From Publishers Weekly
Vincent's debut, an urban werecat fantasy, is a good story that suffers from about 200 pages of bloat. Faythe Sanders is a Texas grad student with a secret: she's a shape-shifting werecat. After she's attacked by a Stray—a werecat without ties to any pride—Faythe's father, the Pride Alpha, orders her to return to the family compound. As it turns out, two other werecat tabbies have gone missing, indicating an organized effort by the formerly go-it-alone Strays. The author's world building is intriguing but overly narrow, reducing the range of jungle feline behavior to a keen territorial instinct. Secondary characters abound, including Faythe's intended, formerly human werecat Marc; five years earlier, she escaped the pride on what was supposed to be the eve of their wedding. Unfortunately, they both have frustrating character tics that are only exacerbated by the novel's length: Faythe is more often too-stubborn-to-live than kick-ass, and all the tears Marc wells up over Faythe don't forgive his insufferable jealousy. A polished tale may hide within this one, but Vincent needs to rein herself in a bit if she wants to build a readership.
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"A high-octane plot with characters you can really care about. Vincent is a welcome addition to the genre!" -- Kelley Armstrong, author of the Women of the Otherworld series
"Compelling and edgy, dark and evocative, Stray
is a must read! I loved it from beginning to end." -- Gena Showalter, acclaimed author of Enslave Me Sweetly
"Rachel Vincent is a new author that I'm going to be watching." -- New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison
"Well written, fresh, charming, great voice -- Buffy meets Cat People
. I loved it, and look forward to much more in the future from this talented author." -- New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham
Vincent's debut is fast paced and cleverly written, and it should find favor with fans of the shape-shifter subgenre. Even those not usually enamored by it could be won over by the sheer power and clarity of her voice. Plus, some of those male werecats are choice! -- Romantic Times Book Review, June 1, 2007