by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holter Graham (Narrator)
Audio EditionRead August 31, 2014

Original Release Date:May 25, 2010

Length: 464 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the Chronicles of Nick series

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?

My Take:

I have never read a book  by Sherrilyn Kenyon before. Apparently this particular book is a spin-off of her Dark Hunter series. Of which, I know nothing about. Not a thing. Except it’s a long and popular series. This makes this series, which appears to be brand new and geared to a young adult audience, a bit confusing. Though the Dark Hunter world is kind of explained, there are still a whole, heck of a lot of things going on that I know nothing about. I don’t really know anything about the dark hunters. Though Nick is thrown into that world because he’s a Malachai. What is that? No clue, except we know that’s Nick’s dad’s last name. So there’s a lot going on. The story is actually really cool, confusing, but cool. It did make me want to pick up the whole series and start from the beginning. There are tons of books in the Darkhunterverse. I’m just going via the goodreads list and starting from the top. Kenyon has Were hunters and dark hunters and Nick and other randomness and they are all intertwined. It’s crazy. Oh right this book. Nick…well….Nick is a teenager…his dad is super evil and in prison….and his mom’s a stripper. Nick is a very intelligent kid who’s in a private school on scholarship, something he is endlessly picked on for. He is they typical poor kid in a rich school story. Except this school is now full of ‘zombies’ and shifters and demons. Nick is a bit thick. He sees all this supernatural crap and still is like, “zombies aren’t real! Yeah I got bit by one but totes fake.” He battles all these supernatural beings but still has this crazy sense of disbelief. There are twists in there which are interesting, but probably more so if you actually know the dark hunter story.

Overall, yeah the story is full of action, a lot of the side characters are fun, Bubba is my favorite, but I can’t say you will fully understand what’s going on if you’re new to this ‘verse.

Audio note: I had this on Audio and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the narrator, he was alright, does great voices, but all the teens sounded the same. He was awesome in the adult narration, but all the kids sounded so whiny and petulant. That is all I have to say about that.


“Far be it from me to ever let my common sense get in the way of my stupidity. I say we press on.”

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