Alpha- Rachel Vincent
Recently I’ve been pretty busy trying to play catch up with Game of Thrones (season 2 starts Sunday…it’s going to be slow torture waiting in anticipation 6 days before a new episode comes on! If ou haven’t checked out the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin yet you’re truly missing out on an addicting series full of powerful women, magic and betrayal) and filling out scholarship applications for yet another bachelors degree before making the transition to big girl school…which of course for me is law school and a masters in Slavic studies.
Anyways, I stumbled upon Rachel Vincent’s writing late in the game but she is one talented whirlwind of a woman! After falling in love with the Soul Screamers series I have devoured anything that this wonderful writer has penned. At first I was a little apprehensive about Alpha because…let’s face it, while we have come to accept some supernatural creatures as the norm now in fiction, ie vampires, werewolves, necromancers, etc., I’m sure that I am not the only person in the world who cringed when True Blood brought in the werepanthers. You might think aw cute little kitty’s what’s so scary about them or just simply turn away from the thought of cat shape shifters as paranormal forces to be reckoned with (I wouldn’t blame you, I almost did the same thing) but Rachel Vincent set a new standard for shape shifter series with this book.
Firstly, these characters are some of the most multidimensional and authentic that I have even encountered in my years of avid reading, each character no matter how small their role has a well defined personality and voice. it’s easy to become emotionally attached, t o fall in love with Faythe, Jace, and Marc and experience their anguish, anger, and feelings for each other.
Secondly, Faythe has got to be one of the most badass females ever written, not only is she compassionate but she has a fiery, edginess that almost borders on insanity at times that has the reader egging her one, hoping she follows through on her extremely violent tendencies.
Feminists around the world would rejoice, in Faythe’s shape shifting culture females are hot commodities pawned off to repopulate and used for their bodies and to gain territories. As the first female Alpha, Faythe is both a protector to the other women and an advocate for freedom of choice of when to have children and who to have them with and an example for all women in fighting for equality between the sexes.
Alpha is packed with action, brutal fist fights, deaths, torture and wars between the prides.
This series has something for everyone. If you’re looking for something new and a little off the beaten track check it out.
Caution: if you’re looking for something G rated this is definitely not for you.
If you have questions feel free to ask.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“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.”