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Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted 11th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Gollancz on March 10th 2010 (first published September 1st 2006)
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 356
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
Heat Level: 3 Flames

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 her personality . . .

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 murder 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 . . .

Yes. It took me forever to start this series. Let us ignore the fact that I’m yet to continue it (I’m going to!)

Not gonna lie. I enjoy reading about alpha males for the most part. Unf. Lucas. A couple of things happened where I thought ‘that could be problematic if taken out of context…or if I read too far between the lines’. But fiction is good for figuring out what makes one uncomfortable (does this make sense?) I was fine with Lucas’s dominant attitude on the page, but wouldn’t dig it in real life.

So. Lucas is our alpha shifter. Sascha is a Psy with a secret. She’s broken, and has to fight to keep it together so as not to reveal herself – it would have dire consequences which would cost her life. I loved these two together. Sascha exploring new things and what it was like to feel; I really connected with her. Lucas was charming, so sure of himself; though he also has secrets.

The secondary characters were great as well. I guess I’ll be able to learn more about them as I continue reading!

I was quite fascinated with the Psy and changeling worlds to be honest. There’s a familiarity of course (there’s also humans in this world), but it had some really interesting elements, like PsyNet and the links between people.

Slave to Sensation had an interesting premise that intrigued me. I’m not a huge fan of romance, but I think paranormal romance might be my thing (or is this Urban Fantasy? Teach me the difference lol). Nalini Singh has a way with words that sucks you right in to the story, I’m so glad I finally came to the party and read this!

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

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Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy Klasky

Posted 4th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Oh my gosh, after more than a month I am posting a review. Whaaaat?! I feel very rusty though, sorry if this seems stuttery (it sure felt that way writing it).

Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy KlaskyFright Court by Mindy Klasky
Series: Fright Court #1
Published by Res Ipsa Press on March 22nd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until she’s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until she’s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she can’t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward – even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.

Soon, Sarah is surrounded by vampires, griffins, and sprites – all members of a secret supernatural court. And when a deceptively easy-going reporter starts to ask questions, Sarah wonders just what answers she is supposed to give….

Fright Court is a reader-supported, serialized novel about lawyers, vampires, and cupcakes.

My new fave! Sign me up for this ride! I need to read more of the series ASAP – and then I discovered there’s only one more book, written 6 years after the first. Am I allowed to be worried?!

Fright Court is apparently set within another fictional world created by Klasky in the Jane Madison Series (which I’ve not read, but I’m going to!) You definitely don’t have to have read one to get the other.

In Fright Court, Sarah has landed a new job as a clerk for the night court. But what she doesn’t know is that as well as the regular court proceedings, there’s also supernatural trials. Vampires? Check. Fae? Definitely.

Sarah manages to get dragged into vampire politics (of course). There’s a reporter sniffing around who wants to do a story on the Night Court, which James agrees to, as it might give them leverage against those that think the court being open at night is a waste of time.

There is a twist (that I will not reveal, because spoilers) and I thought it added a great element to the story. I am so curious about where it goes next!

I really enjoyed Sarah, and her boss, James. What I assume are the beginnings of a love triangle develop – however, as much as a loathe those, I can work with this.

The writing and pacing were great. Sarah has human drama as much as supernatural, and I liked how her worlds clashed. As much as I enjoyed this, it did feel a little incomplete (or maybe I’m projecting, because I just wanted more!) It was a very amusing read – I caught myself laughing out loud more than once.

Definitely recommend if you’re a fan of light-hearted paranormal/fantasy reads.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: 4.4

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