Monday, 1 March 2010

Review: Rogue - Rachel Vincent

There's a reason we have the rules we have, and apparently you're it.

Rebellious werecat Faythe is shocked when the bodies of murdered men begin turning up in her Pride's territory, especially as the killings can be traced back to her former life as an ordinary college student.  But could a message from an old friend provide a chilling clue?

Faythe knows that a past indiscretion may have led to these men's deaths.  She also risks exposing her family's supernatural secret.  Faced with a terrifying choice, Faythe must decide: pray the council grant her mercy - or risk everything to persue her own brand of justice.

Shifters Series:
Stray
Rogue
Pride
Prey
Shift
Alpha (Fall 2010)

For more information visit Rachel Vincent's website

Review:
I loved Stray, the first book in this series, and I was far from disappointed with Rogue.  I would really recommend reading this series in order & although there won't be spoilers for Rogue in this review I can't help but give away some things that happen in Stray.  If you've not started this series yet then I suggest you don't read any further.

The story continues several months after the end of Stray and as she promised her father Faythe is now working as an enforcer alongside Marc, who she is also now dating again.  She is still unsure of her long term plans but is enjoying being an enforcer and is determined to prove herslef to her father & the rest of the Pride.

It isn't long before strange things start to happen though.  The Pride starts to get anonymous phone calls directing them to the bodies of dead strays in their territory.  They also discover a pattern of missing human strippers that seems to be linked to the bodies and Faythe is getting threatening phone calls from her ex-boyfriend Andrew.  Is it all a coincidence or is everything somehow linked together?

I really enjoyed reading this book, Rachel Vincent has a way of sucking you into the story and making it impossible to leave.  Faythe is strong and independant but she can also be selfish and immature.  At times I wanted to shake her but the very fact that she has her weaknesses makes her seem more human.  None of us are perfect and it can be easier to relate to someone who has such obvious faults.  There is also a lot of room for Faythe to grow up throughout the series & I'm looking forward to watching this happen.

I love the relationships between the Pride members and it is easy to feel like you know the characters personally.  Marc is fantastic & I really have to wonder at Faythe's sanity when she pushes him away, sometimes it is really hard to see why he puts up with some of the things she does.  I also really like Faythe's brothers.  We didn't really get to see much of Faythe's mother in the previous book but she comes into her own more in this book and you get to see more of her influence on Faythe's character.

As with the previous book there are lots of things going on and although I was able to make some guesses about how things were going to tie together there were a lot of things that came as a complete surprise.  The book ended on a major cliff hanger & I was just relieved that I already own Pride and was able to start reading it immediately!  If you haven't already discovered this series then I can't recommend it strongly enough.

Source: Purchased

Other Reviews:
Ink and Paper
Tynga's Reviews
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.

7 comments:

  1. This book sounds so good. I know I say it every time, but this series just sounds excellent, and I wish I could find the time to read it! :)

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  2. I have heard such good things about this series! I am glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  3. I have not started this series yet but have heard nothing but good things as well.

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  4. I agree with Melissa they look and sound good, but just havent the time! :)

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  5. Glad you enjoyed it! I just LOVE this series, Ethan is my favorite of her brothers, but I found myself very fond of Jace as the series progress.

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  6. Awesome review, Sarah! Ohh, Rogue was good! I love how Rachel manages to make her books so intricate, that the smallest detail is part of a bigger picture and how everything links. She's brilliant! Thanks for linking to my review!

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  7. @ Melissa - I know the feeling, there are just so many fantastic books out there I don't think I'll ever get time to read all the ones I want to LOL. I would recommend this series though :o)

    @ Lily - I really loved the first 3 books :o) Can't wait to read more from Rachel Vincent!

    @ Mar - It's definitely one I'd recommend :o) Not so much romance in this series as some but there is enough & so much action too!

    @ Nina - LOL I think we should be petitioning for extra hours in the day so we have more reading time :o)

    @ Tynga - I love Ethan - him & Jace together always make me laugh :o) I also have a soft spot for Owen but I really want a Marc of my own LOL :o)

    @ Jo - You're right, there are just so many things she includes that suddenly become part of the bigger picture when you have all the pieces of the puzzle :o)

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