Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Prey (Shifters #4) by Rachel Vincent

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.

Type: Urban Fantasy, Shifters (felines)
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

I'm honestly not sure if I loved this book or really hated it. I didn't hate it because it was poorly written or lacked excitement but hated it because by the time I reached the end of the book my heart had broken a little. Or really quite a bit. This book continued on in the manner I expect from Vincent. There was a ton happening and the action or rather anxious feelings kept up throughout the book. My hands were sweating for a bit there. Heck so were my toes a couple times. There are some funny moments, some that broke my heart and two that just left me very disappointed in characters so I was pretty much all over the board reading this one.

We start up two months after Marc's exile with Marc and Faythe finally getting to see each other in person on the way to Manx's trial.  Things of course do not go as planned and chaos ensues. A short time after being ambushed Marc disappears and everyone fears he's dead. The rest of the book is basically a race against the clock to find him and bring him home. The first half of the book was very frustrating. Instead of getting out there and searching when they had a lead to follow they'd cook dinner. Or everyone would have a shower then dry their hair or go grocery shopping or stop to bury an enemy found dead, burn evidence then go back home and eat more before going back to search for him. AAAAHHHHHHHH!

I enjoyed Faythe having to deal with Kaci and her teenage stubbornness when it came to shifting even though her health is at risk. Talk about a taste of her own medicine and getting put on the spot with Kaci's questions about boys. Loved getting to see her kick some serious ass when looking for Marc. Damn the girl got scary for a bit and I could totally see her being Alpha one day. My heart broke with Ethan. He's one of my favorite characters and I could not believe what I was reading. How could that happen? Was horrible and gut wrenching and has left a hurt little spot in my heart all day. The surprise at the end concerning him should be interesting. My biggest disappointment in Faythe happened as she expressed her grief with Jace. Another "oh no, no, no, please don't do that!" moment. While I love Jace it was just such a stupid move on her part and so out of line with Marc missing and injured and I can't see how it won't change everything. The betrayal towards the end left me saddened as well. I'd hoped so much for that character and didn't see it coming. All in all it was an excellent book. It kept me up all night reading and got me even more invested in the characters despite their flaws.

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