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5.26.2010

Review: Shift by Rachel Vincent


Shift (Shifters #5) by Rachel Vincent
Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters
Mass Market Paperback (MIRA, 400 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0778327604
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…

Author Site: rachelvincent.com

Frustrations galore but still love every minute of it! (5 stars)

In Pride we learned a little bit about shapeshifters that weren't werecats. But even I will admit to being surprised to find that the majority of Shift's plot centers around thunderbirds, a raptor-like (bird enthusiasts will know what I mean) tribe of bird shifters who avoid human involvement. After the events of Prey bring some major conflicts to the table, *spoiler alert for Prey* Ethan's death and Faythe's subsequent hook-up with Jace, Faythe's world is in chaos. She needs to come clean with Marc about what happened between herself and Jace because the two can't act normal around each other anymore.

When an attack and attempted kidnapping bring the thunderbirds into the picture it's not hard to guess who is behind them and why. The big conflict is how to prove it when the bird shifters don't have a social structure or culture anything like the cats. Without a leader and a lack of humanity in their decision making the Flight wants revenge for their own fallen and won't see reason without some proof. It's up to Faythe and the guys forming her frustrating love triangle to prove that the south-central Pride is innocent.

I know a lot of other readers got frustrated with this book for many reasons, I definitely had some of my own to deal with too. So let me get those out of the way first. How on earth can the thunderbirds have not been noticed by humans simply based on the way they are described!?! And why on earth would they have taken the bad guy's word at face value rather than assume they were involved in the murder of their Flight mate? There were just a handful of things about them that didn't work for me or make sense to me enough to not bug me a little. Then there's Faythe finding excuses not to tell Marc about what happened with Jace. In spite of his temper he pretty much worships her and continues to want her no matter what (even when she was out in the human world sleeping with a human) so why is it such an issue really? And why does she suddenly have feelings for Jace beyond friendship? That bit doesn't make sense to me really since she always kind of had a flirty thing with him but in a playful way not an attracted way. Granted I am a total Team Jace girl but puh-lease! Either she loves him or she doesn't. Just because they had sex doesn't mean she has to love him now. There's also a lot of "red shirt" killing in this one. Okay maybe they have names at least but sheesh does everyone have to die before the final book? lol

Even with those issues bugging me I still loved it. Faythe may very well be the most annoying heroine of all time (she never does what we all know she should!!!) yet there's something about that I can't help but enjoy. I don't like Marc, never have, and he's no less irritating this time but for once he has some competition that I liked. The story can get a bit slow because there are a lot of "talky" parts this time but when there's action it's intense.

I'm not sure what more I can say about Shift. I love this series as a whole and find it easy to forgive any of my grievances knowing there's only one more book and thus a climax coming. Can't wait for Alpha's release this fall.

Other Reviews:

Smexy Books
Sarah's Book Reviews
Wicked Lil' Pixie


Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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