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Shift (Shifters #5)

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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  12,173 ratings  ·  480 reviews
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 ar
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Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published February 19th 2010 by MIRA Books (first published February 17th 2010)
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FlibBityFLooB
re-read Oct 2010: I am really glad I took the time to re-read this before starting Alpha. It was good to revisit all the characters and where the book left off. Still a 5 star book to me :)

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*running around in a panic* Arrrrghhhh! I shouldn't have read this so soon. I thought it would take me several days to finish, but I burned through 300 pages this evening because I couldn't put the book down. Now I have to wait until Alpha comes out later this year.

As always, this book is f
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Tiffany Danner
I was going to try to write this review without spoilers from the previous books in this series, but I honestly don’t know how to do it. Too much has happened that built up to this book to leave them out. I will avoid spoilers about the plot content of Shift and tread cautiously with previous books, avoiding spoilers about the main mystery/suspense plot of each book. Several people have asked if they can read this book without reading the previous books…. my answer is yes, you could if you reall ...more
Darcy
This was a great one to read as there was a lot of action going on and you are introduced to a new breed of shifter, the Thunderbirds, and finally Faythe has grown up enough to accept that if she is to be the Alpha she needs to make the hard decisions and live with the choices she has made.

This book is hard to review with out spoiling the storyline, but here are some random thoughts.

I have never been a fan of Faythe's mother, but in the first part of this book she finally steps up and becomes t
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Buqet
'' Kendimi Looney Tunes karakterleri gibi hissediyorum. Yalnız bu bölümde Tweety , Tom'u yiyiyor.''

Tam bu seri daha iyi olamazdı derken yine Rachel beni şaşırttı. Bu kitap diğer bütün kitaplardan farklıydı. Bu sefer ;kedicikler vs. gökkuşlar .

Kısaca kitabın konusu şöyle ; Faythe'in Gururu savaşa hazırlanıyordur. Üç gün içinde Malorn'un Gururuna saldıracaklardır ve ortalık kan gölüne dönecektir. Ethan yoktur ve herkes onu çok özlüyordur. Manx ve diğer tabby'ler korunmak amaçlı saklanacaklardır a
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Meredith Barrons
Loved this book. I can't see how there is only going to be one more book in the series. I feel like there are too many loose ends to tie up. It was good to see Faith taking charge it this book and getting ready to become Alpha. Emotionally this book was a rollercoster.... the whole love triangle between Faith, Marc and Jace is almost too much to take! I love them both and I will be disappointed no matter who she chooses because I love them both!
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
Faythe ROCKS!!! I just don't know how I am going to be able to wait for the next book, Alpha--It sounds like it is the final book in this series--anyone know?

When I first started reading about the Thunderbirds, I was kinda like--uh-oh, where is she taking this one? What was I thinking? Of-course it was awesome! It looks like the Thunderbirds will prove to be a handy-dandy little ally for the Sanders Pride--thank goodness, because they need some powerful ammo on their side. Oh, and I am so glad t
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AH
This book was intense!

Where to start? Let’s just say a certain megalomaniac, misogynistic werecat has a vision to become the head of the Territorial Council, no matter what. He plays mean and dirty and always seems to be a step ahead of Faythe’s pride.

Faythe, Faythe, Faythe. What can I say? I do like Faythe. I like her feistiness, her determination, and her developing diplomatic skills. Her timing sucks. Her ability to predict the consequences of her actions needs improvement. The dreaded love
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Patti Loves FAB Romance
You know how sometimes you wait for something you really want and when you finally get it you've built it up so much you're disappointed? Well, that did NOT happen here. I'd previously read the first four books in this series and LOVED them (my review here) and Shift did not disappoint either.

Shift takes up immediately where Pride ended: The South Central werecat pack is divided and a battle is coming. There's also retribution to be made for a death, and although she's trying to put it off, Fayt
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Booknut
Dear female protagonists of the fictional world:

Please refrain from keeping relationship-threatening secrets to yourself. Please. Because we all know that at some point tensions are going to boil-over and shit will hit the fan.

Use that brain - the one you have somewhere deep within the recesses of your head, past the cobwebs and posters of shirtless guys. Use it and you will find life is so much easier!! Yes! Using your brain means that 95% of the time you will not end up in situations (e.g. bra
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Kat Johnson
Oct 04, 2012 Kat Johnson rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Sarah
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 the reviews for Stray instead. This is my favorite 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 Prid
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valee
OMGOMGOMG!
I can't believe I finally got to read this book. It took me forever to read it, I know, but I finally did.

And just loved it!!!

The plot of this series is simply outstanding. If you like UF you will just adore this series. And what I like the most about it is that with every book it gets better and better. As most of my goodread friends have already read it I won't loose time writing a review saying things you have already read hundreds of times.

Just wanted to say that it was totally wor
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Sophia (FV)
Shift is the 5th book in Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series. This is actually the first book in the series I’ve read but I had no trouble at all picking up the story and keeping up. However, after speaking with friends who have read the entire series, I’m told that the impact of the story would have been much greater had I read the first four books first. Honestly, I don’t even know what to say to that since I was completely blown away reading Shift.

Werecat Prides are taking sides and making allian
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Kim
I had to force myself to go slowly with 'Shift'. After racing through the first 4 books, my body and mind couldn't handle another intense read straight away, and having spent so much time with Faythe and the gang I knew it was going to be an intense book. I'm glad 'Shift' didn't crush me emotionally as much as the previous books. There was certainly a lot of action and pain, both physically and emotionally, but I didn't find myself breaking as much as I have in the past. I was still affected by ...more
Kathryn
Well, I waited a while to read this one even though I had it at home. After reading Prey, I was so disgusted with Faythe. How could she sleep with Jace when she loves Marc...
Well, I truly love the series and Rachel Vincent is an extraordinary writer, so I began Shift.
I was so glad to see the book did not revolve around the love triangle.
The storyline was fabulous and fast moving. I was hanging on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens. The introduction of the Thunderbirds was fasci
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Mandi Schreiner
Reviewed by Amanda

I've never read anything by Rachel Vincent before but I have heard great things about her writing and her Faythe Saunders series. Its a series I've always wanted to pick up but with the ever growing TBR pile that I have it's another series that I have yet to get to.

It might seem odd then to start the series at book 5, but the books can be read as a stand alones so you don't need to have read anything in the series before this book.

You are dropped straight into the story. Fay

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Angela Corbett
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Aimee
Faythe Sanders is a werecat "Tabbie", who is known to find or attract more trouble than she should be able to handle. But with the help of her loved ones, she manages to dig herself out every time. Or, for the most part. This tradition continues in the 5th installment of the Shifters series. First, I would recommend that this series be read in order, from the beginning. It helps you attain the full effect of the tension built up thoughout the series.

WARNING: There may be spoilers about the previ
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Sammy Nicholas
I had a hard time understanding this book and after the first chapter I was somewhat able to keep going on. I thought this was the first book in the series and as I was reading it I kept thinking 'If I wrote this book, this would not be the first.' So I went on goodreads and looked up the author Rachel Vincent and found out that this was the fifth book! I started laughing so hard, the library gave me the wrong book! I requested Stray and they gave me Shift.
So once I got into the book and I wa
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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Oh. My. God. This is just a heart-stopper. I can't tell you how many times I stopped breathing. The tension alone is enough to leave you gasping. There is no mistaking that Alpha will be a heart-breaker. Faythe is left with so many decisions to make, I do not envy her at all.

I don't want to say too much but I will disclose the following:

1) Faythe is referred to as Kaci's mother and I have no problem with that because Faythe truly acts like it. She selflessly puts her life in danger on multiple o
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Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"...and the guilt from that carried over to transform this one awkward moment into a drama the likes of which daytime television had never seen."


Why do the best series end so quickly? 6 books is nowhere near good enough for stories that are this addictive.

I know a lot of people disagree, but I really enjoy the love triangle with Marc and Jace. I feel bad for what both Marc and Jace have had to endure as a result of Faythe's indecisiveness and selfishness, but damn, it's entertaining.
I thought t
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This series keeps getting more and more intense and emotional. Faythe has done a lot of growing up throughout these books, which is a BIG plus, since I couldn't take any more of her antics.

In this book she's showing more thinking, and she's starting to feel like true Alpha material. Except when it comes to dealing with the love triangle with Jace and Marc. Please someone put me out of my misery here!!! I don't have a clue who she'll end up with. I've always been a Marc supporter, and now, I just
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Jackie
I laughed, I cried and ultimately came away with a deep sense of admiration for Rachel Vincent's characterization of Jace, Marc, and Faythe in this installment of the story. Everyone has grown and now on to the end in Alpha where all the conflicts, issues and the future of the Were-Cats gets resolved. I like all the other series fans am going to be sad to see the last book but at the same time want to see what happens to all these characters that we have grown as attached to as if they were fami ...more
Cf
Enough - I am over Marc and Fathye

Marc needs to pick himself not the Pride or Fathye. Fathye can be Alpha with Jace at her side. But Marc should become his own ALPHA maybe over the free territory.

So with this book now Jace is the badass and Marc is still the puppy dog that will sacrifice his happiness for a selfish cow. This story is so old.

I pray the next book has Marc leaving and finding happiness with another tabby.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The only thing I can say to Ms. Vincent right now is: 'It's not you, it's me'. And next time please leave the damn love triangle out of the picture, or at least try to find a new approach to the whole thing. If I have to read another one of those predictable, heartbreaking stories, I'm going to stop reading altogether and buy myself a PlayStation console.
Sercan Vatansever
Yine güzeldi ama geçiş kitabı gibiydi sanki. Hani asıl olaylardan biraz uzaklaşılmış gibi geldi. Ama gökgürültüsü kuşlarına kesinlikle bayıldım tekrar söylüyorum. Aşk üçgeninin buram buram hissedildiği bir kitaptı. Faythe'in doğru yolu seçeceğini biliyorum ama...
Marc, Jace'i her kitapta dövmekten bıktı Jace dayak yemekten bıkmadı mk :D
Pamela / SpazP
"And sometimes, the hard way is the only way to go."
Dark Ruby Girl
well I am getting through this series quickly! Once again this was so amazing, I really can't fault these last few books of the series. I actually can't tell you that much in a review except that Faythe Sanders continues her adventure journey with her pride and the Marc/Faythe/Jayce love triangle is continuously tense and hot all at the same time. I find that Marc, while he does still try to over protect Faythe and when he tries to order her around I find that annoying, he has grown up a lot in ...more
Wendy Darling
Overall, I liked this book better than any of the others so far. The action was more exciting and I liked that it took place outside of the Sanders home. I think part of the reason I didn't enjoy the first few books as much (part of the reason, because there were a lot of problems with them) was because they were so limited in focus and nearly all the secondary males blended together. By moving the story out of that zone, it also freed up more time to focus on the primary characters. The show-do ...more
Lisa
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