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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review: Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Title: Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10)
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: May 31, 2011 by Berkley
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is "paranormal romance at its best" (Publishers Weekly). Now comes the story of an alpha wolf named Hawke used to getting exactly what he wants--and of the only woman who dares tangle with him.

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.

Warning picture spoilers (sort of)

What I Liked: Sienna and Hawke's story was a very satisfying read. I've been wondering about the background history of the two characters since the first book of the Psy-changeling series and we finally got it! I loved how Hawke became more playful when he started pursuing Sienna, since the book would have been slow if he was all gruff and moody throughout the whole thing. I also liked how Sienna was never portrayed as a push over in actions, thoughts, or words when facing Hawke since some past heroines were with their mates. As usual, Nalini Singh didn't focus solely on one couple. To my utter enjoyment, the progress of Sascha and Luc's relationship continued to be followed. As a bonus, the relationship hinted at in the last book between Walker and Lara was also explored. However, the thing I appreciated most about this book and previous books is that Nalini Singh moved the story along and the reader can tell the clash/war with the Psys is ever closer.

 Hawke hunting prey, aka Sienna

My human interpretation of Sienna and Hawke.

 The background sheet music is "The Moment" by Kenny G

What I Disliked: There's really nothing I particularly disliked. Though I initially thought that Nalini Singh would write more about Risa since she was so important to Hawke. I guess that would have dragged the story so it's not a big loss. I guess I wasn't too ecstatic about the Hawke and Rosalie thing, but in a way it's understandable.  

Rating: 5/5
I discovered the watercolor brush on Window 7's Paint! Backgrounds are so much easier to do and are prettier looking now. For the most part, the colors blend more smoothly on the simpler things. :)


jeanette8042 said...

Nice pictures and you finally drew the wolf!

Kristy said...

Yes I finally drew it, though I over did it on the body. I just redid the background for the penguin this morning since the initial one annoyed me to no end. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Mary said...

I really liked this book too.

Kristy said...

It's one of the better book releases this year. However, I will always love slave to sensation more.

Marianne said...

Hiya.. I loved Hawke and Sienna's book and it is one of my favourites in the entire series but then Hawke has been my favourite character since the beginning of the series. I was wondering if you would mind if I shared your pictures?? I am more than happy to put a copyright or something on them if you are okay with that. Please let me know? Thanks!

Kristy said...

Hi, you can go right ahead and share the pictures.

Anonymous said...

You should send a pic of your penguin to Nalini, it's exactly how I imagined the musical toy to look :)

Kristy said...

Glad I captured your imagination with the picture. As for sharing the pic with Nalini, I believe it's posted on her website under the fan page. :D