SERIES REVIEW: Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh (ON-GOING SERIES)

Series Title: Psy-Changeling

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Number of Books: 13 and counting (Book #14 to be released in 2015)

Status: On-going

Series Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★

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Note: Psy-Changeling Series is a collection of books revolving around the same story arc but with different main characters in each one.

BOOK 1: SLAVE TO SENSATION

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Nalini Singh dives 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 coexistence, 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…


BOOK 2: VISIONS OF HEAT

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Hailed as a major new talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future – a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind…

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous – aching need…exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced – and keep her from Vaughn.


BOOK 3: CARESSED BY ICE

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Nalini Singh explores new heights of sensuality, returning to the world of the Psy – where two people who know evil intimately must unlock the good within their icy hearts…

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins – cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…

Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted – and had her mind violated – by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…


BOOK 4: MINE TO POSSESS

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Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed…and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.

Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life–the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows…

Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past…or lose everything that ever mattered.


BOOK 5: HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE

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Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy–cool, calm, emotionless…at least on the surface. Inside, she’s fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard’s rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian’s agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules…


BOOK 6: BRANDED BY FIRE

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When a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy, a cat, and SnowDancer lieutenant Riley, a wolf, must work together to track the young man-before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire.


BOOK 7: BLAZE OF MEMORY

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A woman without a past becomes the pawn of the man who controls her future…

Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All she knows is that she’s dangerous. Charged with protecting his people’s most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It’s a task he’s never hesitated to complete…until he finds himself drawn to a woman who might prove to be the enemy’s most insidious weapon yet.

Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die…


BOOK 8: BONDS OF JUSTICE

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Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of a catastrophic mental fracture…

Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max’s liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people’s nightmares, other people’s evil, she’s standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury…and executioner…


BOOK 9: PLAY OF PASSION

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In his position as tracker for the SnowDancer pack, it’s up to Drew Kincaid to rein in rogue changelings who have lost control of their animal halves- even if it means killing those who have gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite… and who threatens to enslave his wolf.

Lieutenant Indigo Riviere doesn’t easily allow skin privileges, especially of the sensual kind- and the last person she expects to find herself craving is the most wickedly playful male in the den. Everything she knows tells her to pull back before the flames burn them both to ash… but she hasn’t counted on Drew’s will.

Now, two of SnowDancer’s most stubborn wolves find themselves playing a hot, sexy game even as lethal danger stalks the very place they call home.


BOOK 10: KISS OF SNOW

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Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…


BOOK 11: TANGLE OF NEED

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Discover the exhilarating risks of passion in the breathtaking new Psy-Changeling novel by Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist)…

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past—one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.


BOOK 12: HEART OF OBSIDIAN

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Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.


BOOK 13: SHIELD OF WINTER

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Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…


BOOK 14: SHARDS OF HOPE

(Coming June 2015)

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Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.


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MY REVIEW:

5 of 5 stars to Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh

★★★★★

Psy-Changeling Series is a Paranormal Romance set in the future with new concepts and ideas about the world. So you won’t get confused, the term “Changeling” here refers to humans mixed with animal genes. This doesn’t mean they look half human half animal, no. They look like ordinary humans except that they have abilities similar to their animal nature. Some of them can turn into animals, termed as “shifters” while there are some who can’t shift but are still considered Changelings. Shifters doesn’t necessarily restrict to wolves alone, as is the stereotype in several paranormal and urban fantasy stories, but can also be from other animal species like leopards and birds. The “Psy”, on the other hand, is a new race different from humans and changelings. It’s really hard to explain what they are without spoiling too much so you’ll just have to find out more about them by reading the series.

Psy-Changeling tackles a whole new concept of “survival of the fittest” wherein the battle isn’t only between animals and humans but with another whole new race as well. In here, you’ll meet fascinating characters you will surely love and discover a new world you’ll wish to live in for yourself. The series is a perfect blend of romance and adventure so lovers of both genre will definitely enjoy this. Nalini Singh has truthfully mastered the art of Paranormal genre as this story is well written with an extremely cohesive plot and world building. The series has been going on for 14 books now but the excitement for it hasn’t abated one bit. You’d think she’d have run out of ideas to explore but you’re proven wrong as she continues to surprise with each new story. I wasn’t a fan of said genre but after reading Singh’s books, I can definitely say I’m converted.

The series has a continuing storyline and revolves around the same story arc with different main characters in each one. Although the books are designed to be read as a stand-alone, I STRONGLY suggest you read it in chronological order. The entire plot is too wonderful not to be read from the beginning. Besides, you’ll find yourself cherishing it more if you know all the things that happened in the series as each book contain fundamental parts in the integration of the whole plot. Do not be deterred from the staggering amount of pages you’ll have to read. I, myself, thought that I probably won’t be able to finish the series because it’s too long (and still on-going) but that didn’t happen. In fact, I sped through each book as I found myself eager to know what happens next! Each installment concludes with an intriguing note that you can’t help but jump right next to the following book. I only spent a week and a half to finish the books so that right there is proof enough how enthralling the series is. And it also helps that the cover arts feature handsome men bearing beautiful eyes. I think Dev from Blaze of Memory looks best and actually comes  closest to the book description of his character. Yum, so many eye candy!

Anyway, my favorite couples from the series are Vaughn and Faith (Visions of Heat, #2), Clay and Tally (Mine to Possess, #4), Dev and Katya (Blaze of Memory, #7), Hawke and Sienna (Kiss of Snow, #10), Kaleb and Sahara (Heart of Obsidian, #12) and Vasic and Ivy (Shield of Winter, #13). I think what drew me to them the most was the emotional struggle the couple faced which ended up really touching when they finally got together. My absolute favorite books are Kiss of Snow and Heart of Obsidian. These two books really owned the word “awesome”. I cannot properly express my feels for these books so I’ll just create a separate review for them. (HERE IT IS! View my full review of Kiss of Snow and Heart of Obisidan.)

Contrary to what you may think, I didn’t actually enjoy all of the books. In Tangle of Need (Book #11), I skipped most parts (the romance part lol) and just read the ones that involve the progression of the story arc. I find it more stimulating than the romantic aspect. Nalini has created an amazing story with characters integrally interwoven with each other. The world she made is magical, mysterious and captivating. How she came up with these bizarre yet amazing ideas is beyond me. Nalini Singh, you are the true PNR Goddess!

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