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The Pace by Shelena Shorts

October 26th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Source: I borrowed this from a friend

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

Description from Amazon.com: 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.

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.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Faye

    I looked so good, i’ll probably check it out @ the library :D Love the cover though.

  2. Faye

    stupid typos! rephrase
    ” It looked so good” hehe

  3. dsuzuki

    LOL. It was not bad, just not as good as I was hoping. Shelena did contact me on GoodReads and says the next book is going to have more interaction with other characters so hopefully there will be more to the second book.

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