Title: The Pace
Author: Shelia Shorts Publication Date: August 2009 Pages: 302 Series: The Pace, The Broken Lake Rating: 9.3 out of 10
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I would just like to start out by saying I really really loved this book. The topic of immortality is really becoming widespread in the YA community. Shelena Shorts is adding to that genre, but with a new original twist that has not tey been explored. The Pace combines a truly orignial plot with an enthralling romance that will keep your nose in the book from the first pages to the very last (which ends with a killer cliffhanger by the way).
The topic of immortality usually comes with the use of paranormal characters such as vampires, werewolves, fairies, the whole shabang. But in this book the immortal character is human. Weston's current state of being is due to a medical experiment that didn't go as planned and now causes Weston to age 1 year every 30 years. This was a new way to go about exlaining the topic, and with the scientific backup the give in the story, I actually found myself thinking as if the story was true, that something like this could occur in real life (yeah its that good).
Sophie is such a loveable character. She is very shy and content with just being herself by herself. But don't let the shyness cloud your judgement of her, she is a very strong-willed character who shows it in many aspects in her relationship with Weston and the lifechanging discoveries she encounters along the way. Weston is the smooth, smart, good looking, college boy. He is a great leading male character that I couldnt help fall in love with as the story went on.
The plot, the plot, oh the undescibeable plot. The plot of this book was just great. The immortanlity and the issues that come with it on Westons part is very fun to read. And as the story goes on and Weston's and Sophies lives start to become more and more intertwined, the plotline just grows adding more twists that I hope to be unravelled in the next book in the series. The best part of the plot for me was the romance. I really liked how the romance between Sophie and Weston didn't feel rushed at all. It wasn't that undeniable instant attraction that is so common in books nowadays (dont get me wrong I love it) but in this book, you can actually see how their relationship blossoms and how Weston begins to trust Sophie with more and more of his sercrets as they fall in love.
The ending was an added pleasure to the book. Just as some questions are beginning to be solved, new ones come up. The ending was added a suspenceful and thrilling aspect to the book that I was not expecting. It goes to show how a book can pull you in from the front cover to the very last page. And the ending was also a great way to set up for the next book which I am anticipating to be just as good as this one.
All in all this was a great read. I reccommend it to all fans of romance, and paranormal readings.
Writing Style: 8/10