Series: Chronicles of Nick
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
This is a great paranormal young adult series. I rather liked the Dark Hunter series in the beginning but if you've gotten very far into it you'll realize Nick's life isn't trying out so well. So why not try to reset the timeline but altering what happens to the younger Nick? Nick and his friends have many adventures, thwart many evil plots all while trying to prevent Nick from becoming the evil that destroys the world, plus they have to go to high school. Nick often makes me laugh and while Nick and the writing style seems young in the beginning, I think Kenyon does a good job of aging Nick and the story as the books move on.
From Zombies to an evil coach to bullies with and evil twist and then his own horrible father; Nick never fails to rise above his destiny to be the good guy he always wanted to be.
Description: 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?
Review: I have been interested in reading about Nick since everything went askew for him back in the Dark-Hunter books. Nick's appearance in Ash's book also raised some questions about Nick's anger and his nature so to get to read about it in his very own book/series intrigued me.
I was a little surprised that this book takes us all the way back to before Kyrian's book (Night Pleasures) and mostly that was because I never read the description of the book. What I did like was actually getting to see more interaction between Nick and his mother including a whole new take on the relationships that Nick forges all because his future self decides to re-write history to prevent a lot of the issues Future Nick faced and didn't overcome.
Basically, Kenyon has restarted the Dark-Hunter series for Nick's character, changing a lot of what happened to him while trying to keep her other books still in play. Will she end up changing the "history" of previous books? Probably not as she's very capable of writing and story-telling. I was worried a little in this book that Tabitha would die rather than fall in love with Valerius in Seize the Night. Of course, I really think any character that pops up before their book is supposed to take place is going to be safe from harm. Kenyon's new characters to the story (or background characters we are getting to know more about) are fun and sassy.
Best appearances of previous characters have to go to Acheron (Ash) and Simi. Simi is always entertaining and fun to deal with. I do hope Nick realizes soon what Simi is or that the relationship between Nekoda (Kody) and he develops so that he never has his life altering moment with Simi, upon finding out about, Ash says something to Nick that is bound by Ash's gifts to come true. This moment changes Ash and Nick's relationship forever while also condemning Nick's mother and causing Nick to seek vengeance on Ash. This was one of the saddest moments to come up in the books and I think Kenyon is looking for a way to change it though I have to wonder if it will happen anyway.
Either way, the book was entertaining and fun. Nick is an endearing character who you want to overcome the demon inside him. I would recommend and it is a must read for series fans.
Description: 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...
Review: I like this retelling of Nick's story. We met him in the second full book of the Dark-Hunter series (Night Pleasures) while he worked for Kyrian. His character developed over the series being a good friend to Acheron and a Squire amongst the Dark-Hunters. It wasn't until he got involved with Simi that things went horribly wrong.
If you haven't read this far into the series, don't keep reading. Nick's mother died because of something Ash said and Nick sought Artemis because he wanted to kill Ash but that didn't happen. As it was Nick has become bitter and now hates Ash. Despite everything that has happened Nick and Ash still appear to be on the same side going so far as to help Ash save the woman he loves. But Nick still wants vengeance.
But that is all in the first time-line. In the Chronicles of Nick series Nick as his future self is changing young Nick's past. Young Nick is still working for Kyrian but Nick is learning who and what he is along with what and who people are around him. This in an attempt by his older self to save the world that older Nick is fated to destroy.
What I love is that while this is the overall arch of the series, Kenyon makes obstacles in each book for young Nick. In the first, it was to stop the Zombies from overrunning New Orleans and in this book it is to stop a soul stealing coach and stop 14 year old boys from dying.
It is like Nick has his own crew though at times, when Nick comes up against something he doesn't think he can handle, you keep wondering why he doesn't bring Ash into it since at this stage they are still friends despite older Nick's warnings that Ash isn't Nick's friend. Frankly, I think it is the anger talking.
This series is wonder with great twists and turns, new things to learn about different character and a whole subset of the Dark-Hunter world.
Description: 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 and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? 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.
Review: Kenyon is an excellent writer. I first loved the Dark Hunter series and really felt skeptical about this Chronicles of Nick series only I've come to love it more. It feels more young adult and yet it is still dark.
Nick's life gets darker with every passing book which is why the books get darker. Nick's character has been pieced together in the Dark Hunter series by his interactions with most of the characters. This tells you why one book will not be enough for Nick like it was for Acheron or Styxx.
Ambrose's restructuring of history is how we are learning about Nick and the choices Nick will make to either become the Evil Malachi or a Man his mother would love.
Nick struggles constantly with people attacking him or thinking him trash but through it all Nick seems to do the right thing. We are coming to understand that Nick's sense of good is so wrapped up in his mother that it makes sense Nick could become evil should her fate end up as it did in the Dark Hunter series which ultimately drove a wedge between Acheron and Nick.
We are seeing more about Nick's relationships in these books. How he interacts with Ash, Simi, Kody, Caleb, his mom, Bubba, Mark, and many of the characters from the DH series. The thing is we are seeing a very altered version of the character from the DH series but according to that timeline Nick goes bad.
I think the ultimate goal of this series is to redeem Nick but we'll have to wait and see because no matter what happens there are just more and more obstacles for our Nicky.
Infamous is a dark and brooding tale of good and evil with a 15 year old teen to be our hero. Nick has a good heart but ultimately it will come down to one decision and how much of his heart the evil around him destroys.
Definitely worth the read.
Description: The heat is on, and a new threat to humanity has risen…
Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. But turning sixteen isn’t what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him.
But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. As the old proverb goes, fire knows nothing of mercy, and if Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. However, the best sacrifice is seldom the sanest move. Sometimes it’s the one that leaves your enemies confused, and you even more so.
And sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?
Review: Another great book.
Previous books in this series seem a but younger but then so is Nick. He's young and while the story is being told from his perspective we are getting more of a kids view. Nick is quickly maturing after having to deal with demons and evil things out to get him and in the process the books are aging as well.
Kenyon has a way of bringing all these surprises to a book and in this one she didn't fail. We get surprises all over the place from Simi to Adarian.
The only part of this series I haven't enjoyed is Cherise. In the DH series Cherise is tough but seems like a loving mother. In Nick's series, Cherise seems to have very little faith in her own son. Nick is often in trouble for things that make little sense even taking into account she knows nothing of the supernatural world she's in the middle of. I do hope Cherise will grow with Nick.
There is, of course, some of the typical teen drama with a lot of supernatural mixed in but the message we always get is clear. Don't be a bully. Don't pick on other or use others who have less than you.
As for the ending. I hope that isn't the focus of the next book or I'm going to be so confused.