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Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling) Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.
- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (May 31, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425242099
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425242094
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would highly recommend this book if you’ve not read this author before. I’d say this is an excellent introduction to a woman who was born to pen words to paper in such a way that it’s never enough!! Thank you. Nalini Singh, you are my favorite author EVER!!
Hawke and Sienna are both SnowDancers and people we have gotten to know throughout the series as they are in mostly every story written. Hawke is stubborn and very alpha male, he has a hard time dealing with his feelings for Sienna. Sienna is young in age but well older mentally. New to open emotion she doesn’t handle things as calmly as she desires. They are a great couple and even more so once they both ‘get over’ the things blocking the bond and come to terms with how things are.
As I have some to expect with the Psy-Changling books, many other POV’s are here from past to future people to enemies. We are visited by Lucas and Sacha again along with others to help move the overall series story along. Also, we get a secondary romance/bonding in this book with Lara and Walker (though they have a short story to finish things up). A small delight having two love stories in one book but annoying in another way. I believe this is the only book that does that.
Ms. Singh is a very talented writer and I highly recommend any and all of the Psy-Changeling Books
1. Book 4 – Mine to Possess – The heroine was so weak I read about 15% of the book and DNF. It was awful
2. Books 7 and 8 – These were human based books, and I wasn’t interested. I wanted Changelings or Psy in my stories.
However, in Book 1, when we got teased with who Hawke was going to have as his romantic partner, I had reservations on Hawke’s love story right from the beginning. Why was a 30 year old being paired with a 16 year old? I thought, well, his story is in the future, maybe it will be in ten years. The age gap is still there, but at least she will be older.
No. this story takes place when she is 18 and he is 32/33ish. I have seen the argument elsewhere that she is “older than her years” due to her loss of childhood at the hands of her training. While that may be true, the age gap still stands, she’s still 18, a virgin, and she acts like an idiotic 18-year-old by going to the bar for Hawke’s attention. Something I found really obnoxious and stupid. (She goes the first time with friends as a night out which was a normal episode, and it gets a reaction from him. When she decides she wants his attention again, she repeats the action to get him to come get her again. I rolled my eyes – yeah… just what a 30 year old wants. An 18 year old going and dancing on bars to get his attention. This is just what an Alpha Warrior male trying to save the world in an epic battle showdown needs right now. I mean… come on.) So don’t give me the ‘she’s older than her years’ crap.
That said, Sienna, our heroine, is a great character. I truly like her. I just really don’t like her for Hawke. She should have dated Kit, he was the perfect match for her. Age appropriate, a future Alpha, and able to handle her abilities and her strength.
Hawke is dynamic, wise, trying to save the Changelings and also lead the largest wolf pack in the world. He’s amazing. I love everything about him. He needed a better mate.
To show the disparity between the two: Sienna is taking college classes and trying to learn how to control her abilities. She is still finding herself. Hawke already has. Hawke needs someone on his level, and he sure as heck doesn’t need a virgin. I’m so sick of virgins. The only time virgins are ok, are with the Psy males in these stories – I loved that they were virgins. You never get virgin males so this was an unexpected twist and I personally loved to see it. Here with the older male and MUCH younger female – ugh. Just ugh.
We get this speech about how he’ll own her sexuality, that he’s a dominant alpha. We never get this actually followed up on. Ever. We get a slow, VERY SLOW, courtship. It is excessively saccharine. I didn’t see the alpha male behavior at all. Yes, the courting of his mate was sweet, and I liked it, but possibly a bit too over the top. Didn’t really understand the gift giving. This is our only Alpha after Lucas, who was MANY books ago. Give us more. A LOT MORE!
I was so disappointed on so many levels.
I believe that Singh backed herself into a corner by writing the dynamic between Hawke and Sienna in book 1, so she couldn’t change her mind later. I believe Sienna should have gotten with Kit. I very much would have loved that story actually.
Hawke needed a powerful mate that was also mature and experienced and could handle him, and also be able to help him in a real way. (There is no one in this story that was a match for him other than Sasha who got with Lucas or Judd. Yep, be open minded people. I believe that Singh also regretted pairing Judd with Brenna in Book 3. Brenna drops off the face of the earth, but Judd is in every book – I think he’s her favorite.)
Yes, Sienna does have her powers and helps in the final battle. But she could have done that regardless. She isn’t going to be able to help him lead the pack on a day-to-day basis. He needs someone age appropriate (I detest age gaps like this) and where we could see the sexual chemistry and how an Alpha wolf can really unleash. There is never a hot and heavy scene between them. It’s all sweet polite sex. For example – Riley in Book 6 with Mercy is a perfect example of how Hawke SHOULD have been with Sienna. Kaleb in Book 12, also – a way better story than Hawke’s.
Hawke’s book was the one I was most looking forward to, and book 6 and 12 blew it out of the water unexpectedly. I was so let down and disappointed and I felt that Hawke was done wrong.
The continuation of Hawke and Sienna in Book 11 (not their book it’s supposed to be about another couple but they are in just as much) made me cringe. Every chapter featuring them felt like Singh screaming at me “See! They are made for each other!” But in reality, I was running away like the King in Monty Python as the French throw cows from the walls. I hated every moment. For me, it showed the disparity in their age, and the inability for Sienna to be a true partner to Hawke in every single interaction. It was incredibly painful.
This story was less of the love story between Hawke and Sienna and more about the epic battle that concludes a lot of the storyline with the Changelings. That was disappointing as well. In my opinion, Singh realized this because of the time she gave to Sienna and Hawke in Book 11 and to show their story as they settle into their new roles.
I don’t recommend Book 11, it wasn’t great.
Overall, I think you need to read Book 10 because it concludes a lot of elements in this series regarding the big battle with the Changelings and the Psy. It gives you Hawke’s romance story even though it is horribly disappointing and it is subsumed by the action. I would say that actually the romance is a subplot to the action by quite a bit. It is a minor element, almost making this book not a romance book in my opinion.
Top reviews from other countries
As the SnowDancer alpha Hawke has always put his people first. He has lieutenants he can rely on for help but when it comes down to it he shoulders all the responsibility of the pack's safety on his own. The girl who should've been his mate died when they were still children and since then he has always steered clear of proper relationships because he knows he'll never give another woman his heart. Sienna has fascinated both him and his wolf ever since she came to live with the pack but not only is she much younger and less experienced than he is he is also scared that he could hurt her by never being able to give her what she needs.
Sienna is a powerful Psy with an unusual ability, one which comes with a high risk of causing her to self destruct. She has become better at controlling her powers but being around Hawke is the one thing that is guaranteed to cause a flare up. Sienna has wanted Hawke for such a long time but he seems determined to ignore the attraction between them, it's reached a point where Sienna has had enough though and she is determined to push the boundaries and rile him up a bit.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved seeing their relationship develop. It's been building for a looooooong time now and their chemistry is absolutely off the charts. I loved seeing Sienna start to really fight for Hawke's attention, she's always pushed his buttons but now she's deliberately poking him with a sharp stick just to get a reaction. Hawke is taken by surprise by how far she is willing to push him but he needs a woman who is capable of standing up to him and Sienna is determined to prove that's her. Their's is a slow build romance, Sienna wants Hawke but is understandably nervous since she's so inexperienced and once Hawke decides to pursue her he pulls out all the stops to make sure she is with him every step of the way. I think I could have died of frustration waiting for them to finally give into temptation but I mean that in the best possible way and it was so, so worth the wait. Hawke was everything I thought he would be and then some which makes Sienna a lucky, lucky girl!
Alongside the fantastic relationship between Hawke and Sienna Kiss of Snow has a lot more to offer. There are some utterly adorable moments between Lucas and Sasha, a wonderful side romance between Lara and Walker and some wonderful Lauren family moments that allow us to spend more time with Judd, Brenna, Drew, Indigo and the Lauren children. Don't even get me started on what the Psy Council are up to and the absolutely heart stopping, action packed final quarter of the story - I was on the edge of my seat and almost too scared to breathe in case I missed something! Nalini Singh is hands down the best author I can think of when it comes to blending multiple plot threads and points of view into a story that is impossible to put down. She manages to include just the right amounts of sweet romance, caring friendships, down and dirty sex, fun banter and almost unbearable tension to create the ultimate reading experience and once again I loved every minute of it!
She has made me a fan of hers for life