Review: Stray by Rachel Vincent

Posted 14 April, 2011 by Amanda / 5 Comments

Stray by Rachel Vincent (Shifters #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Borrowed paperback from library
Finished reading: 4/14/2011
In six words: It was both fabulous and frustrating.

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There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.

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 . . .
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

I grabbed this book from the shelf at the library because I thought I remembered seeing it on 25 Hour Books (and, I was right – I had).  I was in a bad mood because the library had rearranged the layout of the books and I was having trouble finding books that I wanted (some authors were in three separate locations), and I wanted something so I chose this.  This book selection process is not uncommon when I’m at the library.  I’m new to the whole paranormal romance genre, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book.  It sucked me in, and annoyed me all at the same time.  I haven’t been completely sold on this series yet, but I would consider reading the next book before making a final judgment.

A More In-Depth Look

The rebellious-always-getting-into-trouble characters drive me crazy and frustrate me to no end.  This is exactly what the main character, Faythe, is.  So even though I got involved in the story almost right from the start, I was so exasperated with Faythe that I was ready to talk some sense into her, or smack her.  You know, whichever worked best.  As the story progressed, however, I got to learn more about her motivations, and while I didn’t always agree with her course of action, I definitely understood why.  I don’t think I would have liked this book otherwise.  As far as the plot is concerned, the middle portion of the book was far more entertaining for me than the ending.  What happened in the middle had me staying up past my self-appointed bed time because I just couldn’t put the book down until I knew that Faythe would be okay.  I did like that the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, but at the same time kept my interest enough to make me want to pick up the second book in the series.  Even so, the ending just didn’t demand my attention the way other parts of the book did.  I am definitely interested in reading the second book of the series, but I can easily see where this series might not work for me, depending on how the author takes (or, perhaps more appropriately, took) it.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

This I am not so sure on.  Like I said before, I’m new to paranormal romance, and I have no idea how it fits into genre.

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5 Responses to “Review: Stray by Rachel Vincent”

  1. I am weary with paranormal romance because there is just so much out there, I have no idea how to sort the good from the bad. This one sounds like a fun read.

  2. I’m digging the look of the new blog. I think I might download this book and the one by Linda Howard. What are some I’ve read recently that might be good to rate? Eat Pray Love (gag), Disgrace by JM Coetze, A Reliable Wife, if I think of more I’ll tell you. Books that I enjoyed would be The Help and Water for Elephants :)

    • Thanks, Sara! I liked Water for Elephants, too. Hey, any time you want to recommend a book to me, you can do it here so I have it written down somewhere for future reference. :)