Infinity: Chronicles of Nick #1 (2010)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read by Holter Graham
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
This is at least the second time I’ve read or listened to this book, and I still really enjoyed it. There are lots of great and funny characters throughout the book and the plot is just hilarious. For those of you that might know the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, this is the backstory of one of the characters, Ambrose. I have not read that series, but I might pick it up at some point. I really enjoy the author’s writing style and characters as well as the plots. There is a planned series of 14 books in the Chronicles of Nick series.
Nick is a wonderfully funny and snarky 14 year old, who lives in New Orleans. He has been raised by his mother and they are very poor, which causes all sorts of issues for him at his rich private school. He aced the entrance exam and received a full scholarship. I love his relationship with his mother, although he is constantly in trouble because of his hot temper and smart mouth with her. You can tell that he really loves her and wants to protect her from harm. I find it very amusing that she insists he wear these really ugly hawaiian shirts, because she thinks they are sophisticated. The author does a great job of relating what goes on in a teenage boy’s head and the teen attitude is there as well. Nick is very cautious of strangers, but he does take in stride all of the supernatural stuff that happens around him.
Some of the other characters that I just love are:
- Caleb, the demon who is Nick’s protector
- Kyrian, Nick’s boss
- Bubba and Mark, friends and owners of the only computer and gun store in New Orleans. They also go zombie hunting and teach classes on survival. Bubba is actually a genius, don’t let the name fool you.
- Nekoda, Nick’s love interest
- Simi, who is probably my favorite demon (at least that is what I think she is?) She is always talking about eating humans with barbecue sauce, everything tastes better with barbecue sauce. I just love the way she talks and her out look on life and she is totally devoted to Nick.
The setting of New Orleans is perfect for this book. New Orleans is one place I’ve always wanted to visit so I always love reading about it. The author even gives a little nod to Anne Rice and her vampires in the book.
Holter Graham does an excellent job as the reader. He has a great voice, and does girl voices well, especially Simi’s voice. He has a great emotional range as well, and does a great job when they are fighting zombies and doing other physical activities sounding out of breath and tired.
All in all a great listen or read, especially for the summer. It would make a great beach read as it is fun and entertaining.
Great Video about the first book: