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Slave to Sensation

Slave to Sensation

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe


Slave to Sensation

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe

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4/5 (95 Bewertungen)
Länge:
9 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781452672014
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions which mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything-and risk her very soul.
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781452672014
Format:
Hörbuch


Über den Autor

NALINI SINGH New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nalini Singh loves writing paranormal romances. Currently working on two ongoing series, she also has a passion for travel and has been to places as far afield as Tahiti, Japan, Ireland and Scotland. She makes her home in beautiful New Zealand. To find out more about Nalini’s books, please visit her website, www.nalinisingh.com.

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  • (5/5)
    This was absolutely what I needed. I’m struggling with a slow tome, and wanted something fun to give my brain a break. I loved the characters and the world building. Singh’s writing flows well and I was sucked into the story almost instantaneously. I had a tough time putting the book down and if I could have kept my eyes open, I’d have finished it in one setting. I look forward to more of this series.
  • (4/5)
    This review first appeared on A Weebish Book Blog.My first experience with the Psy-Changeling series began as an attempt to shake loose a book hangover due to the discovery—and binge-read—of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. I only read the first three books before I moving on, but I discovered a wonderful new PNR author to explore. This time the plan is to re-read, catch up, and document my Journey.SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh is the first book in the ever prolific Psy-Changeling series and follows Sasha Duncan—a Psy with a flaw—and Lucas Hunter—an alpha changeling (shapeshifter).Sasha feels the very emotions that have been culled from her species for decades. Lucas has an unfortunately on-the-nose last name for a character that changes into a predator with fur worships the very emotions the Psy scorn. The brutal butchering of young changeling women have the two species on the verge of a disastrous war. Lucas will do anything to find the Psy responsible for the murder of his packmate and Sasha is just the Psy to unwittingly help him meet his goals."She’d realized that, for the first time in her life, she’d wanted something else even more than she wanted to belong. If only for a moment, if only for a second, she wanted to be loved."Sasha is a special snowflake. She’s never been the perfect emotionless zombie of her people’s dreams but her childhood taught her the only way to survive is to camouflage those very emotions. But lately her unfeeling facade is cracking and becoming more difficult to hide behind. “Rehabilitation,” the total annihilation of sense of self, is a fate worse than death. Sasha is drowning, sinking without a life jacket, and being forced to work with Lucas day in and day out is so not helping the situation.Lucas Hunter is a man on a mission. He is bent on bringing justice to the Psy responsible for wrecking havoc on the changeling population, preferably before hundreds of innocent lives are lost on both sides. And his insta-lust for Sasha, the cold yet puzzling Psy he’s planning to use to siphon information out of? It’s so not helping him focus on his game plan.I know, I know. The special snowflake routine is a dime a dozen in the paranormal/urban fantasy world, but you know what? I don’t give a damn. If an author can take a recycled personality, such as the “heroine with a heart of gold hidden behind a cold facade” routine that’s also prevalent and give it your own twist and someone I find myself caring for, I’m sold. I really don’t care if the idea is 100% unique as long as it’s successful and satisfying, I’m a-okay. And this is what Singh has done with Sasha Duncan.Besides, there really isn’t a truly unique idea when it comes to creative indevors. After all, everything is inspired by something.A single tear streaked down Sasha’s face. “They told me I was broken,” she whispered. “They told me I was flawed.”I’d be an unfeeling bastard if Sasha’s plight didn’t break my heart. She’s like a baby slowly and painfully dying from lack of human contact and its hard to watch. She and Lucas both have experienced such pain and loss. They deserve some happiness, and I quickly grew fond of them both.Though Lucas took me a smidge longer to warm up to, I wound up falling for his protective and sexy ways. Plus, the man lives in a treehouse. A TREEEHOUSE, people. I want an invite!To reduce the overwhelming rate of insanity and murder in the Psy population, Silence is instilled to annihilate rage and anger. However, the Psy quickly found it impossible to extinguish one emotion without wiping out them all. Fast forward a few decades and almost all emotion been eradicated from the species. Anger is no more, but then neither is empathy, compassion, and love.“When they tried to get rid of violence… they also got ride of one of their most precious gifts.”In preventing their people from becoming savage monsters, they’ve created even successful monsters. I can’t believe a race that prides themselves as a race a step above the rest—especially in intelligence—failed to see the irony in their actions. It’s both laughable and sad, but unfortunately relate-able. Such is the folly of arrogance.SLAVE TO SENSATION was a stunner. I truly enjoyed the rereading of this novel. Days after reading this, I’m finally sitting down to review it… and in doing so, I crave it once more. If you haven’t checked out the Psy-Changeling series, or picked up SLAVE TO SENSATION, I’d certainly recommend it to PNR fans searching for a new world to discover.
  • (5/5)
    Fresh, interesting, sincere
  • (3/5)
    2 1.2 stars.
    Don't know, why, but despite all the complexity of the world, nice enough heroes, good supporting cast, etc., I was just plain bored by the story and mildly irritated by some discrepancies in Psy-part of the world. I have to confess, that I've read "Stroke of enticement" first and know the setting already... Maybe I started in the wrong order, but now I don't have the slightest incentive to continue with the series.
  • (5/5)
    Singh does a fantastic job of creating her world and drawing you into it. The futuristic world of changlings (better known as "were" peoples) and psy (those with esp abilities) that Singh has created flows so well, I could not find a single flaw in her world building. (Something some paranormal authors have a problem doing.)Sascha, the heroine, is Psy- a race of humans who years back decided the Vulcans had it right (hee- I couldn't resist) and eliminated all emotions from their psyches.There's one problem, not all Psy are capable of the transition and it is these who are ruthlessly psychically lobotomized for it. Sascha fears she is well on her way to becoming one of these poor souls, because, though she hides it well and is in the upper echelon of the psynet, she knows she is flawed- she feels.No one brings her unruly emotions to the forefront like Lucas Hunter, the alpha-changling who recently came into her sphere with a business proposal that the Psy are bewilderingly anxious to make. Lucas has an ulterior motive, of course. Why else would he, a man who heavily relies on his senses, be dealing with the cold Psy race? (A serial killer who the changlings know to be psy is on the prowl and since the psy are covering it up he sends himself in to smoke the killer out.)The attraction between these two is instant and the pages crackle with their interactions from the get go. The more she tries to deny her helpless attraction, the more her emotions won't let her and Sascha and Lucas's eventual connection is hot stuff to be sure!I also loved the character development of both these two. By the end, when Sascha finally discovers what she truly is- and how she and her star-crossed lover can have their happily ever after without killing one or both of them- I knew I'd be running out to get the next in the series as soon as my wallet would allow!
  • (3/5)
    I've read her Archangels series but not this one. I picked it up because a friend said I would like them. I liked the world building and the characters were interesting. There are now three types of humans, normal humans, changelings [shifters of several animal types] and Psy [ mental powers] . I'll be reading more of these because I want to see what happens with this culture of no emotions when people are realizing what it is doing to them.
  • (5/5)
    First read around July 2010

    Doing a re-read for a Book of the Month read and also because Heart of Obsidian came out this month. I'm hoping the have the series reread before the paperback comes out in the fall.

    I remember about 1/2 of what happened in this but my ordering was quite messed up. This is PNR at its best. The emotions/sexual tension/scenes aren't drawn out yet the relationship is the main focus, still the background world and workings of shapeshifter and psy politics get you very involved with the story line too. It is a very good balance and someone that likes UF might like it if they aren't totally against a good romance going on in the middle of the storyline.
  • (4/5)
    After being disappointed a "Angel's Blood" I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Although I did have to put up with a bit of a ribbing for reading it at work. Apparently it looks like erotica. Well, it did get a little bit spicy in parts, but I've read worse. Anyhow, the psy-changeling world of our future is quite an interesting one - unlike most paranormal novels you're not overwelmed with a plethora of different species - in this case there are only three - humans, psys and changelings. Psys are cold and emotionless, having had their emotion drained out of them. Changelings are the exact opposite - filled with life and love and delighting in the visceral pleasures of all kinds. The world is creative and well developed, the characters easy to empathise with and all up, this was an enjoyable read and I shall continue with the series.
  • (3/5)
    I was not sure if I would like this book or not. I am not sure why. It started slow to me. I do not like the Psy, but I do like the Changelings, so the book got better as we learned more about them. I will read the next book (add it to my to-be-read pile).
  • (5/5)
    After all the great reviews that I read about this book, I was very excited to read it and I must say that it didn't disapoint in any way. The story was fresh and the universe that it revolves is very interesting too. Lucas and Sascha are both incredibly sexy and Sascha becomes even more so after she accepts that she can feel things. I have already read an excerp of the next book and I'm looking forward to reading it.
  • (3/5)
    This novel falls in the genre of paranormal erotica. It was better than I had expected it to be but still had lots of repetition. And the climax was also not that exciting. Pun intended.
  • (5/5)
    I'm a fan of the author's UF Guild Hunter books and wanted to see what her futuristic PNR series was like so I read this. It was brilliant. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! The only thing I could criticise was the ending. I thought there would be a big fight scene with casualties on both sides but this wasn't enough to stop me from giving it 5 stars, the detailed world and variety of characters were too good to give it anything less! Please don't be put off by the US covers, it's not as cheesy as it looks.
  • (3/5)
    This was a lovely introduction into the Psy-changeling world. This author has such a creative imagination! The worlds she creates are so fantastical I want to live in DarkRiver territory. Hell, I wouldn't mind a sleek, modern Psy apartment either!

    A satisfying read although I guessed the villan pretty early on and I never figure these things out. Sascha's journey into the world of feeling and emotion was lovely and touching. I really connected with her. On the other hand, Lucas with all his prowling and growling, nipping and shielding was just too dominant for me. By the end it just got overwhelming, but hey, he's an alpha and that's what they do!

    This was my second Singh book and while her stories are phenomenal, the heat factor didn't deliver that much. The dance the hero and heroine did around each other had me on the edge of my seat but the actual consumation of all this agnst left me a kinda cold. Of course that's not stopping me from running out to the library and picking up the next three books! I want to know more about Mercy, Clay and Hawke and the Psy brothers and just where do humans fit in all this? Yeah, I'm hooked.
  • (5/5)
    I have had this book on my wish list for awhile and I kept hearing awesome things about Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series and I decided it was time to try some of her work. I started with 'Slave to Sensation' and I am SOOO glad I did. This book is absolutely amazing. I am not much into alternate reality/futuristic work but Nalini Singh made me fall head over heels in love with this book and her amazing characters.
    The main characters are awesome, so strong and both have a good sense of justice and a clearly defined sense of right and wrong. Both of which seems to be lacking in parts of the characters' world. Together these two are completely explosive and absolutely perfect.

    I loved every single page and word in this book. You will too!
  • (5/5)
    I was captivated by this paranormal story with touchingly tender moments. Sascha was trained to suppress emotion. Lucas, a luscious alpha, was both panther and man. A business deal brought them together when their world was in turmoil. A couple times I found myself skimming technical descriptions racing to the exiting parts.
  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    The whole time while I was reading this I kept hearing part of Pink Floyd "The Trail" playing in my head. It's actually one of my favorite songs and one of my favorite parts. Childhood memories have that affect on somethings like that. Anyways... the part it reminds me of is:
    "The prisoner that now stands before you,
    was caught red-handed showing feelings,
    showing feelings of an almost human nature,
    this will not do..."
    :P

    Well this is actually a perfect example of the psy people. If people is correct. They are almost alien like, not by looks, but emotionally. They are not allowed to have feelings, and are raised to believe that if they are found having any emotions, they will be brainwashed and be no more than a walking veggie. They are not suppose to feel love, hate, anger, or even be scared. They are very psychic creatures. Telepathy, telekinesis, and all that are their supernatural abilities.
    Sascha is a psy. But she has feelings. She's trying desperately to hide them, but she believes that she is beginning to deteriorate into insanity. She is born with eyes that show that she has potential to be one of the most powerful psy's in the world, a cardinal. While she was being cultivated to have no emotions, they also try to develop their psychic abilities. Unfortunately, she never had a specific skill that she was excelling at. So ever since she was young she knew she was different, and flawed.

    There are also the changelings. These are your shifters. Lucas is an alpha, an alpha leopard to be exact. He's trying to look into the killings of young changeling females who are being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered. With the evidence that his pack has found, they know that a psy is behind the murders. So he works with the psy as a contractor for a housing development, with the hopes of finding information out. He starts to work with Sascha, and realized that there is something very different about her.

    This is a very awesome book. So weird, but not at all. I really like the psy's set up. I'd love to see where this goes. :P

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I loved the story between the Psy and the Changling.

    It seemed the the first part of the story and the second part was more Sascha. I wanted more Lucas, darling. It was refreshing to read a book without a lot of profanity since there was several sex scenes. Plus, i was able to learn about the world of the Psy an changing without a dictionary or glossary. HUGE...

    Since there really wasn't a cliffhanger I'm wondering what the other books in the series will be about. I will continue this series.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    It took me a while to get accustomed to the jumping/changing narrative POVs (I'm simply not used to them anymore), and the writing was not, perhaps, the best in the whole wide world, but this was still a really fun book - and interesting to read a paranormal romance that was actually a sci-fi!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I have had Nalini Singh's Psy-Changling series on my wishlist for quite some time (*cough* years) and I finally had a bit of free time in my reading schedule to jump into the first book SLAVE TO SENSATION. I admit that the previous cover for this book made it hard to want to pick it up so the revamped cover is a nice treat.Sascha isn't like the other Psy, she feels, and when Lucas walks into her life, she isn't sure if that is a good or bad thing. Lucas is a Changing and alpha of a very powerful pack and Sascha tempts his animal from the moment he lays eyes on her. He isn't sure why, but he wants nothing more than to tear down the walls she has around herself and discover why she seems so much different tan the cold Psy he's used to. Sascha and Lucas come from two different worlds, but find themselves coming together the more time they are in each others company. There was a lot of push-pull to their relationship, but you could tell from early on that they would be a hot couple.Besides the couple and the romance that grows throughout, SLAVE TO SENSATION also has the pleasure of having a really great cast of supporting characters and I really look forward to reading their stories as the series continues.SLAVE TO SENSATION was a great introduction into the Psy-Changling world and made me want to read and know more about the characters introduced. I loved that I was immediately able to jump into the next book in the series and since book 13 is set to release on June 2nd, I have quite a few books to read before I catch up. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    I’ve been wanting to try the Psy-Changeling series for a while now, and I’m so glad I finally got around to picking up the first book. Slave to Sensation was an excellent start to this new-to-me series. The author has created a world that’s quite different from anything else I’ve read so far in the paranormal romance genre. It’s part sci-fi, because it takes place on a futuristic Earth with advanced technology. It’s also part fantasy, because the inhabitants of this future Earth fall into one of three races: human (although we don’t really see many of these in this story), changeling (the shape-shifters), and Psy (mentally advanced beings who have various psychic capabilities). To make things more complex, the Psy, who are mostly seen in the upper echelons of society in business and government, have shut down all their emotions, ruling strictly by cold logic. Also all Psy are connected to one another via the PsyNet, which is an Internet of sorts made up of all Psy minds. To some degree, they can all access each other’s minds and also feed off each other’s psychic energy, something they need in order to survive just like air and water. For Trekkies, the Psy are kind of like Vulcans meet the Borg. It’s all a very intriguing and satisfying new world that I can’t wait to read more of.Sascha is a Psy who feels her mind deteriorating daily. She knows she’s not supposed to feel emotion, and yet she does, finding it increasingly difficult to hide this defect from her mother and the other Psy with whom she associates. Sascha believes herself to be broken, and at some point, knows she’s going to be caught and sent to the Center for “rehabilitation,” which basically amounts to lobotomizing the Psy mind, leaving them a zombie-like shell of their former selves. She lives in fear of this daily until her mother sends Sascha to represent their family business interests by cutting a lucrative deal with a local leopard changeling pack to build housing on changeling land. There she meets pack alpha, Lucas, who makes her feel things she’s never felt before. When she learns that changeling women are being kidnapped and murdered and that the changelings believe it’s a Psy committing the crimes, she doesn’t want to believe it at first. But before long, Sascha realizes the truth and decides to help the pack ferret out the perpetrator even though she knows she’ll likely be caught. Since she refuses to be “rehabilitated” and knows there’s no escaping from the PsyNet without dying in the process, it’s her way of going out is a blaze of glory while helping the changeling male she’s come to love and righting a wrong in the process. I have to give Sascha a lot of credit for being strong enough to stand up to Lucas’s alpha posturing. She’s every bit as a stubborn as he is and very brave, too, to go up against years of accepted Psy wisdom. I was also extremely intrigued by the things she discovers about herself and about Psy nature in general as she goes on this journey, and I look forward to seeing where it all leads in future books of the series.Lucas earned his status as alpha of his pack at a very young age. He was still just a juvenile when he saw his parents murdered by rivals and barely survived their beating himself. He vowed revenge and took it at the tender age of eighteen, which led to him beginning to gain the respect of his fellow leopard changelings. While violence is part and parcel of changeling nature, Lucas tries to rule with his head and not always his heart. That’s why when one of their own females falls victim to the Psy serial killer, he knows they must investigate first. Going in “guns blazing” so to speak will only get them into a war with the Psy that will lead to the loss of thousands of lives, so his plan is to identify the killer and seek retribution on him alone. But when a female from a wolf pack with whom the leopards have a tenuous truce goes missing, they know they only have one week to find her or war will be imminent. That’s why Lucas decides to try to leverage his connection with Sascha to get information out of her. Of course, his inner cat quickly awakens to the mating dance which leads to him discovering that his little Psy is far more than he ever dreamed. I typically prefer my romance heroes to be more on the vulnerable side, so Lucas was perhaps just a teensy bit too alpha for me, but he did balance that dominance out with his touchy-feely nature. Touch is an innate part of changeling nature to express pack and familial bonds, and being a tactile person myself, I really like that. Also, when he faces the possibility of losing Sascha if she disconnects from the PsyNet, he does show more of the emotion that I like to see in a hero. I love that he wouldn’t give up on finding a way to help her survive and was willing to sacrifice himself to that end.Slave to Sensation has a lot of secondary characters. First, all of Lucas’s pack sentinels, who are basically the soldier/protectors of the pack, go on to get their own books. Vaughn is the hero of the next book, Visions of Heat. Clay, the enigmatic loner, becomes the hero of book #4, Mine to Possess. Dorian, the brother of the murdered leopard female and a changeling who can’t shift, intrigues me. He’ll be the hero of book #5, Hostage to Pleasure. Then, Mercy, the only female sentinel, becomes the heroine of book #6, Branded by Fire. There’s also Nate, who’s already happily mated to Tamsyn, the gentle pack healer, but it looks like the author wrote a prequel novella about them (after the fact :-)) titled, Beat of Temptation (from the anthology Wild Invitation). Also from the wolf pack side, alpha Hawke, who seems even more closed off than Lucas, becomes the hero of book #10, Kiss of Snow, his lieutenant, Indigo, who was barely mentioned becomes the heroine of book #9, Passion Play, and Brenna, the kidnapped wolf girl, along with Judd, a Psy who I can’t really say anything about without giving away spoilers become the hero and heroine of book #3, Caressed by Ice. There might be other minor characters who show up in some of the novellas, but these are the carry-over characters I know about for sure.Overall, Slave to Sensation was a really good read. There were a couple of plot points that were a little predictable for me, but it didn’t really detract from the fun of getting to the reveal. Perhaps there could have been a little better emotional connection, but at the same time, I recognize that Sascha was a Psy who’d been taught to suppress her emotions and Lucas, as pack alpha, doesn’t easily show a lot of emotion either, so it definitely wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. A few more love scenes wouldn’t have gone amiss either. There’s only one (unless you count the dream sex), but it is pretty hot, so I guess I can’t complain too much. All these were pretty minor things in an otherwise exciting story. Not to mention, the author gets some extra points from me for the racial/ethnic diversity of her characters, which I loved. I’m very enthralled by the intricacies of this new world and look forward to exploring more of the stories to see just how far the changeling/Psy integration goes. I’m also interested to see if the Psy hierarchy is dismantled. They definitely suffered a blow to their supremacy in this book, so I’m very much intrigued to continue on with the series soon, as well as check out the deleted scene and free short story on Nalini Singh’s website that show readers more of Lucas and Sascha’s relationship.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this story, first book I tried from this author, have pre-ordered the next in the series
  • (4/5)
    Slave to Sensation
    4 Stars

    Synopsis
    In order to curtail their violent tendencies, the Psy race has been indoctrinated to feel nothing – no anger, no jealousy, no hatred and certainly no love. But Sascha Duncan is different and can no longer restrain her emotions once she meets Lucas Hunter, the leader of a Changeling pack. With the ability to shapeshift into animals, the Changelings are true predators and they hunt a Psy who has been butchering their women. Lucas believes Sascha may be his ticket into the Psy world but both he and his animal are fascinated by her. Can Sascha and Lucas resolve their differences in order to catch a killer? Are they willing to sacrifice everything for a taste of the ultimate temptation?

    Review
    Slave to Sensation starts out a little slow but grows into an exciting story once it gets going.

    The romance is intense and the love between the main characters is irrefutable. Sascha is an intriguing character. She is feisty and courageous and succeeds in concealing her flaws from her own people. She nevertheless yearns for a place to belong, which she finds with Lucas. On his part, Lucas is a dominant and possessive alpha, but never hesitates to accept Sascha for who she is despite their differences. He is even willing to sacrifice himself and the welfare of his pack to a certain extent. The fact that their mating develops over time rather than as the result of immediate and intense attraction further contributes to their relationship.

    The serial killer plot adds a sense of urgency to the action and highlights the profound differences between the Psy, who are reminiscent of the Vulcans from Star Trek with their cold and analytical logic as well as the Borg with their hive mind, and the Changelings who focus on emotion, physicality and sensuality.

    Singh's writing is fluid and her world building unique, interesting and entertaining. The dream sequences are particularly good (shared dreams are a favorite plot device of mine and these are written very well).

    The secondary characters are appealing in their own right and their stories should be enjoyable. Overall, a solid beginning to the series and I look forward to continuing with it.
  • (4/5)
    this was better than I thought. most of the time the paranormal romances are cheesy to the extreme. but nalini singh's psy-changling book was well written. I ended up wanting to know more about the psy society and the changling world. I thought the title was dumb, and made it seem like a trashy novel when the sex wasn't central to the story like most trashy novels.
  • (3/5)
    It took me a while to get to this one because I just couldn't get past how much I disliked the title. Ugh. But once I worked my way through that irrationality, I actually enjoyed this. The world Singh has created is rich and well rounded, and the characters are compelling. I had previously read some short stories set within the series and a longer installment held up quite well.
  • (2/5)
    by now, we're all familiar with the world of vampire-and-were romance (maybe too familiar at this point, where so many of those worlds seem to be pretty much the same). Singh therefore gets bonus points for shading that into some less-travelled territory with her sci-fi flavored novel. she's deleted the vamps, and added a handful of Anne McCaffrey's psionic talented people to create an interesting spin on the "2 worlds colliding" sort of PNR novel. our heroine is a psy, raised to be purely analytical and without emotion, but her training didn't quite work out and so she's hiding her emotional heart from the autocratic psy hierarchy. she meets a ferocious shapeshifting leopard, sparks fly, passions blaze, and solving a murder mystery is tossed in to boot.

    the book throws you right in the action, leaving the reader to piece together what's going on in this world as the story unfolds. it's a familiar literary set up to sci-fi readers, but not at all what I was expecting in a romance novel. the world Singh builds is interesting enough that I may check out future installments, but unfortunately, her writing style can be a bit annoying - she's a fan of short sentences that build on one another ("they were out for blood. psy blood."), which gets real old real quick. a ruthless editor would have made this a marvelous book.
  • (4/5)
    Sometimes I put off books based on the most idiotic of arguments. In this case it was the cover and the length of the series. Although the cover has an incredibly hot guy, something about it (can’t quite say what) wasn’t calling me. But thanks to Kick’n Ladies I gave this series a go and boy I wish I had done so a while ago.

    Slave to Sensation is the first book in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. A Paranormal Romance novel that has both Dystopian and Sci-Fi elements. The story is set in a futuristic urban environment, making it also classifiable under the Urban Fantasy genre. The story’s present timeframe is 2079, one hundred years after the Psy race implemented Silence –an inductivism protocol design to strip away emotions from each individual. As someone who is majoring in Education, and who happens to be taking two psychology classes this term, I am very familiar with Pavlov’s system of rewards/punishment to elicit a desired reaction in another individual. The truth is that this is the first book in the PNR genre that I come across that leans so heavily in this construct in order to delineate half of its staring world building. As a result of 100 years under this indoctrination, the Psy people are the most cerebral of all the races, but they are also the most cold hearted and snobbish that you can find. After all when your entire race is known as those who rule, you are bound to believe that you are better than most. Likewise their world is all steel and glass; tall, cold, concrete buildings that can be houses, but never a home.

    In contrast to the Psy we have the Changelings, which are your average shifters, people that are born with the ability to shift into a particular animal and whom are much more in tune with their natural, more primeval side. Where the Psy are cold and calculative, the Changelings are instinct and emotions, calm and detachment [the Psy] VS fire and dominance [the Changelings].

    I love the way Nalini Singh explores the intertwining and the clashing of these two opposite worlds. In her story we have Sasha Duncan, a Psy Cardinal who in the outside is the poster child of the Psy forces, but who hides a terrible secret: she can feel emotions (something that is considered a defect in her world). On the other side we have Lucas Hunter, the Dark River Pack alpha who witness (and survived by cheer will power) his family’s murder when he was a child. Hunter is not only his last name, but also his title. He's not only responsible for the welfare of his pack, but also in charge of hunting and stopping those changeling who have gone rogue and have taken too much a liking to their animal half. Following these two characters as they dance around each other turned out to be extremely addictive and entertaining.

    The bottom line is that Slave to Sensation opens the door to a world with major power struggles that threaten to alter the very nature of the character’s existence. It has a great love story that leaves you wanting more. Oh and did I mention that it has scorching hot sex scenes. Sasha has never experience actual physical contact, until she meets Lucas and OMG does those two know how turn things on fire. If you are not afraid of great story aided by some steamy, almost poetic, but highly graphic scenes, then I suggest you pick up this book and give Psy-Changeling a try; I know I didn’t regret it.
  • (3/5)
    This book receives so many rave reviews that I guess I was just expecting a bit of something more. In fact, I was fully convinced before I started that I would probably give this book a 4 star rating, it just shows that I should stop making predictions - I'm usually wrong. I will say that I liked it enough to take a curious look into the rest of the series, it's not as if they're particularly difficult to read so I don't mind as much suffering through them.

    The thing about this novel was that I found the first half to be at complete odds with the second half. I thought the story focus shifted, the strong heroine became weak and whiny, and the male love interest who I had previously thought was sexy to death became a misogynistic control freak. Yeah, he did somewhat recover what I'd liked about him towards the end... but I felt that he could never be the character I originally thought he was after he pushed Sascha (the aforementioned heroine) around for trying to decide something for herself. What is with romance novels today? Particularly paranormal romance novels, it seems as if they all contain a relationship where the man completely controls the woman and her lifestyle. Please say it's not just me who thinks these kind of relationships are stomach-turning?

    I get the alpha-male attraction. I get the bad boy attraction. But that's all a sex issue... a guy playing mr dominant in the bedroom is one thing, but it's something else entirely when he thinks he can say who the woman is allowed to speak to, where she goes, what she wears. It makes me cringe. The point is that Lucas (mr hero guy) started off as sexy-in-a-suit, he identified Sascha as a powerful woman from a powerful and dangerous race that should not be taken lightly. They start off as equals and their flirtations and attraction to each other is hot to the point where I was on edge all the time and wondering where we would go next. But...

    The exact minute that Lucas discovers that the attraction is mutual, he has sex with her and, from then on, attempts to completely take over her life. That's what I hated. They went to bed together (admittedly - very hot!) and the next morning he woke up an entirely different character. And not only him, but her too. She is from the Psy, a race of creatures that are just as powerful, if not more so, than the Changelings but as soon as he takes her virginity she turns into a dithering mass of patheticness. Aside from being annoying, it also didn't flow or make any sense at all.

    The story that formed the bigger picture was fairly good. You can sort of imagine a future where a superior race has been developed, each member completely immune to the ultimate weakness: emotion. They are programmed to be this way and let only facts and logic rule their minds... then, of course, amongst the ranks of this new race is one with the unforgivable defect - Sascha, who is starting to feel. This is a good idea and I was loving it until everything turned upside down halfway through. It's bad enough to be let down by any book that you were expecting to be good, but it's even worse to be let down in the middle of said book when the first half had been so promising. Ah well, I'll still see what the other books in this series bring and I hope they don't all fall into the same pattern.
  • (4/5)
    When I first picked up this book it was on a recommendation. Not something I would have gotten to on my own. The cover was hideous and the it started with too little explanation ( I admit I was a bit lost in the beginning wishing for a little more backdrop). Thank Heavens for the recommendation and that I stuck with it. Remember this is the first novel. It is stage setting and world building for the future books, and as such, it doesn't flow as smooth as the others in the series. However, the characters are vivid and engaging. Even the side characters are rich. The story is fun and fresh. ( I am re-reading the series in anticipation of the next release in June of 2013. I am not much for re-reading as there are so many good books out there to be read, that I hate to spend time rehashing old reads. That really speaks to how wonderful this series is.)
  • (4/5)
    Excellent beginning to the series. Looking forward to reading more!
  • (3/5)
    I’ve had this series on my TBR list for a long time. So when Audible.com was having a sale I grabbed books 1, 2 and 4, 5 (yes I don’t have 3 in audio but I have it in ebook). I really wish I had only used one of my credits on this series. I didn’t love the narrator. IMO she didn’t change her voice enough for the male characters and I found myself a little confused from time to time about who was speaking or thinking. But since I have the others I will continue to listen to them. But I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed reading Slave to Sensation more than I did listening to it.

    While I didn’t love the narration of the book I did enjoy the story and the idea behind the world that Nalini Singh built. It felt like a mix between Lora Leigh’s Breeds Series and the Matrix.

    Within the Psy-Changeling world you have three races; human, Changeling (weres/shifters) and the Psy. The Psy are engineered beings that have over the years learned to live without any emotions. They only live by what is logical. (Think Vulcans from Star Trek)

    PsyNet made me think of the Matrix where people plugged into each other but as where a person that dies in the Matrix will die in real life; a Psy will die without being connected to the PsyNet. Their brain will not work without.

    So when Sascha starts feeling emotions she is afraid that her shields in her mind that she has made over the years will break and the rest of the Psy will learn that she is “broken”. And because the Psy believe they cannot leave the Net, she knows that her days are numbered.

    After Sascha is paired with a Lucas, the alpha of a Changeling Leopard pack, her emotions really start to take off. Lucas shows Sascha the ways of lust and passion. After she learns what it’s like enjoy the feel of Lucas’ touch she learns what it means to be pack and to get a different kind of touch through the other Changelings.

    Over all the plot and characters were descent, I’m hoping that Slave to Sensation just fell into the first book in a series trap and that I will enjoy book two, Visions of Heat, more.