Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
(May 19th 2010)
Audio CD
Source: Library
Series: Chronicles of Nick, #1
Challenges: Audiobook

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.
Like 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? 

Well that is a long synopsis… but it needs to be – there is plenty going on in this book!  Can I just say I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.  I am not sure is Sherrilyn Kenyon meant to do so or not, but I couldn’t help from laughing while listening to this novel.  Not only are you given zombies, vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and much more, you are treated to a level of sarcasm and wit that is played off perfectly between all the characters.  While I’ve read many reviews of this book, I have to say that this series has become a new favorite!

Nick is 14. He is not what you would call popular – his father is in jail for gruesome murders, his single mother is a ‘dancer’ of who he lives with in a one bedroom apartment, that can barely be called home.  Having to wear second hand cloths everyday, Nick knows he does not belong with the popular crowd.  But that doesn’t bother Nick.  Having a hard life doesn’t bother Nick either.  He actually has a solid head on his shoulders.  And then his world starts to become very interesting…. his world finds itself full of unnatural creatures and an unnatural ‘destiny’ that literally can save or destroy mankind.

I couldn’t get enough of Nick’s sarcasm and wit.  I fell in love with many of the characters, their Southern wit and charm – – don’t even get me started on Nick’s mother.  I loved her ups and downs in her over-protectiveness of Nick.  The only downside to this novel (or audiobook in my case) is the vast amounts of characters – Sherrilyn Kenyon has created wonderful and interesting characters, but at times it was very difficult to determine who was who.  However, this at the same time is wonderful since each character is crucial to Nick’s ‘destiny’ and each one is a hoot in themselves. 

Having learned that The Chronicles of Nick are actually prequels to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s adult series the Dark Hunters, I actually can’t wait to read the rest of this series and even read her adult series (which hardly ever happens).  I found this novel to be nothing short of extreme fun. 

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