Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Chronicles of Nick
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0312599064 (St. Martin’s Griffin)
ISBN-13: 978-0312599065 (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Reviewed by: Emmy
Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse…
Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.
His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.
But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…
Quick & Dirty: Another fast-paced, hysterically witty addition to an already fascinating spin off series. We see more characters we love from Kenyon’s other books, but there is a lot of build up to this plot that makes most of the plot twists obvious to a careful reader.
Opening Sentence: They say when you’re about to die, you see your entire life flash before your eyes.
This is the second installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s spin off and prequel young adult series about Nick Gautier, but she does a great job explaining everything. You don’t have to read the Dark Hunters series to understand what’s happening, which is great because they’re written for two totally different audiences. Both of the books are fast paced and between them only a few days actually happen, though it does seem longer. Invincible picks up right where Infinity left off, so you definitely have to read them in order for the series to make any sense.
There’s a lot up in the air in this book. Nick’s trying to deal with the zombie attacks and his new supernatural powers, the new friends he’s making because of these powers, and his relationship with his mother who he loves more than anyone. If you can read this book and not fall in love with Nick Gautier it’ll be a miracle. He’s smart, funny, and always has the perfect (usually smart ass) comeback. As the hero of this series, Nick’s perfect because he’s not perfect and knows it.
Nick is spending this book trying to take control of his powers with the help of Grimm (Death). Nick has to learn the 10 lessons to harness his powers as the Malachi or the entire world ends. As if that wasn’t frustrating enough, at the same time teenage boys are dying all around the city and Nick seems to be being stalked. Given the zombie catastrophe that struck the school in Infinity, they’ve hired a new football coach–and Nick’s not sure he’s all that he says he is.
This book has a lot more characterization than Infinity, which made for a number of touching moments for the reader. The witty conversation reveals a lot about the characters, even as it helps move the plot forward. And the plot isn’t what you’d expect of a vampire/werewolf story. First, they aren’t really vampires, but Dark Hunters and also because it’s so involved in necromancy, ancient magic, and the gods. And zombies, we can’t forget they have zombies!
Perhaps one of the best aspects of Invincible is that Nick has grown up. The annoying boy from the first book is gone, and Nick is ready to head into this supernatural world to keep his mom safe. It was an incredibly easy book to read, probably because the plot line was so action packed and the characters so much fun. It was constructed a lot better than the first book where the author was trying to keep secrets from the reader and only succeeded in making it more confusing.
But be warned: There are cliffhangers! You’re going to be dying for the third book when you finally get to put this one down. It’s going to be hard to wait for the third book, Infamous, which hits shelves March 13, 2012.
It took him a moment to realize Death was speaking to him. “What?”
“Do. You. Want. A. Cookie?”
He could have done without the tone that said Death thought he was a moron.
When Death offers you a cookie, or anything else, refuse.
Yeah,that definitely seemed like the wisest course of action.
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FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin provided me with a copy of Invincible. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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