Thursday, September 22, 2011

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Title:  Slave to Sensation
Author: Nalini Singh
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Psy Changeling #1
Main Characters: Lucas & Sascha
Release Date: September 2006

ISBN: 978-0425212868
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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:
Honestly, I think that I am one of the last people out there to read this series and you all have been right. OMG, this book was so good!!! Such an incredible world with a complex society, but it never became confusing or too much into the detail, especially considering this was a first book in the series.

Psy are a segment of society that are very cerebral. They have learned to shut off all emotion since 1979. They work together on a brain trust called the PsyNet where they can connect through their telepathic pathways which are all interconnected. Each Psy is on the PsyNet and cannot survive without it. Any sign of breakdown of their cerebral core through emotion results in a full brain wash which is basically a leaves them as a vegetable. Sascha has been experiencing emotion her entire life which she has learned to hide and disguise so that no one has any clue that she is on the verge of a complete emotional and nervous breakdown.

Changelings are shapeshifters. Unlike the Psy, they are completely emotional and hands-on. Where the Psy NEVER have physical contact, the Changelings rely on physical contact within their communities for survival. Lucas is the Alpha for the DarkRiver Pack who are leopard shifters. He is trying to find an "in" to the Psy Council because there is a serial killer who the Psy Council are protecting that is killing the Changeling females. Lucas immediately senses that something is different with Sascha, but it takes a while for him to realize just how different she really is.

There is great suspense, romance, and world-building in this book. I am really amazed by the creativity and depth to the world. It's just amazing and so well-written. Both Sascha & Lucas are amazing characters. It was so easy to connect with them and get caught up in their story. I made the mistake of picking up this book when I had other things that I needed to be working on. Needless to say, nothing else got done UNTIL I finished this book. And it's not just Lucas & Sascha that are fabulous characters, this book is FULL of amazing characters. I know that there are 10 of these books in this series so far, and the key right now is to read anything else besides the other 9 books that I want to dig right into. Yep, a fabulous start to this series!


Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Christi I'm so happy you enjoyed this read! I have this book sitting on my shelf right now. But I have several series sitting on my shelf. I am afriad to start this one because that would me buying more books while a lot of my series I already have all of the books on my shelf. Eek. So don't worry, you aren't the last person to read this series, LOL. I'm way behind on catching up with so many good books!

Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

I haven't started this series yet. Though I am going to put it on my wishlist...

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

It is the only one I have read in the series but I loved it too. I will be reading the rest as I get my hands on them :)

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

I just finished this book myself so you're definitely not alone. I loved Lucas, Sascha and the rest of the changeling crew. How about that dream world, eh?! Great review Christi! It's definitely spot on. =)

Tyraa said...

I'm glad you liked this book. I've read and LOVED them all!