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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Library ed edition (19 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778303853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778303855
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Vincent learned to read at four years old, and wrote her first story at six. It was about a class field trip to the zoo. In addition to being her first experiment with the written word, it was also the first and only tale she illustrated herself - it turns out that her talents do not extend to the visual arts.

Since sixth grade, her reading interests have centred around the dark side of literature. In junior high, much to her teacher's distress, she wrote her very first book report about Carrie, by Stephen King. She devoured books about magic, vampires, and werewolves by the dozens. Monsters held a special fascination for her, be they human or beast. And eventually "I love these books" became "I think I can write these books," and she began creating fictional worlds of her own.

Rachel dabbled with short stories all the way through junior high, high school, and college, but didn't begin writing seriously until several years later, when she started her first novel. By the time she had completed four manuscripts, she knew she had found what she wanted to do with her life.

Rachel is the author of the bestselling Soul Screamers series. There are four titles in the series, My Soul to Take, My Soul to Steal, My Soul to Keep and My Soul to Steal already published. The latest title in the Soul Screamers series, If I Die is published in Feb 2012.

Rachel has also written a special short story "My Soul to Lose" which will be available as part of World Book Day in March 2012

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'A high-octane plot with characters you can really care about. Vincent is a welcome addition to the genre.' --Kelley Armstrong on Stray

'Rachel Vincent is a new author that I m going to be watching.' --Kim Harrison on Stray

'Loved the action!' --Charlaine Harris on Stray

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Rachel Vincent s urban fantasy novels have been causing a buzz in the US, with her fresh, hip and compelling style. Rachel also runs an active blog at

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Claire Mill on 13 Feb. 2010
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Shift is the 5th book in Rachel Vincent's Shifters series and picks up a week or so after Prey. Faythe and her Pride are still deep in mourning for the loss of one of their own and busy plotting their revenge against Calvin Malone and his supporters for that death. But things take an unexpected and very dangerous turn when they are attacked out of the blue by Thunderbirds. Giant bird shifters with deadly hooked wings and talons, putting the werecats at a big disadvantage by their ablilty to fly. Faythe is determined to get to the truth behind the attacks, but can she do it and take care of teenage tabby Kaci? With her personal life in turmoil and Malone determined to have both tabbies for himself, it's going to be far from easy. But Faythe's never been one to back away from a fight.

I loved this series from the first book, and it's grown on me with every book. The characters are vivid and flawed, but have grown a huge amount throughout the series learning from mistakes and the difficult decisions that have been made along the way. Shift sees Faythe trying to deal with the consequences of one of her biggest mistakes, sleeping with Jace, without hurting either him or Marc. Jace has grown and changed a whole lot since Ethan's death as well. He's not content with playful flirtation with Faythe anymore, or being a low-ranking enforcer. He's showing potential that shocks those closest to him and gives greater depth to his character.

I couldn't help but feel for both Faythe and Jace as they worked together through this book, against the thunderbirds and Malone's cats. My heart ached for Marc and his place in the situation too, loving Faythe and wanting her to finally commit to him, unaware of her actions with Jace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 April 2010
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This is the 5th book in the Shifters series so it is very difficult to review without giving spoilers for previous books. If you're new to the series I strongly recommend you don't read this review as this series really should be read in order - why not check out the reviews for Stray instead. This is my favorite Urban Fantasy series though so I'd definitely recommend you check it out!

This book continues the story just a couple of weeks after the ending of Prey - Faythe and the rest of her Pride are still devestated by the loss of an important Pride member and are preparing to go to war to get their revenge and stop Calvin Malone's attempt to take over the Pride Council. But attack comes in an unexpected form when they are set upon by the Thunderbirds - a Flight of bird shifters who are determined to destroy the Pride. The Pride have no idea why they are under attack and they are at a major disadvantage when their enemy can fly - they can't afford to lose more members if they are going to have a chance in the upcoming war. When the Thunderbirds manage to kidnap Kaci it falls to Faythe to discover what they want and to figure out a way to rescue her.

I have been a massive fan of the Shifters series ever since I read Stray but with each book I've been amazed that it has managed to be better than the last. Shift didn't disappoint and I was drawn into Faythe's world from the very first page. I love the way Faythe's character has grown throughout the series - she still has flaws and makes mistakes but she is truely starting to show her full potential.

Shift is action packed from the word go and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. I really didn't know how the book was going to end and there were some great twists that I wasn't expecting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2010
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Rachel Vincent has done it again. A book full of intrigue, suspense and tension.

Faythe's character has gone from strength to strength and we see her really step up to the plate here as Alpha material in the penultimate book to the series. This book is every as bit as good as the others and makes me a little sad that the series will end soon.

Overall a fantastic book by a fantastic author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 16 July 2010
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When this book arrived I couldn't wait to read it, and started it even though I was half-way through 'dead to the world' (Charlaine Harris). For a while it was difficult to decide which to read, but in the end Shift won hands down.

The book started pretty much where the previous book (Prey) left off, with Ethan (Faythe's brother) recently deceased at the hands of a fellow Alpha - Malone, and Faythe's father - Alpha of their pride, about to start a war against Malone.

However, after stalling her father with regards to the strike on the other pride, Faythe's home is attacked by thunderbirds - giant shape-shifting birds with giant wingspans, who are under the impression (coutesy of Malone) that Faythe's pride is responsible for the killing of one of their males called Finn.

Things quickly esculate as first Kaci is abducted and rescued, two male cats are killed and another two seriously injured, and then Faythe and Kaci are both kidnapped and taken to the thunderbirds roost. Faythe then manages to convince the thunderbirds to call a halt to the attack on her pride, to give her time to find evidence that her pride did not kill Finn, and is given 48 hours, after which Kaci will be killed.

Faythe then must risk life and limb - litterally - in order to get the evidence that the thunderbirds will accept, and return in time to save Kaci's life, and those of the rest of her pride, held captive in their own home by the thunderbird flight. On top of that, Faythe is also keeping her slip with Jace a secret from her boyfriend Marc, who is once again asking her to marry him, causing things to be strained when Faythe, Jace, and Marc must work together in confined quarters.
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