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I cannot believe it has almost been a full year since I read this book. And I actually know this because there is a story behind this book. At College a General Studies trip was organised, according to the teachers it was compulsory (since General Studies is compulsory in our college), and so people paid for the trip to London, we went to the Imperial War Museum, and we were promised that we'll have time to go into other museums and do lots more exciting things. When the day came around, I remembered thinking "I MUST take a book on the way down on the train, I MUST." Guess what? I forgot to take a book.
This is usually a BIG disaster; I hate not having something to do when I go on a train journey. Anyway, me and some of my friends were wondering why the tickets were so cheap, our General Studies teacher has put us as children (although we were all over 16), we got stopped a few times and he had to explain that he messed it up, not only that, but we lost someone on the way down to London. He happened to have got on the wrong train, although that train went to the same station in London. On the way down I occupied myself by asking my friend Sam, to lend me his iPad, and so I went on the internet wi-fi, and looked at my wish list, hoping to remember one of the many books on there, so that when I get to finally shop in Waterstones, I'll be able to pick a book off my wish list. After a lot of boring time spent in The Imperial War Museum (Let me tell you, if you are not interested in War, DON'T GO!), I ended up just pretending to look interested. Anyway, I got to Waterstones, found this book, remembering "Sherrilyn Kenyon" books were on my wish list, and it was 3 for 2, so I couldn't resist. I only found out later on, that all 3 books I bought were not on my wish list. :(
I read some of it on the train, hearing snickers from the people in my class who were behind us, some of them saying "What's the point in buying a book to read on the way back home?" I ignored them, they may have thrown a few more comments my way, but this book captured me in the first few pages, and I ended up in a world of my own, Sam had to vigorously shake me when it was time to get off the train. I finished the book at home, and I truly believe it is one of the best books I have come across in a while, and definitely one I will not stop recommending to people! Personally, all that hassle and being bored in all the museums, was totally utterly worth it! I would have not got this book if I didn't go to London, so although I dislike General Studies, I am grateful it led me to this book.
Right, I am aware some people will tell me that how I acquired the book is not at all needed, and I agree, however in my opinion people like to know what made me pick this book up, and why I liked it so much. If there's a story to tell, why not tell it?
I first came across this author (as some of you may know) in a collection of stories called "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding". The story that Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote for that book was not rated very highly by me, and although her writing style captured me from the start, I was very unaware of what was happening in the book and didn't understand what it was all about. I later found out that it was part of a series that she had written called "Dark Hunter", and the story was pretty much a continuum of a previous book in the series. This explained why the story didn't make sense, however her writing style gripped me again. I have later found out that I will be receiving the "Dark-Hunter" series from a friend, and so I may be able to match some things up. Furthermore, this book ("Chronicles of Nick: Infinity") is based on the "Dark-Hunter" series, however do not think you have to read the "Dark-Hunter" series to read this. I didn't and I still loved this book. Her writing style shined in this book, and I don't think I can explain how much I fell in love with this story. Sherrilyn Kenyon uses a pseudonym name "Kinley MacGregor". Thanks to someone on here, I now know why authors use pseudonym; it is so that they are able to write in a different genre without being criticised for it. I also wondered why most of her main characters in the books she has written are all male. Thanks to fantasticfiction.com I learnt: "Raised in the middle of eight boys, and currently outnumbered by the Y chromosomes in her home, she realizes the most valuable asset a woman has for coping with men is a sense of humour (not to mention a large trash bag and a pair of tongs)." Personally I think it is great, as it prevents these books from becoming the sort of books only women read, by making the main character a guy, also influences male readers into reading these books, and therefore I am not ashamed to read her books in public and at college.
Right, on with what the book is about. Nick Gautier is our main character, he is fourteen years old and he thinks he knows everything. He's tough, streetwise and sarcastic and secretly caring. However everything changes on the night his friends attempt to kill him......
Saved by a mysterious warrior whose out of this world, Nick is sucked into a whole new world of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
It doesn't take Nick long to learn that the human world is merely a veil for a much 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.
Now he has to fight, but before that, all his fellow students are quickly becoming zombies, and Nick is next on the menu.
Nick has to try to survive, all while making his mother be none-the-wiser, and so she thinks everything is fine. Her has to hide his new friends from her, has to hide the chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the Demon from entering his brain. Without getting grounded or suspended. Think high-school's tough - try this!
This book is pretty much a pure escapism type of book, it is the sort of book supernatural fans would totally enjoy! And I like how it has breached into the teen novels of Dark Romance, there is so many out and about at the moment, but one read of this from you, will make this book stand out. I also reckon there is a slight hidden meaning to the book, and although I am fully aware that Demons and Zombie and Were-Wolves and Vampires are not real (sorry for the people who don't agree with me), but there truly is a hidden meaning. I think this hidden meaning is that the world is never as it seems, people aren't who they say they are, and this is easily shown through friends. I'm pretty sure everyone has had a friend, and they've fallen out over either something big or something small, but it's all to do with trust. You trust this person and they end up stabbing you in the back, maybe they were your enemy from the start and were using "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer", but I reckon everyone has that friend they've fallen out with, and that shows that the world is never as it seems. This book definitely shows that.
In my opinion I think it is definitely difficult to link this book with other similar books, HECK! The only similar series of novels would have to be the "Dark-Hunter" series, since it has a direct link. However I reckon Twilight fans would be obsessed with this book (yes I am a twilight fan). Also similar books might include "The Hunger Games" as these books are just as in captivating; "Anita Blake" series, because it contains the exact same bunch of supernatural beings; and maybe the "Sookie Stackhouse" series, as it also contains supernatural beings. I reckon there are a lot more similar books, but my mind has gone blank, but if you are interested in those series I have mentioned above, this is definitely the right book for you.
I have recently found out that there is a sequel out, or coming out. It is called "Invincible", and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. If I have some spare money here and there, I might get it that way, I just know it will be an amazing sequel, and one I will revel in reading. However I reckon I'm going to have to read this book again (which I don't mind doing), just before I read the sequel, as I reckon I'm going to forget this storyline by the time I get the sequel.
I could so see this novel being turned into a film. I can picture it already, and I can picture the success this book would have if a film came out. I reckon a lot of people will love the film, and that will definitely interest others into seeing it. I very much doubt a film would be made, but there's no harm in wishing and hoping, maybe this will happen *fingers crossed*
So I fully loved this book and it's definitely one you should go and buy this minute, well the decent thing to do would be to rate this review, and then go and buy it! I totally enjoyed it and although some things I did not quite understand as it has been taken from the "Dark-Hunter" novels, I was gripped in seconds. This book has an amazing ending, but it also has an amazing middle, and a very definitive beginning. I can't rate this book up enough. You'll just going to have to trust me when I say this book is for you!
I have rated this book 5 stars out of 5. This is definitely a MUST-READ book, even if you think it's not for you. This book put me into a whole new world, that difficult to come out from, I felt bad once I finished it and I couldn't pick up another book for some time as this story-line wouldn't get out of my head. Maybe a part of me is still locked away in that imaginary world. Or maybe, just maybe, Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote about the real world, maybe this book is not fiction, but in fact non-fiction, and you, yeah you there reading this review, maybe, just maybe you're a supernatural being pretending to be human......
Thank you for reading, I hope I have interested at least someone to read this book, and I'd be extremely happy to find out I have. I will also take an interest in any reviews of this book pops up, as I doubt anyone will rate this book lower than 3 stars. Yeah! This book is actually that great!
Infinity (The Chronicles of Nick) is Sherrilyn Kenyon's first YA novel that will tie in with her adult, Dark-Hunter series. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I have been told that this series will be prequels for the Dark-Hunter series, where Nick is a main character. The Chronicles of Nick will run until the timeline mixes with the Dark-Hunter novels. Because of this, I will be reading this series first and then going into Dark-Hunters, although you don't really have to in order to follow what's going on.
Nick Gautier is 14 and although he comes from a bad neighbourhood with barely any money, he thinks he knows everything. Unfortunately, his mother has other ideas and is determined to dress him and teach him the difference between right and wrong. She doesn't want Nick to grow up being anything like his father who is now in prison. Everyone at school picks on him and makes fun of the clothes he wears, causing Nick to get into trouble and the blame always falling on him.
After being suspended from school for a fight that he didn't start, Nick runs into some friends needing some help. When Nick realises what they really want help with, he refuses which results in his so called friends nearly killing him. Luckily for Nick, a dark and mysterious warrior saves him. When the hospital bills are too much for Nick and his mother to pay, Kyrian offers to let Nick work off the bills. What Nick doesn't realise is that he is about to be working for Immortals who will risk everything to save humanity. Nick knew that there were some bad people in the world but nothing compares to what he is about to deal with.
What I thought of...
I bought this book thinking that it was going to be 100% serious, especially after reading the synopsis/ looking at the cover. The story began by giving me time to get to know and like Nick, which I did and then delving into what was really going on. It doesn't take Nick long to get in trouble and have his so called friends turn on him so there is quite a bit of action in the beginning. After this, I thought that the story was going to be about Nick and what he is/ what Acheron and Kyrian are and what everyone's part in the story was. I was so wrong.
I didn't mention it in the synopsis as I didn't want to give too much away but after the beginning, it is revealed that students are turning into zombies are eating the other students. You're probably thinking WTH now, just as I was when I got to this part. Don't get me wrong, I really did enjoy this part of the story but it came completely out of no where. I think I would have been happier if something about this had been mentioned on the back of the book as I think the synopsis is quite misleading. This part of the book was like something out of a zombie apocalypse film but a 12 rated one. The middle of this book is a lot of fun and everyone acts like you would expect 14 year olds to act...with the addition of some serious weapons.
The ending does get back to being quite serious which I was glad about. Towards the end of the book, more about what Nick is and what he can really do is revealed, giving hints at what we have to come in future books in the series. Instead of being left with a huge cliff-hanger, the ending was nicely rounded up and left me feeling very satisfied after everything that had happened.
Nick is cocky, full of himself at times but really funny with it. I think this was mainly a cover a lot of the time. Nick has had to deal with some pretty hard times in his 14 years but tries to cover his pain and anger by showing extreme confidence when things aren't going well. There were many times throughout this book that I just couldn't believe that Nick was only 14. I think that if he had been made to be 16, I would have believed some of it a bit more but I guess being 14 was used to fit with the Dark-Hunter series.
Something that I loved about Nick was how family orientated his is. His mother is a stripper (yes, a stripper) and doesn't earn much money so Nick does everything he can to help her out, even though he usually ends up getting in her way and annoying her. All his mother wants is for him to grow up and be successful in something and keep himself out of trouble, which is something that she's beginning to realise might not happen due to his answering back. The conversations between Nick and his mother were really funny and very realistic for a teenage boy to have. Between the back chat and minor arguments, you can easily tell how much they love one another, making it a special relationship to read about.
Bubba and Mark were two of my favourite characters because they were just so unbelievable but hilarious at the same time. Bubba owns a shop where he will attempt to fix any problem. He might fix a computer that wont work with a chainsaw for instance. Who knows what kind of crazy ideas are in his head. Mark is Bubba's co-worked but just as crazy. When Nick and his friends realise what is causing the Zombie attacks, Bubba and Mark are the first port of call to figure out what to do. No one else in town is going to have any idea how to stop them or have the most insane weapons to do it with. These two characters provided so much humour that I was literally laughing out loud when they were around.
Here is Bubba's sales pitch for his shop:
If I can't take care of your problems one way...
I'll take care of them anotha'
We tend to all manner of ills for you. Zombies, rodents, and vampires. If you got a pest, we got a cure. Just call us now. We will believe you'.
The supernatural beings were also great characters. Acheron and Kyrian can really kick some ass and come across as people you really wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley at any time. From what I understand, Acheron is a big part of the Dark-Hunter series so I know there will be more of him to come in this series. I really liked the fact that they weren't totally lovely to Nick all of the time. Although they are being shown as saviours at the moment, I think that is something that will change in future books due to how they act and some of the things they say.
The Simi was another character that I loved from the supernatural side. I'm not completely sure what she is but I do know that she likes blood and killing things. Oh, and BBQ sauce. Simi acts really childish with things like "You threaten him and you make the Simi really unhappy and want to eat your head", but at the same time, she is just too funny with it. She was my favourite character overall and now, I want one of my own (so long as she wouldn't want to eat me though).
The only real problem I had with the characters in the book was that there were so many. I had a problem following who was who and which side they were on for a little while. I guess that if you have read the Dark-Hunter series then you will be familiar with some of the characters but if not, it might end getting a little confusing.
Infinity was not what I was expecting to read at all but I enjoyed it in an extremely strange way. I had to put off writing this review for a couple of weeks after reading it though because I just couldn't figure out what to say. I think if you read the back of the book, then pretty much forget it all and keep an open mind about what you are about to read, then you might like this one. Infinity is a interesting mixture of comedy, teen rebellion and a deep and mysterious back-story that entertained me throughout.
Book 2 in the Chronicles of Nick is being released in 2011 and will be called Invincible.