Book #2 in Vincent's werecat series. Quick read, well paced action and good interaction between characters. Faythe is a tabby to be reckoned with! I would suggest reading STRAY first to understand the storyline.
Rogue, sequel to Stray, is essentially an urban fantasy, one in a growing list of books that are told first person by a young female protagonist. Other examples (that I have read/encountered) include Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series, Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harries--the list goes on and on. This style has the advantage of giving the reader a vicarious fantastical experience--magic, violence, sex, love--all brought to us by an easy to relate to lead character. In Rachel Vincent's Shifter's series we have Faythe Sanders, a cat shifter who is learning to balance her need for independence with her responsibilities to her Pride. So how to these books measure up when compared to the rest of their sub genre?
Faythe represents a rare and important minority in her species--a tabby, or female cat shifter. There are certain expectations of her within Pride culture--she is supposed to marry in order to reproduce children. Also, her husband would normally become the next Alpha (leader) of the Pride. She is supposed to be guarded and coddled. But Faythe has a mind of her own. Following events in Stray she becomes the first ever female enforcer--an exclusive band of fighters that serve the Alpha and protect the Pride. Her father is grooming her to inherit his place as Alpha, a concept that won't be easily acheived or accepted by the larger cat community. In the mean time Faythe is juggling her romantic relationship with Marc, a fellow enforcer, who is forever pressing her for a commitment.
The plot heats up when Faythe receives cryptic phone calls from her college boyfriend, an ordinary human, who is now threatening her. She's also investigating the murder of several cats on pride territory, and a possible link between these and enemies introduced in Stray.
The plot is not particularly complex, but it is dense enough to keep you entertained almost all the time. The elements of the story are diverse--romance, action, mystery, and political drama. But at its heart this book in combination with Stray is really about Faythe's development from immature selfish brat to strong, loyal, resilient leader.
Faythe is an extremely frustrating character. I found myself hating her at several points in the series up to this point. She's judgmental, self centered, and irrational. Up to this point I feel that she is very well written. We see her developing through trials and tribulations. She realizes when she's wrong and makes some effort to improve herself. And she's not without likable qualities. She's sarcastically funny, tough, and reasonably smart.
My greatest frustration and disappointment up to this point is Faythe's relationship with Marc. The way she treats him is horrible, and is probably what I hate the most about her. I feel like they are so dysfunctional as a couple that I don't know whether I want them to be together or not. I really wish that I could get attached to them as a pair, but I just can't.
In this book the secondary characters get a little more depth to them, an effort which I appreciate. They still aren't completely fleshed out, but they at least seem like real people with personalities. Marc's violent, passionate nature is shown and explained. We see Owen the optimist. Ethan the party boy. Faythe's father is actually a fairly dynamic character, demonstrating intelligence, wisdom, and respectability. The character that surprised me most was Faythe's mother--I ended up really liking her. At first she seems ordinary, a mindless housewife. Little by little, however, we learn that she has the heart of a fighter and a leader. Part of Faythe's growing up experience involves realizing that her mother's value and seeing her choices from a different perspective. Even the villains are multidimensional characters.
In the end, there were some problems in the book. Some of the secondary characters are pretty forgetable. There are a few plot holes, though nothing critical that I could spot. Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable book.
I found the first half of this book boring. Yeah Faythe and Marc buried a few dead strays but other than that all they did was jump each other. Faythe messed around with her brothers (platonically) and had sex (repeatedly) with Marc. If I wanted to read erotica, I would. It finally got interesting when they connected the deaths and started investigating. The introduction of Manx was a new twist and a very interesting scenario. I like the close dynamics of the pride but there antics tend to take precedence over the storyline.
I really enjoyed Stray by Rachel Vincent, so I was happy to jump back into the werecat series. Rogue is the sequel, and it didn't let me down. There is more romance in this book than the first, but I think it was necessary to show how Faythe feels about her life, Marc, and being with the pride. She's still a tough girl with a smart mouth, which always gets her in trouble.
I love that Faythe is not afraid to speak her mind, and her tell it like it is attitude. Faythe is strong, can fight, and is not afraid to go after who or what she wants. We continue to see her relationships with her parents, brothers, and boyfriend Marc grow and change. She's trying hard to be mature, and show that she can handle being an enforcer for the Alpha (her father) of the pride. It always concerns me when Faythe has to make a big decision, because she usually always picks the wrong one even though she does so with good intentions.
Marc is probably my favorite character in the series. His background is interesting, and he is so devoted to Faythe and her family that you can't help but love him. The depth shown with Marc in this book hooked me, and the poor guy can bring a girl to tears. I totally felt awful for him towards the end of this book. I hope Faythe figures out what direction her life is going to go in soon, that way he won't be left hanging on to something that isn't really there.
My favorite part is how one small detail from Rogue (which I barely remembered until it was brought up) comes back and causes everything to spiral out of control for the Pride. This book was a good read, and I didn't want it to end. That's usually the case with me though. I get attached to certain characters, and can't get them out of my head after.
The only thing I wish there was more of, was Faythe in cat form. Rachel Vincent does such a terrific job of describing in great detail the character's thoughts and feelings in cat form, and I missed that in this book.
This is the second book in Rachel Vincent's werecat series. In this book Faythe has come to terms with having to be home, and to do her part in protecting her clan. I enjoyed this book, and can't wait for the third in the series to be released.
I enjoyed the 1st on the series but this was a disappointment. I just don't find the character of Faythe very likable anymore. Usually I love stories like this but the characters & their attitudes towards strays really started to bother me. Will I read the next one? Not sure, I'll have to see.
Book 2 in series.
They only tabby being groomed to take over a pride tries hard to live up to her Alpha's expectations. Living in a houseful of males keeps her fighting up to par but sleeping with one keeps her emotions in an uproar.
Loved it! Loved it! Read Stray first so you can follow the storyline. Rachel Vincent is one of my new favorite authors. Sucked me in on the first page. Fast paced and an easy read. Can't wait for her next one.
I enjoyed Stray and I'm not mad at Rouge either. At the end of the book you will be possitively itching for the next one (Prey) to come out. There was much more emotion involved in Rogue though nothing is resolved just yet. The mystery is there as well and that part you have an inkling will be relevant later absolutely is. The book also is about the same length as Stray so no watered down plot for the sequel. A very large bonus when so many sophomore works tend to fall a bit short. I'm still not sure how Ms. Vincent can stretch this series into another four or five books but I'm looking forward to finding out and I'll just have to keep on reading.
This is the second book in the Werecat series! A great story that grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. Faythe has decided to re-join the pride and give her father 2 years to teach her about what she needs to know if she decides to lead the pride. She has become an enforcer who has to get 'strays' out of the pride's territory and back into the 'free' territory. The pride learns that someone is killing strays in the pride's territory - and it is up to her and Marc to figure out who it is and catch them. The story has some great twists and lots of action! Can't wait for the next book!
This is not one of the strongest books in this series. Bringing an old boyfriend into this plot shows Faythe as a thoughtless, scatter-brained, unnecessarily violent and irresponsible person. Her past and present relationships made me reluctant to read the next book in the series. The males in leadership roles appear to be power grabbing, sexist and misogynistic. The younger males are like big brothers overly protective but basically decent. I can't make the connection between misogynists older male leaders and decent younger men. I didn't like this book. I'm very glad I read it out of sequence because otherwise I would never have read the next book in the sequence which is much better.
Quick read very good follow on to the first book Stray. Ms. Vincent is developing her werecat world evan more. Characters are better developed in this book. I didn't want to choke Faythe the whole book. I liked understanding Marc better, and Greg her, father and mother are better defined as well.
Holy crap! What's next for Faythe?? This book is the imbodiment of the phase "out of the frying pan and into the fire"! Wow! I love the dynamic between Faythe and Marc, I love there badass partnership. This series is so good so far bring on more!