Invincible: Chronicles of Nick #2 (2011)
by Sherrlyn Kenyon
Read by Holter Graham
Summary from Goodreads:
Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.
His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.
But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…
The second book in this series is just as good as the first. Nick continues to struggle with the typical teenage stuff, plus dealing with his new found powers and the darkness that may be inside of him.
We have most of the same characters in this book as the last, with a couple of new people. Nick’s mom gets a new job as a waitress in the bar/restaurant owned by the local shape shifters. bears mostly but other things too. Some of the scenes in the restaurant are quite amusing. Also Nick gets a new tutor, Death. Yes, Death. I think this characterization of Death is maybe my second favorite that I have read. (My first being Terry Pratchett’s Death in his Disc World books, seriously people you need to read those!) Death has a very dry sense of humor, and has little tolerance for the smart aleck Nick. It is quite the comedy routine between the two of them.
The plot of this book, is a bit boring compared to the first book, no zombies chasing them. But it still moves quickly and it spends most of the time developing Nick’s backstory as far as his demon side goes. There is also more development of his relationship with Kody, his girlfriend, and her background. Nick and his mother’s relationship begins to show the strain of her not wanting to have her only child grow up and Nick’s increasing frustration with her. They still have a wonderful relationship even with it’s typical teenage parent strife and they always seem to get through their issues together.
Holter Graham continues to do an excellent job with the narration. He has the cajun and southern accents perfected, and I still really enjoy some of his voices for the supernatural creatures. I can’t recommend these books enough if you are looking for a fast, humorous supernatural read.
Here is a audio clip of Holter reading an excerpt from the book. It is about 6 minutes long but if this doesn’t convince you to pick these up I don’t know what will.