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Monday, July 12, 2010

REVIEW: Pride by Rachel Vincent

Book: Pride by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: February 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifters, #3
Free or Purchased: Purchased

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This was another riveting installment in the Shifters series, and I couldn't put it down the entire time I was reading it! Faythe's character grows up so much throughout the course of this series, and I can't wait to see what the next book will bring for her and Marc.

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…

The Book
Faythe is on trial, and it isn't going well for her. Or anyone she loves, apparently. But, that's just how the werecats' justice system works. Guilty until proven innocent, no right to an attorney, not fair at all. None of that changes the fact that, for herself and the rest of her Pride, Faythe has to put up with it all.

The consequences could be, ultimately, her life, as well as those of many others. Worst of all, there's absolutely nothing Faythe can do but sit still and behave--two things that have eluded her in all the previous books, and, for the most part, continue to do so in this book.

Cut off, literally, from almost all sources of comfort, Faythe has to make some hard choices and harder non-choices in order to keep the people she cares about safe, and save her own pelt. Growing up, werecat style. Difficult, painful, and necessary for her continued existence.

My Thoughts 
These books just get more and more deep, insightful, profound, etc.! I can't believe that Faythe is still sane after everything she's been through since Book 1. And poor, poor Marc, he's got it even worse than she does.

Honestly, though, this was a very emotional book. Marc and Faythe's relationship is one of the most interesting I've ever read about, and watching it continue to evolve, despite Marc's claims that Faythe is causing it to stay stagnant, is a very absorbing process.

In this book, I finally realized why everyone loves Faythe's brothers (with the exception of Ryan). Michael is a nerdy, yet totally adorable and very independent lawyer type, Ethan is a playful and compassionate joker, and Owen is... a cowboy. Didn't really see much of Owen in Pride, but Ethan and Michael got tons of air time. I can't quite decide which is my favorite, but I'm leaning towards Michael. I've always loved lawyers xD

So, anyways, off to start Prey, and hoping that Shift gets here soon. Darned post office people need to hurry up and get me my books before I go homicidal!