Saturday Series: Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

For the next four weeks I'll be reviewing the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I absolutely loved her Dark Hunter series, with Nick being one of my favourite characters. So I think it will be interesting to see what influence his teenage years had on him becoming whatever he is now.
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?


I want to start of saying that it is possible to read these books separate from the Dark Hunter Series, but it will help a lot if you have read them. That series gives insight in who Nick is as an adult, some things that have happened there and it will also help you comprehend certain things that are happening to teenage Nick (if that still makes any sense). Obviously I'm a huge fan of all the series that involve hunters, so I definitely recommend reading them first.

Now I can't say too much about future Nick without giving away major spoilers, so I'm just going to concentrate on fourteen-year-old Nick. That guy is too smart and savvy for his own good. If his sarcastic attitude doesn't get him into any trouble than his quick temper will. ADD barely describes the way his thoughts jump from one random thing to another and the words that come out of his mouth will make you laugh out loud. Sarcasm is my kind of humour and Nick is killing it.

Like every regular fourteen-year-old Nick goes to school, tries to stay out of trouble (not-succeeding), embarrasses himself in front of girls (very succeeding), works after school and hangs out with his zombie killing friends. All goes pretty well until one night the trouble gets him and if it wasn't for Kyrian, Nick would probably have ended up dead. Instead he gets offered a job and so he slowly enters the world of Dark Hunters, demons and apparently zombies.

After Nick barely recovers from the first attack, jocks at school are going crazy and are trying to eat people. Not just that, but it seems most of them are after him. Nick never really got along with them, but for those jocks trying to eat him, that might just  be a little overboard. With the help from his friends Bubba and Mark (professional zombie killers), Caleb (Nick's protector) and Nekoda (Nick's huge chrush), Nick tries to uncover what is going on and tries to turn the jocks back to their regular mean old self.

Still that is not all. He has to do this without his Mom finding out and she's scarier than all those demons and zombies combined when she gets mad. Also Nick slowly starts to realise he might not be as ordinary as he thought. There must be a reason why all these dark forces are after them.

What can I say, except I absolutely loved it! Sherrilyn Kenyon has done such a wonderful job. She really kept me guessing at what was to come next and often it was not what I was expecting. The character development was really great, there was not one person/creature I didn't like. Also the subtle or sometimes not so subtle references to the Dark Hunter series makes it enjoyable for those fans as well.

The fun sarcasm and the more darker parts in the book were perfectly balanced, which makes it such a great read not just for young adults but for adults as well. I definitely recommend this book, but you have to like teenagers with severe cases of ADD and sarcastic attitudes, zombies, other dark creatures and maybe a little bit of romance. Awesome read and I already know it will be hell waiting for the fifth instalment to come out (April 2014)!

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