Stray (Shifters #1) – Rachel Vincent

strayTitle: Stray (Shifters #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 618
My rating★★★★★

The Shifters series were recommended to me by Suze a long time ago. I have bought the books in the fall of 2013 and they have been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. So much to read, so little time. I was in the mood for a good book last week and therefore I decided to pick up the first part of the Shifters series.

What the book is about

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 . . .

What I think about the book

Werecats, shapeshifters and a strong female protagonist. This could hardly go wrong. I was pretty sure I was going to love Faythe… and I did. Yes, from the first chapter I was into this story. Glad that I had 600 pages left to read. And then five more books. So I was definitely happy.

Like every new series, I had to get to know the world it was set in and the characters that were going to play a part. Faythe is summoned back home by her father, the alpha leader of their Pride. He has sent Marc, Faythes ex-boyfriend, to pick her up at the college she has been attending for the last five years. Back home the reader gets to meet the rest of the family and Pride. Even though it was a lot of information, it never got boring and it was pretty fast paced.

Pretty soon the problem is introduced. Sara, another female werecat – or tabby- is missing and a human body shows up, smelling like a stray werecat. When more murders and kidnappings happen, it all seems to be connected. Faythe hates it that her dad wants her to stay at home and she wants to escape and go back to her life at college. Or any life away from home. Until she is the next victim…

I really can’t wait to read the next part of the series. I like that Faythe is smart, into books and that she knows how to kick some ass. So let’s hope she can keep it up through the next five parts and I’ll be a happy reader.

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