So I’m gonna start this off with a story…
…A story about a conversation that many of us readers can probably relate to….
As many of us do, I read all kinds of random shit – vampires, werewolves, gay orc lords, fairies, bdsm, high school teenie bopper love – whatever, bring it on.
And my husband knows this.
And usually teases me about it all quite mercilessly.
Thus, everyday when he asks his daily questions of husbandly interest – “What are you reading? Is it good?” – My usual response is, “Oh,you know, just a book, it’s fine.”
But last night – for whatever reason – when he got home early from work, came over to me to give me a kiss hello and asked his usual stuff, instead of my usual answer, this is what happened…
(edited a bit to not include too many spoilers)
“Oh my God, it was just awesome right now!!!! Everyone in the PsyNet thought Aden had only mid-level powers on the gradient, but then he just totally did [this] and [this] and [this] and showed them all what a total badass he really is with his super psychic powers and now the PsyBeacon Livestream is totally blowing up with how bitchin’ the Arrow Squad really is, isn’t that awesome?”
I’m sure I had an expression similar to this one in tandem with this awesome display of verbal diarrhea:
And his response?
Well, I have no idea what any of that means…But you’re cute, babe.”
*pats my head*
So there’s that. LOLZ
But anyway, epic geek-out aside, about this book…
Nalini Singh is one of my all time favorite authors.
Her writing skills are flawless, her world building skills are ridiculous, and her plots are exciting.
Shards of Hope was no different.
Seriously though, the world she has built in this series is just so unique, original, and dynamic – I love it.
In this installment, Aden finally gets his book and we finally get to witness all the things alluded to in previous books.
Also, building upon Vasic and Ivy’s story, we get a more in depth look at the Arrows and their community as a whole.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
Aden is truly a character you will always root for. He is just a great, honorable man who wants the best for his Arrow family and society at large.
There were so many awesome, meaningful moments in this book that I can’t even begin to do them justice.
So why not 5 stars you say?
In a bit of “it’s not you, it’s me” fashion, I had trouble connecting to Zaira at first.
I’m not sure if it was because my reading times were more disjointed at first than usual due to RL stuff or if I was just slow to warm up to her in general, but it is what it is.
I have mentioned in reviews for previous books in the series that I have trouble getting engaged with character pairings that don’t include a Changeling (I just find them to be the most exciting, #sorrynotsorry) and I think perhaps that might have been the case here initially.
We do get to touch base with a LOT of our favorite characters, e.g., Judd, Kaleb/Sahara, Aden/Ivy, Lucas/Sascha, and my personal favorite, Hawke/Sienna…BUT those “cameos” felt like more of a tease to me…because I just prefer to hang out with the Changelings, if I’m honest.
This book ended with SO much potential for future awesomeness.
I am hoping we get a RainTree book next – their alpha Remi was scrumptious – and I would love a possible BleackSea book…that could be really awesome…or potentially super creepy since they live in the water and might be sharks and/or jellyfish, but whatevs!
If anyone can make that work, Singh can.
Looking forward to the next installment.
***ARC generously provided by author and Berkley Publishing***