So, I finally read Stray (I’ve been hearing about that book for years it seems, long enough for the Shifters series to reach 6 books) and that was my first read this year. I like the way my year has started (reading-wise I might add).
Anyway, I had some problems with the main character Faythe who went to university in order to get away from her cat pride (we’re talking werecats here) and not be under constant surveillance (although her father would never let her do that if she weren’t actually being kept an eye on by his underlings, he’s the Alpha).
So, without going too much into the story, Faythe needs to return home due to some problems regarding tabbies disappearing (females of the pride) and Faythe is in danger.
Of course, and this is what I’m having a bit of a problem with is, no one takes her word seriously or trusts her, which she basically brought upon herself during her late teenage years but this attitude she still somehow manages to display in the beginning of the novel, even though she thinks of herself as more mature than when she left and completely right in her opinions. Somehow, Faythe growing up and maturing in a matter of 3 days is a bit of a stretch for me but I guess she just needed to have her eyes opened by her family and pride.
She is at the same time strong, smart, capable and aware of others’ weaknesses and strenghts but still so very stubborn and wrong.
In the end, she is very likeable and I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
Especially since I can’t wait to see what happens with Andrew. 😉
Pic by: http://rachelvincent.com/shifters.htm
I am no longer a young adult but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy books written for them. 🙂 So, in the last year and a half, I ended up starting more than one YA series. The last in line is Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent and I only read the first book.
I’ve heard of Rachel Vincent before but haven’t read anything up to now, there is a non YA series in her opus but I can’t say the excerpts made me that curious about it. I blame it totally on the person writing them because as much as I can tell, RV writes pretty much the thing I like to read.
I’m a bit busy lately so it took me almost a week to finish this book, even though it’s not even remotely long. Good thing about it is that it is easy enough to read and interesting enough that even though a few days pass, you don’t lose interest (that happens to me a lot) and just start reading something else, but each time I did have time, I took it up.
The idea is interesting enough – not seen before, that’s for sure (in that variant). Bean sidhe (or more familiarly known as banshee) or sidhe characters have been cropping up everywhere. The worlds they inhabit are always different and it seems they might turn out to be the new vampires. There are so many traits that can be attributed to sidhe so they might come handy in the future. We’ll just wait and see.
The only problem I had while reading this is with the main female character. Are all teenagers so, well, stupid when it comes to interpersonal communication? Was I like that? Makes me wish never to have children. This is more general when talking about YA fiction than in particular to this novel, although it appears here as well. I guess that means MS. Vincent did a good job portraying teenagers but it’s a bit annoying reading through it. 🙂
All in all, I’m bound for my bookstore for the next book in series.