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Monday, September 20, 2010

Alpha by Rachel Vincent

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YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE FAYTHE...
The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc, and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.
It's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that can--that will--change everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for.
But life never waits until you're ready.

First off, this review contains spoilers from the previous books only, it’s Alpha spoilers free.

Alpha is the final book in the shifters series and the expectations are higher than ever before, and let me tell you right away, Rachel Vincent delivered.

Faythe and her pride are meeting with the entire council trying to stop Malone from becoming councilman, if they fail, they are in for a world of oppression and injustices and the South-Central Pride and their allies are not ready to let that happen. Expecting war, but hoping it won’t come to that, each men, and women, are ready to put their life on the line for the cause, and not everyone of them will still be there to see the outcome.

Alpha is powerful, heart-pounding, action-packed and oh so full of surprises! I’m glad I actually read it on my computer because my bound copy would’ve been socked wet from all the tears I cried. Seriously. Both happy tears and sad tears, I’ve been weeping most of the book while reading, so make sure you have tissues at your disposition. And if you are as emotional as I am, I recommend reading in privacy lol

Faythe will face conflicts, defeat, loss and Marc will throw her an ultimatum. She will fight for her own life, but mostly for the life of her loved ones. And even thought she hits the bottom, I admired her determination and selflessness. She has grown so much from the big-mouthed, short-tempered (not that she still doesn’t have that in her) girl from Stray. And I can’t help but being proud of her, even thought she’s just a fictional character.

Here’s an excerpt of a “Faythe moment” that really got to me:

Pain is part of who I am. It’s the defining characteristic of a Shifter’s transformation. Pain is what I suffer from my enemies. It is what I deal out to those who break our laws. It is what I protect my charges from. Pain is what I inherited from fate, that fickle bitch who gave me a mouth and fists, then put me in a world that wanted only my womb and my cradled arms.

Pain is what I feed from when nothing else will nourish the noxious fury in my heart. It’s what I cling to when everything else – everyone else – slips right between my grasping fingers. 

Marc & Jace are still there, torn between love and jealousy but both committed a 100% to Faythe and the Pride. Faythe will choose between the two of them in this adventure, but I’m not gonna give you any hints ^^

The plot for that book was awesome, the strongest in the series. I honestly didn’t see any of the major events coming. When I thought I knew what would happen next, Rachel proved me wrong and I greatly appreciated it. The end was powerful and brings some kind of closure, but Rachel chose an open end so we can all imagine what’s next. While it’s thoughtful, I would love to know what Rachel thinks will happen next! I actually find it hard to let go of this world and these characters I love so much.

The final book in the series was a blast and I’m sure it will be a huge success and even thought the loop is closed I can’t help but wanting more, makes me sad to know there will me no more Faythe =(

Read an excerpt


 

Shifters series:

Stray

Rogue

Pride

Prey

Shift

Alpha

Book Stats:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English The Book Depository
  • ISBN-10: 077832818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328186

     

    Book Source: e-ARC provided by NetGalley & Harlequin

  • Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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    8 People left their mark' :

    1. OMG this sounds epic!!! :)
      I want it now! *g*
      Thanks for the review!

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    2. Oh wow, it sounds so good! I can't believe we've reached the end of the series already... I'm a bit sad, but better leave while you're on top of it, right? And Vincent's series certainly is; it's one of my favorites UF series!
      I'm so glad to hear you loved it this much. I can't wait to read it too!

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    3. I cannot wait for this book.I hope my copy comes earlier.
      Great review.

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    5. Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors and I'm totally excited about the release of Alpha. Though I will miss this series, I'm interested to see what Rachel comes up with next.

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    6. Do I need to start with Stray? I have Shift but was wondering if I will be really lost if I started there?

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    7. Rain Maiden - You definitely have to start with Stray and read the books in order or you will be lost. You won't be disapointed, the series is awesome!

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    8. Fab review Tynga - I absolutely love this series & Alpha was an amazing end! I just wish there were more books to look forward to! I love the quote you used too :o)

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