Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
First off, Ms. Dawe did a splendid reading, neither too fast nor too slow, with a strength to her voice that made it very pleasant to listen to.
Story wise, the premise is a little out there. The shifters, "Changelings" as they're called in the book, are satisfyingly themselves, but the Psys are rather freakishly outre. The changelings at least are a unique and distinct group, with diverse motives and individual natures in line with those one would find closer to the primitive aspects of nature.
The Psys, on the other hand, have been envisioned as a nearly robotic race, and that just doesn't mesh well with the concept of a psychic being, as entwined as "psychic" and "psyche" are.
Putting the premise aside, the plot developed well, the writing hit just that right tone between dramatic and melodrama, and, as I mentioned, Ms. Dawe made a very pleasant reader.
I've only listened to the audio version so I can't compare.
There were to many to choose..
She brings the characters to life!!
It really is a good start to a good series..each book keeps getting better
I wasn't sure about this book. I avoided like the plague for more than a year since. I finally gave in and thought it to be a really good story. I would have liked the characters to develop more and what the author lacked there she made up for it brilliantly by other aspects of the book. I liked learning about the psy world and how the psy network functioned. It was a pretty clever storyline. Keeping up with series just to meet new characters will be worth it in my opinion.
All in all a good story. Hopefully the rest of the books in the series will be as enjoyable.
Lastly, Angela Dawe-as I expected-gave a fine narration.
Well, I already have. It is the perfect mix of romance and adventure. I love that the heroine was always fantastic, even if she did not know it.
I can't really compare it to anything - and that is a great thing.
I love the scene between a couple of the sentinels and the heroine towards the end. As someone who has wrestled with the question of identity and where one belongs, I had a great deal of empathy and love for that.
Yes, the scene with the kiddos and the heroine.
It was well paced, interesting characters, and good plot. Although it's not one my top ten . . . it's definitely on my top twenty.
The story is a refreshing twist to paranormal romantic fiction (to which I am an absoulte newby). From what I've noticed, the "popular" para-romances tend to sway toward vampires and werewolves (which is why I don't read and/or listen to a lot of them). . .Ms Singh's Psy-Changling series offers an interesting alternative. In "Slave to Sensation", you have two sets of people with differing perspectives . . . The Psy who were mandated to have the emotions suppressed (and almost stripped from them) until they are near cold unfeeling robots (although they are also ambitious and conniving--go figure). And then there's the Changlings who are all about feelings, connections, and raw emotions but have to overcome clan prejudices (e.g., Cats vs. Wolves). And in the middle of all this, you have Lucas (the panther Alpha with issues) and Sascha (the Psy with issues) who meet under very straining circumstances. Very interesting yarn . . . worth a listen.
Yes, because the storyline and narration were both pretty good.
The "steamy" parts :)
She was good overall.
Author used the word "lethal" too many times. Otherwise, it was well done.
Didn't care for the characters, seemed lacking. The plot seemed weak. Saw the ending from a mile away...
I prefer the Archangel series she has and was let down by this one. Not continuing the series. Can't put my finger on it, just didn't care for the plot. I really wanted to like it because I enjoyed her other series.
Full of stupid cheesy lines like "she made his inner panther purr like the alpha he is" this book was an interesting backstory ruined by sleezy horribly done sex scenes. I laughed out loud and some of the ridiculous dialogue. I finished the book to hear what happened with the backstory but I fast forwarded A LOT to get there.
Normally, I find the overall plot of a romance to be very dry and boring, and the characters two dimensional... and that just barely. Nalini Singh has created in this series not only a plot and a set of idiosyncratic characters that I cannot entirely predict, but several sets of individual subcultures in the framework of a parallel reality with the question of humaniod ethics and the concept of basic freedom hanging in the balance; all this together with plot twists that keep me listening and hanging on every word. I especially appreciate that her eventual lovers are able to explore their own misgivings about themselves and one another, continually having to make compromises, setting limits and challenging one another as a 'real' couple would. Bravo, Ms. Singh, and my congratulations on Angela Dawe's exceptional delivery!
I normally like to read paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotica romance and YA with a paranormal theme.
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.