Review--Prey


The BEST in the series so far!!!

Just finished Rachel Vincent's Prey today and it is by the far my favorite book in her series so far!! When Rachel says that this is the book where everything changes for Faythe--she's absolutely right!!

From my previous post you already get the back of the book summary, which does a VERY good job at giving you an idea as to what happens in the book without giving too many spoilers.

Well to add a little to that summary and leaving out spoilers--and this book is filled with them!--I'll give a little more insight to the book.

When we open up Faythe is on her way with Manx, Des, Ethan, and Vic to go to Manx's trial while making a stop in Mississippi to get extra security on the way. Yes, Marc joins his fellow old Pride members and assists them on their trip. It had been a long time or what felt like a REALLY long time since Faythe got to see Marc, so they had a joyous reunion. Of course what would a joyous reunion be without a little mayhem??

Trouble occurs almost immediately upon the trip when the gang is back together again, but that is only where the trouble starts. As the back of the book says Marc is missing. Days later, when Faythe returns home and is trying to convince Kaci to Shift, who refuses, she learns that Marc is missing and there was blood in his house. Fear takes place in Faythe's heart but she never once gives up hope.

Soon she and her fellow Pride members return to Mississippi to track down Marc and his kidnappers and bring him home. But this trip is harder than ever to be expected. No sooner had Faythe started and was taking down leads she is called home again to hear the Kaci is still not well and refuses to Shift. Faythe is torn between her duties but eventually makes the decision to return home briefly with her brother while the others continue the search for Marc.

This is where all the serious SPOILERS start and I don't even want to try to discreetly walk around them because there really is no way to do so. Let's just say things get really, really tough for Faythe and her Pride members.

On another note while searching for Marc Faythe and the others (Vic, Ethan, and Dan) make a shocking discovery that they discover becomes a part in the battle brewing between Malone and Greg Sanders, Faythe's dad. As Pride showed us Malone is rallying his allies in order to throw Greg off the head of the council and the political war grows stronger in Prey and will likely continue on in Rachel's next book, currently titled Shift. Which has a tentative release date for March 2010--which is way too long of a wait if you ask me.

Once you've read it and are wanting to talk about it, like I am!, head over to Rachel's discussion board, The Pride and click on the appropriate thread, which would be Prey, and feel free to talk about whatever issues in the book or series that you feel like. The members over there, which I am also apart of, are real nice and friendly too. So come on over, we don't bite...much!

Here's the link:

http://rachelvincent.proboards.com/index.cgi?

Upcoming Release!

Prey comes out in a matter of days!! 11 to be exact. Although stores might put them out early. One can only hope. This is book 4 in Rachel Vincent's Werecat series that is slowly coming to an end. Sob! There will be 2 more books, as of now. But I really think Rachel plans on ending this particular series with 6 books. The next book is Shift followed by what I recently head Alpha.

The series is very good. Since I'm in the middle of it I don't want to divulge into the plots too much because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone. I hate when people tell me the end of movies I haven't seen or books I haven't read, so I won't do that here. I did already post about Pride (book 3) a few months back if you want to see my opinions on that one. It's been awhile since I read Stray (book 1) and Rogue (book 2), so I can only recall some details and the big picture of the book.

Anyway here's the summary of Prey taken from Rachel's website:

Summary: While accompanying werecat tabby Manx to her hearing in Atlanta, enforcer Faythe Sanders and her fellow Pride members meet up with Faythe's exiled lover, Marc Ramos. They barely survive an attack by a group of strays, then Faythe is called home to deal with another problem: Teenage tabby Kaci Dillon still refuses to shift, and it could kill her.

No sooner has Faythe begun to make progress with Kaci than another crisis arises: Marc is abducted, and the quantity of blood found at the scene suggests he may not have survived the attack. Faythe refuses to believe Marc is dead and sets off with her new partner, Parker, to find him. In the process, they uncover a conspiracy -- and come to a sobering conclusion. Werecat war is brewing, and there's nothing they can do to stop it. (MIRA, Jul., 400 pp., $7.99)

Contest Alert--at Patricia's Vampire Notes

Over at http://patricias-vampire-notes.blogspot.com/ is a contest to win some of Karen Chance's books. There is a great interview that gives us an idea of how she writes and who her fave characters are.

It was a really great interview. I've read all her books in the past, which is why they aren't posted, since I read them awhile ago. But I do remember they were very good otherwise I wouldn't have all her books on my shelf. Including her short story in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.

Review--Street Magic


Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge is the first novel in a new series called the Black London series or novels as it says below the title on the book.

This series is different than her leading Nocturne City novels. We have more magical involvement here, which should be obvious, hence the title. ;)

Pete Caldecott is a police officer in good ol' London (yeah, she's a woman, Pete's short for Petunia and if you tell anyone her real name, she'll kill you), and her recent case involving a kidnapped child is more dangerous than she could imagine. With no leads whatsoever on the case and whether the girl is still alive, Pete receives an anonymous letter to meet with someone who might have information regarding the case. Taking a chance she goes to meet the source alone and finds that it is none other than Jack Winter, a man she thought for dead nearly 12 years ago.

Pete and Jack have a history together that Ms. Kittredge develops perfectly, there is definitely something strong brewing between these two. After the initial shock at seeing the man she thought for dead over a decade, Pete is shocked when he greets her with open hostility. He tells her when and where she can find the girl and leaves abruptly. There was no heart-warming reunion between the two.

Then the next night Pete finds the missing child right where Jack said she'd be, except the child has been blinded and traumatized. Pete wonders how Jack knew the girl would be there and sets out to find him and make him tell her. But when she eventually finds Jack, he is high on drugs and still greets her with hostility.

But that's not even close to the beginning of the novel nor the end of Pete and Jack. Soon two more children go missing and Pete enlists Jack's help, which took a lot of bartering and making Jack go cold turkey from his drug addiction, something that made him ultra mad.

Pete has always known that Jack has magical capabilities and figures that he used his abilities to find the first missing girl and wants him to use them again for the next two children. But with Jack so doped up she feels his powers won't be up to par and makes him give the drugs up.

As the novel progresses Pete learns more about the day when she was sixteen and Jack had "died". They had been in the graveyard trying to perform a ritual to summon a spirit so Jack could claim to a rival that he had power, real power. But things went wrong and then Jack died, or so Pete was led to believe.

There is definitely some evil mojo at work here that is behind the kidnapping of the children and blinding them. When a young girl with magical capabilities is the next victim Pete is more determined than ever to rescue her before she too is blinded and left just an empty shell. Pete and Jack must go further into the pits of London where the magical creatures lie, they will have to face possible enemies and allies. They will have to figure out who they can trust and who they cannot. But will they be able to trust one another and cooperate, for Jack still holds a grudge over Pete that she cannot figure out.

Soon Pete makes a shocking discovery about herself that Jack had always known and was perhaps the reason why he was always around her when she was younger. But trouble still lurks about the dark streets of London and if Pete doesn't learn what she needs to know, lives will be lost.

Contest Alert--at Darque Reviews


GIVEAWAY AT DARQUE REVIEWS!

That's right there's a giveway over at Darque Reviews to win a copy of Rachel Caine's Carpe Corpus, book 6 in the Morganville Vampire series for young adult.

I'll admit that I haven't read any of these yet, but I am reconsidering going out and buying the first one to start. I'm on my last new book to read for awhile. Right now I'm reading Caitlin Kittredge's Street Magic, but I'll post that later.

Right now you need to go over to Darque Reviews blog and enter this contest for a chance to win one of five copies of Carpe Corpus. In order to enter all you have to do is leave a comment near the interview/review about the book. Right now, it's the first thing you see on the website. So go, now, enter!

Here's the link: http://darquereviews.blogspot.com/