Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh #Review

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh #ReviewShards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Series: Psy-Changeling #14
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on June 2, 2015
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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four-half-stars  

The Delight

Aden, dear Aden. The one Arrow I thought more of a side kick to Vasic, really has some awesomeness that makes him a great leader. In a series of ups and downs, this ran on the higher side of up. The story progresses and we learn more of where the Psy are going after the fall of Silence. New enemies, new loves and past characters coming together for a great story.

With each new book in the series, I find myself forgetting more and more of the little details. A year between books is just too much and hard to remember details. High level I am ok, but any finer details like who the heroine was, totally escaped me. So when the story starts out with Aden having been kidnapped and imprisoned with Zaira, a fellow Arrow. Zaira is pretty injured and time is not on her side. Throw in some other elemental issues that all Psy need, it becomes a race to get away and back to the PsyNet before they both expire.

Silence has fallen and now a new world has opened up for the Psy. Aden is the natural born leader, but no one outside of the Arrows believes he had the abilities to lead, or the abilities to take on adversaries. But Aden is more than what he seems. He is taking on “humanizing” his “pack” of Arrows. He has seen what his best friend Vasic has with Ivy. Witnessed their mating link and finds it beautiful. Craving that in his life, but he only has one woman in mind: Zaira. Zaira was a child when they met. He swore he would never leave her and would always support her. Everyone in the Arrow Squad supports Aden because he shows leadership by leading and having their backs.

Zaira is one scary heroine. From the moment of her birth, she was imprisoned by her parents to control her powers. Where there should have been Silence, I only saw greed. They beat her continually. Any little bobble she put together, they stole. Torture was more what it was and at a young age, she takes care of the situation brutally and permanently. The one shiny light in her Silent life is the young boy who stood by her even in the face of her insanity. While she knows Aden’s Silence is broken, he has never betrayed her.

Aden longs for a complete bond with Zaira, but will never force her to do something. Patience, but with a strong will too, he remains steady in her life. Her fear is that she is crazy and obsessed with Aden to the point she will turn into a murderous jealous rage over anyone one else having a part of him.

The love and romance move slowly as the other aspects of the new plot to hit the story arc comes to life. We meet several new shifting packs that I grew to love. They help to lead Aden to what he desires most: family. Through it all, there are continued assassination attempts made on Aden and others. While Aden is perceived as week with Psy powers, you are let in on his secret power that no one has seen before and very few knew about until this book.

I took a lot of time reading this book because I was so enthralled with the Psy relationship growing. Both products of Silence while one never really was totally Silent. How do you get around such a cold existence? I love how open the Psy are about reading sexual manuals. Go Psy! A race that doesn’t indulge in pleasure learn how to grow to love physically through tough to each other. While it may seem graphic, the sex is pretty clean and dull. What gives it umph is the emotional responses they give each other from the simplest of touches.

There are several storylines going on and at times they are connected and other times you just don’t know what’s going on. The threat is real and will be ongoing for a while if not quite for a little while. They have to beware of Psy in their own family. Each were made into Silence and to go back to feeling suddenly is not on the agenda for all of them. Some it might be the end, some have another path and others will fight for a life where Psy are free to feel.

Another great installment in a series I adore.

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Glad it was a hit! I just caught up on the Kate Daniels series and I’m in the middle of catching up the Glory St. Claire series. This one is my planned series for next so I’m glad to see that even this far in, it’s still a hit. Love that he wants her and is waiting patiently- swoonworthy stuff. 😉

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am way behind on my series reads. I need to tackle a few reviews of what I have read and then figure out how many more I need.

      This one seemed easy to me because I couldn’t get enough of everyone and the story arc.

  • I started and caught up on that series last year, maybe it was too much too fast, I had to make a break. But Nalini Singh is such a talented writer and her universe is so intriguing that I have to continue. Great review, Shari !

    • That happened to me with a Shiloh Walker series. I read it all back to back and didn’t like it by the time I was done and it was a perfectly fine series.

      Hopefully, you feel more in the mood soon.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I spread out mine in 2013 I think for about 4 months. I went from the beginning to Kiss of Snow and then felt lost when I didn’t have the next book right away. Now a year between books seems way to long.

  • Oh how I want to start this series…but gads 14 books, each time I see a review I think..I have to do this!

    • I know, that’s so intimidating sometimes. 😉

  • Ok, I got a widget offer for book one and took it….wish me luck!

    • Annd, she’s off!!!! Go get ’em, Tiger.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Good luck! I keep coming back the series.

  • too badthis cant be readas standalone as per a blogger friend. say it isnt so!

    • That would definitely make it easier to jump in and read these, right? haha!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sorry, I think you need the back story and some major events that have taken place to make sense of what is happening. But the series is awesome and I can recommend some of the books you can skip since they weren’t really good anyway.

  • I remember reading the first two books in this series ad they just didn’t catch me for some reason. I might have to give this series another try.

    • Sometimes its a mood thing so maybe it will work to give it a reset.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sorry to hear you didn’t like the first two books. They were two of my best liked ones. Kiss of Snow is the one that floored me then Heart of Obsidian.

  • I couldn’t get into this series, but glad you seemed to enjoy it! Nice review^^

    • Wow, you and Mary both. I haven’t started this series yet, but usually its a hit so I’m really curious now after seeing your mixed thoughts on it.

      • Ya know, I had really high expectations but once I started reading it..I just didnt like it. The characters were just so fake to me, I didnt feel any connection to them. It just felt like some odd erotica disguised book. I love PNR but for me this didnt fit into that box for me, it was too aggressively sexual-if that makes sense?

        • Yes, that makes sense. There are several books where I wanted more story and less sex. And if you couldn’t connect with the characters then that would definitely seal it. Thanks! I was curious. 😉

        • Shari Delighted Read

          Funny how I don’t find it erotica enough. Almost two sweet or desensitized for the Psy aspect. I often want to go back and see what I missed out on. Maybe next year I will do a re-read.

      • Shari Delighted Read

        There are some low point books I wish I could have skipped, but overall, I keep coming back for more.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sorry you couldn’t get into it! I got into it and got bored for a bit and it took me longer to get caught up. Kiss of Snow is one of my all time favorite books.

  • This series sounds really interesting! I admit I usually avoid series that go on this long, but I might have to check this one out. 🙂

    • It is intimidating to see a double digit when you first find a new to you series. 😉

      • Shari Delighted Read

        It’s a wonderful series!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It’s long, but it goes fast. I took it over several months because I didn’t want to play the waiting game for the next book. Now I am doing the waiting game and waiting almost a year between books.

  • Great review. I definitely can’t wait to read this one…I have loved every one of the books, so I am excited for this one…especially with them both being Psy. Its adds something different into the mix.

    • I still need to start this series. I love her Guild Hunters, but need to check out her others.

      • Shari Delighted Read

        Yes, yes you do need to start this series before you fall more behind lady.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Two cold Psy falling in love seems wrong, but these two were so right for each other!

  • I really need to start this series, been hearing such wonderful things about it and folks just love it. year I hope, lols. Great review Shari

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I loved it at first then it went down hill for a while. But lately it has picked back up. But it’s really hard to read these out of order.

      • I’m going to start at the beginning, I actually have the first book 🙂