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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

REVIEW: Prey by Rachel Vincent

Book: Prey by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifters, #4
Free or Purchased: Purchased

Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)
Rachel Vincent has done it again, but better this time! After the political fiasco that was Pride, I didn't think that the situation could get anymore complicated and potentially disastrous.  Let me tell, you, it could and does. You have been officially warned--as Gangstagrass would say, "I see them long, hard times to come." Well, I saw. You, hopefully, will see.

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.

The Book
Faythe Sanders--whose first name is actually Katherine, which I never realized--was nearly executed by her own species in Pride, but apparently that wasn't good enough for them. They want Manx to pay for her trauma-induced crimes, and parties currently unknown are after Marc for something he didn't even do!

We left the Southwestern Pride in more trouble than at the end of any previous book, and with no plan of escape. Nothing has changed, except that now there are more threats, from more sides than they knew existed. An unlikely group bands together to--maybe--go against them, and Malone is still...Yeah, he's Malone.

One thing that has changed, though, is that Marc has been kidnapped, and Faythe and the gang can't think of a reason why. What on earth would make anyone kidnap Marc instead of just killing him. Little hint here: it gave me disturbing Buffy flashbacks.

Is it possible for Faythe to survive revenge-bent strays, Buffy-esque plot twists, and a missing lover, as well as something that could put the final nail in her pride's proverbial coffin? Of course she can, she's the main character, and we all know that she won't die because Shift is already out, and Alpha is on the way. But the question is, can everyone else?

Definitely not in this adventure.

My Thoughts 
Well, I came into this book with a loose idea of who was going to eat it due to a spoiler in a spoiler free thread. GRRR. But, anyways, I was like, okay, out of these people who could possibly die, I don't want these two to go, but the rest are on their own. Of course, it was one of my picks that died. It always is D'x

Besides this obvious setback, Marc wasn't in most of the book, and Marc is so made of awesome that I spent most of my time thinking: Marcmarcmarc where's Marcmarcmarc come on, I want Marcmarcmarc... It wasn't pretty, trust me. Since this was obviously the effect intended by the author (Why else would she make Marc disappear and have Faythe think about him all the time but suspense?), I'm counting it as a good thing.

The one really bad thing about this book for me, that I didn't agree with rather than didn't like, was Jace and Faythe's interactions. All of the progress Jace has made in my book since Stray has officially been thrown out the window. Woosh. There it goes. I. Hate. Jace. But at the same time, I can't help but like and feel sorry for him. I dunno. I'm just confused about The Jace Issue.

But besides what shall from here on out be known as The Jace Issue, which wasn't even enough to take off a zombie, it was a really, really, really good book, and I can't wait for Shift to come in the mail. Argh, I ordered it, like, a month ago, so why isn't it here?! Come faster!! (And then I have to wait for Alpha xD)