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~Review: The Waiting Sky
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review: The Pace

The Pace by Shelena Shorts
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing, LLC
Pub. Date: August 19th 2009
Pages: 312
Age Level: 14+

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.

In The Pace, debut author Shelena Shorts manages to take a common premise among YA literature and twist it into something much more satisfyingly original and unique.

I really liked Sophie's character as she was inquisitive, independent, and cautious when need be. Wes was so original and I absolutely loved him! He was the perfect romantic interest for this book. Both characters and their relationship were beautifully developed and so very realistic.

The story line of The Pace is utterly mesmerizing. This was one of those books I did not and could not put down. Everything in this book was so wonderfully paced, especially the background information. It was revealed gradually throughout the entire story so it not only kept the mystery alive but it also didn't overwhelm the rest of the story. Honestly I can't recall a single dull moment in this book and I was left thinking about it long after I had finished it.

Another thing I loved about this book was how the story was really more on the side of science fiction than paranormal and this provided for a very refreshing and much needed change of....well you know....pace. The writing was impressive and extremely well crafted. It never ceased to astound me how wonderfully Shorts managed to intertwine spiritual and scientific elements together along with romance, mystery and suspense.

As for the ending,(This is where I lose all professionalism and get fan girly.), it was like such a total cliffhanger and I was like, "Frikin' awesometastic ending!" and, "Oh. My. Gosh!" The ending alone is enough to have me ready to kill for The Broken Lake so if you get a copy before me, sleep with one eye open. *laughs maniacally before collecting self to continue more professionally*

All in all, The Pace was a magnificent, unforgettable, and riveting story I would recommend to every teen and young adult out there. Seriously, if you haven't already read this terrific book RUN and get it be it from a friend, library, bookstore, or a total stranger on a park bench. And don't forget what I said about The Broken Lake, I'm watching you. *points back and forth between eyes and computer screen* (Hmmm, maybe I spoke to soon about getting back to professionalism cause it just flew back out the window. :P

Characters: B+
Writing: A-
Plot: A
Ending: A+
Enjoyment/Likability: A
Recommendable: A+
Cover: B+ (So very original and fits the title and book perfectly.)

Overall: A


Jessica B said...

Good review! I cannot wait to read this!

Sandy said...

wow wow wow! to see you lose your professionalism means that this book is fan-freakin'-tastic!

Must get this book then! ;D

Natascha De Marco said...

Shall I run to ur house and ge it then? Good review girl, you make me want to read this.

Unknown said...

Awesome review - I loved LOVE this one too - and cant WAIT for Broken Lake :) OMG...that ending, yeah - she said in my interview with her that others might think her the cliff hanger queen after this next book comes out - OMG more cliff hangers! I am not sure if I am ready for this! :D

Kari Olson said...

Haha awesome review- especially the fan girl part. Made me laugh. =D

Erin said...

So glad that you liked this book as well. Shelena is a great writer. I can't wait for Broken Lake!! :]

Shelena Shorts said...

Wow Briana. What a super nice and funny review! Thank you so much. No worries Jenn. I'm working on "easier to swallow" endings...really!:)! But we'll see what you guys think! Thanks again Briana!:) I sincerely hope you all enjoy!

Lauren said...

Fantastic review, because you *so* make me want to read this! Sounds fantastic.

Mary not so Contrary said...

Great review! I love your blog. Very cute and orginal!! I think I shall follow you! Thanks for the review. I know need a new book. My husband says he doesn't like your blog because now I have to spend more money on books. I say to freakin bad to him. ;)

Lenore Appelhans said...

Ka-Yam gave this one to me and said it's a must-read. Looks like you think so too! Maybe I should wait until the next book comes out though before I start it, because cliffhangers KILL me.

Jess13angel said...

This is one of my favorite books ever!! XD

Jamie said...

Thanks for the follow! I've heard about this book on a few blogs now and I'm thinking it's time to add it to my TBR mountain!

Laina said...

Oh, neat, I don't think I'd heard of this one before.

And, Bri, you freaking cracked me up with the maniacal laughter part :P

Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...

Have been wanting this forever! Now I want it even more!

skyla11377 said...

Your Review Makes This Book Sound So Unique I Really Need To Read It. What An Interesting Concept To Be Non-Immortal But Not To Age. Thanks For Bringing This Book To My Attention.

Unknown said...

Awesome review! Sophie sounds like a great character to read about. I definitely want to read this! (Loved your fangirl moment (: )

Jessy said...

Hmm...It sounds a lot like Evermore. I guess it's just the same concept because your review makes this sound much better than Evermore.

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard of this book before! I must be living under a rock...

But yay for fangirly moments! That sort of reaction means it MUST be good, and so I'm going to hunt in my bookstores now~

Kelly said...

Awesome review! I can't wait for the next book in the series. I am so excited! :D

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Great review! I haven't heard too much about this book, but I have been meaning to read it. I'll definitely have to check it out soon.

Anonymous said...

Great review. I love strong heroines and cliffhangers in books!

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