Sunday, February 21, 2010

review: SHIFT by Rachel Vincent


SHIFT by Rachel Vincent
Shifters #5
Harlequin: MIRA Books
released February 19, 2010
source: bookstore
441 pages

SPOILER ALERT FOR THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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 . . .

Rating: Loved it!

MY THOUGHTS

Shift picks up right where Prey, book four, left off. Faythe Sanders and her Pride, led by her father, the Alpha, are planning to avenge the death of one of their own, all the while trying not to spark a civil war between the North American Prides. Even more problems arise when thunderbirds attack the compound and attempt to kidnap Kaci, the teenage werecat under Faythe’s protection. The question on everyone’s mind is: Why are the thunderbirds attacking now, when they haven’t had any contact with the werecats in over sixty years? The answer leads Faythe and the Pride into a sticky web of deceit, treachery, and lies. Along the way, Faythe must deal with the fallout from her romantic entanglement with Jace, and how it will affect her relationship with Marc.

Rachel Vincent did a wonderful job with Shift. In the first four books, the main protagonist, Faythe, was very immature, making the same bad decisions over and over again. I had almost given up on her, but had to read the next installment to see what happened to the characters. I’m so happy that I did. Faythe is finally stepping up to the plate. She still makes a few bad decisions, of course, but the reader is able to see that she has grown emotionally and understands that there are consequences to her actions for people other than herself. She is also learning how to act like an Alpha, a position for which her father and Marc have been grooming her for the last few years. The end of this book was very promising. Faythe had many hard decisions to make, but she stood up to the challenge and thrived. I can’t wait for Alpha!

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