Sunday, June 22, 2014

Slave To Sensation by Nalini Singh ~ Book Review

Slave To Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)

~ Blurb ~
Nalini Singh dives 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 coexistence, 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...  

~ My Review ~ 4 Stars
Read this book as part of a Book of the Month in a reading group I just joined. Though I have heard her name a lot and many people praised her writing I have never been inclined to read her series since part of it seemed to be Science Fiction which has never interested me. Reading chapter one I froze on the world building and had to reread it about 5 times because I confused myself. Then I was like yuk I can't read this because it is too sci-fi for me. Since it was part of a discussion read I kept going and I am SO glad I did. 

I understand the need to world built but honestly I felt disconnected with Sasha's cold, non feeling Psy world. Where I was very connected to the Changelings world as I am more touchy, feely, emotional type of person and it feed my addiction to paranormal reading. Once the story didn't deal so much with Sasha's world then I really got into it. Later her world made sense and I understood that the 1st chapter was necessary just as it was.

Ms Singh tells a powerful story of what happens when all emotion is removed and people exist as a web of shared energy thoughts with unique psychic gifts. While on the exact opposite end of the spectrum you have Changelings that have the ability to shapeshift as well as all their emotions and feelings exposed in everyday life as we do today.

Her unique writing weaves into storylines that keep you on your toes. I personally read the book straight through I was so mesmerized by what was happening and needing to know whether or not Sasha would survive. 

To me it is obvious that this book was to be used for a whole series of very interesting books to come. I am so hooked I already downloaded up to book 5. 

~ About The Author ~

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

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