Dev Santos finds a woman with amnesia - and all she can remember is that she's dangerous. Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to kill, Katya's only hope is Dev. But he could very well be her next target.
Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2009 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"When it comes to delivering stories that grab you by the throat and don't let go, Singh is in a class by herself!" (Romantic Times)
Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?
I have been highly entertained by this series from the beginning, but this particular book just fell flat. The hook in the series is the emotional interactions between the changlings and the psy , but here we have two psy -- a "forgotten" and a damaged "silence" psy -- and the combination just wasn't that interesting. Yes, he's beautiful and she is gorgeous and damaged and needs his protection. The sex, of course, is incredible. Yawn.
The female character should have had to battle a lifetime of repressed emotions, so maybe I missed the part where she emerged from the conditioning (I did tend to drift from boredom) but it all seemed reversed somehow. He was raised with his emotions in tact, yet he was the one who was repressed. She, on the other hand, was overtly emotive which was, for me, totally out of character. It was very confusing and ultimately not that interesting.
There was a lot of foreshadowing throughout, but it never amounted to anything. I had expected more from his affinity to metal -- but very little actually happened. I also hoped the grandmother character would be given something interesting to do, but it also didn't happen. The plot was resolved in an unexpected manner, but what should have been an emotional payoff just didn't build. He knows several M-psy, but when she becomes ill, he doesn't call them. They finally show up to "say goodbye" to her, but are never used to help her. Very odd.
Ultimately, after all the repetitive earth shattering sex scenes, and constant crossed wires and super secret double crosses followed by more mind blowing sex, I felt I'd been on one roller coaster ride too many, and ultimately, I just didn't care.
I'm a huge Nalini Singh fan, but this book just wasn't up to her usual standards. If felt to me as if she was using a now familar, but unfortunately a very tired formula, and I just wanted it to be over. I'm going to have to think hard about buying the rest of the series.
Angela Dawe was great as usual, though it did become difficult to tell her characters apart toward the end of the book. I also thought I heard her stifle a yawn or two, which only confirmed my own opinion of the story.
She is a really great narrator and I enjoy listening to her, but I do have to say that there isn't enough pauses between chapters and changes in scenes. A small break to indicate a situational change would really help with understanding and the overall flow of the story.
The series is really addicting. I love how there is so much more to the books than just sex. The story line is solid and intriguing. I want to know more about this society almost as much as I want to know more about these characters. I will however say that the series is getting a bit repetitive. Strong Alpha male, "weak" confused female, danger and then a nice happy ending to wrap everything up. I will definitely keep reading these books, though I may take a break for a while.
So this wasn't exactly what I was expecting from the reviews. I loved it because I liked the characters of Dev and Katya. They were both strong in their own way and needed each other. I liked seeing more of the Shine Foundation and this other facet what the psy could be. It was also nice to check in with the characters we've gotten to know in the previous books. Angela Dawe did a fantastic job as always with these books.
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Excellent narration, the story introduces new characters and makes you care for them. Sexy as always and hard to put down. I love her work.
Psy-Changeling is an amazing series! I love everyone of these books. I recommend these books to everyone I know!!
Say something about yourself!
This was definitely one of the best of this series so far. It had been so long since I'd read one of these books, that I thought it might take me a while to get back into it and remember the world. But, it sucked me in and I found myself not wanting to do anything but listen. It twas like coming home.
The two main characters here are both so believable and real. The 'formula' for most romance novels is of course, that some flaw or outside influence comes between the two characters and they have a serious argument that threatens their relationship. This book somewhat goes against the normal formula though. While there is an outside influence that threatens their relationship, they don't fight or split up willingly.
I found myself so emotionally invested in this couple by the end that I was crying and then laughing and crying at the end. Normally, I'm mentally 'glad' for a couple when it works out, but this one was like watching my best friend or favorite cousin fall in love.
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I really liked how instead of it always being a changeling and a psy finding love Nalini Singh wrote a story about a psy and a human. I really liked that. It was different and entertaining. I just wish that there was more depth in terms of Katya's background. In terms of how and why Ming left her alive and the purpose of her torture.
I really liked Katya. She show strength and wit. When she needed it. She was able to fight off a counselor who is the best in mental combat. She is a great female lead in the book. And if she was a real person I wold want to be friends with her.
She brings a bit of life. When it is a humorous part in my opinion you can tell that she is smiling when she reads it and in sad or more serious parts you can tell by the vocal tone of her voice.
If there had been more in terms of resistance. If Dev or Katya had sown more resistance in their attraction to each other. If there had been more tention and then have them come together not in a story of fury but in a blinding moment when they were like "oh they are the one" that would be perfect.
I have been enjoying this series in order. I keep thinking they will get stale or old, this one has another new twist and might just be the best one yet!
This novel delved into the background of the Psy world more than the others, and there were some eerie parellels to true history that make the story believable.
I like strong characters, who overcome traumas, and I am drawn to displays of raw compassion. Man's inhumanity to man is a common thread in this installment. There is significant brutality implied although it is not gruesome (more disturbing). This all is overcome by love, courage, and loyalty.
As in all of the books so far, love and physical passion are tied together. These guys all find enviable soulmates rather than cheap one-night stands.
"Hostage to Pleasure" (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)
The heroine of this book is tied to the heroine of the preceding installment. Both are scientific and clever women. This ties up a few loose ends from that novel.
All of these books build upon each other. They are repetitive in some ways. The stories are relatively predictable. That said, they are more intelligent than others in this genre. I HIGHLY recommend "Hostage to Pleasure." That had the most depth and contained more surprises than the rest.
The guy introduces the half starved girl to an ice cream fruit smoothie. I craved smoothies for a week after. LOL
Honestly, that's what I remember most without giving anything away.
Two children work together to do something unique at the end. That's the most memorable part. Emotions run high, and it's somewhat unexpected. Anything more would be a spoiler. Sorry!
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This series is not rocket science. It isn't brainless "smut" either. There's a real plot in each novel, and all of the characters stick around to be woven in and out of various threads of narrative. I intend to read all of these. Listening to them back to back makes the adult scenes dull and repetitive - only one of them really did anything different. I suggest reading other books in between to keep it "fresh." I really like the back-story. None of the characters are irritating. They're all endearing and still unique. For what it is, I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. These aren't classics, but they're worth the credits in my opinion. In fact, I've paid outright to see what happens next with some of them. Happy Listening!
I enjoyed the myster aspect of this book as much as the Romance. Nalini is an excellent author.
The Psy Changeling aspect is very riveting.
The Scene that Santos finds her and is trying to figure out what to do with her.
It made me fall in love with Santos.
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