{Book Review} Stray by Rachel Vincent

Posted May 16, 2015 by Lucy in Review / 0 Comments

{Book Review} Stray by Rachel Vincent
Stray (Shifters, #1)
By: Rachel Vincent

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Genres: Urban Fantasy

Series: Shifters #1
Published on March 1st 2009
Published by MIRA Books
Pages: 618
Format: Kindle

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....


I had a rather difficult time reading this book, mainly because the female character, Faythe.  I struggled to like her throughout the book, I thought fay was spoiled, bratty and very selfish.  Throughout of the book Faythe would again and again proved how little regard, she has on her actions and the consequences.  Even when tabbies are getting kidnapped, where some left with even worse faith, all she thought about was how the event could affect her, how she could never be “free”, and how much of her precious freedom means to her.

I thought of her timing of demand of her freedom and declared she was leaving the Pride, not only ill, but really baffled me.  She claimed she was better off alone, yet she has been financially supported by her father for the past five years, which she was living away from home.  Not to mention being protected by her father’s enforcers, which she was well aware of.  How could she claimed she was independence, when she have never truly leave the protection of her father.

Like I said, I’ve tried to like Faythe’s character and even tried to see in her perceptive, I get that she wanted to be independent and not resulted in just someone’s wife and a baby machine.  But in a situation where female tabbies were being targeted and murdered.  I found Faythe illogical, and unreasonable. To sum it up, Faythe was spoiled, often left me with a very childish impression, she also had an ill temper, and I just cannot bring myself to take her seriously.

The romance of the book, not sure I can actually call it a romance.  Since the book spends very little on developing the romance, it was more like an opportunity presented itself, which given the situation could easily be called a mistake happened.  Faythe was flaky and has a poor attitude of “I don’t know what I want”.  I rolled my eyes when she whines about her uncertainties.

Overall, I didn’t particularly liked the book.  It’s hard to like a book when I disliked the main character so much, also when I finished reading the book the ending felt unfinished to me.  I doubt I would pick up the next book of the series.



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