Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review - Rogue by Rachel Vincent

Rogue (Werecats, book 2) by Rachel Vincent
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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars
Pages: 394

Summary: 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...

Thoughts: It's been over a year since I read the first of Rachel Vincent's werecat series, but I remember the book as clear as day.  The werecats series is probably one of the most inventive UF verses out there - packed with catty violence and some rather terrifying villains.  But that's not why I remember it with such detail - mostly, I just remember hating the hell out of the main character Faythe.

Well, character-wise, Rogue is certainly a huge improvement.  Faythe thinks out her actions a bit more than she used to.  And although she still manages to grate on my nerves, her gradual transition from a five-year-old into a mature adult is realistic and in character.  So, YAY!  At this rate, I might actually like her by book five.

But on the other hand, Rogue was a let-down from Stray.  One of the reasons I decided to stick with this series was because of the amazing action.  Stray is packed with bloody, terrifying scenes described with more finesse than anything I've ever read.  Rogue, however, was a series of conversations.  Sure, important character-driven conversations - but still.  Even though a lot was revealed, not all that much happened.

Bottom line?  A solid sequel to Stray.  If you are looking for kick-ass UF, Vincent's werecat series has it in spades.  But don't expect to actually like anyone.


  1. I actually read Shift and loved it. Now I'm working my way through the series before Alpha comes out. Thanks for the great review. I'm just about to start this one!

  2. I haven't read this series yet, though I have the first one. Maybe I'll get round to it one day. :)

  3. Great review! For me, the books got better along the series; Faythe changes a lot through the series and improves from the whiny, impulsive cat she is in the first book. It's true though that sometimes there's less action than conversation though.



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