Review + Giveaway: Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling, #10)Ah, Hawke and Sienna’s book… It has been the most anticipated release of the series for me. All that tension between them and the curiosity of how they would end up together (with him already having had a mate) has made for a very long wait. While this book didn’t exactly rock my world the way I thought it would, it is still definitely worth the wait.

I really enjoyed Sienna in this book. She got tired of the games and she took a stand. She didn’t make unreasonable demands of Hawke, but she let him know that she wouldn’t accept the hot and cold attitude anymore. He either wanted to give them a shot or he needed to back off and stop giving people the impression that she was his territory. I really appreciated that because I want the characters I care about to have enough self respect to value themselves and not look foolish by hanging on after they are ignored time and again. Besides, it was fun to see Hawke’s wolf side come out whenever she confronted him with the fact she wasn’t his.

Speaking of Hawke, he seemed different from his previous self, but one of my favorite things about the new him was his playfulness. I loved that his wolf took control so frequently and that he wanted to play with Sienna so much. His excitement over chasing her while she tried to trap him was adorable. One of my favorite moments between them was when he still didn’t think they could be together, but they slow danced in the dark when they were all alone, anyway. It was so sad and romantic to watch them cling to the only moment they might have together.

I really liked the way Sienna handled the previous mate thing. I would have been very upset if Sienna had been portrayed as angry and upset about that situation. I wouldn’t have minded her being sad and a little upset that she wouldn’t have the same connection with him, but I would have found her incredibly small and mean-spirited to try to insert her drama into his happy memory. I found the end resolution a little too convenient, but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I was also happy that we finally got to hear what really happened to Hawke’s parents and to his mate.

I loved that we got to see more page time with Sascha and Lucas. They have continued to draw my attention from the first book, so it was great to get more development with them. We also get more details on the state of the Psy Council and even get some face time with Nikita and Anthony. I was very pleased with what we learned about Nikita and am looking forward to more tidbits about that in the future. We also get more details about the Ghost and I’m still dying for confirmation of who he is. Soon, maybe?

I was surprised to find that there was a secondary romance in this book as well, but I loved getting a further look into Walker and into the Laurens family background before they defected. Who knew that Walker could be so compelling? He’s always been the quiet rock of the family who seems to stick to the background. It was great to see him finally step forward and shine.

While I did like most of the book—as mentioned—I found myself disappointed with Sienna and Hawke. If this had been a book just about them I probably would have rated it lower, but there was quite a bit going on and the large focus on other plot threads brought my enjoyment up.

One of my biggest let downs of the book was how the past tension that Sienna and Hawke dealt with seemed to disappear and be replaced with other issues. In the past Sienna struggled with controlling her powers while in close contact with Hawke. She even contemplated returning to Silence if she couldn’t find a solution. But that was a non-issue in this book. She has control and the only worry she has about her power is what it’ll do to her in the long run. I found this quite disappointing. I guess it’s easier to set up a romance if you fix Sienna’s power control problem between books… It would have been nice if this issue had been dealt with in the book, though. I thought it had been built up in all the past books for a reason. :(

Also, in the past Hawke had been charming and playful with Sascha, but he had some real issues going on under the surface. He has issues with the Psy and he was still carrying around a lot of anger and hate. He seemed colder and harder in the past books whereas he was almost as laid back as Drew in this one. Excluding his alpha dominance tendencies, of course. I found myself confused by their different issues and personalities.

Other than that I also got irritated with the constant interrupted sex scenes. At first I didn’t mind—although I was a little crushed that the first hot scene got interrupted—but then it started to happen again and again and it felt like things were needlessly drawn out and that the scenes started to become repeats of each other. Speaking of that, although I did believe their romance and I did enjoy them together I found that too much of their growth revolved around sex. I just felt like there was way more of that then there had been in any of the previous books.

One other thing that bugged me was that Sienna came to the pack when she was a teenager and became friends with other Changelings. I had a hard time believing that she would be so naive and retiring about sex. The other Psy I could understand, they had been stuck in the Net where it wasn’t done, but even virgin-Judd knew about it. Sienna just seemed too innocent about it all to be believable. I guess I just wanted more of an equal relationship in the bedroom instead of Sienna just taking whatever her gave her.

I’m not disputing that he was good at sex–or that it wasn’t hot (especially the biting ;P)–but it almost seemed at times that it was being done to her instead of with her. I know that one argument from other people disputing this irritation will be that it was because she was a virgin. But that only flies for me in a historical where that info wasn’t prevalent for girls in day to day life. The Changelings are not shy about sex and I doubt Sienna would be different than many other teenagers of today who are very knowledgeable about it even if they haven’t felt the sensations themselves.

While I didn’t enjoy Hawke and Sienna’s relationship as much as I thought I would, there were still a lot of things to love about this book. If you’re a fan of this series you’ll definitely want to pick this one up as soon as possible. And if you haven’t read these and you’re not a fan yet…well, why haven’t you started? 😛

Favorite Quote:

And he was focused on her to the exclusion of all else.

She wet dry lips, saw his eyes follow the movement. “Stop it.”

A faint smile that made every tiny hair on her body rise in quivering attention. “How fast can you run?” A wolf’s question.

“I’m not running from you.” She held her ground.

“We’ll see.”

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
May 31st 2011 by Berkley
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  1. says

    Wonderful review Catherine. I agree with many of your points. The lack of detail and attention given to her power issues control was just glossed over and resolved itself to easily for me.

    Enter me-I would love my own copy.

  2. says

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed this book! I have not been able to start this series at all. But I’m happy to see that you really enjoyed it especially with how much you were looking forward to it. I didn’t read your whole review because I do plan on reading this series at some point and didn’t want to read any spoilers. Please DON’T add me into this giveaway since I won’t be able to get to the book soon and I know others are looking forward to it more than me. 😀

  3. says

    Love this review! I am working my way through these books and can’t wait to read this one. I may just skip the rest and read this first. LOL!

  4. Viki S. says

    Great review. I am one of those who hasn’t read this series yet. I love your favorite quote. I can even hear the “We’ll see” tone of his voice in my head ;).

  5. says

    I have to agree with you on the anticipation factor with this book. Out of all in the series this is the one I have wanted the most. Awesome review!

  6. Annabell says

    Thanks for the thoughtful review. I’ve been looking forward to this book but I will admit to getting a little bored with this series. I’ve already pre-ordered so don’t count me in for the give-away.

  7. ChrisS says

    Thanks for the review. Although I haven’t read this series as of yet, I have heard many great things about it. Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. says

    @tori: I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who had that issue.

    @Deanna: I really enjoy this series so I hope you like it when you finally try it out.

    @Annabell: What are you getting bored with? Are you just hoping to see all the threads wrap up soon? I have to admit that I hope the series doesn’t drag on too long. I enjoy it, but I want to end it on a high note.

  9. Jessica C. says

    I haven’t read any of Nalini’s books yet, but the quote had me saying : “Oh My.” Must start series now!:)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  10. Jen Myers says

    Great review, Catherine. I pretty much felt the same way but I have a hard time not giving her books 5 stars!

  11. Chris Bails says

    this book looks great. the review was awesome. have read another book by this author and loved it, so would love to read this one. thanks for the giveaway and would love to win so please choose me.

  12. says

    @Jen Myers: I can understand that. When you love an author so much, often a bad book for that author is still a great book otherwise.

    @Sophia (FV): Le gasp! I am shocked, shocked, I say! You need to rectify this immediately. Even if you are hesitant about this series, you have to read Angels’s Blood. Raphael is just your type. 😉

    Let me know if you want to borrow my copy. I’ll send it out ASAP!

  13. CK says

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’m really looking forward to this book so please enter me.

  14. says

    While this is rare for me I’m entering the giveaway without reading the review (for the most part). I know there will be things I love and things I won’t love as much in the new book but and I want to keep the surprise for as long as possible!

  15. says

    I love everything Nalini writes. Can’t wait! Nice review without giving away spoilers. I’ll have to see if I have the same feeling about the sex issue when I read it.

  16. Holly Q says

    Nice to see a review with some criticism. I’m so high on my impatience and expectations of this book right now, all the squee seems almost impossibly unrealistic. We’ll see though!

  17. CrystalGB says

    Kiss of Snow is at the top of my wishlist. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.


  18. says

    Great review! I’ve read every book in the series and have been waiting for Hawke’s story. Kinda bummed it’s being released n HC, so I would really love to win it rather than wait for the paperback

  19. Heather says

    I’ve been waiting for this book! I love this whole series and Nalini Singh has definately kept us fans waiting and wanting more. I also want to see if I love it as much as I think I will. Great giveaway! Please enter me!!

  20. says

    omg…the interrupted sex scenes. That is my main complaint..Srsly how many phone calls or weird things can happen when they start to get down to the dirty??

    I loved Hawke in this one…For the anticipation…she delivered for me.

  21. sharon says

    Really excited about this! And I’m so happy to read from your review that we get to catch up with my favorite pair, Sascha and Luc! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Stephanie M says

    I still cannot wait to read this book. The little bits on her blog have left me wanting to see about the scenes around the snippets. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  23. says

    @Judi L: I was pretty bummed when I heard it was coming out in HC. :(

    @Mandi: I was really tired of it by the end. I’m glad you weren’t disappointed in the book. I thought it was a good “Psy-Changeling” story, but it choked (for me) as an awesome “Hawke-Sienna” story. Know what I mean?

  24. Jamie B says

    I just can’t wait to read this book. I love Nalini’s writing so I can’t wait to see how I feel about the issues you brought up. Thank you for the review!!

    akascrapaholic [at] gmail [dot] com

  25. Linda S. says

    I have been waiting for this book! I think I will probably be the opposite of you and wish for less of the other people and more of Hawk and Sienna, but we’ll see. I always enjoy Nalini Singh’s books.

  26. Jolene A says

    I sooo want to win this book!! Thanks so much for the chance, corssing fingers


  27. winnie says

    I enjoyed reading the review! I really like this series and cannot wait to read this myself! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :)


  28. MichelleKCanada says

    This series has been on my list forever. I hope to win so it will motivate me to get cracking!

    michellek20127 at hotmail dot com

  29. Capella says

    I really love Nalini’s Psy-Changeling series and I’ve wanted to see what happens to Sienna for a long time. Please count me in for the giveaway!

    flameofmiztli AT gmail DOT com

  30. BERNIE says

    I have read all the others and turned on some of my friends (non romance reading friends or so they were LOL) to this series.
    Any who, would be grateful to win a copy!
    P.S. Its so cold here in Buffalo NY where is Summer!!!!!!!
    Peace To All,

  31. Cathy M says

    I am hooked on this series and have really been looking forward to Hawke and Sienna’s story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Kiss of Heat.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  32. says

    Great review! seriously! You’re the first review that discussed the good and bad and didn’t just generalize how great a book it was. I’m really looking forward to read KoS and hope that my expectations aren’t disappointed.

    Btw, don’t count me in the giveaway as I already pre-ordered my copy.

  33. says

    Great review! seriously! You’re the first review that discussed the good and bad and didn’t just generalize how great a book it was. I’m really looking forward to read KoS and hope that my expectations aren’t disappointed. Btw, don’t count me in the giveaway as I already pre-ordered my copy.

  34. Barbara Elness says

    I haven’t had a chance to start this series yet, but I do have some of the books on my TRB shelf. I think I need to get started soon, after reading your review.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  35. ruth says

    I really want this one. Ive been looking forward to this storyline for a while.

  36. says

    @Catherine: I’m and idiot. I totally forgot about her Guild Hunter series. I’ve read it. *face palm* I need a nap or something. I haven’t read this series however. Will rectify someday. :)

  37. says

    This book whatever drawbacks the story has is still one that I just am pining until the day I get to crack open it pages, your review only whet my appetite more to find out for myself what happens Catherine!
    {Not entering the giveaway as I already have a Hardback Copy waiting for me to pick up in June, just had to say thanks for an honest review of a book that so many of us are anxious to read!}

  38. Las says

    Great review! I love that there was genuine criticism along with the stuff you liked, instead of just one long gush-fest.

    I love this series and while I’ve always had reservations about Hawke and Sienna, I’d love to wind a copy of their book.

  39. Meredith Miller says

    I have one of Nalini’s books, but haven’t read it yet. This one looks great!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  40. says

    Can’t wait for Hawke’s and Sienna’s story! So glad it seems to be living up to all the expectation. :-)

  41. Amanda says

    Your review whetted my appetite for this book even more. I’d love to win a copy (especially now that’s it’s hardcover!).

  42. says

    I really can’t wait any longer for Hawke and Sienna’s story it has been teasing us all those the whole series.

    Great quote pick!

  43. Dayna says

    I’m super excited about this. I want to save it to read when I fly to Bolivia on June 9th, but I probably won’t make it. :)

  44. says

    I wasn’t going to read your review, FV. I was going to read just the beginning and the end but you sucked me in!

    God, who hasn’t been dying for Hawke’s and Sienna’s book? When I first started reading into your negatives, I thought the because of all the hype, perhaps nothing could have lived up to the romance we envisioned for this pair. But then, you started providing hard evidence for your thoughts. I’m a little nervous now going into the read. I’ll try my best to clear my head of all expections and previous thoughts stated by readers before diving in. Fingers crossed that I love it!

    P.S. Don’t enter me for the contest, I already own the book.

  45. says

    @VampFanGirl: I really hope you do end up loving it. Maybe I’m just the odd man out with my disappointment? I hope you come back and let me know what you thought after you’ve read it.

  46. Rebecca WS says

    I’m so excited about this book! I’m a little worried because of the age difference between Hawke and Sienna, but hopefully the other characters will make up for that.

  47. Cindy Hampton says

    I have been waiting for this book for what seems like forever! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  48. Pam P says

    My favorite series, so I can’t wait to read this one. Good to hear we learn a bit more about Nikita, I’ve had some thoughts on just what game she is playing.

  49. Sarah says

    I can’t wait to read this book! I appreciate the honesty of the review and how the book wasn’t painted as fabulous because of how much we have anticipated it/how well done the series has been.

  50. Simren says

    AWESOME! Can’t wait to read this, and it would be so completely great to win this book (I never win books -_-) Great review and I hope that you enjoyed it! If I can’t win this, I’ll TOTALLY ask for in on my birthday, the 21st May! EEEEEEEP!!!! XD

    Anyway, I can’t wait to read about Sascha having her baby and Lucas’s reaction. I have always been infatuated by Hawke, he is just so sexy! Totally fell in love with him, esp. in Branded by Fire with Riley getting all up in his case about Sienna. Just how innocent is she? Lol.

    So excited and I know I’m blabbering and GOSH just so excited and I will leave now, because you probably think I’m creepy! Lol!

    Sorry to hear, you didn’t like some bits, though, but overall it was a good rating from you! You seem to love Hawke as much as I do, right? 😉

    Anyway, thanks for the oppurtunity and have a good…weekend :S Lol.

  51. Linda Henderson says

    I’m a big fan and I would love to read this book. Thank you so much for the review and giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  52. says

    @Simren: LOL. No, not creepy, just excited. :) I won’t say too much, but if you’re excited about all those things then you should be pleased with this book. 😉

  53. Amy says

    I can’t wait for KoS! It’s my most anticipated book of the year! Thank you for the review and giveaway :)


  54. Tracy says

    Having read it already (thus don’t enter me), I must say that it’s probably my favorite in the series. For me, Hawke didn’t come off that different from what I expected. And I absolutely loved Sienna (as I wasn’t sure if I would or not). Nevertheless, my only issue is what you brought up, ie her struggle to control her power in relation to Hawke. While she had serious issues with her power, I always thought it had to do with her being around Hawke (or her emotions regarding him). Apparently not. This definitely baffled me, based on what we read before. Basically, I just accepted what Nalini said concerning it, but still, I think it would have been a lot more interesting if this were the case. Before reading it, I thought she wouldn’t be able to even touch him without going crazy/losing control! I was definitely wrong there (although I can also say I was misled based on the previous books)

  55. Amy Hahn says

    Loved the review! I commend you for being honest even if it meant criticizing a highly anticipated novel by Ms. Singh :) I can’t wait to read it myself and would love to get the chance to win a copy :)

  56. Amy Hahn says

    Loved the review! I commend you for being honest. I can’t wait to read it myself and would love to get the chance to win a copy :)

  57. Amy Hahn says

    Loved the review! I commend you for being honest. I can’t wait to read it myself and would love to get the chance to win a copy!

  58. Amy Hahn says

    Loved the review! I commend you for being honest. I can’t wait to read it myself and would love to get the chance to win a copy

  59. Amy Hahn says

    Loved the review! I commend you for being honest. I can’t wait to read it myself and would love to get the chance to win a copy 😀

  60. says

    @Tracy: I was really let down that her power struggle around him was treated like it was nothing. I mean, it was set up as a huge hindrance for 8 books! How can you just ignore it? Ugh, I’m getting irritated just thinking about it again.

    I’m stoked you loved the book, though. Your favorite? Nice!

  61. Pam S (pams00) says

    I haven’t read one of Nalini’s book I didn’t like yet. I am so looking forward to this one!

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  62. Tracy says

    LOL! I’m just assuming that, previously, it did affect her more in the sense that her shielding was getting messed up by being around him (not her actual abilities). However, now that she’s older & was seeing Sascha, her shields are stronger….Yeah, I’m probably being a little “too forgiving” on that account (I mean, she was still being affected in POP and that was after seeing Sascha but whatever.) For me, there’s still enough conflict to hold my interest, & for what is in there, it is my favorite.

  63. says

    @Tracy: I’m glad you liked it that much. I think this will wind up being the favorite of many. There’s a lot of Hawke and Sienna lovers out there!

  64. LadyVampire says

    Great review! It definitely makes me wish I already had a copy in my hands. But I can dream a little and enter this giveaway. Who knows, I may get lucky. I love Nalini Singh’s books!

  65. Kim says

    I just started the series working my way to Kiss of Snow thanks for the review and giveaway Which was your fav book in the series

  66. Amanda says

    I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever, I can’t wait to read Hawke and Sienna’s story

  67. ferishia says

    You don’t know how LONG I’ve waited to read Hawke! OMG I’m SOOOOOOOOOO excited!!

  68. Tanyaw1224 says

    I would love to win this book. I was going to go to her book signing here in TX but something came up and now I can’t go. Very sad :( Please count me in. Thanks

  69. ruby_ness says

    I would LOVE TO WIN this book. I love all of Nalini Singh’s books! She’s amazing.