Monday, 22 February 2010

Review: Stray - Rachel Vincent

The difference between the movies and reality? In real life, I was the monster.

Faythe Sanders looks like an ordinary student, but she's hiding a dark secret: she is a werecat, a powerful supernatural predator. Yet headstrong, independent Faythe resents her power, heading to college to escape her family and her overprotective ex, Marc.

That is until a stray - a dangerous werecat without a pride or territory - catches her scent. With two werecat girls already missing, Faythe is summoned home for her own protection.

But Faythe will do whatever it takes to find her kidnapped kin. She has claws - and she's not afraid to use them.

Shifters Series:
Hunt (Novella)

Wildcats Series:
(This series is set in the Shifters world featuring characters we've already met but is paranormal romance rather than urban fantasy)
Lion's Share
Further titles and release dates to be confirmed

Visit Rachel Vincent's website for more information

Stray is a fantastic start to the Shifters series & I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the books. Faythe is one of only 8 unmarried female werecats in America which makes her a very important member of her Pride. Her family are very keen to see her settled & married so she can start producing the next generation of werecats but this is the last thing Faythe wants to do. She is very independent and determined to have a life of her own outside the Pride. For the last 5 years she has been at college but when she is attacked by a stray this gives her over-protective family the perfect excuse to bring her home.

Faythe is a brilliant character - she is smart & tough but she has plenty of flaws too. She can come across as selfish but it is easy to understand the motivation behind her actions. The fact that she isn't perfect makes her easier to relate to and made her feel more real to me. Back at home Faythe discovers she isn't the only one who has been attacked - 2 of her fellow tabbies are missing and she is determined to find out what has happened to them. Her family are equally determined to keep her safe and she is practically under house arrest, under 24 hour supervision from her brothers and her ex-boyfriend Marc. I absolutely loved Marc - he is madly in love with Faythe and wants her back. He has an incredible jealous streak but apart from that is he is pretty much my ideal man!

Feeling stifled by her family & Marc, Faythe tries to find room to breathe but ends up putting herself in danger. It is going to take all her strength and cunning if she is going to save herself and her fellow tabbies. Once the main action started I couldn't put this book down although there were times when I was almost frightened to read what was going to happen next - it was like watching a horror film where you can only watch by peeking over the top of a cushion! I think I went through every emotion possible when reading this - a sure sign of a good book. I'll definitely be going back for more of this series.

Source: Purchased

Other Reviews:
Ink and Paper
The Bibliophilic Book Blog
Tynga's Reviews
Story Wings
Magic Faerie's Paranormal Review
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.

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  1. This whole series sounds excellent. I have put them on hold at the library, but there are very few copies - so I'm trying to be patient. Your review is great and it makes me wish the books could magically appear on my desk :)

  2. Awesome review, Sarah! As you know, I absolutely love this series! It's ust fantastic! I hope you enjoy the rest of the books, and cheers for linking to my review! I shall link to yours from mine, too :)

  3. This book sounds really good and the cover looks amazing! I'm glad you liked it and I'll defiantly buy the series.

  4. Thanks for the link and great review!
    I am anxiously waiting for my Shift copy to be delivered, yo'll see the series gets better and better every books!

  5. What a great review! I'm definitely interested in this series :)

  6. @ Serpentine Librarian - It's so frustrating when you have to wait ages for books to get back to the library! I hope you don't have too long to wait for this series :o)

    @ Jo - I can't wait to read the rest of this series! I have a few library books that I've got to read as they need to go back soon but after that I'm planning on reading the rest of these books :o) I'll probably have a Rachel Vincent week LOL. Thanks for the link back!

    @ Morgan - I'd definitely recommend the series :o) I hope you enjoy it!

    @ Tynga - I can't wait to read the rest of the series!! I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into the books!

    @ Melissa - I think you'd like this one :o) The book is slower at the start (still good but setting the scene) but oh boy when the action starts I just couldn't stop reading LOL

  7. Great review, I've got this one on my kindle; hope to get to it soon!

  8. @ Teddyree - I hope you enjoy it :o)

  9. excellent review!

    this has made me want to read this series more now hehe

  10. I can't wait to see what you think of this series Wings :o)

  11. I've heard good things about this series. Just wish I could find the first book in the library. I'm going to have to go hunting for it for sure.

  12. Hi Elena, I hope you manage to get hold of Stray soon - it's a fab series! Can you order books from your library? Just a suggestion - I do that a lot with my library, it's really cheap to place a reservation & then they email me when it comes in. Worth doing when you really want the next book in a series LOL. I hope you enjoy it when you do get hold of it :o)



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