Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review: Shift by: Rachel Vincent

Title: Shift
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Web Site: Rachel
Publisher: Mira (CAN)
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Pages: 400
ISBN - 10: 0778327604

From the Publisher:

Trouble is in the air…

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...


I find reviewing books that are a part of a series difficult because I if you haven’t read the previous book(s) I don’t want to spoil anything for you.  I have seen many bloggers add “spoiler warnings” before their review however as a curious reader I always ignore that message so I am left with the same dilemma.  So bare with my hopefully spoiler free review and forgive me if it is not as in depth as others but this series is a gem of the urban fantasy genre so what I leave out you will hopefully gain when you read the series yourself!

I began reading this series when the first book, Stray was released in June of 2007.  I had read quite a few novels featuring shifters but never a novel focused on were cats.  I was and still am enamored with Rachel Vincent’s magical and descriptive writing style, characters full of depth and genuineness, and ability to leave me screaming, “WHAT!” at the end of every novel.  The fifth and second last book in the Shifter series titled, Shift is the best novel in the series so far; which is saying a lot since the entire series is by far one of the best in the urban fantasy genre.  Now is where this review gets difficult as one of the best parts of this book is the romantic relationship(s).  Without giving anything away this book had me with my face pressed against the pages, drinking tea out of a straw so I didn’t spill on myself (I don’t have good hand eye coordination when my eyes are focus on the pages), closeted in my room for three hours with a do-not-disturb sign on my front door, and my phone on silent.  The relationship dynamics between Faythe, Marc, and ******* (see no spoiler) had me freaking out in books four and five and I am not yet over having to wait to find out more until Alpha, the final installment in this series is out.

There are some truly fan-frickin-tastic authors out there in the Urban Fantasy genre; Laurell K Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, and Kim Harrison to name a few, but with Shift, Rachel Vincent established herself as one of the top writers in her genre.

My Rating


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Guess you liked it!

Bill ;-)

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Lindsey said...

Haha yes!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I want to get to this series. It looks like a great series.

I have to say I love the ***** to cover for spoilers. lol. That was great.

Lindsey said...

Thanks!! I added a few (maybe more or maybe less) **** then was necessary just to keep it "spoiler free." I hope you read the series and enjoy it as much as I did!

Kathy Martin said...

I really liked this book too. My review is here. I am not so conscious of spoilers as you are. I kind of figure that people will still need to read the book to see how things happen.

I am eager for the last book to come out so that I can read the whole series again as one mega-story. I bet it will be awesome. On the other hand, it will be the last book in the series.

Lindsey said...

I am very sad its the last book in the series but it means she will have time to write other things so that may be good! I left out spoilers because I am the cat who is to curious not to read spoilers even when people warn me. I am about to go read Kim Harrison's new book but due to a spoiler warning that I still read I now know an important part of the book :( Stupid cat me.

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