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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Stray (Shifters #1) by Rachel Vincent

4 Stars
Series: Shifters, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal,
Publisher: Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 618
Purchase: Amazon | B&N |
In author Rachel Vincent’s first Shifters novel, Stray, we meet Faythe, the only daughter of a Pride Alpha. Not only that but she is one of only eight tabbies—female werecat’s—left which makes her special to all of the werecat’s as they can not breed with humans—or rather do not, I suppose.

Faythe is having none of it of course, she does not want to get married much less have kids! So for the last five years she has been off at collage getting her degree and having a life with human boyfriend Andrew.

In comes the Pride or more importantly Marc—the one she ran off on to collage in the first place. Now after a run-in with a Stray—a human who was turned by a Pride cat—and one of the other female werecat’s going missing, he has come to bring her home on orders from her father.

Soon another tabby goes missing, then Faythe herself gets captured and if she does not get ways soon, she may not get the chance to, ever.

There is of course a LOT more to the plot than this; we meet Faythe’s whole family and some extended family/‘Pride’ as well.

First off—I have to say that I really liked this novel—the whole huge family living together with the mother and father—I though it was great.

Also another thing I loved—Marc. Hands down my favorite character in this series so far! I love how possessive and jealous he gets of Faythe! Though Faythe, of course, does not as she does not ‘belong to him’. Now throw in sexy long time friend Faythe has not seen in a long while, Jace, who has a thing for her and well the mix is pretty. . .explosive.

That is one thing I admit to not liking at points in this book was Faythe. She seemed so—selfish at times. Not only that but childish and stubborn as hell. I like strong female character as much as the next person and loved that Faythe could kick-ass but I do like for the strong sexy possessive male to save/help the lady sometimes too!

There was a big twist involving someone from Faythe’s family being involved in the tabby kidnappings—that shocked me, especially after we ‘met’ this person.

How is he even remotely related to anyone else in Faythe’s family? I do not see any of the connection of character that they have; he and they were complete opposites in my opinion. Faythe is stand-up-kick-your-ass-spine-of-steal and he was well, kind of a cowered with a twig for a spine.

Altogether the book was very good with a pretty fast paced plot and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great urban fantasy/paranormal series to read. Looking forward to the next novel!



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