Review: Stray by Rachel Vincent (#BBAShifters)(Audiobook)(Rating 3.25 Wine Glasses)

Posted July 28, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 6 Comments


From Goodreads:  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….

 Bought for myself
BBA Series Read Challenge
Overall Rating 3.25
Story Rating 3.75
Lead Character Rating 2.75
(will explain in review)
Audio Only Rating 4.00
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NOTE: I really wish I could review this book in 2 parts because I think the 2nd half of the book was very strong and made me look forward to the rest of the series. However, I do highly recommend the audio version of Stray. I think Jennifer Van Dyck did an excellent job with the narration.

What I Loved: Kudos to Rachel Vincent to writing a strong family unit. I absolutely adored the fact that there was a mother, father, brothers, and extended family involved in the story. They are, in fact, the moments that I loved most. The whole second half of the story (not going to include spoilers) the way they pulled together was uplifting and fantastic to read. The world that Rachel has created is very well done also. I like how she divided down the packs, territory, and the explanations of the strays. It reminded me a lot of Old England and their hierarchies. I really loved the strong mother figure in the story and how it was her role that really reminds everyone to look deeper than the surface. Everyone has layers, makes choices, and has their reasons for doing it.

What I Liked: I have to say that the male pack members were all very enjoyable to read. Their personalities ran the gamete from fun/playful to serious/contemplating. Personally, it was great to see a little bit of every kind of “person” reflected in this world. There were some unfinished things that I think will play out over the series and I can’t wait to see what happens!

Complaints: Seriously did not like Faythe for 3/4 of the story. I thought she was childish, spoiled, self-involved, and a little to “I deserve this” for my taste. Towards the end though it appeared she did some growing up. I just hope it sticks!

Why I gave it a 3.25: This is one of those stories I wish I could grade in parts: Faythe (2.75), Story 1rst Part (3.5), Story 2nd Part (4.0), and Character (4.0). Unfortunately, Faythe really did pull some of the enjoyment out of reading the first part of the story for me. However, I am really looking forward to the rest of the series and can’t wait to see where some of these characters go. Also looking forward to Faythe acting more like the grownup she claims to be 🙂

Rachel Vincent

Books in Series:
Stray (MIRA)Rogue (Shifters, #2)Pride (Shifters, #3)Prey (Shifters, #4)Shift (Shifters, #5)Alpha (Shifters, #6)

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6 responses to “Review: Stray by Rachel Vincent (#BBAShifters)(Audiobook)(Rating 3.25 Wine Glasses)

  1. Missie

    I've read other reviews that Faythe is a TSTL type character. Don't know how well that would work for me, but the family involvement has me exciting, they almost sound like the Cullens. LOL

  2. Natalie (Mindful Mus

    I've had this book on my shelf for awhile and I've heard great things about Rachel Vincent, but I haven't actually picked up Stray yet. It's a bummer that Faythe got on your nerves, but it seems like you're not the only one who thinks the series gets better. I'll be keeping my eye out for your review of the next book to see if she improves!

  3. Melissa (Books and T

    You know, I do remember I felt the same way in this book. I read on and they got better (I'm still very behind on it… *sigh*). I hope you like it more as the series progresses as I did. Great review!

  4. Jenny

    Yay! So glad you enjoyed this one enough to keep going with the series, like Ash said I think they just get better. And Faythe does keep growing, she loses some of the selfishness (though it still comes out on occasion) and things get really emotionally intense:) I cried like a little girl through most of the last book:)

  5. Smash Attack!

    I am extremely happy that you will continue the series. It gets better and better. Rachel Vincent squeezes your heart until you cannot breathe! That woman elicits emotion form me like no other! One of the few series I've sobbed through…

  6. barbara

    Great review! I too enjoyed this book but felt torn by my dislike of the heroine throughout. And yet, the story, plot, other characters, etc. kept me turning the pages. 🙂