Stray (2007) by Rachel Vincent is the first book in the werecat series. This book is available as a paperback and ebook at your favorite etailer. This guest review is from Senetra and this is a DNF review.
I thought I couldn’t stand Emma Woodhouse. Hello, Faythe Sanders, 23-year old werecat brat. The story opens with her whining about her life: Her family didn’t want her to go to college, so she tricked them into missing her graduation. She resents that Daddy’s had spies on her for five years, but Daddy’s paying the bills for graduate school, so she “has” to put up with it, but she won’t like it! She smells a werecat who doesn’t belong in their territory, so she confronts him in an alley and gets mad when Daddy’s spy (and her ex-boyfriend) Marcus is a little late saving her from a beat down. Page 6 and she’s already TSTL. Mom is too June Cleaver. Her ex-boyfriend wants to marry her and turn her into her mother (despite evidence to the contrary). Blah, blah, blah. Whatever. Oh, and Daddy says that Faythe must drop out of school and come home NOW.
At some point, the world building begins, and we find out that in the U.S., there are 10 Pride families. Each family has an Alpha and a Dam, their sons (toms), and hopefully a daughter (tabby). Outside of the Alpha’s immediate family are the other males: assorted relatives and other Pride members, totaling some additional 40 members. Some werecats live outside of the Pride structure, and are ignored unless they enter someone’s territory. There are also weres who are “strays”, humans who were bitten or scratched and became werecats. For the most part, they aren’t welcome, but Marcus is a stray. Faythe is an unmarried tabby, one of only eight in the entire country. Finding this out makes me wonder how Faythe thinks that she can just live apart from the Pride. When it’s pointed out to her that if she did live alone, or even apart from the Pride with her mate, she would be at constant risk of attack because she is one of only eight marriageable females of her entire species in the country, she still believes it could happen. Cue lecture on how Faythe is so busy breaking and ignoring rules that she doesn’t see that some of them make sense and could actually be bent to her advantage. Cue Faythe dismissing any attempt at reason and logic.
Once Faythe starts whining about living on her own, we get back to the reason Faythe was pulled out of school. First, a tabby from another Pride went missing, then one of Faythe’s cousins. There are some scenes with her brothers, she injures Marcus for no reason, and has a weird flirtation thing going on with another of her father’s enforcers. Some other stuff happened, but I couldn’t tell you what it was since I decided to skip ahead by about 200 pages, and even then, it’s only the next day or so. Skip more pages. Faythe has been taken by the same strays who took her friend and cousin. I skipped ahead some more, found out who the villains were, skipped some more pages and bloody fight scenes, and read the last two chapters, which set up the next book in the series, which I won’t be reading since chapter one of book three lays it all out.
I can’t give this book an actual grade because I didn’t read most of it, so: DNF.
Disclosure: I already owned book two, Rogue, and had gotten book three, Pride, from the library. I didn’t read Rogue, but I did read Pride. I read the whole thing and gave it a B and plan to read book four, Prey.
This review is apart of the TBR Challenge 2009 and please make sure to check out the other participants who did reviews today. Thanks.