Monday 19 April 2010

Review: Shift - Rachel Vincent

Sometimes you have to make a tough choice, knowing it might get you killed.

When vicious half-human, half-bird creatures kill two of her Pride and kidnap young tabby Kaci, sassy werecat Faythe is ready to wage war.

Yet with an injury preventing her from shifting into cat form, Faythe has to rely on her intelligence - and the help of hot-headed enforcers Marc and Jace, who are both ready to do battle for her heart.

With only forty-eight hours to save Kaci, Faythe faces impossible choices in the biggest test of her Alpha potential yet...

Shifters Series:
Hunt (Novella that links the Shifters and Wildcats Series)

Wildcats Series:
(This series is set in the Shifters world featuring characters we've already met but is paranormal romance rather than urban fantasy)
Hunt (Novella that links the Shifters and Wildcats Series)
Lion's Share
Blind Tiger
Wild Card

Visit Rachel Vincent's website for more information

This is the 5th book in the Shifters series so it is very difficult to review without giving spoilers for previous books. If you're new to the series I strongly recommend you don't read this review as this series really should be read in order - why not check out my review for Stray instead. This is my favourite Urban Fantasy series though so I'd definitely recommend you check it out!

This book continues the story just a couple of weeks after the ending of Prey - Faythe and the rest of her Pride are still devastated by the loss of an important Pride member and are preparing to go to war to get their revenge and stop Calvin Malone's attempt to take over the Pride Council. But attack comes in an unexpected form when they are set upon by the Thunderbirds - a Flight of bird shifters who are determined to destroy the Pride. The Pride have no idea why they are under attack and they are at a major disadvantage when their enemy can fly - they can't afford to lose more members if they are going to have a chance in the upcoming war. When the Thunderbirds manage to kidnap Kaci it falls to Faythe to discover what they want and to figure out a way to rescue her.

I have been a massive fan of the Shifters series ever since I read Stray but with each book I've been amazed that it has managed to be better than the last. Shift didn't disappoint and I was drawn into Faythe's world from the very first page.  I love the way Faythe's character has grown throughout the series - she still has flaws and makes mistakes but she is truly starting to show her full potential.

Shift is action packed from the word go and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. I really didn't know how the book was going to end and there were some great twists that I wasn't expecting. I have no idea how the relationship issues between Faythe, Marc & Jace will be resolved after the events of the last book. I feel for each of the characters and just can't see a way to give all three of them a happy ending.

The style of Rachel Vincent's writing has created an absorbing world that hooks you from the moment you pick up the book. I don't think I've ever felt so emotionally invested in the outcome of a series before and for that reason I am both longing for and dreading the final book Alpha. I'm sure Rachel will manage to surpass my expectations but I really don't want my journey with Faythe, Marc & the Pride to come to an end. If you haven't tried this series yet then I really recommend you go out and get a copy of Stray today - I'm sure you'll be as hooked as I am.

Source: Purchased

Other Reviews:
Tynga's Reviews
Ink and Paper
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.

Paperback / Kindle:


  1. Hey Sarah!
    I also wrote my review today:

    I am also anxiously awating Alpha but I don't want to to end =(

    I hope Rachel's next project another killer adult series ^^

  2. I can tell your loving this series. I havent seen these books around at the bookstore, but I am going to look for the first one. :)

  3. @ Tynga - fab review! I've added your link :o) I can't wait for Alpha but I really don't want the series to end! I hope Rachel will come back to the series one day even if it is focusing on new characters but with appearances for Faythe & the others

    @ Nina - I do love this series - how did you guess? LOL I'm sure you'll love it too! Please let me know what you think of it when you've read the first book :o)

  4. Awesome review, Sarah! I'm so glad you enjoy this series just as much as I do! It's fantastic! I'm with you, I can't wait to read Alpha, but I don't want the series to end, so I'm happy to wait as long as I have to, to put off the inevitable. It's going to be so sad to have to say goodbye! Thanks for the review.

    I reviewed Shift too :) I've linked to your review from mine.

  5. Hi Jo, I'm not sure how I managed to miss your Shift review link LOL! I'm adding it now :o) I will be very sad to say goodbye to this series but I need to know what happens with the triangle LOL. I don't wanna say goodbye to the werecats though - perhaps we should petition Rachel to write more hehehe

  6. Ive seen so around blogger and twitter about this series, i gotta get is ASAP, it sounds awesome!!

  7. OMG Bear - you haven't read this series yet??? Get yourself onto book depository / amazon now & buy it!! I guarantee you'll be hooked :o) Without a doubt my favorite UF series!!



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