Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

8th Nov 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Pub Date: September 5th 2006
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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3.5 Stars

Dive into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind—and none of the heart…

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was….

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

I’ve been a fan of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series since it first came out, and so I’ve always wanted to try Psy-Changeling. The only problem is that there’s like a billion out in this series already! So the challenge of starting at the beginning was a bit overwhelming at first. I figured the easiest way to get to them would be via audiobooks, and when I saw Slave to Sensation on sale on Audible.com, I jumped at the chance to own it and finally get started on this series.

The world of the Psy-Changeling series is one of power. The Psy control the world and the Changelings are considered an inferior species. I loved learning how it came to be this way and it was such an interesting and somewhat insane idea from the Psy. Turns out they think emotions is not for them. No, thanks. I’m good not having feelings ever again. Emotions are messy and they drive us to do crazy things! Lets get rid of them. That’s pretty much how it went down.

I loved seeing the moments when Lucas would question if Sascha was a normal Psy, and also the unwanted reactions Sascha would have for Lucas and his world. I really liked both characters but didn’t find any attributes that made me looooove them.

I did guess correctly as to who was behind the attacks, so there was no element of surprise for me there. What I really did love was the dynamics of the pack. I found the other members intriguing enough to continue the series.

The narrator, Angela Dawe, does a fantastic job with this audiobook. Her pacing was dead-on and her dramatizations felt very genuine and were fantastic. Since she narrates the rest of the series, and I enjoyed her work, I may consider continuing it via audiobooks. I’m looking forward to getting to know these very intriguing Changelings a little better.

 

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Review: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

1st Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini SinghArchangel's Blade by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #4
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: September 6th 2011
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…

Dmitri has always intrigued me while at the same time intimidated me silly, so of course I had to read Archangel’s Blade to find out what makes him so. He’s deadly and cold, but yet sensual in unspeakable ways. I knew his story had to be heartbreaking for him to be the kind of vampire he is. And, oh, was it ever. This almost thousand year old vampire had to see his most beloved suffer at the hands of the angel who Made him. His soul and his heart died then. At least he believed that until Honor walked into his office….

I loved Honor from the get-go. She survive, was still surviving, that brutal kidnapping and attack, yet she decided to face her fears in meeting with Dmitri. She’s always been a little bit obsessed with everything to do with him and in the end she couldn’t say no to finally meeting him.

“I’m fairly certain you’re not a nice man at all.”

His answer was a slow smile that whispered of silk sheets, erotic whispers, and sweat-damp skin. The unhidden intent of it had her heart slamming hard against her ribs. “No,” she said, voice raw.

“A challenge.” He wasn’t touching her and yet she felt caressed by a thousand ropes of fur, soft and lush and unmistakably sexual. “I accept.”

Honor and Dmitri had this incredible cat-and-mouse play and fiery chemistry that jumped off the pages. They complimented each other perfectly, almost as if they’d known each other all their lives. ;) I loved where their story ended up, but then again, I am a hopeless romantic. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!) To put it simply, Honor and Dmitri made this book unputdownable.

The mystery behind the attacks in this book was a fascinating maze. So many trails and suspects and wrong turns. We get little of the other angels from the series, though we do spend some time with Venom…he’s always fun. :) Raphael and Elena, as well as some of the other Guild Hunters make appearances.

I am now ready for the next book which, according to Nalini Singh’s FB page, will be the angel Jason’s story. The book is titled Archangel’s Storm and is slated to be released in September of this year! More Guild Hunter books, please and thank you! :)

 

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Review: Angels’ Flight by Nalini Singh

28th Feb 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Angels’ Flight by Nalini SinghAngels' Flight by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
Pages: 345
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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4 Stars

In Angel's Wolf a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.

In Angels' Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all...

Plus FIRST TIME IN PRINT

In Angels' Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless...

And NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED

In Angels' Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.

Any fan of the Guild Hunter series must get their hands on this book! These four wonderful novellas were impossible to put down. I wish more authors would put out books like these, with stories of secondary characters readers love. So let me break them down for you, then you can run to the nearest bookstore to get a copy. :)

Angels’ Pawn
Ooook, utterly intrigued by both Ashwini and Janvier. I need more of these two!! While we’ve met and read a little about Ash in previous Guild Hunter books, Janvier was only mentioned in Archangel’s Blade. Now having been properly introduced to the Cajun vampire, I need to know more about him. This story is action packed and full of sexual tension. It certainly had me wishing it was longer.

Angels’ Judgment
I was really excited when I started reading this one and realized it’s the story of how Sara, the Guild Director, met her husband Deacon. We all know Sara pretty well by now, and we’ve met Deacon. He sounds like a wonderful husband….but this story proves him to be one strong, sexy Guild Hunter! It was an instant attraction between Sara and Deacon, and they have some great chemistry in this story. I also enjoyed reading about how Sara came to decide to take on the role of Director for the Guild. This was one story you, as a Guild Hunter fan, do NOT want to pass up!

Angel’s Wolf
In this story we meet Nimra, the angel in charge of Louisiana. She has a hardcore reputation but anyone in her court, or inner circle rather, knows different. Noel has been sent to her court by Raphael. He thinks it’s because he is not seen as the same man he was before he was brutally attacked, but the real reason actually proves this wrong. This was a good little whodunit mystery. I enjoyed seeing Noel play detective. *sigh* Noel….so rough on the outside and a total sweetheart on the inside, yet with total raw sensuality at the same time. Very nice combination. :) Can’t say I blame Nimra for falling for him.

Angels’ Dance
This story is integral for all fans of this series. Mainly because so much is happening in the backdrop of Jessamy and Galen’s story. Their story completely stole my heart. Galen really surprised me. He is this rough, blunt warrior with an unimaginable gentleness when it comes to Jessamy. I was completely fascinated. We get to see Raphael as a fairly new archangel. Illium also played a big role in this book, since we get to see the time when everyone is becoming worried about his relationship with the mortal he loves. I think reading that story would brake my heart. I could not bear to see my Bluebell hurt!

 

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Waiting in Wednesday: Angels’ Flight

8th Feb 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting in Wednesday: Angels’ Flight

Waiting in Wednesday: Angels’ FlightAngels' Flight by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
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In Angel’s Wolf a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.

In Angels’ Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all...

Plus FIRST TIME IN PRINT

In Angels' Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless...

And NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED

In Angels’ Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.

 

I LOVE this series!! I’m so excited to read this novellas collection. :)

 

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Teaser Tuesday: Archangel’s Consort

1st Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Archangel’s Consort

Teaser Tuesday: Archangel’s ConsortArchangel's Consort by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: January 25th 2011
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
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Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

 

 

“This is going to sound so ungrateful — but I hate that you had to rescue me […] I’m not a woman who needs rescue. That’s not who I am.”

 

 

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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