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Infinity - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Member Name: Jonni_boi
Infinity - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Advantages: appeals to Teens and Male readers rather than women, a PERFECT storyline, grips you in seconds
Disadvantages: the few links with the "Dark-Hunter" series <- If not read could be mis-understood
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!
Summary: A FANTASTIC supernatural book, that deserves a lot more credit than what it's getting.