13 January, 2010

The Pace - Review

The Pace (The Pace Series, #1)

The Pace by Shelena Shorts
Publication date: August 19, 2009
ISBN 10/13: 0982500505 / 9780982500507

Category: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Keywords: Immortality?, Romance, Supernatural, Science Fiction

Find the synopsis on goodreads.com.

How I found out about this book: I noticed that it had a very high (4+ stars) rating on goodreads.com and that people with whom I shared interests really liked it. The author friended me there after I added her book to my TBR shelf.

Quickie: 2 stars? Yes, well. I will read the sequel, because I still want to know what happens, and I know a lot of readers will still like/love this book. It just wasn't for me.
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My review:

I really wanted to like this book, not in the least because the author was really, really nice; but because it has a non-vampire, author-bothered-to-think-up-a-whole-new-mythology twist to the story. I liked Sophie more than I liked Anne from Dreaming Anastasia, and while I respect the author's attempt at writing a good story much more than I do more popular authors like Melissa de la Cruz and P.C. Cast (sorry, ladies, something in your prose just makes the writer in me want to throw the book across a room), I just couldn't get lost in it.

I hate to bring up Gary Stu (really, I try not to think about this! and when the author successfully sucks me in, I don't--even if the character fits the criteria) but Wes--total Gary Stu. I ran him through the original MS litmus test (albeit, from a reader perspective--the test is intended for authors) and he scored 121 points. 56 points and up = test positive, and 71+ points = irredeemable Mary Sue character. Ouchies.

The dialogue fell flat for me; the pacing (ironically) was all off. The beginning flowed like cold molasses, the even slower build-up to the climax read like a how-to manual--on the upside, I may now be able to drive stick shift--and the end fairly screeched to a halt and slammed me into a wall. Well, I can't even call it the end, and if you read it, you'll see why. Those of you who hate abrupt endings with no closure--you're going to throw this book across the room.

Still--the plot twist, the back story, and the author's efforts at coming up with an original story make me want to read the next one, which is due out in August. And not a maybe-I'll-read-it, like with Torment--I mean I've already pre-ordered it! I think I can read at least 12 books before then--oh, uh, the exception clause I worked out on my no-buying-books resolution was that for every 4 books I finish, I can buy one new one. And I had to throw in two Angela Carter books to get the free Super-Saver Shipping. 

Who should read this book:  

Twilight fans who want to read a non-vampire book! Yes, you know you're out there. You might just enjoy it, too. Things get a little hot and heavy between Wes and Sophie at one point, but nothing graphic--the author's educator sensibilities probably precluded her from describing in greater detail. Safe!

The Pace is Shelena Shorts's first novel.

Find the author at shelenashorts.com.

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What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)


  1. O! good review. I haven't read this yet.

  2. It's definitely worth picking up. If it wasn't, I wouldn't have bothered to finish it, and I would have given it a 1.

  3. I thought you didn't know about Mary Sues and Gary Stus! I can get past it too when the story is good enough, but sometimes if the character is just too over the top it just.. urgh. Can't do it, they're my biggest pet peeve in novels.

  4. I know about them, I just try not to discuss them in group any more! :) Uh, it's because it's *your* biggest pet peeve in novels (^o^)y

  5. Huh, this is the first negative review I've read on it. It was a good review, though. I'll be picking this one up when I have the chance.

  6. @Jessica--I'd love to hear what you think when you finish reading :)