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"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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Lots of promise, but not quite delivers

The universe of this story is great, the narrator is great. The plot and heroine of the story not so much. Her character tries too hard and is way over the top in my opinion to maintain a constant attitude of selfishness and contrariness over and above common sense. I've seen 6 year old children that were less self driven. Our heroine will sit at the cross roads of each story path and decide to do exactly what is the most stupid and selfish thing to do and then wail and lament over her bad luck as the result of her decisions. The devotion of friends and family are not balanced by the way she treats them. I'm not sure I will continue with rest of the books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Vasha
  • Mechnicsville, VA, United States
  • 05-12-09

Very Disappointed

My current favorite series is on hiatus right now so I downloaded this book in hopes of getting into another. What a letdown. I was never sympathetic to the heroin. I found her whiny and spoiled and very undeserving of the concern of the other characters (she never really redeems herself). I also found the plot to be very predictable. There weren't any plot twists to keep me interested. Based on the other reviews, I expected more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Inger
  • Phenix City, AL, USA
  • 05-02-08

Incredible Read

I truly enjoyed this audiobook. I was completely captivated with Faythe's struggle to be independent and taken seriously within her clearly male dominated pride. You really understood her dilemma and felt what she was going thru. She made mistakes along the way, but you have to admit, this Tabby has great instincts! Go Faythe!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • London, ON, Canada
  • 08-04-07


throughly enjoyed the escape into another world.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Cynthia
  • Pacifica, CA, United States
  • 09-02-09


Wow... I'm not sure what to say...... At first I thought it was the reader... Then the writer.. I did not enjoy either of them....

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Really, really bad

If you think you will enjoy a story where the primary character, a 23 year old female, is held as a sexual slave by her family and peers. A story where her father has locked her in a cage in the past, and will do so again if she tries to leave home to live on her own. A story where her brothers and mother will assist the father in every way, without hesitation, you will enjoy this one a great deal.

It's a bad story. I tried to listen to it 4 times and failed to finish it every time. Only a person who is really, really into female humiliation would even consider this one. It has no business in the fantasy category and is only romantic if you are into sadistic behavior.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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old story line nothing new here. 3 hrs into it and can't go any longer.

9 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Love the Werecat Concept

I enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator was wonderful in rendering the characters and their thoughts, speech, actions. I found the prides interesting and within a short time I felt a kinship with the main pride. The female lead is refreshingly strong and feminine. What I would like to have experienced was a more in depth, vicarious involvement "as part of the pride" in their werecat form. I am hoping to find that in the sequel which I look forward to hearing!

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Worth going on to the second title

This first Title, "Stray" started out pretty slow and I kept waiting for something to happen, anything to happen. I almost gave up on it but hate to not finish a book and the second half picked up and ended in a place that has intrigued me to go on to the second book, "Rogue". The main character Faith, annoys me some in her simplistic, stubborn view of the world and I get tired of her tough girl attitude but will continue on to see where this character might end up.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful