Branded by Fire is the sixth novel in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Branded by Fire is the sixth novel in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and is an absolutely stunning read full of delectable sexual tension, simmering chemistry and plenty to action and adventure to keep me on my toes.
Regardless of her gender, DarkRiver sentential Mercy is one of the strongest fighters in her leopard pack. A respected solider and protector, Mercy secretly longs for a mate of her own with so many of her pack mates recently settling down, but the last thing she expects is for an arrogant and controlling wolf to make her burn. Calm and collected, SnowDancer lieutenant Riley is known for his protective nature and is ability to stay in control of his emotions even when he’s pushed. Having raised his two younger siblings after their parent’s death, Riley is well aware of the importance of staying in control, but no one knows how to push his buttons like Mercy. Drawn to each other despite being from two different packs, Mercy and Riley are both dominant changelings about to discover that submitting to each other may not always be the hardship it seems, even as they fight to keep hold of who they both are…..
Wow! What another great novel! Branded by Fire features two strong and dominate personalities doing a back and forth dance as they explore the fire that burns between them, and boy does Nalini Singh write it well. From their very first coupling, I knew Mercy and Riley were going to be explosive together and was this ever the case! The chemistry between them was dynamite and oh so sensual. These two oozed sexual attraction and possibility even as they navigated the difficulty of coming from two opposing packs and both being dominate individuals.
Told through both their POV’s like all the other novels so far, Mercy and Riley were brilliant to follow. Honestly, I just loved both of them. They were strong, personable individuals who were intelligent, quick thinking and daring soldiers. I loved Mercy’s cheeky nature and the cat in her, while Riley was determined and protective about those he cared for. They complimented each other well, and though they were so similar managed to bring something different to the relationship—Mercy with her ability to bring Riley out of his shell, and Riley with his ability to accept Mercy for who she was and not try and change her.
The different dynamics between the two packs was really exciting to explore in Branded by Fire. Something I’ve really enjoyed about this series so far is that you have human’s, Psy and Changelings, but the series focuses around two different packs of shifters, one leopard and one wolf, with DarkRiver and SnowDancer’s featuring different hierarchies and alphas. The greedy part of me simply likes having double the amount of characters to follow and explore, but the logical side can see the benefits Nalini Singh takes advantage of by having the two different packs. Their interactions with each other and the layers they bring to the series are wonderful—the wolves and leopards are very similar and yet very different, but boy are they all so brilliant to read about!
Nalini Singh continues to include past couples and characters we’ve met which satisfies the part of me intrigued to see how their lives are going. There’s an adorable development to Sascha and Lucas’s life that promises to bring so much joy, and Singh introduces more fantastic characters I’m keen to get to know. I have my fingers crossed that maybe one, or all, of Mercy’s brothers may get their own story down the line. I’m particularly hopeful for Bas who alright ignites my fire!
Sensual, smoking and absolutely perfect, Branded by Fire is another great tale that does not disappoint! Nalini Singh you are a genius! ...more
Hostage to Pleasure is the fifth instalment in Nalini Singh’s thril**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Hostage to Pleasure is the fifth instalment in Nalini Singh’s thrilling Psy-Changeling series and is another fast paced, sensual and richly entertaining romance that will excite readers from beginning to end!
Dorian Christiensen is a lethal DarkRiver sniper known for his charm and ferocity despite his inability to change into his leopard form. Damaged by the loss of his sister Kylie who was murdered by a Psy killer, Dorian struggles to move on, but finds his strength and anger tested by a beautiful Psy who ignites his inner fire. Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy—calm, emotionless and logical—at least on the surface. What no one knows is that this intelligent scientist is in the middle of a desperate battle to save her son and escape from the individuals who hold both he and her hostage. Taking a chance to trust Dorian and his DarkRiver pack mates may be the only option Ashaya has, but neither she nor Dorian are prepared for the attraction that simmers between them and the power it holds…..
Hostage to Pleasure was another wonderful Psy-Changeling book. Nalini Singh kept me on my toes with its forward moving storyline, fantastic characters and sizzling romance. I’d been excited to read Dorian’s story since we first met him and Singh did not disappoint with a great romance and a worthy mate for Dorian.
In a lot of ways Hostage to Pleasure wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Ashaya’s relationship with her son was a lot more complex than I initially thought and I have to commend Singh for the twists she threw in where this is concerned—it was brilliantly done. Keenan was an absolute sweetie and the fierce dedication Ashaya had for her son and the love she felt for him despite her Psy conditioning was beautiful.
Dorian and Ashaya had a wonderful connection and I very much enjoyed their romance. Due to his past loss, Dorian feels a lot of hate towards the Psy and as such Ashaya makes for an interesting partner for Dorian. He has to overcome a lot of his pain and Nalini Singh explores the journey between these two individuals wonderfully.
Engrossing and addictive, Hostage to Pleasure was another Psy-Changeling novel that I didn’t want to put down. Nalini Singh continues to surprise and satisfy and I’m ready to dive straight into the next novel featuring Mercy and Riley!
Mine to Posess is another riveting, sensual and deeply entertaining**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Mine to Posess is another riveting, sensual and deeply entertaining Psy-Changeling novel by Nalini Singh that continues to entertain and ensnare readers with it's romance, chemistry and engaging storyline.
Clay Bennett is a ferocious DarkRiver sentential, known for his loner behavior and his dark past. Having grown up never knowing his changeling father, Clay spent his younger years unable to fully comprehend and control his animal nature. Though he is now secure in his position in the Pack, Clay has never forgotten his childhood best friend and the only person he ever truly loved. Talin McKade had the most heinous things done to her as a child; her innocence stolen and her faith in people almost destroyed. Her fear saw her betray the boy who cared for and protected her like no other and though she fears what having him in her life again could mean, when street children begin being murdered, Talin turns to the one person she knows will help....Clay. Clay and Talin shared a fierce bond as children until one violent night changed things forever. Can they move on from their horrid pasts, or will they loose the fire that burns between them forever?
All I can think after reading this novel, is that Nalini Singh has done it again! She really has. I went into Mine to Possess not wholly convinced of how much I liked the male lead, but like Vaughn and Visions of Heat, Singh managed to make a Clay fan out of me with this novel that I very much enjoyed.
Told through Clay and Talin's varying POV's, Mine to Possess was fast paced and featured a thrilling storyline. Clay and Talin came to life so beautifully and Singh managed to pack a lot into the novel. Romance, friendship, sensuality---it was all there mixed with danger, humor and the power of family.
Tamlin was a strong but deeply fractured heroine who had suffered a childhood no child should have to endure. Though I admit there were times where I wanted to shake her for mistaking the obvious and for feeling the way she did, it was genuinely hard not to want to see Tamlin heal. She had her innocence taken by someone who should have protected her and in turn her life was a series of bad decisions and painful regrets. Yet she was a balm to Clay and he managed to help her forgive herself.
Nalini Singh created a powerful and almost sad pairing in Clay and Tamlin; two people who had shared a bond since childhood and who meant so much to each other. Clay came alive in this book for me thanks to the love he had for Tamlin that burned so deep and true and which helped him find peace and happiness too.
As with all the books in the series so far, all the character's I'd previously loved were back, as well as some new ones who seem promising. Max, Dev and Ashaya all appear to have potential and with Dorian and Ashaya's story having been it set up so nicely I'm very much ready to read their book next! ...more
Caressed by Ice is another brilliant instalment in Nalini Singh’s P**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Caressed by Ice is another brilliant instalment in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and this time tells the romance of Psy Judd and changeling Brenna in a sensual and addictive read!
Judd Lauren is one of the coldest Psy’s in existence. His unique, and dangerous telekinetic abilities have made him a deadly assassin and despite his defection from the PsyNet, Judd has held tight to the Silence that helps him control himself. As one of the Psy Councils elitist of soldiers, he was forced to do terrible things and remaining unfeeling and cold has kept him sane….until he met Brenna. Brenna Shane Kincaid was a bright and vibrant young woman until she was abducted and tortured in the most heinous of ways by a Psy killer. Rescued, but left forever changed, Brenna is struggling to move past what was done to her, surprising everyone by finding comfort in Judd—a Psy known for his cold nature. Determined to prove to both Judd, and herself that their relationship can work, Brenna finds herself on the road to recovery at the same time a new threat appears to the wolf pack, and this time the killer may be a lot more closer to home….
Yet another brilliant read. Honestly, Nalini Singh is yet to disappoint me with her fabulous characters, outstanding romances and a storyline that allows us to focus on one couple at a time while still getting to know those around them and seeing those we’ve already followed. All my fave characters were back in Caressed by Ice, and I’m only beginning to anticipate their own stories more and more. Hawke and Dorian are standouts for me, but I’m also becoming more eager to follow Indigo, Sienna (although I know she’ll be paired with Hawke) and Mercy.
With Caressed by Ice told through varying POV’s, I found our main characters Brenna and Judd to be wonderful characters to follow and I genuinely enjoyed reading their story. It was addictive, exciting, sensual and enticing—Brenna and Judd had great personality individually and excellent chemistry together. Brenna was someone I easily liked and I enjoyed seeing her find her feet after everything she went through at the hands of Enrique. She was kind but sassy and I adored her fierce determination to be with Judd regardless of what anyone thought.
As for Judd, well…..I found it hard not to warm to Judd—he was known as the Man of Ice and I certainly enjoyed watching him thaw. As someone who had denied his emotions and basic male needs for so long, seeing Judd began to feel, and want was so fulfilling. Singh wrote him in a way that it was impossible not to be drawn to this sexy solider with a tainted past.
I thought it was very clever how Singh wrote Judd’s journey to separation from Silence. Unlike our previous Psy main characters whose abilities made them different and saw them empathetic already, Judd embraced the control Silence allowed him to have prior to the events of Caressed by Ice. His reliance to Silence meant that experiencing emotion was actually painful and caused real physical and internal injuries to Judd as he began to fight Silence. Having been conditioned the way he has, Judd’s mind and body weren’t capable of feeling the emotions he began to want to feel and as a result, he began to deteriorate. I won’t give away spoilers, but I found it really well written, explained and then solved on Nalini Singh’s part.
Impressively written and so good, Caressed by Ice was another brilliant Psy-Changeling novel. So far Nalini Singh has done nothing but capture my attention in its entirety and I’m beyond looking forward to the rest of the series. I’m already in love with all the characters and her world and can't wait to read the rest of the novels in this delectable series!
Visions of Heat is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series by**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Visions of Heat is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh and gives its predecessor a run for its money where sensuality, romance and daring excitement are concerned!
Visions of Heat follows DarkRiver sentential and jaguar Vaughn D’Angelo, a changeling more animal than man, and Faith NightStar, a F-Psy who has visions of the future and whose business predictions have made her the most valued F-Psy in existence. Kept in a heavily guarded compound for her protection, when Faith begins have visions of horrible murders she makes the difficult choice to venture into DarkRiver territory in the hopes of finding assistance, unaware that everything she knows about herself and her world is about to change forever.
Having enjoyed the first book, Slave to Sensation so much, I was delighted to discover that Visions of Heat was as good as the first book, and maybe even better. In fact, I think I liked it better than the first! Nalini Singh continues to sweep me up with this series and I find myself more excited about the prospect of delving further into Singh’s world and her other characters. Sometimes that’s the beauty of reading a series long after it’s been released—I know who I will have the pleasure of reading about and I can jump straight from one book to the next.
I really loved both the main characters in this book. Faith was a real sweetie who grew and began to learn more than her Psy conditioning taught her. I loved seeing her become stronger with the more time she spent with Vaughn and the DarkRiver Pack and felt she was a very fitting mate for Vaughn.
As for Vaughn, well, in the first novel, Vaughn was someone I wasn’t completely sure about. He seemed wild and cold, but as I got to know him in Visions of Heat, I absolutely fell in love with him. Vaughn is awesome! Seriously. He’s fierce, dependable and dangerous, but he’s also so kind when it comes to Faith and this quickly won me over.
There’s something so thrilling about seeing a powerful and dangerous male brought to his knees by a female. Seeing the internal fight they often experience against what they want and what they can’t deny—it’s delectable. Especially when the two involved are from opposing sides or races; it adds this added extra of forbidden and then satisfaction when the two eventually give in. And that’s exactly what happens during Visions of Heat—Vaughn and Faith can’t help but be drawn to one another, regardless of the fact he’s changeling and she’s Psy.
Faith and Vaughn were a great couple to read about. They had good, solid chemistry and Nalini Sinbgh writes some very sensual sex scenes between them. I really loved seeing Vaughn introduce Faith to touch and see her begin to yearn for the jaguar in him.
Another great book in the Psy-Changeling series, Nalini Singh is currently two from two and I can’t wait to jump straight into the next novel and discover Judd and Brenna’s story next!...more
Author of the bestselling Angel series L.A Weatherly is back with Broken Sky, a powerful and exciting novel set in an alternate 1940’s that features a strong heroine, harrowing danger and plenty of suspense!
Broken Sky introduces readers to an almost dystopian like alternate 1940’s world, where American as we know it is non-existent. Instead the world is separated into different states and nations that operate differently and are run by different leaders. It’s a world where war is a past occurrence and nations instead battle over government and economic issues through a series of flights where opposing pilots engage in one-on-one air strikes against each other until one plane goes down—usually with the pilot parachuting out—with the other side winning the fight and the rights over whatever conflicts they were battling for. Each nation and their conflicts are overseen by a neutral party called the World for Peace.
Heading into this novel I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The description of the novel doesn’t give much away, but Broken Sky quickly drew me in. L.A. Weatherly presents a very vivid and authentic alternate 1940’s world in Broken Sky and was reminiscent of the movie Pearl Harbour—without the air attacks and huge loss of life. I was really impressed with all the different details Weatherly included to bring Broken Skies to life; the slang, the dialogue, the clothes etc. The very way of life for the characters was so reminiscent of 1940’s life but with an alternate twist. I also commend her on allowing females to be strong flyers and fighters, something that wasn’t always true for this time.
Our heroine in this novel is Amity Vancour, a Peacefighter—a pilot that flies for the Western Seaboard. Amity is very strong and personable. She’s not naive and is a really fighter. Amity has a strong belief in what she believes to be right and she fights whole heartedly for this. She comes across as guarded to those who meet her, but as we follow her throughout the story, it’s obvious she cares deeply.
The Western Seaboard’s greatest threat in Broken Sky is the Central States, led by a man by the name of John Gunnerson whose belief in astrology and the power of star signs sees him rule with an iron fist. In the Central States, those with bad star signs are labelled Disordinant and sent to correction camps and with a majority of the population of the Central States living in fear. Weatherly includes a villain in Gunnerson, a man whose dictatorial methods are a threat to all the other nations around him. Gunnerson has big plans for expanding his state and doesn’t care what methods he uses including espionage, bribery and murder.
Though Broken Sky predominantly follows Amity, we also see a portion of the story follow Kay Peirce, a Central States astrologer whose choices and predictions have harrowing effects on Amity’s life and those of the Western Seaboard. Kay doesn’t believe in astrology, but her intelligence and ability to read people keep her alive under Gunnerson’s watchful eyes. It’s really interesting to see how Kay’s predictions effect Amity; they never meet and they don’t know each other, but their lives are inexplicably intertwined.
L.A. Weatherly packs the story with a great cast of minor characters including many of Amity’s Peacefighting comrades and her love interest Collie—the boy who has always owned her heart, but whose disappearance changed something in her. Amity’s mother and brother Hal are also great additions and I’m eager to see whether their roles grow in the coming novels.
With plenty of suspense and unexpected twists, Broken Sky isn’t always predictable and features an ending so unexpected you’ll be left gaping. Fast paced and fantastically detailed, Broken Sky by L.A Weartherly is a unique dystopian style novel well worth a read that leaves me aching for more! ...more
Revelation is the third and final novel in the Legacy Trilogy by Ellery A. Kane, concluding what has been an easy and enjoyable dystopian style series in wonderful fashion.
Lex Knightly has been to hell and back trying to expose Zenigenic for the deceptive company it is. Alongside her father and a close group of friends, Lex has lost loved ones and friends, and is determined to help uncover any evidence that might prove Zenigenic and its founder Xander Steele are up to no good as they prepare to release a new wonder drug. It’s been months since Lex saw Quin, but when an attempt on Steele’s life puts Quin in the spotlight, Lex soon finds herself in the middle of things once again. On the run for her life but still hoping to fulfil her mother’s legacy, Lex and her friends prepare to make one final stand against Zenigenic that will either see them finally win, or be lost forever……
This series has been one I’ve very much enjoyed reading. I can’t fault any of the books—they’re just good solid entertainment. Ellery A. Kane has created a vivid future world where drugs capable of manipulating your emotions are all the rage and cause dangerous side effects to those using them. As the daughter of the scientist behind the creation of many of these drugs, our main character Lex has been on a mission to help right the wrongs of her remorseful mother throughout the series, with danger, romance and plenty of twists never far behind. Ellery A. Kane has managed to pack a lot into three books with the storyline continually developing and changing during the trilogy.
Revelation begins a few months after the second book Prophecy ended, with Lex missing Quin but still hoping to help prove his father’s innocence. In Revelation motives are questioned and deceptions revealed with readers finally learning some long awaited truths. All the characters I’ve enjoyed seeing join Lex are back; Quin (obviously!), Edison, Elana, Max, Mr Van Sant, Artos, Lex’s Dad….even Emma, Sting and Carrie return with a place amongst the story.
I’ve enjoyed following Lex throughout the trilogy and feel she has been a strong protagonist. I loved her relationship with Quin and am glad to see that Ellery A. Kane finally gives her characters a lot of resolution, even if their futures are left uncertain but hopeful.
Fast paced and perfect for fans of the Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons, Revelation concludes Ellery A. Kane’s debut series and leaves this reader superbly satisfied with how everything ended! ...more