"The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.
"It's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that canthat willchange everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for.
"But life never waits until you're ready."
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What a way to wrap up a series. Nice little bows tied around half a dozen unresolved conflicts. I'd call it "speed wrapping" since it all happened very quickly within the last couple of chapters of the book. It took me a long time to get through this series. But I liked it, for the most part.
This series is one of my favorite. I did not want to stop listening to what Faythe was going to screw up next.
I have to root for the under dog, Jace. He was such a strong fun character. He had a personality that anyone could fall inllove with.
Yes, She is very great at bring every single character to life. I could tell which character was speeking with out their name being said.
I bet people in passing cars thought i was crazy laughing or gasping at my car sterio. I could not help it, I was completly absorbed by the story.
I wish Rachel Vincent would continue this series. There are so many possible directions this set of characters could go.
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BBA Group Series Read (December 2011)
Audiobook Rating 4.50
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 5.00 (Alpha Part of the Story) 3.00 (Triangle Part of the Story)
Character Rating 5.00 (Alpha Part of the Story) 2.75 (Triangle Part of the Story)
NOTE: This review will contain spoilers if you haven't read up to book 5 in the series. Alpha can be broken down into what I Loved and what I Didn't Like---there really was no in-between for me.
What I Loved: Get your hankies out because if you are not a bawling mess by the end of Alpha, you need to talk to the Grinch about small hearts. There were so many moments, especially with Faythe's family, that just broke your heart into tiny little pieces. Rachel Vincent did an excellent job of balancing these moments with great political intrigue, a kick *ss war (that has been coming for the whole series), and a wonderful "brand new world" type of attitude that makes you stand up and cheer. In this aspect, Alpha delivered on all cylinders! I was sad to see it end but so hopeful for the Prides that we have gotten to know and love.
What I Did Not Like: Not since Book 1 (Stray) have there been moments when I just absolutely could not stand Faythe! The triangle almost killed this book for me. I am not a fan of them and Alpha is a great example of what I can't stand. Faythe was so indecisive and selfish where Marc and Jace were concerned that I thought they both deserved better by the end of the series. I just wasn't pleased with this storyline at all. That being said, the triangle dislike is a personal thing and I know there are people who loved that part of the story.
Overall: This series is one not to miss. Even with all my problems with Faythe, the writing and heart-wrenching, gut-clenching moments were so beautifully written that they should not be skipped. While reading the series you will go through every emotion: hate, love, fear, grief, sadness, shame, and fury. I am not sure how Rachel Vincent managed to pack all that in within 6 books but she did. If you haven't read these, I encourage you to do so. If you are like me, stick with it even if Stray doesn't "hook" you. I wasn't a huge fan of Stray but in the grand scheme of things, it works well with the series. You need to see how far Faythe comes and just how far she still needs to go!
One of the most enjoyable series ever. Story line's fantastic and the reader is great. I think there are still many adventures we could share with our favorite cats and hope some day we will
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