discovers her role in Wes's history and her troubling fate. Immortality suddenly means and array of different things. I think that this is one of my favorite books so far this year. The story gave me everything I crave: romance, mystery, the supernatural, and a touch of drama. I don't think this book has gotten the attention it deserves. Make sure you add it to your "to-read" list!

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2010

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    SOOOOOOOO GOOOOD!

    OOOOHMMMMYYYGOOOODNESSSS. i LOVED this book. i want to marry Wes. seriously, buy this book. its soooo good. you just get wrapped up in it and its an amazing feeling. and the sequel, the broken lake, is even BETTER! as if you thought that was possible! the books setting is the bay area california, which where im from, so that made this EVEN more fun to read. the 3rd book in the series, The Iron Quill, is expected to release early summer 2011 :(. soooooo long to wait. but its okay. i'd rather it be really good and come out later than it suck(which isn't possible). hahhaha. but READ the book. you won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Couldn't get into it

    Main character hard to like. Relationship with Wes felt forced. Weird use of commas. Wanted to like this book but just couldn't get there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Its about time

    Finally, an original, good story.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Original

    I love the cover of "The Pace"; the hourglass is very original and eye catching. The story itself is creative and brilliant. I had a pretty good idea that the story would involve an ageless character, but I was expecting the character of Wes to be a vampire or other supernatural being to explain this aspect. To my surprise he's just a regular guy but Shelena has used science to explain Wes' condition and it works well. His condition is refreshing, thought provoking, and believable. I also figured early in the story that Sophie would be a reincarnated soul but even that predictability didn't diminish the story's quality. This is another book where the characters are more mature which I always enjoy. Several aspects of Wes and Sophie's relationship were comparable to "Twilight's" Bella and Edward and yet were completely different. The book is very short and took me no time at all to finish. I'm glad it's a series because the ending left me very frustrated, I didn't want to stop reading. I give "The Pace" 5/5 stars. Although the book is short the story is wonderfully captivating and is sure to grab reader's attentions.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Awesome Read! Romantic, touching and thrilling!

    Loved this book! Couldn't put it down! I Can't wait to read broken lake!!!

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    The Pace by Shelena Shorts Review

    This is one of those books that comes along every once in a while and has you kicking yourself for not reading it sooner. Shelena Shorts' writing made me feel like I wasn't reading a story at all, but actually was a part of the story itself. The Pace is the first in a series and thank goodness for that because I can't get nearly enough.

    Sophie and Wes are introduced and readers will immediately put on their detective caps because like Sophie, you know there is something different about Wes. He's not your "normal" nineteen year old boy. And here the journey begins. Packed with so much suspense, romance, mystery and intrigue, readers won't know how to turn the pages fast enough. Wes has a secret and it's one that he's kept so close to him for so long that he might not be ready to reveal it just yet. Can he trust Sophie to understand? Will she be able to keep a secret so big once she knows the truth? Will it bring them closer to together or will it be too much and tear them apart?

    Sophie and Wes' love story has become a favorite of mine. There's a lot of wooing that takes place and the two of them broadcast their feelings and trust in each other so passionately, and with neither of them ever holding back that you can't help but be moved. It's inspiring and oh so romantic! Many books focus on time running out and countdowns to contend with, but Shorts takes the idea of time and immortality to a whole new level. Wes especially feels the burden and weight of it all, more than most. Will he and Sophie be able to stop the clock long enough to change things? What happens when you know you might lose the one person you can't live without, how far would you go to save them?

    I've had this book on my shelf for way too long without reading it and like I said before, I'm kicking myself now. I can't tell you how excited I am to read the second and soon to be released installment in The Pace series, The Broken Lake. Thank goodness Shorts has plans for a third as well in the series because I know I'm not going to be able to get enough any time soon.

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  • Posted April 4, 2010

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    Pleasantly Satisfied.

    The Pace is truly a satisfying read. The story had me wondering and with the interesting plot and characters...Love and Mystery in appeasing balance...lets just say I'm glad there's a second book. I surly Recommend.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

    The Pace sets the Pace for an awesome series!

    Now, have you ever read a book, that left you sitting up for HOURS thinking about it? A book, whose characters you dreamed about? A book that when you woke up in the morning you were STILL thinking about, still crying over?

    The Pace was that kind of book for me...I was up till 2 AM just thinking about the amazing story line, and the wonderful characters with in it's pages. Sitting here now, 2 days after finishing it - I am still thinking about it, the characters were that amazing - they are just SO real!

    The Pace is so unique in it's story line, but it's so much more than that...I got lost with in the pages of the book, I could almost see the story taking place in front of my eyes. The way Shelena Shorts uses descriptions, I really felt as thought I was there...witnessing the beautiful love story first hand.

    The Pace IS a love story...but there's again so much more than that, if you were thinking you did not want to give this story a chance because it's a love story, you would really be missing out on something wonderful. The Pace offers unique themes such as the pace of time, the science element, as well as a spiritual tie in...how Shelena Shorts married them all together, I can't tell you - but she does, and it's beautiful!

    Shelena's writing reminds me of that of Stephanie Meyer - not that the story was similar at all, other than the fact that it's about teen's and it's a love story, sorta...but in the way she captured the mood, described the people, captured my attention and drew me into the story to where I did not want to do ANYTHING other than read! The last real time I felt like that, was while I was reading Twilight. Now I am not at all saying that if you hated Twilight you will not like this book, again, it just drew me into the story in the same dynamic way.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    A must read - new series

    The Pace is book 1 of its series. It tells the story of a young boy born January 12, 1900 in London and now currently living in California, attending Berkeley at 19. How? well as you've read above the certain boy named Weston III is an Immortal, that's right people he is Immortal, not in a paranormal way, so you guys can cross out Vampire, Werewolf, Shifter and even Demon. He is made by science. He was a homophiliac until Dr. Oliver Thomas transfused him with cold-serum in the year 1916. I would love to tell you how this works but then where's the fun in that :)

    Weston's history was fascinating and lonely at the same time. He is also completely dreamy that includes his looks and how smart, and sweet and caring he is, his wealth and his awesome collection of cars and his million dollar home, even his complex nature is appealling. Definitely fictional boyfriend material. (lol) But his heart only belongs to one person and one person only, her name is Sophie, one could say that she is a bore, as she evades socializing and a true loner. But I love her content nature and her heart. As you progress reading about her and Weston's story you'll actually see how intirguing her whole life is. I had an overwelming sense of de javu, I've read something like this before and I might as well say it. The story has a striking resemblance to another but that's about the only comparison. It was written beautifully and truly has a world of its own, trust me it took me there, it kept me glued on its pages until I finish the book.

    You'll read the signs of true love, how their relationship blossomed in front of your eyes.

    Shorts described his past and his present in clear detail it felt like I was watching the scenes unfold in front of me. I actually pictured the breath taking view of the over look and his house. In short I got too much into it. It was truly a beautiful love story with trying times but one that never ends. But like all love story their relationship was tried many times, will both of them live to survive this time?

    A highly recommended feel good book with no cheesy context or pretentious hidden mystery. A solid freshman start for a new book. I was really impressed. Congratulation Miss Shorts, I'll eagerly wait for The Broken Lake (Book 2) to be released August 19, 2010

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    A Page Turner

    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. These factors, instead of making the story less interesting, can be outstanding and involve readers in its mystery that will be unveiled further on. In order to know who Weston is, how can he be an "immortal" and what role Sophie plays in this complex situation, make sure you read The Pace, a novel where science, love, destiny and time pace are tied in a magnificent way.

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