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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1)
Slave to Sensation - Psy-Changeling, Bk 1
Author: Nalini Singh
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 changeli...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425212868
ISBN-10: 0425212866
Publication Date: 9/5/2006
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 426 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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jai avatar reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 310 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
This is definately a romance novel in a paranormal setting rather than a paranormal fantasy with a romantic subplot. Well conceived world, interesting races. Psys are a race of psychics that have control of the world. Lesser races are humans and changlings (half man, half animal that can change form at will). Because of past violence and explosiveness in their race, Psys have stamped out all emotion and are now seemingly incapable of feeling. Sascha is one such Psy but she is flawed - she can feel, but so far she has hidden this under impregnable shields. Changelings, due to their animal natures have emotion close to the surface and have a very different culture from the Psys (who consider them and humans little more than animals). Lucas is the head of his pack of leopard changelings and is working with the Psy on a housing project for other changelings. Sascha is his laison with the Psy, but Lucas has more in mind than just the housing project. He must learn as much as he can about the Psy to track down a serial killer who has targeted changeling women. And of course there is the mystery of Sascha herself. Oh you know where thats going, this is a romance; but the differences in races, finding the serial killer, and understanding Sacha's flaw make this story stand out.
reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I hesitated in buying this book. While I normally read time-travel, paranormal romance, I simply couldn't see how a science fiction wolf book could work. (Yes, I know they are out there but I simply don't enjoy them.) I enjoy Sci Fi but I usually want to separate it from romance. First, if you are now or have ever been a Sci-Fi nut AND a romance genre person, you will REALLY enjoy this book. I found myself caught in the intricasies of Singh's description of the Psy Net she has created here. If you enjoy Feehan or J.R. Ward then this is probably right up your alley. The female isn't quite strong enough for me, but then I'm not a sweet young thing myself anymore and I want my characters to have alot more spine then women in the romance genre generally have. But again, What a great writer! This is no throw-down romance. You'll think while you read it and hey, the sex is great! :-) In a sea of average books out there, most of which I've read and not been able to finish, this is really a find. I'm off to pick up the next two in the series and from me, ever determined not to spend more money on books, that is a real compliment!
PengQueen avatar reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 114 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I had very high hopes for this book and in some ways it let me down. I really don't feel like it was as suspenseful or as romantic as it should have been.

Sascha is one of the Psy, a race of people without emotions. She is incredibly strong and smart, but she finds herself beginning to slip into madness as she realizes she can feel. Lucas is the alpha of the leopard-changeling pack, and he's working with Sascha on a project to build safe homes for his people. He is also in the midst of a murder investigation with strong suspicion toward the Psy. He recognizes Sascha as different, and soon becomes overwhelmed by the desire to claim her as his own.

The romance that happened to be present was nice. The development in the relationship was very well paced.

Lucas is a complex and interesting character. Sexy, smart, and edgy. The author does a good job of letting her readers into his head and heart.

The changelings are a fascinating group, I almost wished the book were just about them. The world building there is flawless. The pack structure, social dynamics, and close relationships are enthralling.

I felt bombarded with confused, unintelligible information about the Psy. There background, history, purpose, the entire PsyNet thing--it didn't make much sense and it was too boring to try to figure out. The chapters that venture into the PsyNet felt like SciFi B Movie material. As a result, a lot of the book was seriously dull. Worse, all the mumbo-jumbo cut into the otherwise beautiful romance.

I feel this particular book would appeal more to science fiction or fantasy fans then it would romance fans.
frazerc avatar reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 672 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The world of the Psys - an emotional-less society who live in constant touch with the mental stimulation of the Net - when one is not suited to the niche one has been assigned...

The world of the Changelings - a world of sensation, able to embrace both human and animals Changelings embrace emotion and touch...

The world of Humans - a world pressured from both of the other races, filled with people trying to get along...

Order is important with this series, each of the h/h are continuing characters in the later books - especially true of the first one because the hero is Alpha of the pack. After you've read the first you could probably skip around if you had to.

Psy/Changeling Series

1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
2. Visions of Heat
Free short Story: The Cannibal Princess available from the author's website
3. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
4. âBeat of Temptationâ in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
5. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
6. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
7. âStroke of Enticementâ in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
8. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
9. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is pretty much a romance novel (aka Harlequin style) that's slightly spicier, with a bit of fantasy thrown in. It's not completely plotless, which made it palatable for me, but it's very light on the fantasy part.

I WILL see if I can get the next few books in this series, but I'll try the library first. This isn't the kind of book I'd read more than once, but it's light, fluffy reading, perfect for a day at the beach.
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momof2furkids avatar reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 57 more book reviews
All I can say is WOW! This book was fantastic. I can't believe I've never heard of this writer before but I'm so glad that I stumbled across her in someone else's bookshelf. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book of the series. It's a real page-turner and I was up most of the night finishing this book in one day.
reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 113 more book reviews
I think I'm seeing why this series is so widely popular. The futuristic setting is interesting, the idea of the Psy and changelings society is very intriguing and the relationships are yummy, especially the changelings! The story was a little slow, plodding along through all the world set-up. While explaining it all, Singh tended to reiterate many of the ideas much more than needed (if Sascha breaks free of the Psy network she will die -we know!!) but overall this is a great first book in a series I'm now looking forward to reading
barbsis avatar reviewed Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, Bk 1) on + 1076 more book reviews
I've been putting off this book and putting it off. I have absolutely no idea why as it is a terrific story.

In a world that totally denies emotions and harshly punishes any sign of feelings, Sascha Duncan is an anomaly. She's terrified she won't be able to keep her growing emotions under control and sees herself as flawed. Then she starts working with sexy leopard shifter (changeling) Lucas Hunter on a long term building project. Lucas is the alpha male of his group of leopards. Natural enemies, the leopards and the wolves, are forced to work together when females of each are being murdered supposedly by a Psy individual.

Lucas has ulterior motives for working with Sascha. He is hoping that Sascha will have inside information of the Psy and be able to access the PsyNet in order to help with the murder investigation. The sexual tension between them is intense. Sascha believes she is losing her mind due to these emotional attacks...Psy aren't supposed to have any emotions. She forces herself to deny her growing feelings as the Psy are brutal and will rehabilitate her if they get any inkling of her situation. (Rehabilitation = emotional death = vegetable state.) As Lucas gets closer and closer to Sascha, he is determined to help her as she helps them.

The sex scenes are very hot and yet rather romantic. Lucas is the perfect alpha male. Where's mine?