Reviews tagging 'Chronic illness'

Last Guard, by Nalini Singh

3 reviews

now_booking's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

The harder the fall and the more I love them! I absolutely adored Canto and Payal and the drama surrounding them and this new-to-us designation of Anchor “A”-Psy that underpins the net. The premise is that Canto and Payal had a shared childhood trauma and subsequently their lives took different turns. While Canto was nurtured back to life by a loving family, Payal faced decades of abuse that made her ice cold and believed to be a sociopath in order to survive. Now a successful businesswoman and the head of her toxic family’s conglomerate, she’s shocked when Canto reaches out to her with a plan to save the PsyNet.

This book is fantastic in the way it features two main characters that are not differently abled- Payal is neurodivergent and Canto is paraplegic and  wheelchair-bound and both are from a Psy society that eliminates children with both characteristics but yet both have made it to adulthood and are thriving and it’s amazing to read their journey. This is probably one of my all-time favourites in the Psy-Changeling series. In addition to the absolutely gorgeous love story between Payal and Canto, it was great to see old favourite characters in this. At this point, this sees is pretty much an ensemble production with some focus on the two main characters. I’m pretty troubled by “The Architect”’s story arch and this whole thing with the scarabs which keep attacking the net but it contributes to the suspense of the series and is why I would recommend reading this as part of the series rather than as a standalone. Highly recommend this!!! I loved this addition the the series.

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bookwormbullet's review

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emotional inspiring lighthearted mysterious reflective relaxing tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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wordsareworlds's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
Another amazing installment in the Psy Changeling series. Singh did an amazing job writing the romance between two people who had gone through something horrific and made it out, but not without scars.
I found her handling of both disability and neurodivergence incredibly well done, and there are lines of dialogue that will stick with me for years to come. And while some of the details are heavy, those were balanced by humor and joy. Overall, the book was hopeful for the future. 
The plot addresses major questions from previous books in both a fascinating and emotionally compelling way, although it ends with a doozy of a revelation/cliffhanger (not for the romance, that is a HEA). Can't wait to reread this and see all the breadcrumbs I missed the first time. 

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