Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifter Series, Book 1
Paranormal Element: Shifters
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PJVs QUICKIE POV:
A sucker for Rachel Vincent, many of you are probably surprised that I haven’t partaken of the Shifter series yet. But, my goodness I have not had enough time! So, who comes to my rescue, but the wonderfulness that is audible.com and their First of Series sale. Yeah! Now, like the sale intended, I’m am now undeniably hooked into another series. Hello, Faythe. You freakin’ rock.
Faythe is definitely one of a kind. One of eight remaining breeding females of her kind she is something that her pride would love to cherish, lock away and keep safe. Too bad, Faythe is not having that. Stifled by the over-bearing nature of her male werecat counterparts, Faythe has tried over and over again to run away from her life on the ranch, until finally her father relents and lets her attend college away from home. Into her first year of grad school a run in with a stray has her daddy’s boys swooping in and yanking her back home, somewhere she doesn’t want to be, especially since she will have to face the music of her last quick departure. Combined with the stress everyone is under from the stray that seems to be targeting young female werecats, Faythe’s life has suddenly become very complicated.
Reason why I idolize Faythe:
"I'd take a slashed throat over a broken neck any day. At least I'd bleed all over his shoes. One final fuck you before I die." - Faythe, Stray
Packed full of mystery, violence, sexual tension and a kickass freakin’ heroine, STRAY is everything I like in an Urban Fantasy. I loved Faythe’s sense of humor and her rebellious nature. Her transition was excellently played and I could understand her growth perfectly. The bad guys were certifiably insane and well executed. Even though I found the final confrontational scene a little two over-the-top on whacked out behavior, I did enjoy their diabolical behavior. Where I found the novel a bit on the lacking side was in Mark’s character. I wasn’t really that impressed, he was a bit over-bearing and their love was “pre-established” so I didn’t get the transition. I actually liked the character of Jace much better, and found his transition kind of a cop-out, but I’m sure he might come into play in later books. These silly little problems were only slight though and did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. A definite must read for Urban Fantasy fans.
Adults only, this book contains strong scenes with violence, hints at rape and sexual encounters. Recommended for fans of the Mercy Thompson series.