Saturday, September 24, 2011

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

Title:  Visions of Heat
Author: Nalini Singh
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Psy Changeling #2
Main Characters: Faith & Vaughan
Release Date: March 2007

ISBN: 978-0425215753

Publisher: Berkley Sensation
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn.

My Review:
I can already foresee that this is going to be one of my favorite series. Wow, this was a fabulous book. Quite honestly, I am not sure that I have put enough thought into the book to review it yet, because there are a lot of underlying "lessons" woven into the story. I like a book that can make you think. Well, sometimes anyway...a lot of times, I just read for the entertainment value. Luckily this book was full of both things!

Faith is an F-Psy. As an F-Psy she sees images of the future...a future that can be changed and manipulated with enough information. She lives a solitary lifestyle for her "own protection." Too much external stimulation can cause a full mental cascade and insanity. At least, that is what she has been told. Regardless, she knows that mental insanity is the ultimate fate of most F-Psy eventually, so she faces a bleak future. Her mental barriers have been slowly degenerating for the last few months and after a brush with a killer who kills her sister, she is feeling desperate...for something, so she escapes her home and ventures into the forest where she finds Vaughan.

Vaughan is a jaguar within the leopard pack. He understands isolation. He and his sister were abandoned by their parents when they were only children. His sister starved to death and he was more animal than human by the time that the leopards found him and brought him into their pack. He remains closer to his wild side than most changelings as a result.

This is not a romantic pairing that should ever work. Faith has been isolated since age 3. She doesn't know how to handle ANY human interaction at all, much less the animal-like pushing that Vaughan is constantly bombarding her with physically and mentally, but Nalini writes this story brilliantly so that it works. And it works really, REALLY well. I loved how Vaughan knew how and when to push Faith. His leopard senses her abilities and needs even better than the man does. These two together are explosive...and so romantic.

As I mentioned before, there are some fabulous threads of thought running through this story. The Psy-Net is how all the Psy are mentally connected. There is a revelation that Faith makes in this book that is obviously going to have far-reaching effects in further books and the Psy population. I loved, LoVeD, LOVED this twist...such a creative twist to this story line and I am really excited to see where it goes. 

This is such a fabulous world that Nalini has created and it's exciting to see how she explores the moral aspects of it all. What are we if we don't have the consciousness that comes from emotion? How much of who we are comes from our socialization and our conditioning vs. who we are just naturally inside of us? Nature vs Nurture? How does our family and the ties to that family, both externally and internally, reflect who we are and become? I am loving all these ideas that Nalini is exploring through these books. Just an absolutely fabulous series!!


Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Ack! I haven't gotten to this book yet but, I'm excited that you gave it an A. I'm sure it's a great review even though I can't technically read it. ;-)

Julie said...

I've only read the first book but after reading your review, I really should get more of it read. I enjoyed the world and the characters I met in book one. And this one sounds neat. Faith seems like she'd be an interesting read.