Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling, Book 1
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance Slave to Sensation Cover
ISBN: 9780425212868
Source: Publisher / Purchased by Reviewer
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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...

Step into a world unlike any other with Slave to Sensation. Nalini Singh’s first Psy-Changeling book forever changed my expectations of paranormal romance with its intricate world, powerfully compelling characters, beautiful romance, and ingenious plot.

Sascha is a cardinal Psy whose powers never developed to their full capability. She’s flawed, broken, and running on borrowed time because she’s feeling emotion, something a Psy never should be able to do under the Silence Protocol. Sascha’s shields are rapidly fracturing and it’s only a matter of time before she’s found out and sent to “rehabilitation.” Meeting Lucas Hunter, an alpha changeling for whom sensuality is as natural as breathing, changes Sascha’s world forever. Their journey is one of passionate discovery, the raw desire they feel for one another palpable. Though Sascha is Psy, Slave to Sensation seethes with emotion, and it’s fascinating to watch her come into her own and uncover her true power. She and Lucas are characters who will stay with you forever – smart, compassionate, protective souls who grab your heart from the start and don’t let go.

I first read and fell in love with Slave to Sensation back when it was released in 2006. Countless re-reads later, it’s nearly impossible for me to give an unbiased review of the story. I decided to pick up the book again in anticipation of the release of the fourteenth Psy-Changeling book, Shards of Hope. I’m so glad I did. Slave to Sensation is one of my favorite books in the series, if not my absolute favorite. It’s a testament Ms. Singh’s writing and the story’s staying power. Knowing what is to come for the Psy-Changeling world adds another layer to the reading experience. I’m even more amazed now at how well Ms. Singh has laid out the complex, fascinating world of the Psy-Changelings.

The reason I don’t go too much into the plot of Slave to Sensation is that I will never forget the joy of unpacking the world of the Psy-Changelings not knowing anything other than what the book blurb told me. The experience is one I wouldn’t ruin for the world for others. Suffice it to say to say that Sascha and Lucas’s race against time to uncover a Psy serial killer is rife with action and tension. Everything Sascha and Lucas believe to be true about the Psy is called into question and the implications of what they uncover are staggering and have long-lasting effects. Trust me when I say that Slave to Sensation is a book you won’t want to miss. Sascha and Lucas’s story is the fantastic first step into an incredible world that still manages to amaze me fourteen books later. Run, don’t walk, to get Slave to Sensation!

FTC Disclosure: I received the e-book edition of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.