Stray – Shifters #1 – Rachel Vincent

StraySynopsis (from Goodreads): 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…

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I really liked this book. The dynamic of the family and the Pride was interesting. More often, werewolves are the subject of Urban Fantasy, so it was nice to have a switch to werecats.

However, I really did not like Faythe. She’s not a character I can relate to or even sympathize with. I found her to be immature and often childish. If she wants to be taken seriously, she should maybe start with not calling her father “daddy” because that just makes her sound like a little girl. She often goes on about wanting freedom and independence but I think, given what she is, she can never really have that. At least, not the way she wants it. With her family and Pride she at least has the  freedom to not have to hide a huge part of who she is.

As the story progresses, Faythe does get better. She is a fighter, and at a time when most people would give up or wallow in self pity, she is determined to fight and to win. Near the end, she is a much more likable character. I hope her development continues in the next book.

Other than my dislike for Faythe, I don’t think there’s much else I didn’t like. As I said before, I really liked the dynamic of the Pride and that the Pride is family. I hope the next book will expand more on the cultural aspect of werecats.

Oh, and there are some questions I want answered, but I won’t say what they are because that would be a spoiler.

Overall, I rate this book 4/5 stars.

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