There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I'm one of them.
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 . . .From Goodreads:
Okay, so cats don't always land on their feet.
I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I've made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I'm working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.
But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We're beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet--two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear...
I'm on trial for my life. Falsely accused of infecting my human ex-boyfriend—and killing him to cover up the crime. Infecting a human is one of three capital offenses recognized by the Pride—along with murder and disclosure of our existence to a human.
I'm two for three. A goner.
Now we've discovered a rogue stray terrorizing the mountainside, hunting a wild teenage tabbycat. It's up to us to find and stop him before a human discovers us. With my lover Marc's help, I think I can protect the vulnerable girl from both the ambitious rogue and the scheming of the territorial council.
If I survive my own trial…From Goodreads:
Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…
Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.
Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.From Goodreads:
Being the first female werecat enforcer isn't easy. Scars accumulate, but I'm stronger in so many ways.
As for my personal life? It's complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother's death and my father's impeachment, it's all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.
With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option….My Review:
Loved these books! So amazing!!! There was amazing strength, even with very evil "people" which I'm using lightly because they are mostly werecat toms, who were sexist dictators! And a bit, the thunderbirds, but not so much, just that they don't really have conscious', but they were honourable. Anyway.
Loved how, even with how many times she got hurt (and the claw marks she sports on each cover, showcase areas where she was hurt in the course of each book. Yeah, she was hurt a lot. And yet she still got up, and she still fought back. And she beat the bad guys, which was just excellent! Loved that!
I really hated that the tabbies, female werecats, were so treasured, protective, but at the cost of them being treated like real people with rights, instead of possessions to carry on the line. Really ticked me, and Faythe, off. Totally not fair, but she fights it, and I'm hoping for the best for the last book. (I kinda read the last page of Alpha, so I'm happy with the ending, but that's for next week's review. Yep)
The relationships were complicated in this book. Whether politics, or family members kinda being traded with other prides, and personal, growing up stuff, they were complex, deep, and caused a lot of issues, both between Faythe and Marc, which I loved, but within the American Prides, when politics got in the way a lot of the time.
These were just 5 amazing, wonderful, excellent books that I really loved, must buy them soon! And go check them out!!
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Shifters #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Read: November 16th, 18th, 19th, 19th, 20th, 2011, 2011
Reason Why: Heard great things about them
Published: June 1st 2007, April 1st 2008, February 1st 2009, July 1st 2009, March 1st 2010