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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Review: KISS OF SNOW

Kiss Of Snow by Nalini Singh
Book 10 of the Psy-Changeling series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Kiss Of Snow:
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…
Source: Info in the About Kiss Of Snow was taken from the author's website at http://www.nalinisingh.com/snow.php on 20/03/2011.

If I am to talk about this book in one line it would be:
Little red and the big bad wolf.
My Thoughts:
I read this book right after Play Of Passion, so I was looking forward to this one after having just read the wonderful ending from the last book! Ms. Singh has shown once again how wonderful a story teller she is with this book! I was kinda expecting this to be better than the rest of the series, Hawke being alpha of the pack and everything, which raised the expectation bar up a couple of notches. Usually that is not good because I end up getting disappointed. But, Ms. Singh did not disappoint!! Even though this is book 10 in the series, Ms. Singh managed to add another twist to the Psy-Changeling world. Some serieses ends up reading like "same old, same old" by book 10. Not Ms. Singh!! However the story telling quality, though still compelling, didn't feel as good as I seem to remember it was with the first few books. Or maybe it's just me getting too used to it. Or me getting jaded. Or the novelty wearing off... whatever... it wasn't a 5 out of 5. But, the ending was wonderful! The story was wonderful! I recommend this series to everybody!!

Maybe I'm reading too much fairy tale, but I couldn't help thinking of Red Riding Hood (RRH) with this book. It wasn't a Red Riding Hood rendition of course, but I can't convince my subconscious. By the way, that RRH image is not really correct but I think it's quite symbolic.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4.5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Plot = 4
Pace = 4.5
Story Itself = 4
Ending = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Psy-Changeling Series:
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Thank you to Tyraa of Tyra's Book Addiction for hosting a contest which made it possible for me to win a copy of Kiss Of Snow by Nalini Singh.

1 comment:

Jackie Burris said...

Ever since I lost my signed HB copy that I got back in June 2011 from Nalini when met her at Boas and Tiaras tea hosted by Fresh Fiction outside Dallas I have been mad. Then my paperback copy came in the mail after it finally released and have not had the heart to read the book! I have read every book in this series and like you it is starting to seem a bit lackluster as compared to how exciting it was in the beginning, overload from too many books in the series I guess but am still in love with the characters and their stories nonetheless.

I guess before the year is out I really need to read Hawke and Sienna's story for myself, after all we only waited for it for many many years!

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