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Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game...Play? "Right." My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother "and" an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.

Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.

386 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published June 30, 2009

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Rachel Vincent

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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 two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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Profile Image for Sarah.
3,343 reviews1,015 followers
March 5, 2017
1st Read - March 2010
2nd Read - August 2015

Original Review

This is the 4th 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 start reading from the beginning as this really is a series you need to read in order.

I was already a massive fan of this series but I honestly think that this is the best book yet. There was so much going on & I literally couldn't put it down! Marc is in exile which is bad enough but when he goes missing Faythe is out of her mind with worry. Along with searching for Marc she has to deal with Manx's trial and Kaci's diminishing health as she is still refusing to shift. That's nothing compared to the political manoeuvres that Calvin Malone is putting into place to try and oust Faythe's father as the Alpha of the south-central Pride. If ever there was a character I wanted to climb into a book just to punch it would have to be Malone!

Prey takes you on a complete emotional rollercoaster - it is the first book in a long time that actually made me cry. Parts of the book are absolutely heartbreaking and although at the time I was crying "Noooooo" and begging Rachel Vincent not to do it, I do think that what happened is going to have an important impact for the series. The plot is as even more action packed than I was expecting and the number of twists the story takes is incredible.

We really do see Faythe start to grow up in this book. Without Marc to lean on she has to stand on her own 2 feet and I can see the makings of a great Alpha in her. She still isn't perfect and makes several mistakes but her character has come a long way since Stray. The book doesn't end on as much of a cliff-hanger as some of the previous books but don't let that make you think you won't be itching to get on with the rest of the series because you definitely will be. This really is a series that I can't praise highly enough - if you haven't already started reading it then you need to buy it now. I promise you won't regret it!


2nd Read

Even on a reread knowing exactly what was going to happen this book broke my heart & reduced me to tears! I guess that goes to show how invested I am in this world & the characters.

I'm annoyed with Faythe for one particular mistake she made but I think it was kind of understandable considering the circumstances & she has definitely grown up a lot since the first book.
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2,473 reviews1,086 followers
January 27, 2016

“You think he left a big flashing arrow pointing to a filing cabinet labeled 'Evidence Here!'? He's a Stray, Ethan, not Wile E. Coyote!”

It's rated 4 stars, like the others in the series, but it's the best of the first four. Maybe I should be more careful with rating books in the future.

My other reviews show that I never liked Faythe much - she's abrasive, bitchy, vindictive, and kind of cocky, all turn offs. Here she tones it down some and I felt more heart than horror, which helped me read the plot through her point of view. I couldn't care much about the rekindling emphasis with Mark, but the main story is fascinating - they have to investigate why Mark has gone missing and who is doing a certain big-bad to strays in the area. Behind all that there's the convoluted politics her father and family keep fighting as they feel the power slipping through their paws.

There's an uber sad scene in this one which surprised me. I admit some tears leaked out as life did. Didn't see it coming and the character was one of the best the series offered. The writer also decides, during the fourth book, to introduce a potential love triangle, which is usually done earlier on in a series. I'm not in the mood for a love triangle but considering the circumstances it's kind of forgivable right now.

I couldn't imagine a shifter urban fantasy series that wasn't violent when violence is shown - the same can be said for this one. Vincent doesn't shy away from the carnage, well done action sequence fighting, and gory stuff when sadness splatters on page. There's not much tension but there's a sense of mystery and wondering what's going to pop up next. She's good at keeping the story going where you never know exactly where things will lead, throwing small plot wrenches into the story to keep it shaken up.

I'm glad I stuck with this series. It's not perfect, I'm not star-struck by the main player, and shifters are one of my lesser liked paranormal buddies - but this is worth a read for the political infighting, surprised story-lines, and emotional slaps in the head.

Profile Image for Pam Nelson.
3,306 reviews103 followers
April 25, 2017
5 Prey Stars

Hot damn these books just keep on getting better!

A lot happens and you are taken on an adventure.

Faythe is on the hunt for Mark because he is missing!

KC still won’t shift but she might if Faythe could just have a moment to help her.
There is a lot of council business going down, and then there is a hella sad scene. So much sadness.
I loved how everyone comes together to fight.

There are a few times in the book I wanted to yell and scream WHY!! WHY???!!! Really, WHY!!!

And I hope it gets straightened out in the next 2 books.
These books are fantastic, I am on to the next!

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
Profile Image for Jamie.
356 reviews150 followers
February 2, 2012
This book, for me, was a better than the previous book, all drama aside. I enjoyed the mysetery of the stray toms and Marc, and I liked the technology angle. There were some great fight scenes - I especially loved the one where Faythe beat the heck out of Pete. I was even shocked when I read about the betrayal at the end of the story - maybe I was blind in this one, but I never saw it coming. There was a lot of action in this book which was balanced nicely with the already ongoing plot points.

One thing about this book is that is gave me a reason to complain. I think this book was set up to cause angst, but it really just made me angry.

The death of Ethan was heartbreaking. Not the actual death itself. I was upset, but at the same time, I saw it coming from the moment Jace brought kaci back to the ranch. The part that was a killer for me was when Greg and Karen were grieving their son. As a mother of two boys, this was just too easy to imagine.

In the living room, Ethan lay on the sofa, his head hidden from sight by the armrest. Someone had tucked his arm at his side, and my mother sat on her knees in front of the couch, one hand stroking Ethan's hair back from his face.

It was hard to read these scenes, but I admired Karen's attitude. After she left Ethan's body, it was a strong front she put on for the rest of the family. She was still upset and there were tears, but she became the steel backbone of her family, and I was in great admiration of this chracter.

The fall-out from Ethan's death is what made me the angriest. Faythe is one stupid girl. She's gone from a spoiled, tabby princess to an enforcer that makes questionable decisions. Her union with Jace pissed me off like few fictional things have.

Faythe was very close to Ethan. It was debilitating for her to lose him. But her actions following her death were despicable. When Faythe went to check on Jace, who had also just lost his BFF, I didn't think anything of it. Who hasn't had a drink, or four, in the midst of a stressful situation? I totally get that. But to have sex with Jace, in the house where Marc used to live, while Marc was fighting for his life, is unforgiveable to me. Marc was kidnapped, in part, because of Faythe's bad decision making skills.

And I don't want to hear how she "has feelings" for Jace. Hello? She's thinking of Marc before and after her tryst with Jace. On page 255:

We wanted them all back. Including Marc. I wouldn't be able to stand losing him so close to Ethan.

On page 257, the Jace kissy-face begins. On page 261:

"We can't do this. I'm with Marc. I love Marc." And the real bitch was that I'd still love him even if he never forgave me for what I'd just done.

Now, she has a connection with Jace. Puh-leeze! I don't care if she was drunk and grieving, there is no excuse for what she did with Jace. NONE. Marc has never wavered from Faythe. She has turned him down and broken his heart too many times to count, and yet he still wants Faythe and is loyal to her. It's time for Marc to man up.

I don't think Marc should forgive Faythe. Who's to say she's not going to repeat these actions? Marc is the rock in this relationship. Faythe sways with the wind. It's not fair to Marc, and it's not fair to the Pride that Faythe wants so badly to lead. How is a struggle between Jace and Marc going to go over with the Pride? Not well, I would guess.

Faythe wants her cake, and wants to eat it, too. No worries, Faythe, I'll take your cake off your hands, no problemo!

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Profile Image for Buqet.
204 reviews
July 9, 2011
'Marc ölse bilirdim , bunu hissederdim...'

Tek kelimeyle muhteşem bir kitaptı. Uykusuz kalmama , durmadan salya sümük ağlamama değdi. İnanılmazdı. Bu seriyi fantastik epik eser olarak Anita'ların yanına eklemek gerek. Hatta mutlaka herkes okumalı. Tam Dönüşüm serisi bundan iyi olamaz derken birden bu kitapla birlikte level atladı. Tek solukta okudum ve durmadan bir aksiyon , duygu patlaması , eğlenceli ve güzel diyaloglar vardı.

Kısaca konumuz şöyle ; Faythe'in babası Alfa Greg'in başı derttedir. Konsey onun başkanlıktan çekilmesi için tekrar bir oylamaya gidecektir. Faythe ve mafya arkadaşları oy toplamak için serbest bölgeye giderken hala sürgünde olan Marc'a da uğrarlar. Marc ve Faythe uzak ilişki yaşıyorlardır.Faythe evine geri döner ve çok geçmeden Marc'ın bir arkadaşı olan serseriden telefon alır. Marc kaçırılmıştır ve ortalık kan gölüdür. Marc bolca kan kaybetmiştir ve ölmüş olabilir.Faythe hemen olay yerine gelir. Herkes onun öldüğünü söyler ama Faythe buna inanmıyordur.

Bundan sonrası spoiler içerir çünkü sitem etmeden duramayacağım. Ethan... Tanrım bu adamı ne çok severdim. Niye hep sevdiğim karakterlerin başına bir şeyler geliyor ki :) Sonu büyük bir sürpriz ile bitti. İyi ki yayınevini beklemiyorum çünkü her halde tırnaklarımı yemeye başlardım. Yani özetle , ben diğer kitaba geçiyorum. Çalıştığıma , cevremin bir sürü türkçe bilmeyen turist ile dolu olduğna aldırış etmeden Reader'a gömülüyorum :).
Ps. Mutlaka ama mutlaka bu seriyi okumalısınız. Pişman olmazsınız.
Profile Image for Suzan.
583 reviews
June 9, 2020
Beni gözümü şişirecek kadar ağlatan nadir kitaplardan biri Ethan i o kadar benimsemişim ki kendi abim gibi oturup ağladım, yine😔
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Profile Image for Esra Kara.
355 reviews26 followers
October 22, 2022
Tam diyorum ki Faith ilk kitaptaki gibi saçma salak ergen gibi davranmıyor. PAT!! Hemen ardından acayip aptalca bir şey yapıyor. Böyle kitap karakterlerinin hastasıyız. Gerçekten! Marc umarım serinin sonunda bu kızla birlikte olmaz ya, bu kız gerçekten hak etmiyor Marc'ı.
Profile Image for Sam Nicholas.
588 reviews
December 22, 2010
This was honestly the best one so far. Mark missing, and Ethan! I loved Ethan so much! I was so sad when that happened, the ending was a shocker, I was not expecting that at all. I love all the action, and you see different sides of every character, and a good example of a majorly changed character would be Jace. He went from a fun to be around person to a serious possible alpha. The fight at the end got a little nasty but I wouldn't expect anything different. This was the best book out of them all because this book was the big change, it's where everything bad started, and everything that was good ended. Now the only thing left to do is fight for the good. Can't wait for Alpha to come out! (Since I accidently read Shift first. lol)
Profile Image for Mafer.
459 reviews19 followers
January 11, 2016
I wasn't expecting that turn of events... Heartbroken
Profile Image for Bex.
385 reviews58 followers
November 27, 2010
Ms. Vincent takes us deeper into the politics that surround Faythe and the decisions she has made. What really makes this book fantastic is the mixture of moments that just tear out your heart and the moments that make it beat about a mile a minute. Who needs skydiving when you've got Faythe and her fellow cats? That's enough of a kick to get any adrenaline junky bouncing around.

I have to say, I loved Faythe in PREY. Sometimes series make me a little nervous because if they're really good, it becomes more difficult to keep that up for the next book. I liked Faythe when I discovered her in Stray, I found her captivating (and slightly addicting) in Rogue, and come Pride, I was totally hooked.

I should have read PREY ages ago. Faythe was phenomenal in this book, leaving me twitchy to read the fifth book in the series, Shift. For some reason, Ms. Vincent's books have a different feel than many shapeshifter books. The mechanics of the shifting are made quite real to the reader and it's easy to pop down and really visualize what's going on in the story. Combine that with the honest and kick-butt nature of our heroine, Faythe, and you've got one series that I just adore.

The other characteristic of Ms. Vincent's writing that makes PREY (and the entire series) a must-read? She's not afraid to write the hard stuff. She writes what she knows will make the series stellar and makes no apologies for it (okay, so she does actually apologize sometimes, but her plot developments, however much we may wish things had turned out differently, are completely necessary). She is a master of her craft and I hope to see her around for quite a while.

I highly suggest this to any fans of paranormal fiction. Ms. Vincent is a master of shapeshifting action, creating stories that develop an addiction in her readers. Seriously - her writing is a drug!
Profile Image for Darcy.
12.7k reviews447 followers
July 24, 2009
This was a hearbreaking book in so many ways. It seems like in every book Faythe is forced to grow up a little more and realize that the world does not revolve around her, like it has for so much of her life. This book is no different. She is living with the consequenses of her decisions from previous books, although not happy about it. The situation with Kaci is quickly approaching critical, and Manx is facing the trial.

I think the outcome of Manx's trial is worse than if they would have put her to death. For what has happened to her, being made helpless and having to depend on other (mostly men) will be a hard pill to swallow. She does take the decision with grace, and I love the idea of her going to stay with Vic's family. While she could never replace Sara, her being there could help heal the wound.

The inter political workings of the prides comes out in full force here. You really can't help but the hate Malone and his pride. It really seems like he is playing dirty, and while Greg and his crew is trying to take the high road they are forced into a situation where that just isn't possible. I found myself with tears running down my face during this scene and the ones to follow. Watching the family deal with the fallout was horrible. Faythe was once again faced with making some really tough decisions, ones that were for the good of the pride and not what she really wanted to do.

She also made one really stupid choice, that I think will come back to bite her in the ass. I get the whole idea of comfort sex, and we have seen where she has done this before, but the person she picked could make things blow up bigger than ever. And how funny is it that it took one big loss and this for him to grow up and decide that he is in the race for her heart, and will do what ever it takes to win. Not sure what I think of that.

I like resolution with Mark, because really at this point when war is coming fast, you really need all your assets to be working with you. I also liked the friendship with Dan Painter. It was funny to see. Mark was so used to having people around that it seemed like he was creating his own substitue pride while in exhile of his true one. I didn't see what was coming with Dan, and felt many of the same emotions that Faythe did.

I can't wait for the next book, to see how the prides stack up and on who's side they are on, plus there is the bomb of the last page to see what happens.
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February 13, 2010
There was so much action-mystery-tension-adventure in this book...I was on edge roughly every other page. When I started this series, I was so torn between Jace and Marc. In the beginning, I was totally loving Jace as Faythe's potential mate. I loved his fun loving personality and the picture I have of him in my mind is totally yummy. Then, I liked Marc too--total Alpha material and I knew that for the future of the Pride, Faythe would have to choose a strong mate and that mate would be Marc over Jace based solely on dominance. Although my love for Jace never faded, I just didn't think he had it in him to stand up to and beside Faythe, therefore, I couldn't see love in their future. She needs a very strong male as her mate. As soon as Ethan died, I knew that would be the turning point for Jace and that he would become a frontrunner for Faythe's heart. I think he is showing more Alpha-like qualities and she is seeing that too. Having Marc back at the ranch will throw a monkey wrench in their budding romance, but will make things very interesting for sure. I am so torn between the two, but right now, I am rooting for Jace.

As far as the plethora of other scenarios that continue to unfold...I am hooked! So many questions left unanswered. I can't wait until March for the next book.

Oh and I have to say Daniel Painter--what a total disappointment. I was really rooting for the guy. Argh!! and Calvin Malone... What. A. Bastard. I really hate the guy. Then, the declawing of Manx was a complete shocker. Finally, I am super pumped that Angela is preggo--what a great thing that the Sanders will have a little living piece of Ethan. What a great ending to a great book!

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Profile Image for Mihri.
380 reviews69 followers
April 30, 2021
Ağlamaca. Bininci kez buraya gelip yine ağlamaca yazarım çünkü sabah ' artık bu seriyi rereadlemeyi bırakmalıyım' derken şimdi de acaba kaç ay sonra yine dönüşüm aşeririm diyorum.
Profile Image for Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog).
1,732 reviews543 followers
December 22, 2015

Marc has been forced to leave the pride in order to save Faythe's life and they only have one weekend together every six months until they can fix things. But strange things are happening in the free territory and when Marc goes missing, his house soaked in blood and containing two dead bodies, Faythe is determined to save him and get to the bottom of their troubles.

I don't even know how to begin this review, all I want to write is i love it i love it i love it over and over, so forming any kind of coherent thought is proving a little difficult mainly because, you guessed it, I loved it. For me Prey is the best book in the series, where we see the politics really starting to heat up causing all sorts of pain, heart break and death.

It isn't only the politics that are heating up though, the love triangle Vincent has set up between Faythe, Marc and Jace suddenly gets really really complicated. Now, this is the one thing I don't like about these books, I hate love triangles, you always know exactly who the girl is going to go for and the whole thing always seems contrived. Honestly, although it didn't feel contrived to make pointless emotional stress, I still know exactly who Faythe will end up with and frankly I was far more interested in seeing what was going to happen next in the story than I was in Faythe's love life.

Prey had me firmly in its grasp, it was one of those books you couldn't put down until you found out exactly what was going to happen next. And what happened next often landed me in tears, some of frustration and some of pure heartbreak, alot happens in this book that will reverberate all the way through to the end of the series. And more than that, it reverberated with me, you always know a good book when it touches on your emotions, which is exactly what Prey did to me.

As I said at the beginning of the review, i loved it i loved it i loved it, this is exactly as urban fantasy should be, full of action, an intriguing storyline and characters you can't wait to get back to.
Author 20 books65 followers
April 21, 2018
i am NOT happy!!!!!!!

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Profile Image for Wendy Darling.
1,636 reviews34k followers
May 8, 2011
Well, things are finally starting to get interesting! I had to really push to get through books 1-3 and there are still a lot of flaws in this book, but it's saved by a few interesting plot developments.

Faythe is also a little less abrasive in this book, and the plots aren't quite so repetitive. The ending with the news that isn't something I really care much about, but it is interesting that there is now a change in the triangle. One which I'm hoping I will like.
March 3, 2016
*3.5 stars*

Prey was a really good edition to the series. I really enjoyed the way the plot is developing, and the way this book wasn't predictable at all. I still really like Faythe, despite a few issues I had with her in this book. I also cried at a certain part of this book that anyone who has read will know what I'm talking about.

It's made me really excited for Shift, book 5, which I will hopefully get to this month.
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833 reviews32 followers
December 4, 2020
I like this book series since it makes me glued to the pages most of the time. It has everything I like in my urban fantasy. I had some questions about plots and convenience at one time but it was soon resolved. The flawed main character is set in such a way that readers get their chance at cracking ideas and puzzling out things while they read in a satisfying manner.
I can't wait for a chance to read the last two books of the series!
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231 reviews15 followers
May 1, 2021
şokingen. sonu cidden beklemiyodum NOLCAK SİMDİ NOLCAK CİDDEN...

bu kitapta o kadar ağladım ki ben ağlama makinesi oldum bu ara ya
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Profile Image for Marissa.
600 reviews107 followers
July 16, 2010
Wow. Just. Wow.
I am still in shock. So much stress, so much heartache, so many fateful decisions.
I understand the need to sometimes have a much-loved character die. It becomes necessary to further the storyline and strengthen characters that needed to grow. It’s awfully sad, tempers flare and disastrous things happen. That being said…
I love Jace. I really do, but after “the tequila incident”, he went into full on manipulation mode. Faythe was instantly regretting what happened, even before the condom was off. Jace saw that, sensed the looming loss & rejection, and used it against her own pain and humiliation to force false feelings and reactions. Obviously, I understand Jace did just lose his brother/best friend/other half and has harbored feelings for Faythe, probably for forever, but Faythe has always been Marc’s. The only time she ever wavered was when she was pissed off or rebelling…or both. Does he really think her feelings would just snap, abandoning Marc and professing undying love and devotion to him? God, I hope not! She probably isn’t feeling anything but confused emotions, stemmed from a great tide of tragic events, fueled by uncomfortable guilt & fear of losing any other loved ones.
Maybe I’m just upset because I had such grand delusions of a future Jace & Kaci. Hopefully taking over Malone’s pride, which should be Jace's anyway, right?
Anyway, I loved this book nonetheless, and am anxiously curious where everything is going.
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6,423 reviews215 followers
November 2, 2018
lolololololololololol this book, man.

Prey was some kind of terrible. I honestly have no idea what keeps pushing me to go back into this series.. but since I'm sort of almost done (like 2 books left?) I might as well suffer a bit more. Plus, they are audios and I can at least do something interesting while listening to these suckers.

Okay, first off.. I still hate faythe. Again, her name is annoying to type out but other than that I just hate the bitch. I will say this again: she deserves to die alone right now. I can't believe how she did Marc dirty. That little whore made me so god damn mad. I knew there was going to be some stupid love triangle shit because Jace has been looking at her like some hurt ass puppy because someone else had her. UGH!

I hate everyone in this book.

Second, these endings. I hate "cliffhangers" and I just hate certain people.. more. Again, I hate everyone in this book people. I can't name one person who I actually like.. because once I get an inkling.. they do something annoying or frustrating.

Profile Image for Ronda.
861 reviews138 followers
June 3, 2011
...I've broken my heart, suffered rage, laughed silly and ached!!! This book has given me a roller coaster of emotions and I've enjoyed every single moment... Prey is the 4th book in the series and the best so far... and I've said that about each book along the way. I have so much more to read in the next book, I know that beyond a doubt and I can't wait to start it.
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849 reviews197 followers
July 5, 2011
Major Spoilers! So before you click on 'View Spoiler' think about it...do you really want this book ruined? Unless you've already read the book, then go ahead :)lol

I think this book is a perfect example of an emotional rollercoaster. There were parts where I was LMAO, others where I was pissed off, others where I was very excited, and others where I was just crying my eyeballs out (which of course, is anatomically impossible, lol). Not that this is a bad thing…I love a book with emotion! It’s what makes it great :D

So Marc has been exiled from the Pride…not that I care. But, of course, Faythe does *rolls eyes dramatically* Then we have Manx who is going to trial for killing all those toms (and she just had her baby…a boy). And then there’s Kaci who is still refusing to Shift…and that’s killing her slowly. Stubborn kitten -_- lol

It seems like Faythe has a lot on her plate at the moment (did I forget to mention that her dad has been removed as Head of the Territorial Council?) But that’s nothing compared to what is coming her way.

While she and two other enforcers (one of them being Ethan *sighs* hehe) escort Manx to her hearing, Faythe meets up with Marc (*gags*) This is possible because they are passing though Free Territory, which is where Marc is. However, along the way they were ambushed by strays… and a lot of them too. Most obvious reason for this: two tabbies in the free territory (the tabbies being Faythe and Manx, of course).

So after the ambush and after they left the free territory (and Marc) behind, they dropped off Manx at the di Carlo house for her hearing. Faythe and the guys go home where Faythe was going to try to convince Kaci to Shift. And that’s when Dan Painter calls to let them know that Marc is missing *cue dramatic music* And again, not caring. Although, I was having other feelings…*does happy dance secretly* :P I mean, come on!! This is Marc! How can someone just take him?

So naturally, Faythe goes out to look for him. They don’t find him, but what they do find is that strays all over the free territory have been implanted with tracking devices without their knowledge!


Yep, my exact reaction lol

So Faythe (and the enforcers she had with her) goes back home to show their Alpha what they found, and also because Kaci is getting worse. (And if you really care to know, they sent out a whole bunch of people to look for Marc.) So while the grown-ups were talking, Kaci was sent out for a walk with the Wonder Twins…God I love them *sighs*
What they didn’t know was that Malone (I hate that guy-_-) sent out a few cats to take Kaci, since Faythe and her father wouldn’t give her up voluntarily.

But this one incident brought Jace and Faythe together (reminder: Marc is still missing)!! I was sooo excited! The whole time I was grinning like a crazy person! But then Faythe had to go and ruin the moment -_- Jeeze Faythe, its Jace…why don’t you just enjoy the moment?! I just don’t understand why Faythe would choose Marc over Jace! I mean, Jace is soo sweet, charming, and gorgeous with those adorable dimples…*sighs* there’s just something about a guy with dimples. And Marc, well, because I said I would try to stop the hating, all I have to say is that he needs major anger management!

And I brought the subject back to Marc…great! (note sarcasm) Faythe goes back out to find Marc. And just when they find Marc, things get a little twisty.

So far I really like this series…a lot! I just wish there was more Jace action. And I feel the need to mention that I will always be Team Wonder Twins, no matter what. <3 Ethan forever…

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645 reviews1,013 followers
February 2, 2010
You've got to hand it to Rachel Vincent. She can churn out a page-turner like nobody's business. And, really, with the way she tends to end each novel on a spectacular cliffhanger, I appreciate how close together Mira has released the last two. Installment number five, Shift Shifters 5, is due out in just one month and so I'm particularly glad I waited awhile to read PREY as the end of this one left me even more bereft than the last. A feat I didn't think was actually possible considering the consequences surrounding that ending. I had heard rumors of darkness swirling their way through the internets in regards to this volume and that probably contributed a little bit to my rather unusual willingness to wait as I was afraid of who would be hurt this time and by whom.

Faythe is counting down the hours. Since one of the conditions of her acquittal was Marc's banishment to the neutral territory, she's been on pins and needles worrying about his safety, relying on infrequent telephone calls to reassure her of his continued wellbeing. And when she's not fretting over Marc, she's busy playing nursemaid to the Sanders' newest refugee. Kaci refuses to shift and allow her body to heal and become one with its werecat self. But she worships Faythe and so it's our girl's job to convince the young girl that all won't go to hell in a hand basket if she lets her guard down long enough to shift. There is also the matter of Manx's trial and the political machinations to do with the sudden presence of another rogue female and the role of female werecats in general within the strictly patriarchal werecat community. So when Marc goes missing and packs of strays are seen prowling the neutral territory, Faythe, her brothers, and all her father's enforcers are on a mission to get to the root of these mysteriously linked events.

I'm happy to confirm that the hints of maturation and resolve we saw in Faythe throughout Pride Shifters 3 are all present and accounted for in PREY. She's very intent on the important things in this book. She hasn't lost sight of them and she is aware, in a way I don't think she ever has been in the past, of how her actions and her past affect her present and, more importantly, her future. I have always liked Faythe. But I liked her most of all this time around. Better than any of the other characters, in fact, which is saying something as I am kind of a fan of Marc. And Jace, too. But I loved how dogged she was about finding Marc and fulfilling her obligations to her father and Kaci, even to Manx's little son. That said, I would be remiss if I did not note the elephant in the room in PREY. A sense of inescapable doom hangs over this story and I had the distinct feeling that that horrible thing you're afraid will happen the entire time would not actually take place, and then, just when you think it's safe to let out that breath you've been holding, the equally but different horrible thing you're not thinking of would bash you over the head. And I was spot on. When it comes it deals a direct blow and from that moment on things are messy and painful and very, very conflicting. I finished completely unsure of how I felt, torn over what went down in the end. And nothing is going to help me figure it out but reading Shift Shifters 5 and seeing how Ms. Vincent chooses to let the chips fall. I'll just be over here crossing my fingers they don't fall the way I'm afraid they will.
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1,152 reviews353 followers
July 19, 2014
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This series just gets better and better. Each book ramps up the action and you know it is all leading to something huge. At the same time though, each book has its own distinct storyline so you aren’t left hanging. I’m left wanting more but not without resolution. Prey was a great addition to the series and I cannot wait to make time to finish these books.

Faythe is such a great heroine. She is so strong and feisty and witty. I love her determination and how she will go to extreme lengths for those she loves. In a society that tries to keep women down, I love watching Faythe shine and prove them wrong at every single turn. Of course she made some decisions that made me want to shake her- but that’s Faythe. She isn’t Faythe is she isn’t making me crazy every few minutes.

It’s not a spoiler since it’s in the synopsis, but Marc goes missing in this one and oh how I missed him so! Everything always seems to be stacked against him and Faythe, but it is very clear that they love each other. The world seriously needs to cut them a break. This book makes it very clear how much Faythe cares for Marc because she will do anything for him. Like I said though, I really missed him so he better be in the next book much more.

Not only does Faythe have to deal with a missing Marc, but now she is also responsible for Kaci, the thirteen year old werecat they found in the last book. Faythe basically has a mini-her to contend with and she is realizing just how difficult she can be. But she loves Kaci and will do anything to protect her but she can only help Kaci if Kaci is willing to help herself. Then something happens that changes her pride forever and well Faythe has a lot to deal with.

In my review of Pride, I mentioned that I didn’t see the love triangle between Marc and Jace and well now I have to take that back because it became pretty damn prevalent in this one and that does not make me happy. It’s not a bad love triangle and its done well but I just love Marc so I’m not feeling Jace trying to steal Faythe’s affections. I love Jace and he is great but--- MARC!!!

Not only do we have a missing Marc and bratty teenagers, but we also have political drama between the prides and it really starts to get out of control in Prey. Everyone is out for blood and I know something terrible is coming in Shift.

Prey is a great addition to the series. It is action packed and has twists and turns all over. With a kickass female lead and tons of drama, you can’t go wrong with this series.
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2,005 reviews373 followers
April 4, 2011

When we last left our werecat shifters, things weren’t looking so great. Greg Sanders’ leadership was being challenged by his rival, Cal Malone. Cal petitioned the Territorial Council to remove Greg Sanders from his position as Council Head. Cal is ruthless and resorts to a lot of dirty tricks to get his way. Cal Malone won’t rest until every tabby is declawed, powerless, pregnant, and married to one of his boys.

Central to this problem is a dispute for control of the tabbies. Female werecats are rare in this world, and having a tabby in one’s territory ensures that the species will continue to thrive. The South-Central Pride has 3 tabbies: Faythe, Manx, and Kaci. Cal plots to kidnap Kaci and the outcome is devastating to the Sanders family.

Things just keep getting worse. Marc disappears. Manx is on trial for killing the werecat that raped her. Kaci is weakening because she refuses to shift.

This book was an emotional rollercoaster. I cried. I was devastated. I was angry. I wanted to sharpen my claws and rip Cal Malone to shreds. I felt despair at the Pride’s situation.

Greg Sanders is an incredibly complex character. When I first started reading this series, I often wondered why he would pick Faythe as a potential Alpha when he had other sons. I now see his wisdom, and his ability to play the game. Greg’s only downfall is that he plays fair.

Poor Faythe! She was put through the emotional wringer in this book. I was disappointed in one of her choices, a choice that would have many repercussions later on. With the exception of this rather poor decision, I found that Faythe has matured a lot from the first book. Faythe takes a beating, and keeps on ticking….

I could not put this book down. I had to read the next book right away, which is unusual for me as I like to slowly savor my series.

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433 reviews120 followers
November 21, 2019
ARRRRGHHHHH!!!!!! I want to scream! I hate Faythe sooooooo much! I am so ticked off right now!


I mean, I don't want to rant, but I need to get these feelings out! It seems like with every book she just gets worse and worse! I kept reading these books, even though she annoyed me, because I thought she would evolve. But she is just trash and gets worse and worse! I hardly ever give bad reviews, because I enjoy most every book I read. The writing was great, the story was great, but the character was so bad, I just can't. Maybe I was supposed to hate her, if so Rachel Vincent did her job. But i'm done.

Spoilers >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

There is no excuse for what she did! It doesn't matter if your brother just died! Your boyfriend is lost, maybe dead, and you are with another guy! What is wrong with her! If i used bad language, I would use it on her! That's it. I am done with this series. I don't want to read another second about this annoying, selfish, stupid girl! I might go and read spoilers to see how things end up, but I don't want to suffer through two more books of a girl who sucks! That's it. I have said all I want to. Future me, save yourself and never read this book again.
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904 reviews134 followers
October 9, 2010
Re-read 2010: Even though I knew Ethan's demise was coming, I cried on re-reading this book as well. I will really miss his character.

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Nooooo! I can't believe she killed off Ethan. He was one of my favorite characters. The Wonder-Twins. *sniff*

In killing off Ethan, she has almost killed the character of Jace. One of the reasons I loved him so much was his youth and spunk. I liked that for Faythe because I thought it fit her personality better than Marc.

Marc always comes across as old and father-like instead of boyfriend-like. That being said, I still feel for Marc. I just wouldn't want to be his girlfriend.

*sigh* I did really love the book, though. Can't wait for the next one.
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