"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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I read all the Werecats books and, although I got a little frustrated with Faythe at times, it was a series I had to see through to the end. Good storytelling & narration.
Tensions are running high for Faythe and her beaus in Rachel Vincent's sixth and final edition of her shifters series. And let me tell you all hell breaks loose in Alpha. Malone, again finds a way to weasel out of punishment for his crimes, and come out on top... of the council. Marc, and Jace's lives are in the balance, and Faythe is in jeopardy of loosing her claws. The South Central Pride is being backed into a corner and ready to erupt.
Like the title and cover art suggests we follow Faythe in her heart wrenching ascension to alpha. We're also along for her emotional dilemma as she chooses a mate. We are privy to her hard fought and failed attempts to be seen as more than a womb in the male dominated boys club that is the council. And Malone is not making it easy for her, challenging and taking away everything that her father worked for. War is a given, many will die, and the end will come to soon.
My biggest criticism is that even though the story resolved I feel like there is so much more to this world and these characters that can be explored. Faythe may have set into motion a great deal of change, but they have so much possibility for further books. She seems like the best point of view for the political policies that will arise with the first female alpha. It will be interesting to see if Vincent will continue with a spin off with Kaci.
Overall I liked this book it was very entertaining. There was action, surprises, and heartache. Alone it was wonderful, but as part of the series I wasn't satisfied. I found it more of an opening then the ending it was meant to be. It was bittersweet. Good yet unfinished.
I loved the entire Werecats series... even though this didn't end how I wanted it to. Faythe evolved as a character and I will miss her and the whole gang.
Great book, so sorry that this is the end of the series. I am definately going to miss Faythe and the rest of the cats.
The author has a gift for character development and telling an amazing story. However, a majority of the conflicts in the entire series stems from the main character "Faythe's" own immaturity/stupidity. It makes it very hard for me as an individual to truly fall in love with the main character. All that aside, the narration is great and the flow of the book leaves nothing to be desired.
The main female character was annoying, pathetic, whiny, made the same mistakes over and over. There was just no way to like her at all. I will admit that she did improve a small fraction in the end. But it was to little to late. The series just sucked. The only reason I even read to the end was because I liked 2 of the secondary characters. Nate who gets stupidly killed off and Jace who was a sweetie.
I wouldn't bother wasting your time reading this series.
Yes! but I need more from this story. There is no way you can leave us like this. . .
I liked the lead character of course but the story itself was what I liked.
Her slight differences between characters are different which makes her a great reader.
We need more of this series.
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!
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