Monday, September 26, 2011

The Iron Quill (The Pace, #3) by Shelena Shorts

Published: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal YA Fiction
Series: The Pace
My rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

With Weston's self-imposed forty-eight hour deadline having already lapsed, Sophie's patience is pushed to the max—especially with her realization that his concern is not for his own well-being, but for hers.

Just when they embrace a reconnection, she'll learn that her greatest threat is not necessarily something that might happen in the future, but something that’s happening… right now. And this time, Sophie and Wes will need the help of more than one person to fix it—even if it means giving up his secret.

With time forever moving, and the dark cloud at its lowest, the third book in the Pace Series stays true to its signature grace and determination as Sophie and Weston take the biggest detour so far.

This book picked up right where The Broken Lake (The Pace, #2) left off. Wes has been kidnapped by some mysterious military special ops group, and Sophie is understandably freaking out. Her and one of Wes' closest colleagues have to work together to find and return him home safely.

Unfortunately, I found nearly the first half of the book to be boring, even though I'm sure the author meant for the reader to get caught up in Sophie's distress and Wes' rescue. You would think that since one of the main character's life/identity is basically being threatened that I would be on the edge of my seat, absorbed in finding out what happens, but that was most definitely not the case. Things were moving way too slow for me and I found myself thinking, "either rescue or kill the dude already, I've got stuff to do today". I honestly feared that I might have to give up on this series if this book continued on the way it started. But I kept reading, and to my delight, I found that the second half of the book pretty much made up for the slow beginning, and it ended up providing me with a fair amount of chuckles as well (Yeah, I know, this review seems like one big mood swing/contradiction, but bear with me).

After Wes' ordeal, some serious, unexpected events unfolded. I knew that there were going to be some acts of revenge being carried out, but to what degree, I had no clue. Those acts, while shocking and upsetting, allowed for some touching events to occur between Wes and Sophie. I don't want to reveal too much, but the last happenings of this book had me close to tears (happy ones). I was also pleased that we received more answers regarding Wes and Sophie's past, and I quite like how the new character, Dr. Carter, fits into their lives.

Although this book had me on an emotional roller coaster at times, I know that I will definitely be reading the last and final book, The Hour of Dreams, because I've become quite attached to the love story of Wes and Sophie. But I know that the story of "star-crossed lovers" can never be cut and dry, so I am sure that these two will probably have the rug pulled out from under them again. However, I am choosing to think positively about their future. So, if you like a somewhat cheesy yet likable romance, with a one-of-a-kind scientific and miraculous twist, then I recommend this series to you.


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