Sunday, 23 January 2011

Review: Alpha by Rachel Vincent

Title: Alpha

Author: Rachel Vincent

Series: Book 6 in the Shifters series

Publisher: Mira

Publication date: 01/10/2010

Book source: Bought

My Rating: 10/10

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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.

My thoughts:

Wow….what an intense read. The last book in the Shifters series certainly didn’t disappoint! This story could have gone so many different ways so I was kind of worried about finally reading it but it really pulled the whole of the series together.

It was definitely another one of those emotional reads where there can be an overload of different emotions pushed on you all at once. I cried at parts, laughed, felt the anger and anticipation of all of the characters and at times a lot of immense frustration when big decisions had to be made.

The level of suspense in this story was incredible. There was the whole rivalry between Prides, the love triangle between Marc, Faythe and Jace, who Faythe would choose in the end and loads of action to make you gasp in shock.

I don’t know what else to say, I’m so sad it’s the end of the series but at the same time, there really couldn’t have been a better ending.

If you haven’t read the series yet, please, please, please go and pick up the first book and read them all!

The Shifters series is definitely one of my favourite Urban Fantasy series of all time.

Great quotes:

"So instead of ignoring the pain, I called out to it, reaching for more. 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."


"I don’t want to love him—this would be so much simpler if I didn’t. But I do.
He’s funny, and passionate, and strong, and he believes in me more than I even believe in myself.
When he looks at me, I feel like I could take on the whole world and come out standing tall. I like
myself better when I’m with him, because of how he sees me. He makes me feel beautiful and
powerful, like I’m the most important thing in the world, and I don’t know how to walk away from
that. I don’t know how to walk away from him."

About the author:

  A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.



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April (BooksandWine) said...

This series sounds right up there with Vampire Academy, and omg, it's finished. Yes, okay this is going on my WANT list.

Great review. :-D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

So glad to hear the series held out through the end. Sometimes a final book isn't always that great. This is one of those series I have on my list to get to one day. :) Glad you enjoyed!