Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Stray (Shifters, #1) by Rachel Vincent

(Shifters, #1)

Rachel Vincent


4 stars out of 5
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 . .

My thoughts: 

First off, I'm so happy I finally picked this one up off my shelf and gave it a go. I love Rachel Vincent, and this book by her was, like her Soul Screamers series, an emotional roller-coaster read! Each page had me on the edge of my sit, stomach in knots and breath trapped in my throat.  
“When mice run, cats give chase.” 
I never knew I could like werecats so much; honestly, I thought they would be pretty lame, not fun to read about or have any attractive guys. Oh, Rachel, how you have proven me oh so wrong!! This book showed me that werecats can be badass, fun to read about, and have fictional guys that make you swoon! Not only that, but Rachel created a world really awesome to get lost in.  One filled with danger and love.  This book definitely had my emotions all over the place!

I really enjoyed Faythe, now, at times she did get a little over the top. I kind of wanted to pop over the head a few times. But she is a very strong female. I think that’s why I did end up liking her and even when the choices she made weren’t really the best ones, she’s always trying to do the right thing. Other than her doing some stupid things, Faythe is going to be a character I will definitely love to continue reading about

Now, Marc, I really liked him. Though, like Faythe, I wanted to beat him sometimes! Put both him and Faythe in the same room. Wow. I think what I liked about him was that he never gives up on Faythe, he supported her, even when she would do stupid things. He was a very fun werecat to get to read about.

Not only were those two fun to get to know, but Rachel also throw in a great cast of characters. I really enjoyed the dynamics of them, all the different personalities.  Also, I enjoyed getting Rachel’s dynamics on the family and society of the werecats. I figured it would be similar like werewolves, but really it had its own vibe. Werecats are definitely interesting creatures.

The story moved at a great pace, and Rachel knows how to throw those twists at you and keep you on your toes.  The buildup of the conflict, everything leading up to it and after just was brilliantly written in my opinion. I couldn't put this book down once I started it. I had to know what was going to happen next. To say this book gave me a full range of emotions would be a lie, I was all over the place, experiencing every emotion known and unknown to man. I also know that I love me some werecats, never thought I would, but Rachel has proven me wrong. And I am happy about that.
“Kicking ass is surprisingly therapeutic”
This is another series by Rachel that I'm going to be obsessed with and that will throw my heart all over the place!


  1. I totally get what you mean about Faythe! I really wanted to smack her sometimes. But I also think everyone else treats her very unfairly. I feel like when in doubt they blame Faythe... even Marc to an extent. But oh how I loved Marc. Anyway... awesome review *muggle huggles*

    1. Yeah, I agree they did treat her unfairly, just 'cause she a female! I didn't like. lol

  2. Yay!! I am so glad you loved this book!! It gets better, don't worry!! I understand the bopping, and I also luv Jase!! Sigh.. they are all great characters and Panther Shifters are awesome! One of my favourite moments is when Faythe and Marc meet for the first time since she left.... you go girl, put that boy in his place!! Great review!

    1. I'm so glad I finally picked it up! Panther shifters are awesome! I had no idea!

  3. Great review. Happy you liked it. I've been curious about this series :)

  4. Great review! :) I think I'm going to read this book :)


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