Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Chronicles of Nick (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Format: Paperback, 480 Pages
ISBN-10: 0312603045 (St. Martin’s Griffin)
ISBN-13: 978-0312603045 (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?
Quick and Dirty: Not your typical vampire paranormal YA novel that’s fun with characters who eat sarcasm for breakfast. It’s enjoyable and so relatively easy going that I recommended it to my own son.
Opening Sentence: “I am a socially awkward mandork.”
Infinity is the first book in the Chronicles of Nick young adult series from Sherrilyn Kenyon. Nick is ever the brash, smart-alec we met early on in Ms. Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Smart mouthed, irreverent and moody too and that’s why we love him, or love to hate him at the very least. But there are sometimes, as a mother, I want to reach through the pages of the book and give him a smack upside the head. And that is the only complaint I have, but I am an adult reading a YA, so I guess I’m not exactly the target audience. Though I suppose we as readers should give Nick due credit. It’s not every day a kid finds out they are a being of potentially awesome powers, living in a world teaming with things that are only supposed to go bump in the night. *cree-eepy* I do think he handles it much better than I would have if I had been handed these same facts at 14.
Accompanying Nick in this series of unusual circumstances is a cast of; well I guess we can call them quirky, characters. With the notable exception of Nick’s much beloved mother, Cherise, some of these guys could give crazy a run for its money, a lot of money. But I digress. In this book, we also begin to overlap with her Dark-Hunter series. But this overlap in no way requires knowledge of the Dark-Hunter series, which is nice for readers like my son, who aren’t capable of the level of the Dark-Hunter series, but want a different side of the usual paranormal titles.
As for her world building, Sherrilyn sets this in modern day New Orleans with an added touch of the extra freaky. Though in New Orleans, the threshold of freaky is a bit on the high side of life. Ms. Kenyon is absolutely fabulous at irreverent sarcasm, and supernatural oddities.
In this first installment of the Chronicles of Nick, we have chaos and mayhem, all with the added touch of the supernatural. A tortured prep school geek fine tunes a video game with the intention of making the football team leave him alone. Little does he know that his fine tuning will turn these people into, well, people eaters, and not the purple one from the song, either. (Showing my age there, I know.) Nick and his schoolmates, many of whom he now realizes aren’t quite human, must band together to take on these real life zombies. And when a work of evil mixes their hand in, well who knows what will happen next.
I’ll finish up by saying I have always been a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s work, and Nick has always been my favorite of her characters. I am enjoying this series, and its fresh look into Nick’s past. Or, a look into his “fresh” past, as it were.
“Should we head back?” Alex asked.
Bubba shrugged. “That’s what common sense would say. What do you think?”
Nick leaned back in his seat. “Far be it from me to ever let my common sense get in the way of my stupidity. I say we press on. Caleb?”
He flashed a cheesy grin. “What’s an arrest record anyway? Me, Alex, and Nick are all minors.”
“To infinity then.”
Nick frowned at Bubba’s words. “What’s that mean?”
“It’s something my dad used to say when I was a kid. To infinity, meaning you’d see something through to the end.”
Nick didn’t get it. “Infinity is never-ending.”
“That’s right, which means you keep going and going no matter what happens or what obstacles you meet. Over, under, around, or through. There’s always a way. And if you have to chase something to infinity, strap on your big-boy pants, hikinh boots, and go.”
Nick opened his mouth to speak, but before he could, something slammed into the SUV. One minute, they were fine.
The next, they were spinning out of control.
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