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Stray: Shifters, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

"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) that are 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."

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©2007 Rachel Vincent; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    ShySusan 02-12-13
    ShySusan 02-12-13
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    "Lame! Lame, lame, lame. Very lame."

    I like contemporary or urban fantasy when it is well done. The books of Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Patricia Briggs, Tanya Huff, Charlaine Harris and the early books in Laurel K Hamilton's Anita Blake series are the top books in this genre which come to mind at the moment. I was searching for a new series in this genre, and I didn't read the reviews thoroughly enough. Sigh. After I gave up on trying to plow through this mess, I went back and read more of them. Let me recommend the review by Caren from New Jersey. I agree with every word she wrote.

    Let me just add one more small glitch that started driving me crazy as I continued listening. One of the major premises of this book is that werecats can only be produced by the union of two werecats. A werecat cannot mate with a human and produce more werecats. AND there are five male werecats born for each female. There are only ten prides in North America - a pride being headed by a male werecat, his female mate, and a bunch of bachelor werecats. But stop and think about it. Where do all these bachelor males come from? The main character has four or five brothers. Now supposing her father had a similar number of brothers and her grandfather also, there should be about 15 werecats in their chunk of North America. But no, we are given to understand that there are many more than that. Where do they come from? If the 10 producing mothers in North America each give birth to 10 children every generation, you could get the numbers up a little, but there is no indication that this is the case. Well, this is a minor quibble compared to the flaws which Caren and some others have outlined. But it shows how little thought this author put into any sort of world-building as compared to her time spent describing the manly pecs of the males.

    If you are more interested in well thought out fantasy than in descriptions of adolescent angst and romantic claptrap, don't read this book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lynessa Nashua, NH, USA 10-19-07
    Lynessa Nashua, NH, USA 10-19-07
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    "Addicting"

    This was my first download and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I found myself sucked in and definately enjoyed the story. I am hoping that the author continues with this story and its characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ciona 11-29-09
    Ciona 11-29-09
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    "Bad Romance"

    As other reviewers have pointed out- the main character in this is too spoiled and stupid to like or want to follow. Very annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RobynH Savannah, Ga 05-15-08
    RobynH Savannah, Ga 05-15-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Third time a charm!!"

    This is my 3rd time beginning this series. Every couple years I get a notion and decide I want to listen to it again. So obviously I believe it's a great listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jade Lyndhurst, OH, United States 09-11-13
    Jade Lyndhurst, OH, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book series. It has an entertaining storyline, with a strong feminine heroine. I love shifter/supernatural books. It seems that sometimes adult series in this genre focus so much on the romance/sex that they lose track of the most important aspect of storytelling. Not true for this series. It has a good blend. And I found myself appreciating and respecting the main character, although I'm not generally a fan of characters with her attributes. That takes talent. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AlwaysGotOne Stone Mountain, GA 10-11-12
    AlwaysGotOne Stone Mountain, GA 10-11-12 Member Since 2015

    --Just My Two Cents

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    "I liked everything but the main character"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have tried listening to this book several times and I simply can't do it. I absolutely can not STAND the heroine and her selfish, whiny ways. Usually, I can like the most flawed heroines ... even if I do think they spend far too much time 'struggling' with their true nature, etc (i.e. Rachel Morgan and the Hollow series). But I found Faythe to be BEYOND selfish. She was so ridiculously shallow and one dimensional that I have officially given up on reading this book. Without giving away any spoilers, in the 5 hours and 35 minutes I listened to ... I found not ONE redeeming moment to make me want to stay with the book and watch her grow. I simply wanted to be done with her and the book.

    Sadly, I really liked the story premise ... the idea of were-cats being real while werewolves were a myth was new. I also liked the male characters and what I hoped the book could be but it simply wasn't enough to cancel out what I didn't like.

    I know there are many other people who absolutely loved the book (and the series) but I can't give it a good review ... and I would NEVER recommend it to anyone.


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Vincent’s story?

    The heroine ... she isn't likeable at all ... even for a young adult I found her more selfish than was acceptable to me.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, I loved her in the Spy Series by Maria V. Snyder. This performance was as good as that one for me.


    Could you see Stray being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can't unless the Heroine is made into a more likeable character. Selfishness doesn't translate well on screen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Vershire, VT, United States 06-22-12
    Morgan Vershire, VT, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2008

    I read/listen to drown out the nonsense.

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    "Puerile and Irritating Heroine"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The writing is good and Jennifer Van Dyck is a tolerable reader therefore I tried my best to continue listening. Unfortunately the heroine is really annoying. I figured she would get better as the book unfolded but I just couldn't listen to one more scene where one of the male characters treated her like a incapable, childish, "female," stupid, and unable to make a rational decision. Then, what was worse is she would act like they were treating her. Really agonizing! I gave it 3 stars and not 1 because Vincent is a good writer, but this story is lacking.


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Vincent’s story?

    The heroines complete lack of having a spine is slightly confusing because she starts out as being this independent graduate student then is decreased into a rebellious imp. Furthermore, most of the story has very little depth almost entirely about the heroines authority issues and rebellious tendencies. It seems like the murders are completely side issues compared to the central theme being about the heroines infantile perspective on life and her subsequent treatment from her fellow werecats, who, by the way, are all male. She clearly can defend herself but her strengths are quickly overshadowed by her subservient behavior and teenage "rebel without a cause" attitude. All of the female characters are either to small to have any weight or they end up dead. All of the male characters are overbearing and condescending. Also, most of the story is limited to a ranch house, limiting the action to almost nothing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The only scene that was entertaining was when the heroine defended herself at the very beginning of the book.


    Did Stray inspire you to do anything?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing but poor storyline and the characters were simply not my "cup of tea."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ElzabetG 03-17-12
    ElzabetG 03-17-12

    Geeky Bookish Mother

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    "SO glad I only paid $4.95 for this"

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    The protagonist is a spoiled brat, uncooperative and a real b!tch. I can't stand her. I kept listening to the book hoping she'd grow the heck up. No luck. Faythe keeps screaming "Treat me like a grown up" and then keeps doing stupid stuff like throwing tantrums, breaking rules, and running away from home. How the heck does she expect to be treated like an adult while acting like such a brat? She NEVER learns, she NEVER listens, she lives by the knee-jerk reaction, and common sense is a foreign concept to her.

    Two of her friends are kidnapped, she is attacked, and she thinks this is the perfect time to leave the pride and "prove she's an adult"? Really? Bailing on your entire species is proving you are an adult? That is basically what she's talking about doing when she describes the fact that there are all of 8 (10?) tabbies left in the country to continue the species. But she wants to leave. Screw the survival of the entire species just as long as she gets what she wants (which is basically fighting tooth and nail for every breath she breathes outside the protection of her pride). Just sayin'. She is SO blinkin' annoying. I kept listening because I hoped she gets better. She didn't. I'm done with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-20-12 Member Since 2014

    I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.

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    "I love this book!"

    I do rely on the reviews of fellow listeners. So when I saw a review that the MC was whiny I passed on it for a while. Then the 3 books for 2 credits deal came along, so I decided I was going to get it. I am so very glad I did...I love this book!
    Faythe is a 23 yr old, who wants nothing more than Independence from her pride. But the responsibilities that waits for her at home are massive. She needed to grieve for her "human" life that she had so wanted to live, she needed to be angry, and maybe even whine a little, wouldn't you? But she is not just anyone. She is brave, and stubborn and can kick butt like any guy. She is a female WereCat, and that makes her rare. there are only 8 female WereCats of child bearing age not already married in the entire USA. That means the tomcats of the pride with go to any length to protect her. But a tabby (female cat) has gone missing, one that Faythe knows and loves.
    But now what will she do when her family really needs her? Run to freedom and leave the problem to the pride, or stay and fight with the rest of her family?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08
    Aaron Staunton, VA, United States 12-11-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Watch out for large kitties"

    I did enjoy this book as far as it being entertaining. I rated it only a 3 out of 5 as I did not feel it left me wanting to hear more. I found the book a bit long at times and wishing the story would move along. I hesitated to put the second book in this series in my library but I did finllay add it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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