Book Review: Lion’s Share

Author: Rachel Vincent

Lion’s Share

The Wildcat series is by one of my favourite authors, Rachel Vincent. I fell in love with The Shifter series years ago and have since sought something equally as good.

If you haven’t read The Shifter series, I highly recommend it. The first book in the series is ‘Stray’.

Lion’s Share

This is the first book in the Wild cat series.

What is the book about?

The series is a spin off from the shifter series. It has two MCs; Abby (tabby) and Jace (an acting Alpha). The werecat world has their own laws to ensure that the prides all cooperate. As tabby shifters (girl werecats) are rare, they are highly valued and protected. However, this makes life very difficult for the girls who are constantly watched by enforcers (werecats trained to protect tabby’s and enforce the law) and cannot do a lot due to their safety. Abby is very fortunate that she has been allowed to attend university (Faythe is the only tabby ever to be granted this privilege).

Skip to ”What did I think” to avoid spoilers.

How it starts

Due to a number of shifter deaths in the territory, Jace has reason to believe a group are hunting them. Jace decides to bring Abby back to the ranch for Christmas for her safety. Especially as the hunters came after Abby and her university friends in the past, killing all but her roommate. When Abby learns the council are meeting about the hunters she accepts Jace’s offer to join his enforcers even though the offer made was a compliment when she’d defended herself against hunters. Jace has to honour his word and she becomes the newest enforcer on his force.

The middle

Abby is engaged to Brian. Brian is a safe choice and she only accepted his proposal to stop the other werecats hitting on her. Sadly, they have no chemistry. The more time she spends with Jace, the more she realises she is with the wrong man and breaks off the engagement. Things get physical and steamy between the pair. Abby keeps sabotaging the missions, to the point where she has broken so many laws she is to be sent back to her family. Abby doesn’t want to go and runs away. Jace and his guys then figure out what she’s been up to… Who she is protecting.

How it ends

Abby’s roommate, Robyn, was infected by a stray when the hunters attacked them. Never has a woman survived scratch fever. Abby knows that the council would want to test Robyn and enforce their laws and world on her. Abby kept Robyn a secret to protect her from all that. Jace and his enforcers help Abby fight the hunter and save her roommate. They then have to stand trial before the council. Jace takes full responsibility for Abby’s crimes as her Alpha – he is banished to the free territory. Abby defects (quits all prides) and takes off with Jace. The free zone is very dangerous due to there being no laws but fortunately Jace has contacts as he was working with Titus to get the free zone recognised with rights. Titus takes them in.

What did I think

Read it! It is quite a steamy novel and the chemistry between the pair is sizzling. I’ve already bought the next book in the series.

The only thing I found strange is the girl on the cover is not Abby. Abby is described as a redhead with curly hair and the cover girl has sleek brown hair. The next book in the series is about the roommate, Robyn who better fits the description. I wonder if they’ve used the same model for the whole series to give a uniformed look.

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Happy International Women’s Day

I didn’t even know that there was an International Women’s Day until this year!  I must have learnt about it at school because the movement was started by the Suffragettes in 1911. I remember studying the women and being inspired by their passion for change.

Here are some hashtags you may be interested in:

  •  #TimesUp:  Challenging sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace.
  • #MeToo:  Raising awareness of sexual assault instead of hiding it.
  • #PressForProgress:  This is the official theme of the International Women’s Day. It has ideas to enable everybody to take part in being inclusive of women.

I have never categorized myself as a feminist but I do feel that men and women should get the same opportunities and recognition for their hard work.  Change won’t be overnight but we are moving in the right direction.

To celebrate, I shall share with you the strongest female characters from novels that took action to change their world:

The Handmaid’s Tale

My first holiday with friends (no parents), my little sister gave me The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood as a beach read.  I wouldn’t recommend it as a summer read but I couldn’t put the book down.  It was a page-turner and I honestly couldn’t imagine what was going to happen next.

Many women cannot have children in this post-nuclear world.  Offred is able to have children.  She becomes a slave to the rich and powerful to bear their children.  She may sound like a weak character because she complies but her spirit is strong and you can feel that she is going to bring change but as she is constantly watched it will be incredibly dangerous.

The book is worth reading.  Hulu recently created a TV series based on the novel and that is amazing too (next season out in April).

The Hunger Games

Sadly, I didn’t get to read the books before the film came out.  The series of books is by Suzanne Collins.  

It is set in a post-war world where the twelve districts have to send one girl and one boy (children) to compete in a TV Show called the Hunger Games to remind them about the innocent lives that are lost at war.  The MC, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers herself when her little sister’s name is called.  Her sacrifice makes her instantly likeable.  What makes her a strong woman is that she decides to break the system and through her actions, she inspires and leads a rebellion for change.

The Diary of a Young Girl

I think everyone has heard of Anne Frank, the little girl who hid from the Nazi’s and kept a diary of her life surviving a world war.  Her diary is a true account of what happened during her hiding.

I had no idea but apparently, there is a movie based on her diary.  It is also a long time since I read her diary but I remember it being very moving, insightful and thought-provoking.

You may think that Anne doesn’t deserve to make the list because she hid, she didn’t fight, she didn’t make a difference… or did she?  Writing her diary was extremely dangerous and brave.  Anne’s diary has been read all over the world making her voice clearly heard regarding what happened.  Her words have educated billions to change, to never let it happen again.  Her diary ensures we never forget.


The book Matilda is written by Roald Dahl.  I had read the book and watched the movie.

You may think it’s strange that she has made the list but she lived with a family that didn’t encourage or support her desire to read or go to school.  As young as she is, she fought for her rights.  It probably did help having telekinesis powers.

Shifter series

Okay, I promise I am not being biased on this one, even though the series really captured me and is my all-time favourite.  Let me explain why I think the MC is a strong woman.

The story is based around Faythe’s family who are all shifters (werecats/Panthers).  It is set in today’s world but humans don’t know they exist.  The shifters world is very male-dominated and the daughters are to be protected.  Faythe’s father is training her to become the first female leader and she is the first female enforcer.  During the series, she has to overcome a number of challenges to prove herself and it is very action packed.

The first title in the series is Stray by Rachel Vincent.  I have no idea why this book has still not been made into a movie/series yet.  It is so good!

What do you think?

To me, these women are all powerful and strong as the characters were overcoming difficulties that restricted them from being all they could be.  Their actions brought around change.

Is there anyone you think I should have included in my top 5 list?  Any books you recommend I read that feature strong women?  Please comment and share your thoughts.

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