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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Shifters?

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Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well!  Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)

QUESTION:

How do you feel about shifter books? Yay or Nay?

Rachel: 

Very discriminatingly, YES! I fell down the Sterek rabbit hole, so I have to give a nod to the werewolf lovers out there. And once in a while I will stumble across a shifter story I like – such as SP Wayne’s, Winter Wolf. Though overall I don’t often seek out books from the shifter genre that aren’t TW fan fiction.

Sara:  

I am sure I will be the odd ball and alone with this one, but for me, it’s a big fat OMG NO EFFING WAY NOOOO!!!! I can’t do it. To me if you can do things in human form that you can in your animal form… you are still an animal and I can’t get passed the fact of a human having sex with an animal. The whole knotting thing I see people fall in love with makes me gag. I hear that and see dogs stuck together while mating because of it… eww.

To a point, I can get werewolves because they have been around forever like vampires, but house sized cats and domestic dogs? No, that is crossing a line for me. A full on hard limit and just do not go there ever, line.

Traci:

Yay, although I don’t read everything that comes out (and unlike Rachel and what feels like half my GoodReads friends, I haven’t fallen into the bottomless Teen Wolf vortex.) Depending on the author and the characters, I can really enjoy a shifter story.

Ami:

Yay — even if the shifter subgenre is filled with cliches (especially the mine/mate trope) but I have a weak case when it comes to shifters. I tend to enjoy MF shifters better though (Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Ashley, to name a few) but there are some good MM shifters too (hello Andrea Speed’s Infected series…). PS: I don’t read a lot of Sterek and if I do, I prefer the non shifter ones LOL

Xing:

I’m not one to reject shifter stories on principle. I tend to enjoy it most in fantasy where it’s used as part of the world building. The best example I can think of is Ginn Hale’s Champion of the Scarlet Wolf.

Ilhem:

I’m not crazy about the usual growling-mine-mating-heat tropes, but on occasions, yeah. There is potential for good stories in every subgenre, after all. I’m with Ami about The Infected series : it is one of my favorites and it is a shifter series. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best take on shifters I have read. Roan forever! Ahem…I’ll stop now.

Jenni:

I’m a shifter gal, yup! BUT: I’m picky and mostly stick with authors I know and love and trust with the trope, including Kim Fielding (Bones series, holla), Harper Fox (Wolf Hall), Cardeno C. (Wake Me Up Inside, YUM), and most recently Eli Easton (How to Howl at the Moon, which was PRESH). I’m new to Andrea Speed, but I also enjoyed the first book in the Infected series. So yeah, give me a shifter story by one of those ladies and we’re alllll good! :)

Sheri: 

Shifters?
Yes please! Tigers, lions, and were’s oh my ;)
I like m/f and m/m. I’ve read good, great and poorly done shifters. Speed’s shifting is by far the best I’ve ever read. I want the ‘shift’ to happen. One of the things I find most frustrating in shifter stories is when *boom*…they shift. I find that cheating. I want to know how they change. I want the feelz!
I think I’m drawn to shifter books because I love a good alpha ‘mine’ romance/mating.
I don’t do beastiality though.
When they get it on, they’ve gotta be either both human or both animals.

Susan:   

My first reaction is “I hate shifter books”! (yes, extreme, I realize!) But then it hit me that I acutally LOVE the mine/mated storylines! I love that aggression and  we’re-made-for-each-other! It’s romantic to me! ha!

Now, maybe I haven’t really read the right shifter books (admittedly though, the few I have read, I look back at and realize I kinda enjoyed them). So in a nutshell…I confuse even myself. Nay in theory. But I guess yay in practice? (BTW…it never occured to me that Sterek fanfic was shifters…duh…Teen WOLF…erm…*I’m thick sometimes*)

HOW ABOUT YOU?

 

17 comments on “QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Shifters?

  1. Ami
    March 20, 2015

    *LOL* at Susan’s epiphany of the shifter Teen WOLF theme. It depends though, if you are reading Alternate Universe/No Shifter like myself, then you will not find shifting wolf there

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  2. Lisa Henry
    March 20, 2015

    I have become ridiculously addicted to Sterek, which has kind of ruined all other shifter books for me. I keep asking myself where Stiles and Derek are…

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  3. Tammy
    March 20, 2015

    With the exception of a couple of m/f series I’ve read for years I turned away from shifters. Which is surprising because I love a good “fated mate” story. This all changed when I picked up Charilie Cochet’s Therians series. I’m reading Eli Easton’s How to Howl at the Moon right now and loving it. I will admit my enjoyment of these books is enhanced by the humor in them.

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  4. atideswell
    March 20, 2015

    Definitely yay! I have always read shifters, I still adore Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstong, Laurell K Hamilton and that’s before I got into M/M reading…the power, danger and just sheer Grrrr! ;-)

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    • Sheri
      March 20, 2015

      Yes!!
      I adore Mercy Thompson too. Which reminds me…I still need to read the last one. Thanks!

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  5. fritz42war
    March 20, 2015

    Yes, I love me some shifters, and it all started with Kaje Harper’s Hidden Wolves series. I love those stories! I’ve read a few other shifter books, and I’m always on the lookout for more. (And yes, I’ve read a few Teen Wolf fanfiction stories, even though I’ve never seen the show.)

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  6. suze294
    March 20, 2015

    I’m a bit ambivalent about shifters. It is not my favourite theme but have enjoyed some reads. Not a genre I seek out but if I see good reviews and the story sounds good I may give them a try

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  7. Jennifer B
    March 20, 2015

    Not a big shifter fan but I do like the whole mating/mine/knotting thing. Sometimes. When I’m in the mood. But wolves or big cats only. No house cats, frogs, snails, horses, pigs, etc. Nope cannot do those.

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  8. Kim W
    March 20, 2015

    I don’t read shifters very much mainly because I really really really hate fated mates.

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  9. Valia
    March 20, 2015

    Like Ami I tend to enjoy the mf shifter books more. I think it’s because I read more fantasy and urban fantasy than paranormal mf. Well, with the exception of Nalini Singh. I can’t think of a mm book with shifters I really liked. I read a few I didn’t mind but not liked. Maybe it is the fated thing and in a not pure romance book it gets watered down?

    I haven’t tried Infected yet. I have to admit I read all the blurbs and I didn’t like where the story was going.

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  10. Idamus
    March 20, 2015

    No way, I view it as bestiality, it’s gross.

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  11. lillianfrancis
    March 21, 2015

    I approach shifter books with caution. Too much mine/mates turns me off (normally too sappy for my liking). So I’ll stick to favourite authors, ones recommended by friends, or things that seem quirkily different.
    I too have to confess to a Sterek fixation. It’s my go to fandom these days, although, since I’ve never watched an episode, like Ami I prefer A Us (with or without the wolfy gene).

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  12. helenajust
    March 21, 2015

    I don’t like shifter books. But it isn’t because of the man/animal thing, it’s because I don’t like any fantasy/sci fi/paranormal. I don’t really understand why shifter books exist, though!

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  13. Barbra
    March 21, 2015

    I don’t read much of this genre, but when I first got into M/M many years ago I got addicted to JL Langley’s With/Without wolf shifter series. She hasn’t released one in quite a while, but I know she’s working on one. I absolutely plan to read it when it comes out.

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  14. H.B.
    March 22, 2015

    I love shifter stories, more than half the books I’ve read are shifter stories.

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  15. Ellie
    March 22, 2015

    Shifter books never really interested me, till I came accross the THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet. Now I simply love them!!

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  16. Bookfanatic
    March 23, 2015

    I was definitely a take it or leave it person when it came to shifters and yes like Ellie along came the THIRDS and I was hooked and then last week I read Kim Dare’s Axel’s Pup and the hook sank in deeper. I have the Infected series to read and am looking forward to bingeing on it this summer. I also read J.L. Langley’s With or Without series eons ago and would not be adverse to another story in that series. So my take it or leave it has started to turn into a definite I need to investigate this further.

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