Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Release Day Review: Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh

Wolf Rain
(Psy-Changeling: Trinity #3)
Nalini Singh
Release: June 4, 2019
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series…

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems–if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters–and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.

You all know how much I adore Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series so it was a good bet that I was going to at least enjoy this latest installment. But I freaking loved Wolf Rain so much! Being back with the SnowDancer pack felt like coming home in the best way. It was fun seeing old favorites and seeing them interact with both of the main characters.

I've been hoping we'd get Alexei’s story since his excessive amount of dominance challenges was mentioned. How could I not be interested? Especially when Alexei is also known as the Russian Bridegroom. His story was so not what I imagined it would be. It was actually much better and felt more real! He's grumpy and angry and so very much a dominant changeling. His first thought when he got hit by a wave of grief from an unknown E was to find them and help.

Said E turned out to be one of my favorite heroines of this whole series and that's saying a lot because I've loved all the heroines so far. Memory was fierce and girly and I loved her so much! She is a more prickly version of the empaths and I loved her for it. She has been through hell but she still retained her sense of self. I loved that she went toe to toe with Alexi without even blinking and eye.

And my god! I loved the romance so much! Alexei and Memory are just perfect for each other! The banter was so good but they were able to be soft with each other in a way they couldn't be with others. They could understand each other's grief and pain and are able to bring out the best in each other. I found myself alternatively laughing and tearing up throughout this whole book. I couldn't help but hug my tablet when I finished reading it. I was grinning like a madwoman. This book was so great!

I've mentioned before what an amazing job Nalini Singh does with the worldbuilding and it just gets better and better. We go into this book knowing that the PsyNet is in serious trouble but we find out just how serious it is. One of the things I loved about this book is how it confronted two of the ugly sides of the Psy and Changeling races but did so in such a way where it was meaningful and not info dumpy. Also, we got to see what happens to some of the Psy when Silence isn't enforced and it's going to be a game changer that I'm intrigued to see where the author goes with it. I couldn't put this book down once I started it and I finished it in one sitting. These books are my favorite kind of book crack.

I can honestly say that in a series full of favorites, Wolf Rain has easily made it into my top three. But as much as I loved being back with SnowDancer, I can't wait to see who the next book is about. I'm really hoping if we have another changeling main character they'll be from BlackSea or WindHaven or RainFire. I'd take more Bears too! Or I could go for another book featuring one of the many Arrows. I'm still hoping for a romance between a certain civilian tech and older Arrow. I can't wait for the next book and I can reliably say that no matter who the main characters are I'll probably love the hell out of it. Nalini Singh hasn't written a book yet that I haven't loved.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley


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