Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Review: Infinity - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is renowned. But his whole world is suddenly turned upside down on the night his best friends try to kill him.
Saved by a mysterious warrior, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters - immortal vampire-slayers who risk everything to save humanity - and he quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one that's filled with all kinds of evil. Nick knows he's in real danger and he soon has a lot more to deal with than high school - all without getting grounded, suspended . . . or killed.
Chronicles of Nick Series:
(This is a YA spin off from Sherrilyn Kenyon's adult Dark-Hunters series)
The Dark-Hunters Series:
The Beginning (Short Story)
Dragonswan (Novella) (Were-Hunter 0.5)
Dance with the Devil
Kiss of the Night
Night Play (Were-Hunter 1)
Seize the Night
Sins of the Night
Unleash the Night (Were-Hunter 2)
Dark Side of the Moon (Were-Hunter 3)
The Dream-Hunter (Dream-Hunter 1)
Fear the Darkness (Short Story)
Devil May Cry
Upon the Midnight Clear (Dream-Hunter 2)
Dream Chaser (Dream-Hunter 3)
One Silent Night
Dream Warrior (Dream-Hunter 4)
Bad Moon Rising (Hellchaser 1)
Dark-Hunter: An Insider's Guide (Hellchaser 2)
No Mercy (Were-Hunter 5)
The Guardian (Dream-Hunter 5, Were-Hunter 6, Hellchaser 3)
Time Untime (Were-Hunter 7, Hellchaser 4)
Dark Bites (Short Story Anthology)
Son of No One (Were-Hunter 8, Hellchaser 5)
Dragonbane (Were-Hunter 9, Hellchaser 6)
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Nick is from the wrong side of town, his mother had him young and was kicked out by her family when she refused to give up her baby. As a result of this she struggles to make ends meet working as a stripper, she may hate her job but she will do anything to make sure Nick gets the education she missed out on. Nick struggles to fit in at his posh school, as a poor scholarship student he is bullied mercilessly by other students and hates that his mother makes him go there. Nick's life is changed forever when he is nearly killed, rescued by a mysterious stranger who also pays for his hospital bills Nick feels obliged to accept a job with him so he can repay his debt. Through this stranger Nick is introduced to a supernatural world he had no idea existed and suddenly school seems like the least of his problems.
I have been wanting to read Sherrilyn Kenyon's adult Dark Hunters series for ages but despite the fact I own the first four books I still haven't got around to starting it. I have to admit that I think I would have found Infinity less confusing if I had already read the other series, we are introduced to a lot of different characters in this book and unless you already know who they are it can be hard to keep track of them all. Having said that I still really enjoyed Infinity and I am definitely going to get started on the Dark Hunter books soon because I really want to find out more about Kyrian and Acheron!
Nick is a great character, he is streetwise and sarcastic and often had me laughing out loud at the comments he came out with. I really liked the fact that he has such a close relationship with his mum, since his dad isn't in the picture they only have each other to rely on and you can tell how much they love each other. Nick isn't ashamed that his mum works as a stripper and will defend her to anyone, in fact the best way for anyone to get a rise out of him is by insulting her. His mother has a strong moral code and has brought Nick up to know the difference between right and wrong. Although he makes mistakes he does try to do the right thing which is an admirable quality in any main character.
I've already said that I can't wait to find out more about Kyrian and Acheron but I also desperately want to know more about the Dark Hunters. We don't get much of an explanation about what they are and what they do in this book, possibly because most people will have already read the other series or possibly because this will be explained in more detail in future books in this series. To be fair Nick doesn't spend a great deal of time learning about the Dark Hunters in this book, he has more important things to worry about with some very strange occurrences at his school. I just found that a few things were a little confusing and I had to backtrack a bit to make sense of them.
Overall I thought this was a good start to a YA series and one that I'm sure will be popular with both boys and girls. The storyline is action packed and this is one of those books it is easy to read in one sitting. If you're already a fan of the Dark Hunters series I think you'll enjoy this even more than I did because you will already be familiar with the world and some of the characters. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series (Invincible) and have a feeling I'm going to love Sherrilyn Kenyon's adult series too!
Source: Received from Atom in exchange for an honest review.
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