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Tuesday 15 May 2012

Review + Giveaway: Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Infamous
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick
Book #: 3
Pages: 480
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Published: Mar. 13th, 2012.

The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.

Taschima's POV:

I guess I officially declare myself Miss. Party-popper when it comes to Infamous, because while everybody seems to have just LOVED this installment in the series I found it a tad repetitive, and uneventful.

The devil is in the details my friends. This book is full of small steps, small details that will lead to huge events in books to come, but as for the book itself it was so full of so much that was going on that at times I felt like it was too much. Between Grim teaching Nick about his powers (that lasted about a second), to Nick getting his teeth kicked in every other page, to some weird shit with Nick's father, some other weird fighting scenes (that honestly half the time I didn't even know where they were taking place), and plus some potentially supernatural drama going on at school... it seemed like it all just didn't tie together as well as I would have liked it to. I felt like it could have been cleaner, and everything could have made more sense as a whole. At the same time when you look at the book as a whole it's like, okay, that was a very small step for humankind.

On top of that while reading the book I felt like I was being force fed lesson after lesson about life, how crappy life can get and how you just have to toughen up and kick life's ass back, and how mother's are powerful goddesses that you shouldn't mess with. These lessons? Been there, done that, bought the freaking T-shirt and wear it around my house constantly and without any trousers. I feel like it is okay to sneak up a lesson or two, but to have dialogue that goes on and on for pages about the same shit? Not cool bro. Not cool at all. Give me more dialogue that in some way makes the story move along and less after school specials. Please, I beg of you.

Another thing that bugged me about Infamous is one of it's characters. In specific, Nick's mother. If you have been reading the series then you know the woman. You know she is tough as nails, and has a great big heart. BUT, she also pisses me off when she doesn't do what she preaches. She talks about trust, but she never once trusts that her son tells her the truth or that he is in fact a good kid. She is always yelling at Nick, and nagging him, and basically making him feel like the biggest piece of trash around the block. Even worse than this? Nick takes it without even saying a 'but mom...' (God forbid he does that, that woman would eat him alive. First rule of parenting: Never hear your kid out) and in fact blames himself for all the crap that goes on around him. Boy, you are a sweetheart, and if your mother doesn't start trusting you more and yelling at you less then I am going to have to talk -or beat- some sense into that woman. Jeez. (by the end of the story there she did get a little better though, but just a little).

That's what bothered me, and here comes the good stuff. The dialogue is always creative, and hilarious. I feel like the story is moving somewhere, I just need for it to get there a bit sooner and without making so many unnecessary stops. Also, Nick is always a good character to come back to time and time again.

Sherrilyn Kenyon is a terrific author. I respect her as both an author and as a person, but terrific authors can also have their bad days, and long series are bound to have one or two books that don't live up to the expectations and feel more like fillers, and because I know this to be true I will continue with  the Chronicles of Nick, because at the end of the day this series has huge potential and the dialogue is always funny and entertaining.

If you liked the previous installments to this series, and have a soft spot for Nick and his adventures, I recommend you to read this book and continue with the series. Infamous might not have been the best installment in the Chronicles of Nick series, but I am pretty sure that it can only get better from here on out.

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  1. It sounds like there was little progress between the last book and this one. I agree with you about the mother. They go through all that work to save her life and she is so super appreciative. Yeah not so much. Is anything ever going to happen. It feels like with each book only a couple of weeks pass and we still have years to go. Not that the escapades aren't somewhat entertaining but I don't have time to read twenty five books. But on the other hand I think Nick is really funny. *sigh*

  2. I think I'm dying to read Infamous! Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. I haven't read any of this series but I really like Sherrilyn Kenyon so I am going to give it a whirl.

  4. I was first hesitant to try out this series because I hated zombies.. I checked out the first book, but never progressed past the first page. Now I feel more keen on reading it. Thanks!!

  5. I agree with you that this series is progressing very slowly but I still want to reading tthis series because it's NICK and I love NICK!

    Thanks for the chance.

  6. Totally understand sometimes certain books feel like fillers like in The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine but you still love them. One by one!

  7. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  8. I have only read the first book and I loved it! I can't wait to read the other books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. This sounds like an interesting series I might have to try reading it!!!

  10. I have not read any of these books so, so no favorite.

  11. I just love Bubba but I have a soft spot for caleb.


  12. I haven't read this series, but I have some boy students who have. They seem to like it, but I'll be curious to know what they think of this one.

  13. I've only read Infinity, and my favorite character was Nick. His sarcastic remarks are great!

    I'd love to win Infamous and continue the series. Thanks for the giveaway & this chance. =D


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