Again a long pause since I last posted any review :(
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick #1
Release date: 25th of May 2010
Published by: Mcmillan
Imprint: St. Martin’s
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 321 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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?
With the Dark-Hunter series losing its spark for me recently I didn’t except to enjoy the first book in the Chronicles of Nick series half as much as I ended up having fun with it, finding it action packed and incredibly gripping. That is also why I put off reading it for so long because I was afraid to be disappointed, which I wasn’t in the least.
If I think about it logically, this book isn’t really anything overly amazing or super original, but there is just so much going on that you are not given the opportunity to doubt the sheer entertainment value of the plot, the heaps of characters thrown at you and the über crazy situations. But at the same time I wasn’t overwhelmed – on the contrary. I guess this is due to having read the Dark-Hunter series and knowing most of the characters and what they are capable of so I didn’t feel lost or freaked out.
I was great to reconnect with old characters in their original element as we first met them in
, it felt like the first books of the Dark-Hunter series. The new additions for the most part were quite colorful and interesting too. Nekoda, however, I felt was quite out of place and too cliché-ly bland next to the wackiness of Bubba, nerdiness of Madaug, sweetness of Brynna, dorkiness of Mark, sueveness of Virgil, etc. New Orleans
I really liked the humor in this book. Usually I get slightly annoyed when everyone’s a smart mouth, sarcastic and throwing out one-liners, as mostly is the case in this story, but it works this time and it works quite well. There were some great lines and jokes that didn’t seem forced or like every character had the same patterns and habits of speech (usually, lots and lots of snarky sarcasm).
It also has its issues: I know that Nick’s mom wanted only the best for her son, but she came across to harsh, oblivious, unjust and preachy to me. I guess she gets better – she has to! There was a lot going on and I didn’t actually mind that, but the fact that most of the reasons/explanations/tying all the loose ends together were vague and I couldn’t really believe or even understand them was slightly bothering me. In addition, some solutions and reasons were out of the blue, too simple or not convincing enough. But, oh well, I’m used to this with other books of the author so I’m accustomed to not pay attention to those aspects and just go along with it. The plot also seemed to be all over the place and I missed some kind of structure.
I was never a fan of Nick, he was a smart mouth, annoying (in a positive light) and fun, but I didn’t find him extra special. He was, however, very sympathetic and someone to root for in this book. I also have to admit that I didn’t think he could carry a book by himself, but he was a wonderful protagonist. It was interesting to experience how his friendship with Ash started, how he met Kyrian and was introduced to the Dark-Hunter worlds, etc. All the different relationships he had with others were distinct and fun to observe, I expect good times ahead.
It’s kind of daunting to know that there would be 14 books in this series, but I’m more than willing to give it a chance and see where things end up. I really liked the first book, it was a lot of mindless/simple fun and I’ve heard the following books only get better, so bring it on!