Stray

Stray

Rachel Vincent

MIRA PARANORMAL NOVEL

ISBN – 13: 978-0-7783-2907-7

Available format: Mass Market Paperback & ebook

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…

I heard a lot of good things about this book and decided to give it a go, and boy am I glad that I did! Faythe is a werecat and a dangerous one at that. She’s attacked on her college campus, but is able to fight off her attacker. Although not before one of her father’s enforcers comes to take her home. Faythe goes willingly and soon finds out that her fellow tabbies are going missing and she does everything in her power to find her friends and bring them home. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to get the next book in the Shifters series, Rogue!

Plot – ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I was very happy with the plot. It was unique and I’ve never seen, or read anything like it before and that’s always a good thing.

Writing – ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing was very well done, I was very happy with how it all strung out throughout the story. I didn’t find myself feeling bored or uninterested in the story.

Characters – ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I was very shocked at how much I enjoyed these characters. I didn’t think I would have enjoyed them this much. They were unique but they had some flaws that every person has so it made them seem realistic and that’s always a good thing!

Katherine ‘Faythe’ Sanders – Faythe is someone who doesn’t take crap from anyone, and is out to show her whole Pride that she can make it on her own – that she can beat anything and anyone that gets in her way. Although, after getting attacked on campus Faythe is forced back to the one places that she cared never to see again: home. When she arrives home she learns that two of her fellow, single tabbies are missing and it is up to Faythe and the rest of her Pride to find them and put whoever their kidnappers are, to justice. Good old Pride style.

Marc Ramos – Marc is the right hand man to alpha and Faythe’s father, Greg Sanders. Five years before the plan was to marry Faythe and live a long happy life with lots of babies, but its not five years ago, things have changed and there are things that need to be done in the here and now. Like find the kidnapped tabbies and bring them home before something terrible happens to them.

Stray – Nothing is known about the stray(s) that have moved into their territory, but Faythe and her whole Pride will not stop until they find the kidnapped tabbies and make their kidnappers suffer just as they have.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ – no more and no less!

Review by Lura

Bite Club


 

 

 

 

 

 

Bite Club

Rachel Caine

NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY, year 2011

ISBN: 978-0-451-23318-9

Available format: Hardcover & ebook

After learning that vampires populate Morganville- and surviving a number of adventures with her new night-dwelling friends- college student Claire Danvers has come to realize that for the most part, the undead just want to live their lives.

But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There’s a new extreme sport being broadcast over the internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another- or worse, against humans. Tracking the out-of-town signal leads Claire- accompanied by a loyal group of friends and frenemies- to discover that what began as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville.

And if they want to survive, they’ll have to do a lot more than fight…

When I saw this book my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe that it was out already, after finishing Ghost Town a few months before I was prepared to wait a lot longer than I did for Bite Club to come out. But there it was, looking unread and beautiful, and I just had to buy it. I finished it, and I couldn’t believe what transpired throughout the book. There were times I was completely taken by surprised and times I wanted to scream and shout and just throw the book across the room, but it got better, and I found myself smiling as I read the last page. And here I sit writing this review and anxious to get my hands on the next book in the Morganville Vampires series, Last Breath!

Plot – ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The plot didn’t differ from the earlier books and I was so happy that it was as the books before it! You never want to see a book series that you’ve love from the beginning to change right at the end, never! And like I said before I’m super glad that Rachel Caine didn’t change a thing!

Writing – ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The writing hasn’t really changed at all and I’m glad that it hasn’t. I like Rachel Caine’s writing style, it’s very addicting and you never, ever want to put the book(s) down!

Characters – ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Claire is back along with Shane, Eve, and Michael for an all new and deadly, if your not careful, adventure! Things have grow back to normal, but now a new gym has been started up and Claire doesn’t know if this is good, or bad. Is it good, or bad? Well you’ll just have to read the book and decide that for yourself.

Claire Danvers – Claire is a 17 year old college student living in a town that is infested with vampires. Now all vampires aren’t all bad, but Claire has been known to trust the wrong kind of vampires, hell even some humans can’t be trusted in Morganville. It’s all about survival in this town and you can’t throw trust around like it’s free money. Claire has learned this the hard way, and she finds herself taking her time in figuring out who she can trust and who she has to keep an eye on because you never know you might end up beginning someone’s meal!

Shane Collins – Shane has a hatred for vampires that would shock a lot of people. Things happened many years ago that he would love to forget, but can’t. His family was torn apart by the thing he despises most in the world: vampires. A gym has opened up and its for learning to defend yourself against vampires, and Shane can’t wait to join. After joining this gym and take secret ‘special’ classes Shane begins to act different, like he was before: distant and cold. Claire isn’t to keen on letting Shane out of her sights after he begins to at strange and not like himself. Claire doesn’t know whats up with Shane and his mood swings, but she sets out to find out just what is wrong with him and turn him back in the Shane that everyone loves!

Eve Rosser – Eve is gothic, and she loves it! She doesn’t take anyone’s crap, not even Shane’s. Eve is ready for life to settle down so that she and her boyfriend, Michael Glass, can focus on their relationship, but as you well know there will be none of that in Morganville. Trouble starts up again and the whole Glass House gang sets out to find the trouble and end it, permanently. New and old enemies show up and Eve isn’t sure that Morganville is going to last this time around!

Michael Glass – Undead rocker and all around American boy. He is a Morganville native, born and raised. So he knows when things go bump in the night and that’s not on account with the bat like ears and sharpened eyes of a vampire. He, like Shane and Eve, have lived in Morganville for far to long to not know what’s going on and who’s doing what, even if it’s something they shouldn’t be doing. When trouble starts up yet again and Shane is acting weirder then usual, Michael knows that somethings about to go down and that it might be more then he, Claire, and even Eve and handle.

Myrnin – He is Claire’s undead boss and the mad scientist behind how things run in Morganville. He is brilliant, and also completely bonkers! Claire always fears that one day he won’t be Myrnin, the boss that she has come some what use to beginning around, because one day he might have gone and lost his mind and sees no reason to have her around any longer, and we all know that when a vampire things that it never comes out as a peaceful, or neat conclusion! Now that things are starting to heat up again in Morganville Claire and rest of her friends find themselves in need of help from the local mad scientist, even though Claire really would love to keep him out of it, just in case things get a little hairy and Myrnin goes and blabs to Amelie and gets them all some in serious trouble.

Overall I give this book ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ – no more and no less!

Review by Lura

Living with the Dead: With Spring Comes the Fall

Living with the Dead: With Spring Comes the Fall by Joshua Guess

Joshua Guess 2010

ASIN: B004A14V7S

Available in e-book

 

The worst scenario in a zombie apocalypse: a.zombie’s incessantly pounding at every entrance trying to eat your vital organs b.unending fear of your inevitable death or c.having to slice into the brain of the walking undead? Your answer would be wrong. Don’t answer that question. Although all of those fears are truly horrific, nothing could be worse than having to fight, maim and kill your fellow human survivors for the right to live.

 

Josh is a die hard (sorry pun intended) zombie fanatic. He has read all the survival guides and watched every zombie movie made. When the epidemic started in Cincinnati, he was one of the only ones who saw it for what it was. Hell on here had arrived. For many people it ended quickly. For others, the term quickly was no longer applicable to them; they had been transformed into mindless zombies. Josh and his wife Jess had fortified their home and laid in wait for what they new was coming.

 

Scavenging, farming, killing, and back breaking labor is all josh and the collection of apocalypse survivors had to look forward to. When they thought they had moved forward at all, they ran into murderers, thieves, rapists, and cannibals. Then came the smarties, and we are not talking about a group of tasty treats….

 

This book wasn’t all I was hoping for. I had read some great reviews and it came highly recommended, but parts of this book just stretched on and on. I loved the blog style writing to the book, and I know that the author tried to make it as authentic as possible, but I really think the repeating of certain things was, by definition, redundant. It made it hard in spots to continue to read.

 

The parts of the book that made me want to keep reading were often times glossed over because the blogger, Josh, was too worked up, stressed out, or distraught by the happenings. Zombies existed in this book that is titled “Living with the Dead”, but the book itself really glosses over the zombie parts quite a bit until you learn of what becomes of these zombies. It captures your attention at the end, but for some, they may not have made it that far. So practice your patience, get out your zombie survival guide and prepare for the apocalypse…

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