Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stray (Shifters #1) by Rachel Vincent

Stray (Shifters, #1) Stray by Rachel Vincent

*May Contain Spoilers*
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 Strays , werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back , for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever and whoever, I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays, 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them.

My thoughts:
Stray is the first installment in the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent.Stray is an urban fantasy/shape-shifter romance, which are two of my favorite genres. It’s told in the first person. With a first person narrative that is wonderfully written and make us really feel for the characters.

Vincent's debut is fast paced and highly addictive. Faythe is you typical graduate student in many ways, except one...she's a werecat. Faythe is a kick-ass heroine. Her father(the Alpha of the Southwest territory) taught her how to fight when she was a child and being one of so few female were-cats, she is used to being surrounded by too much testosterone from tomcats, so knowing the ropes helps. But that doesn't put her down, she can handle them and she can keep her own. Fathye is trying to grow up and be in control of her own life, but even though she has been away from home for five years at university, she is never left to total freedom. Greg(The alpha male and her father) has constant watch on Faythe to protect her, but Faythe feels she doesn't need any protection, and has proved that a time or two.

But now she must return. Someone is hunting tabbies and someone close to her was taken. And not all reunions are a blessing with Faythe's history. There's lots of tension along with her loving welcome and she finally realizes she has to deal with her past and not hide from it. With everything that's happening with Faythe you'd think she'd have her plate full, but the men in her life don't make it that easy for her. Faythe is stuck with life alternating decisions and finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong everything else is the least of her problems when she's kidnapped by the same ones who kidnapped her cousin and now she might have finally found something she cannot kick her way out of.

If your a fan of Paranormal romance/Urban fantasy and lots of action, this is the book for you. I enjoyed every bit of it and found myself sitting on the edge of my seat most the time. I love Vincent's writing and how she adds twists and secrets that end up with a bang! I don't know why I took so long to read this series, but I'm really glad I finally started! I'm off to read Rogue(book 2 in the Shifters series). :)

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