Again, I haven't reviewed anything for a long time!
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick #2
Release date: 22nd of March 2011
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 318 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.
His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.
But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them...
I was pleasantly surprised by the first book and the rollercoaster ride of supernatural fun, billions of diverse characters involved, whacky and smart mouth humor continued in this second installment.
The book takes off exactly where the first left off and with reading them quite close to one another it feels like one big story. This fact also left me feeling particularly sorry for Nick who didn’t have time to cool down before he is thrown into another madness and mayhem case with new supernatural mysteries to solve and powers he has to master, and all that in a ridiculously short timeframe.
This is an energetic book, and it shows in everything it does: jumps from one place/event/scene to another (smoothly and logically), no pointless descriptions or whining, dialogue is snappy, sharp and sarcastic to the last letter, there are multitudes of subplots/hidden agendas/ to keep the reader busy and guessing, the pace is relentless and there are no “pauses” so there is no opportunity to put the book down, the endless array of questions I want answers to and because of which I keep on diligently reading and reading, even at the end I just feel that this was just one chapter finishing not an actual book – there is just so much steam left, etc.
Some aspects that were lacking:
I’m sorry, but please don’t let Nekoda be Nick’s ultimate HEA, yes, she’s kickass and nice and pretty and brave, etc, but she’s so incredibly boring and she manages to make Nick dull as well when they are together. It’s just cringingly awkward and feels like trying to fit a square in a triangle. Unless something profound changes in their couple chemistry, I don’t want to read about them being yawn-worthy together.
It took a while for me to understand what the main plotline in this story was, there was at times so much going on and so many characters thrown at me that I didn’t know where I should place my attention the most. Also, when the main line made itself prominent, it was already well into the story so I wasn’t as invested in it as I hoped to be.
Despite my whining, I repeat that this book, as well the series, is just pure mindless excitement, fun and craziness. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I have and sincerely hope the goodness lasts (there are too many books still in this series to come out!).
Nick – he’s colorful, wacky, reckless and I think he rocks. I’m not really that wild about his future self and the version of him in the later Dark-Hunter books, but the Nick in this universe I can’t get enough of. And if it isn’t too much to ask, I hope gets at least a small break soon, because he needs to relax with the pace everything is moving.
I have to rant a little about Nick’s mother: wow, I can’t understand how she is seen as this flawless angel, when she does everything in her power to make Nick feel even more self-conscious and pathetic, for example, are there really no decent looking clothes except for Hawaiian shirts in Goodwill, Nick receives absolutely no trust from her, she accepts almost nothing that others give even if it would be a huge help for them both, etc. Oh, she just tires my patience and I don’t know how Nick can tolerate everything she does.
A more than worthy sequel to a great first book which has kept everything that was awesome and upped its game in this one.