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Review: The Pace by Shelena Shorts

April 8, 2010

To say that I was excited to read The Pace would be an understatement. After reading countless rave reviews, I was ecstatic to read it. I was a little hesitant, however, due to worrying that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations.

That was stupid.

I just finished reading it and I can happily declare that I LOVED it!
For those who haven’t heard about this beautiful novel, here’s a summary taken from Shelena Shorts’ website:

Nineteen-year-old Weston has everything. He’s super hot, mysterious, dangerous, sincere, and vulnerable. He’s also a one-of-a-kind evolution that will change the idea of immortality forever. Anyone would be drawn to him, even without fate’s intervention, and when eighteen-year-old Sophie crashes into him, there’s no turning back.

All that remains is figuring out who, or what, he is, and with a little perseverance, she’ll find out the indelible truth—right along with a century-old secret…and a threat for which neither of them are prepared.

Being the sucker for love stories that I am, Sophie and Wes’ relationship is one of the most believable and beautiful relationships I have read. The carnival scene will forever be one of my favorite scenes in not only the book itself, but in general.

Sophie is one of the strongest female characters I’ve come across and I especially like the fact that she questions herself when she first meets Wes and becomes “obsessed” with him. She’s independent, but maintains a solid relationship with her mom. Wes is confident, yet sensitive, which makes his character very dynamic. His love for Sophie is honest and pure. It’s easy to understand the reasoning behind some of his actions, unlike some male leads where you have to stop and spend hours trying to figure out their reasoning.

Of course, Shelena Shorts and her wonderful writing deserve all the credit for the amazing-ness of the novel. Shorts knows how to write believable characters with authentic voices, heartwarming and intense scenes, and overall, an engaging plot. Thanks to her writing, I felt the things Sophie feels, such as her happiness, confusion, and fear.

If you haven’t done so already, go find a copy of The Pace RIGHT NOW. Seriously, stop reading this and find yourself a copy of the book to immerse yourself in. Trust me, once you start reading it, you won’t want to stop. 🙂

For more information about Shelena Shorts and her books, please visit:

Shelena Shorts Official Website

And don’t miss out on the highly anticipated sequel to The Pace, called The Broken Lake, which will be released on August 19th!

(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)

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4 Comments

  • Reply Precious April 9, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Great review DJ. I liked that you mentioned that the romantic relationship between the characters here were one of the most realistic. Proven by the questioning of Sophie. There are other relationships in YA that seem unrealistic to other bloggers. Glad that this one isn’t.

  • Reply Shelena Shorts April 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you DJ for the wonderful review! I appreciate it very much:)!

  • Reply Windowpane Memoirs April 17, 2010 at 3:53 am

    The Pace is a great book I can’t wait for the sequel The Broken Lake.

  • Reply Violet April 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Wonderful review! I enjoyed The Pace too & look forward to reading The Broken Lake! 🙂

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