Stray (MIRA) Paperback – 20 Feb 2009
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'I look forward to reading the next book in the series' --Charlaine Harris
'A high-octane plot with characters you can really care about. Vincent is a welcome addition to the genre.' --Kelley Armstrong
'Stray is thoroughly enjoyable with no gaps and all go.' --Kim Harrison
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She’s older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Faythe Sanders is trying hard to be a regular American grad-student. That's not easy to do when you're really one of the last eight breeding female werecats in the country. And when a stray werecat attacks her on campus, she's pulled back home by her overprotective family for her own safety. It seems that she's not the first to be attacked - two of her fellow tabbies have gone missing as well.
In the high-energy story that follows, Faythe is determined to prove herself capable of the independence she so desperately craves. Clashing with parents, her brothers and her ex-boyfriend Marc, she ultimately makes a fatal error in judgement that lands her in the hands of the stray. Can she escape, save her fellow tabbies and prove herself worth more than just marriage and kittens?
Rachel Vincent has a lush, evocative voice that perfectly captures Faythe's character and world. The atmosphere and mood throughout the book is richly described. I was swept along, unable to put the book down because I became so absorbed in Faythe's journey and experience. The family structure of her Pride is at once familiar and alien, and her relationships with her loved ones are well-portrayed and utterly believable.
Although Faythe does prove herself to be capable and kick-ass, she's far from a flawless character and this serves to make her seem very real. She does make mistakes, she can be unlikeable (though never unsympathetic) and I was left with the feeling that I'd like to be friends with her. She'd be a lot of fun to hang out with. I'm now frantically checking Amazon for "Rogue," the second book in this series.
Faythe is 23, a college student, and determined not to be the baby making machine every other US Pride believes she should be. She's fighting for independence with no real understanding of just how much is at stake. Faythe is bratty, can be annoying at times, and she can be very naive as well. She tends to rush headlong in to things without thinking of the concequenses, but her heart is in the right place. She'd do anything for those she loves and shes willing to try.
The plot moves at a good pace, and flows really nicely. There is a lot of action and certain twists I really didn't see coming. I love Faythe's attitude because she also shows her ability to learn and grow, something you see much more clearly in the following books. The writing here is good and solid, and it's improved with every book so far. There are some really great one-liners that help keep the book from being too dark, but the dark stuff isn't shied away from. A really solid debut and it only gets better. 4.5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hugely disappointed by this book after reading so many good reviews. I love strong female protagonists and Faythe was anything but. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AMM
really loved this book. story line is simpler to the story bitten by Kelley armstrong. enjoyed both books equally. found it easy to read, a page turner.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Follow Faythe as she brings the reader into a world far away from her university campus. Instead, the reader is pulled into the world of shapeshifter so - in particular, were cats. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Z. V. Adams
Man, do I love an angry woman, especially when she’s got a good reason for it, and Rachel Vincent’s Faythe is seriously pissed off. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. E. Powell
This book was a great read, strong female character and very witty. A good length for the price and yes I would recommend this book for any one over the age of 14Published 10 months ago by Ian
I first wanted to read this book when I spotted it in a bookshop, read the blurb and thought it sounded interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NC