Book Reviews

Stray by Rachel Vincent

book review

Title: Stray

Author: Rachel Vincent

Pages: 611

Format: Paperback

Publisher: MIRA

Published: June 2007

ISBN 0-7783-2421-4

Buy here : Amazon UK




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 . . .



Stray is a book i have conflicted feelings about, i first read the book very soon after reading Bitten by Kelley Armstrong and anyone that has read both books can see the startling similarities between them, i thought, more than a few times, that i was reading the same book. I do not enjoy plagiarism, at all, and i do not like books or authors that do, that being said, there has been alot of discussion about these books and nothing has been said by either author so i cannot accuse or say anything more about this matter. Also i have read the rest of the Stray series and am happy to say that the rest of the books show no/little similarities. Now onto the review:

Faythe is a werecat, a female werecat and these are extremely rare and valuable (the female bit, not the werecat bit) she has been living away from her family for 5 years now at college and is happy to stay as far away as possible. However on campus she runs into a stray werecat (basically a rogue, but kind of born that way) and they fight a bit and she ends up being taken home by her former lover Marc. She gets all hissy and bad stuff is revealed to have happened, that may end up happening to her, so she calms down a bit and stays. Lots of drama with her ex and the other werecats and then lots of other stuff happens and i don’t really want to say much more without giving away the book.

This book is a strange one for me as sometimes i can’t put it down, whereas other times i can’t really seem to pick it up, Faythe as the main character can be a bit whiny as well and sometimes i just can’t deal with her, but then she also has some kick-ass moments where I’m like “you go girl” in all though, i think this book may not quite to my taste, i like the rest of the series more, so I’d say if you can stick out this book then you’re in for some good stuff 🙂



“Anyway, I was the one in real danger. I got cornered by a pack of wild sorority girls in the food court. Apparently it’s mating season.”


My Rating:



Next Book:

 Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


Thanks for reading,



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