by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by : Holter Graham
Series: Chronicles of Nick #1
Published by Macmillan Audio Release date : May 25th 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 8 hours
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
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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?
I have had this book on my TBR list for YEARS; evening adding it to my TBR reading challenge for 2013. I can’t put my finger on exactly WHY I never decided to pick it up. But I never did. I am so disappointed I did. Infinity wasn’t at all what I was hoping it would be. I had a lot of issues with this book, so settle down and make yourself comfortable.
I read a review somewhere while listening to Infinity (I was debating marking it DNF) that it would be easier to follow/understand (or something or other) if you read her adult Urban Fantasy, Dark-Hunter series. First of all, there are 24. I am not about to read 24 of a never-ending adult series to understand ONE YA novel, that is based in the same world. If you are going to write a spin-off, make it to where those that want to start your books off with this series, can understand it. Now granted, I am not even sure reading those would have made an impact on my understanding of the world and/or characters, or even make an impact of my rating. Still, wtf?
Nick got on my nerves. He’s 14, so that level of immaturity is expected to be there; but I was gritting my teeth so hard at his flippant attitude. He is respectful (which is good), sarcastic and funny at times, but so damn annoying his good qualities sailed out the window. Also, why is this guy hated/bullied by everyone? Even the damn principle was a jackass to him too. Really?
This is another one of those books where I say, “There was a lot going on, but yet.. nothing at the same time.” The book was slow at first, taking it’s time really getting into the action and swing of things. Then, when shit started to hit the fan, the characters would sit there and BANTER AND ARGUE. I swear, I have yet to read a book with so much random, unnecessary conversations and arguments in my LIFE. It was pointless. I felt like I was a passenger in a car when someone is learning to drive a stick. The rocking back and forth– always on the verge of whiplash, constantly breaking and stalling at the worst possible moment. I couldn’t follow and actually, skipped a little bit too, only to find that 10 minutes later (audio) THEY WERE STILL TALKING! Also, Nick would learn about something important. About the people around him, the world or ANYTHING, then someone would wipe his memory and we were back to square one with cynical, irritating “I don’t believe you!” *crosses arms and stomps foot* Nick. It was exhausting.
This may be where the other books in the series would come to play– but I don’t understand who/what Kyerian (Not sure if that’s how you spell it) or Ash is. That was never really explained into any detail. Coda, too. I did figure out who Ambrose is, because that was just obvious.
I don’t know if this was the narrator or the writing itself; but it was really difficult to follow the POV switches. There were often random, with no real break and it always took a good minute or two to realize we were in someone else’s head. Sometimes even “switching” in the same paragraph.. I enjoyed them though, because I got a break from Nick and we actually learned a lot about the world and what was going on around Nick. I liked the world, it was really the only thing I did enjoy. But speaking of the narrator; I loved how he nailed Bubba. Total redneck. LOL
My Peeve – Pretty much the entire book. I just didn’t like it.
Overall- Nope. I wasn’t a fan. I am on the fence whether or not I will try Kenyon’s adult books, ANY of them, just to see if this was just a bad experience or I am just not a fan period. Quite of few enjoyed these, so maybe it is just me. *shrug* In case you couldn’t tell– No, I will not continue on with the series.
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