Stray (Shifters #1)
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...more
Faythe is one of the few female werecats in the United States. For some reason females are very rare, although it's never really explained why. Faythe wants to...more
MARC & JACE:
Well we guess it would be nice
If we could lick your cat fur
'Cause you can make a tom purr
No hotter furry than you.
But I've got to think twice
Before Marc beats me 'til I die
That shit hurts; I ain't gonna lie
Maybe a kiss or two...
Oh, but I need some time off
To go to grad school
I'll read some books and send my dad the bill.
And when the mean Enforcers
Drag my ass home, yeah
I'll forget about my boyfriend,
And get all up in your grill.
I guess you get the picture. Alright, let’s see...what’s to say about this book? For starters: I didn't even finish it. I stopped at page 340 of 618. I think I gave it a fair chance, didn’t I?
Our heroine in this story is a 23-year-old werecat named Faythe. Werecats are basically organized like wolves, they’re living together in packs with an Alpha as its leader and they look like panthers. No wait. They can't look like panthers because there is n...more
This book is a lot like her name. It's a horrible bastardization of an otherwise sound concept. Faith is a perfectly acceptable name apart from the Pavlovian upchuck reflex it gives me when it reminds me of Faith from Buffy and Angel.
The concept is o...more
A Checklist, By Faythe
When sensing a threat to your person, I find it’s best to do the following:
1. Get rid of any potential witnesses. If you’re about to get your ass kicked they could double as rescuers and how can you expect to get kidnapped or die a grizzly death with that type of pesky interference?
2. Forget calling for backup. Who wants to be told to do boring things like “Stay in a well-lit area” or “Get inside and lock the doors”?
3. Find the darkest...more
In fact it has almost exactly the same premise as Kelley Armstrong's book...
Girl flees uber-intense 'were' family to live alone in the 'real' world. Yet, despite her best efforts to lead a normal life she never truly feels like herself. Girl is forced (literally) to return home to a house full of domineering male 'were-creatures'. Were-females are slim pickings so, of course, all the males fight over her. And there is this one super intense...more
Stray is the start of a fun, action packed series featuring a very kick butt heroine and a yummy love triangle. The female lead can hang with the boys (and pretty much does, since there aren't many females hanging out at their compound). Faythe can fight like a man, and has the balls of a man when it comes to bravery. She has her stupid and selfish moments, but I also fe...more
I did like how she described the shifting but she didn't get the c...more
Stray is the story of a Pride of werecats. The werecats are led by Faythe’s father, in a kind of mafia-like arrangement of leadership and enforcers. There are very few female werecats of breeding age; most of the werecats are male. In Stray, someone is kidnapping the tabbies (female werecats) and our heroine Faythe Sanders becomes a victi...more
I have to admit that I wasn’t happy about starting this book because of that horrid cover. I don’t know what it means to represent? Surprise buttsecs? Hos’r’us? Bad tattoos stay with you forever? I don’t know. Horrible cover is horrible.
What made me go ahead and buy this thing is the fact that more than half of my Goodreads friend list gave it either 5 or 4 stars. Well hello mister popularity. I guess we ended up reading differe...more
Faythe is the daughter of an Alpha who is also the lead Alpha for all the US werecat territories. She is also one of only 8 unmated tabbies or females in the US. Of course, she is very valuable as there are probably hundreds of unmated males to their one. Faythe has 2 potential...more
I stayed up all night reading this book. It got to be too exciting and I had to know how the main character would get out of the situation she was in.
I will say that I liked the secondary love interest better than the main one. I don't know if the next book in the series features the same characters, but if it does, I will cheer him on. Go Jace!
Yeah, exactly. It's Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (and the sequel, Stolen, for...more
When I dig into Urban Fantasy, I prefer shapeshifters to be part of the background, blending in, doing their thing to propel the plot while other supes shine as the star players. I rarely invest in series which focus on shapeshifters as the mains – just not my thing (although Kate Daniels has proven to be a nice exception). This book is pure shapeshifter material – instead of werewolves, you have werepanthers, and there’s no other supe in sight. Still, the back blurb promised an entertaining...more
I LIKE Faythe and kinda want her to be my friend. I don't expect my heroines to be perfect, if they were it would be an awfully short book now wouldn’t it? I need a touch of reality...more
***Sidebar***First - I LOVE that a large portion of this book takes place in East Texas. Rachel Vincent says that Ranch is located in Lufin, TX. This was very amusing to me, because when I was 17, my parents moved us to Tyler, TX, which is awfully, awfully close to Lufkin. The only thing that would have made this setting more believable is if Vincent has her characters saying "fixin'" every few minutes. Such as, "It's fixin' to rain." Or, "I'm fixin' to mak...more
This was a pretty average urban fantasy. Nothing ground breaking; as many other reviewers have noted, it was basically Bitten with cats instead of wolves. The story was fairly predictable and the characters pretty standard. There was really nothing to make this book stand out.
So why did I like it so much? Honestly, I don't know. Despite the 618 pages, it moved pretty quickly. And I guess...more
I didn't care for the world-building in the book. Too much unexplained and nonsensical just for the convienence of the storyline. It seems like the author was trying to introduce a "regency-like" element where the women in the pride have no real freedom beyond what th...more
This book is so good that I must recommend it. I loved it. And if this book is supposed to be the worst of all the books in the series, I can't wait to get my hands on the nexts.The first half of the book wasn't as good as the second, but what an ending!
I loved the fact that the book was written in first person, and also that all the books in the series are about Fayth, at least I Hope they are.
Fayth is just this awesome...more
I love Faythe, I love Marc, and I also love Jace! Faythe does have her moments when she really shouldn’t be arguing or negotiating and thinking instead, but she’s still such a great character.
The storyline in this is really good! It can be a little slow in places, but most of the time there’s action and sexual tension. So good!
The book tells the story of -and from the point of view of- Faythe, an independence craving cat shifter....more
I can say for the sake of the author, that it wasn't her writing style per-say that I have not liked this book. It is most definitely her characters.
Faythe Sanders, first seemed to be the confidant woman who knew what she wanted in life. But turned out to be the same old, same old. Her rebellious streak ran out of luck when she was reunited with her gorgeous and possessive long broken-up-but-still-in-love-with boyfriend Ma...more
Okay, so the review…
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A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with...more