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Shift by Rachel Vincent
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Nov 17, 11

bookshelves: rachel-vincent, were-animals, supernatural
Read from November 14 to 15, 2011

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 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.
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