Monday, June 20, 2011

June Book Club Review

Slave to Sensation (2006)
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: #1 in Psy-Changelings
Published: 2006
Publisher: Berkley
# Pages: 352

Description
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... -- From Amazon.com Product Description

Likes:
Can I get away with saying, “I liked practically everything about this book,” and call it a day? I guess I can but to be more specific I liked the world that Nalini Singh created; it is filled with Psy, psychic beings who pretty much rule everything, the Changelings and Humans. The big thing that always gets me through a book is the likability of characters and I liked the characters both Psy and Changeling. The best was that the story itself was good and kept me interested.

Dislikes:
I really didn’t dislike much in the book. The main thing was that lack of human characters in the book, though we do finally meet some a few books into the series.

Overall Impression:
I really liked the book and quickly started reading the others in the series. The book was well received by the members of the book club and while we did discuss the book we spent quite a bit of time just talking this month.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May Reading review


For May we read Cain’s Reckoning by Sarah McCarty.  This was quite an interesting discussion group.  Our one member didn't show, this book would have been very much NOT to her liking. Overall I think we liked the book, there was complaint that she was a rape victim and how the sex scenes just didn't fit with that part of her.  There was also a lot of discussion on who would or wouldn't be reading more of the series to find out about Desi's sister and the other men of Hell's Eight.  I might, but it would be down on my list of series to read.  

I checked out eight books this month (as well as a bunch of DVDs and a magazine or two).  I passed my goal for the year of checking out 30 books.  I don’t know why I set my goal so low, so let’s move on and see how many I do check out this year.  I finished reading two of the books I checked out last month and I’m still working on finishing Final Jeopardy.  I’ll be reading Death of a DJ and Moby-Duck in June.

  1. The Other Side - Possession in Death by J.D. Robb 
  2. The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore 
  3. Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. The collected stories of Winnie-the-Pooh [sound recording]   by A.A. Milne
  5. The half life [sound recording] : a short story by Jennifer Weiner
  6. "21" : the story of Roberto Clemente : a graphic novel by Wilfred Santiago
  7. Death of a DJ by Jane Rubino 
  8. Moby-Duck: The true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them by Donovan Hohn


I finished four more books during this month. I finished up both SEAL series I was reading.  I don’t know what I’ll be picking up next. I want to add an honorable mention to Stumbling Along the Beat: A Policewoman's Uncensored Story from the World of Law Enforcement by Stacy Dittrich
  • SEALed Forever by Mary Margret Daughtridge
  • Get Lucky by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Taylor's Temptation by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann