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June 14, 2011

REVIEW: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: Chronicles of Nick #1
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 2010
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?

New Orleans, known for it's rich history, good Cajun food and eccentric population. Many supe themed books have been set in this town. Anne Rice immortalized it in her novels which made a lot of us want to stroll around Garden District and pretend that Vampires and Witches will make an appearance on on of those houses lining up the street.

This series is not exactly as romantic as that, it's rough and very juvenile. What I'm trying to say is Nick Gautier is as sarcastic as quicklime! After a couple of chapters you might find yourself trying to emulate Nick's quick wit (fail!) but honestly, I don't think a lot of people can get away with with that much sarcasm, unless you're cleaning up your Facebook friend list and want them to drop like flies.

In the first book, Infinity, you'll be introduced to Nick and his world. Nick Gautier is a 14yo boy raised by his stripper mom who got preggers when she was still in her teens. His dad is an evil (like literally) con who's in jail to feed off on his fellow convicts' negative energies. Nick is beloved by his mom and their devotion to each other will definitely pull on your heartstrings (sob!). Nick has this latent, powerful evil force in him that is just waiting to be unleashed. With a drastic turn of events he finds himself surrounded by demons, teen demon-hunters, weres, supernatural dorks and zombies...

Yes zombies. But it's not like your Night of the Living Dead Zombie, the zombies are actually alive so it's more like mind control-hypnosis type. But don't return the book on the shelf yet! I'm not a zombie fan myself but what happens is just ridiculously funny I finished the book in 4 hours. I'm not a speed reader so this is an actual feat for me. I was very entertained by Sherrilyn Kenyon's storytelling that I find myself LOL-ing at most of the lines. I'm sarcastic myself so I can appreciate the humor, filing away some of the lines for future use. The characters are pretty eccentric as well, my favorites are Bubba (MIT alum, certified Mensa genius) and Mark (super dorky supe hunter) which reminds me of Ash and Burger Pitt of Disney's I'm in the band. Anyways, they're your next-door borderline loonies who are firm believers that other beings exists that they even hold seminars on how to vanquish them!

Oh and have I mentioned Kyrian Hunter? Well he's in the book too so for all you Dark Hunter fans out there he's making a special appearance on this series (I haven't read Dark Hunters yet but after meeting Mr. Hunter, it certainly piqued my interest. I like my leading men dark, strong and mysteriously brooding. Paging Jericho Barrons!). So Kyrian is Nick's savior/mentor/employer and he wants Nick to be his Squire. He also offered the mother-son team some financial reprieve so that will definitely cut Nick and his mom's trips to Goodwill, eating expired meat, powdered eggs and other extreme penny pinching practices.

I enjoyed Inifinity immensely. I'm reading Invincible right now and so far so good, I'll give you an update once I'm done. Happy hunting!

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