**spoiler alert** I don't really have much to say about this book. It took me forever to get to reading it, because I was so tired of Faythe and her i...more**spoiler alert** I don't really have much to say about this book. It took me forever to get to reading it, because I was so tired of Faythe and her idiotic love triangle. I also spoiled myself on who she ended up choosing, and I just didn't want to read that. The book itself was good, I was happy that things were finally resolved and Colin Dean and Calvin Malone received their comeuppances. I was devastated when Faythe's father died, because he was one of my favorites. I have to give Vincent credit. She knows how to make you care about characters then snatch them from beneath your nose. I think she went to the Joss Whedon school of storytelling.
The one thing I hated about the book: the fact that Marc and Faythe were end game. Honestly, I would have been far happier if Faythe had just said no to both of them and insert her single woman Alpha status. Show the Prides that she didn't need a mate to run things. I really don't think that Vincent really did the whole "women issues" justice in this series when in the end, Faythe still marries the person that emotionally and mentally abused her throughout this entire series. I loathe Marc. I loathe everything he stands for, and he's an awful awful horrible boyfriend/mate. His jealousy and pettiness and possessiveness was never attractive, and I really hate the fact that Vincent made excuses for him and made it "okay" for Faythe to end up with him. I want romance, Rachel. Not real life abusive relationships, thanks.
I couldn't give this book four stars despite the fact that the actual plot was written very well. The ending was abrupt and there wasn't any wrap up. Dean and Calvin died, Jace takes over Calvin's pride, and Faythe is still not technically Alpha and she picked Marc. The rest is still up in the air, but I guess that's how it should be. If I had to read an epilogue that described how happy Faythe was with her oppressor boyfriend, I'd have thrown up. Needless to say, I don't think I'll be reading anything else by Vincent. Unless she stuck to straight up fiction and left the romance to other authors who actually do it better. (less)
The main reason I gave this book three stars is because Vincent spent more time trying to shove the love triangle between Faythe, Jace, and Marc down...moreThe main reason I gave this book three stars is because Vincent spent more time trying to shove the love triangle between Faythe, Jace, and Marc down our throats than spending time with the plot. The book felt a lot shorter than the rest of the books, but I think that's because it's pretty much the catalyst for the last book. I did like the introduction of the thunderbirds. It was interesting to see how other were-animals work, and I liked the very American Indian/Asian influence on the thunderbird culture. Honestly, I'd have loved to read about Kaci's time with the thunderbirds than reading about Faythe and Jace playing the back and forth game, and Jace and Marc deciding who has the bigger dick. I think I would have enjoyed the love triangle a lot more if I didn't loathe Marc with every fiber of my being. I don't think he got fleshed out as much as Jace did. I don't think he's grown as a character as Jace has throughout the series. Marc is still the entitled stray who feels that Faythe is his and doesn't give a fuck about anything else. I am so bored with this series, that it's going to take everything I have to finish the last book. I actually don't trust Vincent to do right by her characters by now, that I'm tempted to just read spoilers and be done with it.
Best part of this book for me? When Karen Sanders tells Counsilman Blackwell to pretty much shove his head up his ass. I love how she has become not only this 1950's housewife and mother, but a woman who has a backbone and will not be pandered to. She is what Faythe wishes she could be. I love all the other characters in this series more than I love the main character. And I want Greg Sanders as my dad, because he is such a badass character. I feel like everyone has gotten great character development, and Faythe and Marc kind of stay stagnant. Or maybe it's just Marc, and I can't stand Faythe by association. Either way, everyone else makes this series for me.
The one thing about this series that Vincent doesn't do very well is let things settle. We read that Brett Malone has evidence that will implicate Mr. My Balls Are Too Small So I Hate Everyone Malone, and not in but two pages, we find out he's been killed. Vincent couldn't have at least let us all believe that the Sanders and Co. have a standing chance? No, she has to throw salt onto a festering wound. Some things happened way too fast for my liking, and others just dragged on (i.e., the nonsense with the Unholy Duo and Jace). If anything, Vincent remains consistent in her writing. I consistently hate how she writes romance, and I consistently love how she writes action/fighting scenes. And I will consistently continue to bitch about Marc.(less)
**spoiler alert** I've reviewed all the other books, so it would only be prudent of me to review this one. I have to say that I liked this book much b...more**spoiler alert** I've reviewed all the other books, so it would only be prudent of me to review this one. I have to say that I liked this book much better than the other three. I don't know if it was because of the lack of Faythe/Marc, or what, but I felt that Vincent's writing really shines in 'Prey'. I know this series isn't classified as romance, but I found that when Vincent stepped away from the romance aspect of her books, they're much better. Yes, we have to deal with Faythe being 'Marc Marc Marc Marc Marc' for majority of the book, but I could get past that. I really thought it was interesting to see how far the other Prides would go to get control of the North American counsil. It wasn't too action packed, but there was plenty of action to go around. The dynamics between Prides has shifted considerably, and I like how although somethings are cleaned up, others become more complicated. Faythe, herself, shines in this book, and you can see her transform into the petulant little girl in the first book to would be Alpha. This is the Faythe that I want to stand behind and root for, so thank you, Vincent, for finally giving me that.
Ethan's death? Totally took me by surprise, and I will admit that I sniffled heavily over that, especially the scene between Jace and Faythe in the guesthouse. Vincent does a really great job of describing the anguish of her characters, especially her male characters. Of course, I'm not entirely down with the whole contrived love triangle trope in novels, but I love Jace, so I'm rooting for him.
All in all, after struggling through this series, I feel Vincent finally found her groove, and I can't wait to see what happens next. However, if Papa Sanders dies in this series, I will never forgive Vincent and write this series off as a huge waste of time. (less)
I've come to the conclusion that if Vincent stayed away from the contrived romance between Marc and Faythe, I'd liked this series much better. However...moreI've come to the conclusion that if Vincent stayed away from the contrived romance between Marc and Faythe, I'd liked this series much better. However, I liked this book a lot, and I'm officially interested to see what happens in the next two books. I don't really care about Faythe and her 'first world rich girl woe is me' problems, but more interested to see what happens to Kaci and Faythe's dad, whom as grown on me A LOT over the series. In fact, I like everyone except Faythe and Marc. Oh, and of course, Calvin Malone. I did like Faythe in this book better than the last two, but I'm sure she'll continue to piss me off and/or make me roll my eyes. Here's to hoping that she continues on her path of maturity. (less)
**spoiler alert** I have never physically thrown a book in my entire life, but I did with this book. Between Faythe's angry 'womyn' issues and "I'm an...more**spoiler alert** I have never physically thrown a book in my entire life, but I did with this book. Between Faythe's angry 'womyn' issues and "I'm an equal, hear me roar" and the woman/slut shaming in this series, I couldn't stomach it anymore. I got up to the part where Marc asked Faythe to marry him, and at that point I was just done.
I read a lot of reviews about this book, and what I'm most appalled at are the readers blaming Faythe for the issues between her and Marc. Maybe it's because I don't believe in wearing a contrite symbol as a promise to something more. I don't believe that Faythe HAD to take Marc's ring. I don't understand why it's imperative for her to get married in the first place. She'd make an awful wife, and she knows this. What I don't get is why Marc doesn't. It's Faythe's fault that he stayed hung up on her for five years? It's her fault that he tried to win her over in the first book? They'd make a horrible couple with her free spirit ways and his BLATANT anger issues. They are a domestic incident waiting to happen. I understand that it's a different verse, and that werecats do things differently, but I've ready series dealing with shape shifters, and none of them angered me this badly.
And let me talk about Faythe as a character. I understand a lot of her issues. The double standard of her world would infuriate me as well (and it does as a reader). If perhaps Vincent didn't write her as an insufferable whiny brat, then I might be able to tolerate her better. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and I'm left rolling my eyes more often than not at Faythe's anger/selfishness.
I wanted to like this series. I like the other characters in this book. I think the plot is well-written, and I want to know what happens. I can't, however, get over the absolute ASININE drama between Marc and Faythe. This review was written with only 3/4 of the book finished, so I can't comment on the rest of it. As far as I'm concerned, I'm entirely done with this series. It was fun while it lasted, but Vincent can shove her misogynistic ways down someone else's throat. I'm not swallowing her bullshit anymore.
Edit to Add: I actually finished the book because I wanted to see what happened, and how it was all connected. I think I would actually like this series better if Vincent just left the romance out of it. Or you know, get rid of Marc altogether. Sorry Marc lovers, but I don't find jealous, insecure, violent men attractive. To each their own, though.
I gave it a higher mark because of the story, but this series still needs mass improvement for me.(less)
It took me a little while to warm up to Faythe and most of the characters in the book. I'm all for a strong-willed woman lead who doesn't let the male...moreIt took me a little while to warm up to Faythe and most of the characters in the book. I'm all for a strong-willed woman lead who doesn't let the males in her life run it, but there was something about Faythe that rubbed me the wrong way. I think a lot of it had to do with the way Vincent writes her version of werecats and their Prides. I'm not a big fan of male dominated verses, so it's hard for me to get into a world like that. The whole violence against women that was rampant in this book kind of kept me from enjoying it completely as well. Sexual assault, especially against underage girls, is a big trigger for me. It's not a plot device I can stomach well. I also didn't care for the fact that Faythe decided to try again with Marc even though he's jealous, temperamental, and violent. There is nothing sexy about a man who will beat someone up because he can't have you. NOTHING. I'm giving the rest of the series a chance, because my friend who recommended the series to me says it gets better. We shall see. (less)
**spoiler alert** Despite the fact that there are 15 different plots going on, I really love this series. And Kenyon didn't disappoint with this this...more**spoiler alert** Despite the fact that there are 15 different plots going on, I really love this series. And Kenyon didn't disappoint with this this latest installment. It's kind of funny how after Ash's book, not all the Dark Hunters know Ash's past. I like that despite everything, they still stand beside him. I missed my favorites from this book, like Kyrian and Talon, and the lot from the earlier books, but I'm interested to see what happens in the next one.
As for the characters, can I just say that I really freaking love Dev? And I loved Sam. I love her badassness and that she could still be vulnerable without losing too much of herself. She was exquisite in the challenge scene with Aello, and I can see why Dev fell in love with her. Same can be said as to why she fell in love with Dev.
The story itself is becoming more and more interesting, and although Nick's book isn't going to be around for another TEN FREAKING YEARS, to see how he progresses to the man that we see in Infinity will be fun to read. Even if he pisses me off to NO END.
I really want Stryker dead. Like, I don't hate a character as much as I hate him, and his book didn't change any of that. However, to see that his father, Apollo, would do whatever he could to break the curse to save him was an interesting twist, and I am excited to see how that plays out. But I still want Stryker and his bitch heifer wife dead. Medea can stay. She's not too bad.
I want Urian to have his happily ever after so bad. Guh, hurry up and fix him, Kenyon.
And because this is a romance novel, Kenyon didn't disappoint with the love scenes. However, I do like that she's starting to get away from that being the sole focus and building her books to the more important plots. But she can still make me a little hot under the collar with her love scenes.
For me, reading Kenyon is like coming home after a long trip. She is my comfort. I read a lot of other paranormal romance novels, but she is the one author I can count on to not piss me off too much. Maybe that makes her predictable, but to me, that's the comforting part. I'm not always guessing at what's going to happen next, but she still leaves me surprised.(less)