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.

Darkest Fate – Fabio Bueno

Darkest fateTitle: Darkest Fate (Singularity series #3)
Author: Fabio Bueno
Publisher:  Booklings Publishing
Pages: 252
My rating★★★★✫

This review might contain spoilers for readers who have not read Wicked Sense and Broken Spell yet.

When I finished Broken Spell I immediately started reading Darkest Fate. After the ‘in between’ part of the series, I just needed to know how things would end for Drake, Skye and all the others.

What the book is about

The truth can set you free. It also can destroy you.

Skye has left Drake and gone to London to face trial for her actions. She must choose between loyalty to her coven and hiding the Sister she swore to protect.

A figure from Drake’s past resurfaces, uncovering secrets and shattering his life. To save Skye and the Singularity, Drake must enter dangerous alliances and risk everything.

The covens are in a frantic quest for the Singularity. The Mothers are fighting to preserve the Veil. But when the Night covens start killing witches, it becomes a race against time.

Will Skye and Drake’s love be strong enough to overcome betrayals, mortal threats, and a witch war? Happily ever after has never been harder.

What I think about the book

I didn’t like that Skye had to leave for London, even if it’s clear why she had to. My head was screaming at Skye: “Come on girl, tell that guy how you feel!” Of course she didn’t. He has broken her trust, but what about her own actions? Skye has not exactly been a saint either. Now she is separated from the people she loves back in Seattle which gives her time to think about what happened and how she feels.

At home Drake is dealing with his friends and family drama himself. All he wants is for Skye to come back so he can make things up to her, but will she ever come back? He decides to take matters in his own hands for a change and fight for what he really wants. This boy is really turning into a man in the last part of the series.

I really loved all the unexpected twists in the final chapters of the book. Fabio Bueno even surprised me in the very few last sentences. That’s something I can appreciate for sure. For me it was a perfect ending to the series.

Broken Spell – Fabio Bueno

Broken spellTitle: Broken Spell (Singularity series #2)
Author: Fabio Bueno
Publisher:  Booklings Publishing
Pages: 258
My rating★★★✫✫

This review might contain spoilers for readers who have not read Wicked Sense yet. 

After reading Wicked Sense I couldn’t wait to start reading the next book in the Singularity series. I was not feeling well for a few days, but when I actually started to read it I was done in no time.

What the book is about

Be careful what you wish for. Skye wanted to find the Singularity. She got what she sought, but to protect the most powerful witch alive, Skye had to betray her coven. Now she regrets entangling her boyfriend Drake in her hidden world. Drake yearned for Skye, but now he finds out that getting the girl is just the beginning: keeping the girl is the hard part. When tragedy strikes, Drake faces an impossible choice that could destroy his family and his shot at love. The vicious Night covens seek retribution at all costs. Wicked Jane has returned, scarred from her last confrontation with Drake and Skye, and holding a baffling secret that may change everything. Dangerous alliances arise. The Veil is about to be broken. Falling in love has never been harder.

What I think about the book

This book was obviously in between the first and third part of the series. Lots of things happen to Skye, Drake and the people they love, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the first part.

Skye is keeping most events and information for herself, trying to shield others, but of course that backfires massively. Her relationship with Drake is falling apart and she almost loses her friend Priscilla, because she keeps trying to protect the Veil. In the mean time others see what is happening to her. The scars, the bruises and all the lies. It makes her less likable, even if I do understand why she is making those decisions. It is not easy to accept help from others after all, especially when you’re still a teenage girl.

I do love the role the Singularity is playing in this part of the story. She is an awesome and strong character (no I will not give you her name, because that would be a massive spoiler!) and she knows what she wants. Because she lacks training, it doesn’t always work out the way she wants.

Trust and love are the main themes in this book. Who can I trust, what’s best for everyone? All characters seem to struggle with the same questions, but instead of communicating with each other, they all make up their own minds. Until everything falls apart…

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