Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Review: Stray by Rachel Vincent (Shifters #1)

Title: Stray
Series: Shifters #1
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 624
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Clockwork Angel

There are only eight breeding female werecats left...

And I'm one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I'd been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back... for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them...
I have never read a book about were-cats before and I found the Shifter world really intriguing. Female were-cats are very rare and so are fiercely protected and controlled by their Prides. They are destined to pair and breed with alphas groomed for leadership and that is that. I did sympathise with Faythe's struggle against living the stifling life that is chosen for her by her parents.

An unknown stray is stealing tabbies and so Faythe is ordered to come into the protection of her pride to avoid her being taken. Faythe started out really unlikeable, she is 23 and in college and she has a boyfriend, Andrew who is all but forgotten as soon as she steps foot back on her families ranch. I found her attitude towards her love interests very juvenile, and the macho posturing of Marc really didn't do it for me. There wasn't really a love triangle in this book but I feel like it is setting one up for the subsequent books in the series. I much preferred Jace to Marc. Marc doesn't care what Faythe wants, as far as he is concerned she belongs with him and that's final. Jace was more of a gentler soul and never acted like he owned Faythe just because she gave in to his advances.

Although this book was slow to start, by mid way it became impossible to put down. Faythe's fighting spirit really made me root for her and I became fully invested in the story. There are a lot of mysteries that haven't been explained and it does make me want to continue with the series just to see if I get the answers to my questions. Overall, a great read.

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