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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...

Review:

"Vincent's debut, an urban "werecat" fantasy, is a good story that suffers from about 200 pages of bloat. Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student with a secret: she's a shape-shifting werecat. After she's attacked by a Stray — a werecat without ties to any pride — Faythe's father, the Pride Alpha, orders her to return to the family compound. As it turns out, two other werecat "tabbies" have gone missing, indicating an organized effort by the formerly go-it-alone Strays. The author's world building is intriguing but overly narrow, reducing the range of jungle feline behavior to a keen territorial instinct. Secondary characters abound, including Faythe's intended, formerly human werecat Marc; five years earlier, she escaped the pride on what was supposed to be the eve of their wedding. Unfortunately, they both have frustrating character tics that are only exacerbated by the novel's length: Faythe is more often too-stubborn-to-live than kick-ass, and all the tears Marc wells up over Faythe don't forgive his insufferable jealousy. A polished tale may hide within this one, but Vincent needs to rein herself in a bit if she wants to build a readership. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'Vincent's debut, an urban 'werecat' fantasy, is a good story that suffers from about 200 pages of bloat. Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student with a secret: she's a shape-shifting werecat. After she's attacked by a Stray — a werecat without ties to any pride — Faythe's father, the Pride Alpha, orders her to return to the family compound. As it turns out, two other werecat 'tabbies' have gone missing, indicating an organized effort by the formerly go-it-alone Strays. The author's world building is intriguing but overly narrow, reducing the range of jungle feline behavior to a keen territorial instinct. Secondary characters abound, including Faythe's intended, formerly human werecat Marc; five years earlier, she escaped the pride on what was supposed to be the eve of their wedding. Unfortunately, they both have frustrating character tics that are only exacerbated by the novel's length: Faythe is more often too-stubborn-to-live than kick-ass, and all the tears Marc wells up over Faythe don't forgive his insufferable jealousy. A polished tale may hide within this one, but Vincent needs to rein herself in a bit if she wants to build a readership. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Rachel Vincent is a new author that I'm going to be watching." New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison

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"Vincent's debut is fast paced and cleverly written, and it should find favor with fans of the shape-shifter subgenre." Romantic Times

Synopsis:

Female werecats are disappearing from all over the South, and the Pride is helpless to find its missing members and stop the stray responsible. Confined to home for her own protection, Faythe must now face everything she went to school to escape: the family she left behind, the love she turned her back on, and the destiny tradition says shes bound to fulfill.

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ohohaye13, November 18, 2012 (view all comments by ohohaye13)
I love cat and mystery books. This is the perfect book because it has just enough of both to fit my liking. I was hooked within the first chapter and could not put the book down.
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Cinnamon, May 23, 2010 (view all comments by Cinnamon)
Oooo! I have to say, I'm already sold on the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent. I actually hadn't even heard of it until I did a search for shapeshifting books after finishing Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs; STRAY, Rogue and Pride came up as similar books. I decided to go ahead and give them a try, even though I hadn't heard of them, since my paycheck was burning a hole in my pocket. I was seriously NOT disappointed!

STRAY is the story of Faythe, a woman in her mid twenties, hell bent on breaking out of the confining hands of her family and finding her own path in life. This would be a lot easier if her family wasn't a pride of large, black cats resembling, although larger than panthers. Pride mentality is to keep its family together and protected at all costs. Especially the females. Even more especially unmated females of child bearing age. Wouldn't you know - that just happens to fit Faythe perfectly!

At the beginning of the book we find Faythe at college, struggling to create a fairly normal life for herself when she is suddenly confronted with a STRAY, a wild cat invading her family's territory. Right off the bat we get an awesome action sequence and this adrenaline filled pace carries us through the rest of the book. When you happen to be one of the eight unmated females capable of carrying on the legacies of the nations prides, any threat to you isn't likely to go unnoticed. When first one, then another female goes missing, Faythe's family drags her back to the ranch, throwing her under constant surveillance. How will Faythe cope with having her freedom ripped from her and then tossed in the garbage disposal? What happened to the missing females? Will Faythe's angry attitude spell her doom? Throw the action and suspense in with a sexy love triangle and we get one heck of a story!

I do have to warn you, there are parts in this book that may be ever so slightly disturbing to readers. This is an adultish book with some adult themes. I wouldn't label it Erotic by any means, but there is some violence that might not be entirely appropriate for young readers.

The thing I loved about STRAY was Vincent's ability to describe things in such detail that you could practically taste the suspense, feel the action. It was more like watching a movie than reading a book; the whole story laid out in front of the reader like a fantastic collage of vivid images. The dark parts are midnight black while the light parts are fantastically sunny and bright. Really, you can't ask for better detail and description than Vincent puts forth here.
My other favorite part, and really, this is what makes a book for me, was the character development. I love a good strong heroine and that's exactly what Vincent delivers. Faythe is strong, beautiful, quirky and yet still has some of her own flaws. I have a hard time reading about a hero or heroine that has perfect looks and is perfect at everything because really, that's hard to live up to and it's difficult to connect with the character. Not Faythe though. Her attitude and love of skimpy clothing just make her seem that much more like a real person. It was very easy to connect and all that much easier to go through the book, crying with her when she was down and cheering her on while she kicked butt.

I finished STRAY and immediately dug through my pile of books until I found Rogue and flipped it open to read it. The break between the two books is fantastic. STRAY leaves us with a satisfied ending, but one that's still capable of leaving us wondering where the story will go next.
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Tez Miller, July 24, 2007 (view all comments by Tez Miller)
I'd been awaiting this novel for months. I had my local bookstore import it from the U.S., even though it cost me $20.50. ($1 Aussie is circa 80c American, and the U.S. RRP is $6.99 ? you do the maths.) STRAY is 618 pages, so I definitely got a lot of bang for my buck. I'd read about shape-shifters before, but not werecats. This is a society where females are rare, and thus highly valued. But Faythe Sanders needed distance from her Pride, and so attended university for five years. But when she's attacked by a stray (a bitten werecat with no Pride), and her fellow tabbies around the country go missing, Faythe is dragged back to her Pride. Pissed off with her all-hours watch, she's overdue for some time to herself, but when she finally gets it, it's at a dangerous price. Without all her guards, it's up to Faythe to save herself and her fellow tabbies. The second half of the novel is worth the cover price alone. Greg Sanders is the most admirable character by far: parenthood and team-leading is difficult enough without all the werecats, ferocious tempers and territorial disputes he has to deal with. Add all that to keeping his own emotions at bay, and he's overqualified for the Father of the Year award. Who needs Hogwarts when you can have the Pride? The release of ROGUE (and any other works by this fabulous author) can't come soon enough.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780778324218
Author:
Vincent, Rachel
Publisher:
Mira Books
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Graduate students
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Occult & Supernatural
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
June 2007
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
618
Dimensions:
6.63 x 4.19 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Vincent's debut, an urban "werecat" fantasy, is a good story that suffers from about 200 pages of bloat. Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student with a secret: she's a shape-shifting werecat. After she's attacked by a Stray — a werecat without ties to any pride — Faythe's father, the Pride Alpha, orders her to return to the family compound. As it turns out, two other werecat "tabbies" have gone missing, indicating an organized effort by the formerly go-it-alone Strays. The author's world building is intriguing but overly narrow, reducing the range of jungle feline behavior to a keen territorial instinct. Secondary characters abound, including Faythe's intended, formerly human werecat Marc; five years earlier, she escaped the pride on what was supposed to be the eve of their wedding. Unfortunately, they both have frustrating character tics that are only exacerbated by the novel's length: Faythe is more often too-stubborn-to-live than kick-ass, and all the tears Marc wells up over Faythe don't forgive his insufferable jealousy. A polished tale may hide within this one, but Vincent needs to rein herself in a bit if she wants to build a readership. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Vincent's debut, an urban 'werecat' fantasy, is a good story that suffers from about 200 pages of bloat. Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student with a secret: she's a shape-shifting werecat. After she's attacked by a Stray — a werecat without ties to any pride — Faythe's father, the Pride Alpha, orders her to return to the family compound. As it turns out, two other werecat 'tabbies' have gone missing, indicating an organized effort by the formerly go-it-alone Strays. The author's world building is intriguing but overly narrow, reducing the range of jungle feline behavior to a keen territorial instinct. Secondary characters abound, including Faythe's intended, formerly human werecat Marc; five years earlier, she escaped the pride on what was supposed to be the eve of their wedding. Unfortunately, they both have frustrating character tics that are only exacerbated by the novel's length: Faythe is more often too-stubborn-to-live than kick-ass, and all the tears Marc wells up over Faythe don't forgive his insufferable jealousy. A polished tale may hide within this one, but Vincent needs to rein herself in a bit if she wants to build a readership. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Rachel Vincent is a new author that I'm going to be watching."
"Review" by , "Vincent's debut is fast paced and cleverly written, and it should find favor with fans of the shape-shifter subgenre."
"Synopsis" by , Female werecats are disappearing from all over the South, and the Pride is helpless to find its missing members and stop the stray responsible. Confined to home for her own protection, Faythe must now face everything she went to school to escape: the family she left behind, the love she turned her back on, and the destiny tradition says shes bound to fulfill.
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