Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .5
Published: May 25th, 2010
by St. Martin's Griffin
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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.Taschima's POV:
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?
This reviews is brought to you by someone who has never read Miss. Kenyon's other series titled Dark Hunters which is the adult series where Nick comes from. Needless to say I will purely be giving you my view on the YA aspect of this series and not in how it relates to the adult series or how cute Nick was when he was younger. Cause for me, Nick has always been young, and I don't know anything about his adult self other than what it's said in this book.
You have been warned...
Now, Nick Gautier is a blast! When we first meet Nick he is this poor young guy who lives with his mother in a two space apartment (livingroom/kitchen area + Mother's room) but who is wicked smart. Smart enough to get into the most prestigious school around. Of course, being poor in a school full of rich kids brings Nick all sorts of problems, like being picked on every single day of his life. Needless to say he's miserable. One night Nick is approached by some friends of his who are about to commit a crime and Nick tags along because he is mad and kind of desperate for some cash. But when he sees what his friend's are up to (beating up this old couple for cash) he quickly steps in and helps the old couple escape. His friend's give him the beating of his life, and so enters his guardian to save him from sure death. After this event Nick's life will never be the same. After this event he starts to witness the supernatural side of life, and discover his true destiny, which isn't as cuddly and perfect as many of our other protagonist. Nick has a legacy he must fulfilled, he is either destined to save the world or destroy it. A lot of pressure to put on the shoulder's of a 14 year old thats for sure.
Okay, so Ive basically told you how the story begins. To be honest I picked up this book because of one single line in the summary, which was "his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends" and boy is it right! I wanna be taught by this kid some good extra wit and sarcasm. Thing is, he ain't the only witty kid on the block. Every character has their own sarcastic remark to give to the reader, and this makes the story all that much more fun! The dialogue alone will keep you entretained throught this novel. All the characters are entretaining and essential. I love them all, specially Bobba the crazy guy.
But let's be serious, we need more than dialogue and fantastic characters right? (Some do) So lets go to plot and how it develops. The plot is strong, and it was delivered beautifully. The only problem I had with this book really was that in the back of my head I kept thinking that some event or some line or other had special meaning I wasn't catching because I hadn't read the Dark Hunters series and I was probably right! Also for a first book it gives you so many things to figure out that you can get kind of taxed. Because by the end of it I was left with so many questions it wasn't even funny. Half the time I was confused as to which characters were actually good and which were evil and out for their own neck. But, in the bigger picture this is kind of great, cause it shows that miss Kenyon can keep you guessing, and I like that in my author.
I should also go ahead and tell you guys that in the novel the forces of both evil and good are fighting for Nick. They each want him on their team and will go through every channel to get him. Also, the line of evil and good are blurred and not as black and white as they use to be. Like for example if in order to prevent Nick from destroying the world the guardians need to kill him then so be it. And some of Nicks friends are demons, and they are very friendly.
Another good thing about this novel is that is so boy friendly! Young boy readers should pick this jewel up. If you have a brother or male friend tell them to read it! Nick is currently going through puberty in this book and his character is just so real. No boost of unexpected power for him, his powers are locked away and he must train and learn how to use them (except in special cases where he is about to die... ya know).
I could be going on and on about how funny and entretaining this novel is, but I think you need to find that out for yourself. Pick a copy whenever and start reading. You can thank me later.
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