The Pace

The Pace

by Shelena Shorts

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012157386
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Publication date: 08/19/2009
Series: The Pace Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 358 KB

About the Author

Shelena Shorts graduated from George Mason University with a degree in English and Education. Her passion for igniting a spark in teens 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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Pace 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
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! http://bringmeanotherbook.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
noahsmae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise for the story was very interesting. So much so, that I had some difficulty wrapping my head around what Wes was experiencing. The relationship between Wes and Sophie felt very rushed and was supposed to be intense (but I didn't feel it). There was a lack of chemistry between these two. The mystery of what has been happening to Wes was captivating though, I stuck with the story to find out more about him.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a nice departure from the typical vampire, werewolf, fairy, etc romantic YA book. Wes is a real human being that due to a scientific experiment has developed a prolonged life span and abilities that some would view as supernatural. Wes is a sweet guy who Sophie slowly realizes is much more complex than she first thought. One thing that I found interesting was the lack of supporting characters. While Sophie does have a best friend that she occasionally calls or texts we don't see much of that interaction. She is also attending an online high school so there are no fellow students to really distract from Sophie and Wes' relationship and while we see Sophie's mother every now and then it's never for very long. On one hand this is nice because you really get to focus on Wes and Sophie getting to know each other and exploring the past they share. On the other hand I found the pace of the book to be a little slow and I contribute some of that to lack of conflict or interference of the outside world until near the end of the book. I did not realize this book was the first in a series until the very end. I will most likely borrow the sequel rather than buy it as I did not find myself glued to this story. While I could relate to Sophie I found Wes just a little too perfect. The big appeal to me about this book was he was supposed to be human and not some supernatural being and yet he showed very few, if any, human flaws. He was pretty much the perfect guy. Even despite being around for many years I find it hard to believe that he has really evolved to the point of near perfection. I am hoping the second book will make him seem a little more real. The only time I felt I could really relate to him was when he freaked out about losing Sophie. More moments like that would take this series to a new level for me.
graceschumann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a very interesting teen fantasy book. Somewhat different than all of those other generic fantasy books about vampires and werewolves but still following the consistent plot line that all of them follow. Despite the pretty much predictable plot line it was still entertaining, and I quite enjoyed it. Now to pick up the second book, the broken lake!
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 series, if you read that you'll know what I'm talking about. 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 instead of imagining it, the breath taking view of the over look and his house, the campus, even the Mr. healy's book store. In short I got too much into it. It was truly a beautiful love story the 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
booksandwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Pace by Shelena Shorts is a YA book, written through the first person perspective of Sophie. Sophie is an 18 year old homeschooled girl who falls in love rather quickly with a 19 year old named Weston. Weston has everything a girl could ask for, he's nice, smart, rich, and easy on the eyes. However, Weston has a secret.I felt there was a lot of potential in this story, however, I was not a huge fan of the execution. I prefer books which show me essential information instead of straight out telling me. There was plenty of first I did this, then I did that, much like a laundry list of I-actions. I felt the love was a bit contrived, as it seemed to only be based on the fact that Wes (short for Weston) is perfect. Eventually, there is an explanation for why Wes is so into Sophie, however, I felt this aspect was a bit blah. I want relationships in books to be based on things which are real.However, despite all of my criticism, I felt this an addictive read. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. I think the writing style was very similar to Twilight. It's not perfect, but that certainly does not stop you from reading at all. I did like Sophie and felt she was authentic, plus the twist was fantastic and certainly creative compared to most paranormal fare. There is a planned sequel to the Pace, I am not aware of when it is coming out, but I do hope it will be better than The Pace, as I see a lot of potential in this story. I hope for more fleshing out of the characters and definitely more action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non realistc at all!!! Who goes and sees some strange dude in the dark anyway!! Very stupid plot so far
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, an original, good story.
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becx More than 1 year ago
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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