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Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

June 21st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Source: Gifted from the fabulous Ramblings From This Chick

Publication date: 6/2/15

Publisher: Berkley Hardcover

Series: Psy-Changeling #14

Rating: ★★★★½

About the book:

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

My Review:

Aden was probably my second most anticipated story (behind Vasic’s) but after being slightly disappointed in Vasic’s book I went in holding my breath.  I was happily satisfied with this one.  I continued to love Aden’s character and seeing how he held the team of Arrows together.  We also get to see Vasic, Kaleb, Nikita and a few other past favorites which I always love.  I also loved some of the supporting characters, especially the children.  Whenever I would read a scene with little Jojo I just wanted to pick her up and give her a giant hug because she was so adorable!

The one character I didn’t really connect with and the reason this wasn’t a solid 5 stars was actually Zaira.  I get she had a horrible childhood and her parents were nut cases but for a person who is supposed to be so logical her belief in her insanity was irritating.  We are beaten over the head again and again about what a monster she believes she is.  Honestly she sounded like she needed more of counseling for anger management vs insanity.  So while I wanted to sympathize I also wanted to shake her and tell her to suck it up and talk with someone like Ivy to work through her issues.  I also found an incident where she goes postal over another woman showing interest in Aden a little nuts.

I did enjoy the story itself though.  As usual there were some twists and turns as well as some mysteries that are built up and not resolved in this book.  I’m really curious to see whose story will be next though.  I would like to see Nikita and Anthony get together at some point but not sure if that will ever happen.  Overall loved the book and was sad to see it end.

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