Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

3.5 Stars

I’ve been a fan of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series since it first came out, and so I’ve always wanted to try Psy-Changeling. The only problem is that there’s like a billion out in this series already! So the challenge of starting at the beginning was a bit overwhelming at first. I figured the easiest way to get to them would be via audiobooks, and when I saw Slave to Sensation on sale on, I jumped at the chance to own it and finally get started on this series.

The world of the Psy-Changeling series is one of power. The Psy control the world and the Changelings are considered an inferior species. I loved learning how it came to be this way and it was such an interesting and somewhat insane idea from the Psy. Turns out they think emotions are not for them. No, thanks. I’m good not having feelings ever again. Emotions are messy and they drive us to do crazy things! Let’s get rid of them. That’s pretty much how it went down.

I loved seeing the moments when Lucas would question if Sascha was a normal Psy, and also the unwanted reactions Sascha would have for Lucas and his world. I really liked both characters but didn’t find any attributes that made me looooove them.

I did guess correctly as to who was behind the attacks, so there was no element of surprise for me there. What I really did love was the dynamics of the pack. I found the other members intriguing enough to continue the series.

The narrator, Angela Dawe, does a fantastic job with this audiobook. Her pacing was dead-on and her dramatizations felt very genuine and were fantastic. Since she narrates the rest of the series, and I enjoyed her work, I may consider continuing it via audiobooks. I’m looking forward to getting to know these very intriguing Changelings a little better.

Book Info

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by BerkleyPenguin
Pub Date: September 5th 2006
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: AdultParanormalRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Dive 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 co-existence, 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…

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh”

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    I have the Guild Hunter series on my shelf, because of your review love for that series. I also have this one. I just need to crack the dam and read my first Singh.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Well, it’s really good on audio, if that will help get them read. ;)

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    Sue CCCP

    I read this title with my book group in 2011. One of the group leaders had read it and raved about it so much that we eventually gave in and read it.

    We actually cleared all the copies from the entire library system in the state of Maine as we were all eager to read the promised smut! :D We mostly enjoyed the book, and were impressed by the world building. Like you, I thought the ‘baddy’ was fairly obvious, but the pack more than made up for that, especially the kittens. I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as we did. :)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I loooved the kittens! They were really adorable! And wow, clearing out the WHOLE library system is quite impressive! :D

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    One of my best friends loves this series, hardcore. I bought the book about a year ago and have been meaning to read it because she and I generally like a lot of the same things. I’m happy you enjoyed this book enough to want to continue with the series, Jess!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Oh, I know what that’s like, trust me. :) I think you’ll enjoy it!

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    I love the Psy-Changeling series, but I read Slave to Sensation twice before I fell in love with it. I also think my appreciation for it (and for Sasha and Lucas) grew as I continued reading the series. But, by far, my favorite part of this book was the introduction to Hawke. *swoons*

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I can’t deny how deeply intrigued I was by Hawke. Definitely one of the reasons I’m looking forward to reading more of this series!

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