Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: Rogue (Shifters #2) by: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: April 1, 2008 from MIRA Books
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"Okay, so cats don't always land on their feet. 
I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I've made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I'm working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.
But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We're beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet--two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear..."


My Thoughts:

Rogue is a very big improvement on Stray, not that I didn’t like Stray; I just thought Rogue was so much better. Rachel Vincent continues to be an author crush (an author whose books I love no matter what) along with JLA and Jeri Smith-Ready. I love the whole world Rachel created with the Shifters. She has created a great dynamic between the characters and this series is impossible to resist. 

Faythe, while I love her, is really beginning to drive my INSANE. I love her strength, spunk, and intelligence but I also want to smack her constantly. Some of her decisions are just so blatantly stupid. I just sit there shaking my head, knowing that it is all going to come back and bit her in the butt. I do like that Faythe is beginning to grow up. She is starting to take responsibility for her actions and she is not as immature as when we first met her. It is nice to see that she realizes that while she did what she felt was best for her, sometimes others suffered because of this. 

Marc is another character that I love but that also infuriates me. He goes from loving Faythe to hating to Faythe to not being able to leave her but still needing more. It is giving me whiplash. He needs to get his feelings in check. While he may be an absolute sweetheart, he also needs to learn to control his temper. 

The relationship between Marc and Faythe hits some bumps in this one. Faythe needs to get over her commitment issues, but Marc also needs to get over his constant fear that Faythe will leave. Neither one is completely to blame, but neither is either one innocent. It is clear they are better together and both of them really just need to figure that out already. 

One thing about the characters as a collective that really bothers me is the way nobody ever seems to back Faythe. I feel like they constantly jump to blame her, even Marc when he is her boyfriend. Sometimes I feel like she is being treated unfairly. While sometimes things are her fault and she deserves it, there are others times where I feel like she is being used as a scapegoat.

The plot to Rogue really kept you guessing and absorbed in the book. There was lots of mystery and intrigue. Two seemingly separate story lines were melded together seamlessly. Some of the bad guys will shock you and some seemingly innocent characters show their wild side. The plot moves along quickly and not once was I bored. 

The ending to Rogue will leave you dying to start Pride right away. While the main story line wraps up, there is a huge promise of trouble to come. I am interested to see where Rachel takes this story and how she resolves the issues. 

Despite Faythe’s annoying tendencies, I really did enjoy Rogue. It is a great follow up to Stray and fans of the series will not be disappointed.

9 comments:

  1. this sounds very good, liked your review
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  2. I love this series!!! I have read it several times. Have to say that the third one is probably the weakest in my opinion though. Worth it to get to book 5 though which is scorching!! Lots of things happening with both Marc and Jace in book number 5! You seriously have to read it!

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    1. Oh now I am even more excited! I cant wait to get back into this series!

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  3. I have the entire series :) And I can't wait till I have time to sit down and read them! I just love Rachel's books :)

    I love how you discussed the characters, what they go through and what they face. The story and the plot! It makes me so very interested!! Sorry some of the characters started to drive you a bit crazy hehehe

    But, I loved this review, girl!!

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    1. Rachel is just awesome and I seriously love her writing!

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  4. I'm still debating if I should read this series or not. I like the idea behind it, and the whole supernatural aspect sounds great, but I don't know...I just need something to push me over the edge. The characters do sound they have potential to be great and I'm sorry some of them drove you nuts. LOL ;p But, hopefully I can wrap my mind around this soon, cause this series sounds fantastic!

    Awesomesauce review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida <3

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    1. I'm not big on shifter books in general and I really like these! Hope that helps lol

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  5. Ah, yet another series I own, & haven't even started! I've heard such amazing things about the series. I'm glad you ended up loving it even more than book 1. Great review!

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  6. Well, you already know how much I adore Rachel Vincent so this series is on my must-read list! I admit, it sounds like this is one that I might be a bit irritated by but enjoy at the same time. Very honest and insightful review!

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