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6.02.2010

Infinity by Sherilyn Kenyon

Infinity: Chronicles of NickInfinity by Sherilyn Kenyon
Review copy provided by publisher.

"...you keep going and going no matter what happens or what obstacles you meet. Over, under, around, or through. There's always a way. And if you have to chase something to infinity, strap on your big-boy pants, hiking boots, and go."

PJVs QUICKIE POV: The only thing of Kenyon's that I had read before was a BAD (Bureau of American Defense) novel. And being a not-so-happy fan of romance I wasn't too impressed. I just don't like the romance algorithm. So, Infinity I will say is my first "real" experience of Kenyon's writing, and I think I might just have to go out and buy the entire Dark Hunter series. Egad - where do I start??? Witty, raucous, and pungent, this is a BIG GIRL/BOY novel wrapped in a YA package. Built to entertain the masses the maturity of the content will entertain both teens and adults both. Kenyon throws you head first into the underbelly of the real New Orleans, the back streets and hovels where the werewolves and vampires hide. After you read Infinity you'll feel as if you not only got to tour NOLA from a locals perspective, but also got a zombie slaying 101 guide for real world implementation.

REVIEW:  Nick Gauthier is a fourteen year old boy, struggling between his poor-upbringing and the call of the streets and his mother's tenacity to get him off the streets and into college.  He has been blessed with a brain, so his mother has him in St. Richard's, a very exclusive richy rich school, where he doesn't fit.  Scholarship kid, wearing thrift store fashion just doesn't mesh well with BMW driving, trust fund babies. What Nick doesn't know though is that St. Richard's is housing more than trust-funders - it also has a few werewolves, demons and now zombies.

After a football player decides to take a bite (literally) out of his team mate, Nick's world is thrown into utter chaos. On the run and on the hunt, Nick is now about to get a crash course on the paranormal that he refused to believe in.  To up the stakes even more, it would seem the zombies might be gunning for him and probably because Nick might not be as human as he thought.

Fans of Kenyon, or just of the paranormally inclined young adult genres, you are going to want to read this one. The world is a lot bigger than most YA novels delve into, but it is not confusing and the plot stays on track.  You will not have to have read any Dark Hunter books to understand this one (I know, I haven't read any of them).

RECOMMENDATIONS: A bit of cursing, but nothing to get your panties in a bunch, this novel is safe for teens and mature enough for adults. UF fans will enjoy. This is not a romance. This is a karate chopping, kick butting, slap-yo-mamma action adventure with a male lead. Great for boys and girls.

Extra: After reading a few reviews on Amazon.com I started to see a pattern and would like to make an added observation on this review.  Fans of the Dark Hunter series seem a bit disappointed in this book and I think I know why.  This is not a romance. No steamy scenes, just some kick butt action from the POV of a young teen. Very different from the Dark-Hunter series.  Don't expect kisses...just a lot of kicking. Well there might be a kiss. ;)








15 comments:

Smash Attack! said...

Great review! I'm a big fan of the Dark/Were/Dream Hunters, so reading about Nick's past should proved to be very interesting. The series is massive, but the books are fun/sad/action packed - if you can get past the romance. Acheron is def. my fav. character in the series, and my fav book of the series. :)

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I still haven't read anything from her, although I've been planning to try the Dark Hunter series, but now I think I'll read this one first!

Lynette said...

I just finished it this weekend and I'm now going to have to revise my review because of you. LOL. I assumed it would be confusing for those who HADN'T read the series. I'm glad you didn't have any problems with it!

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

great review and I saw this book at the book store passed it by..guess I'll have to pick it up now.

Tina said...

Im excited to read this one...right after I finish Blood Ninja....hi-yaww...

ParaJunkee said...

@Smash - I'm really interested how my view might be different having read teen Nick first. All the girls at the signing seemed to like Acheron and Simi.

@Alek this might be a great place to start, especially if you like YA

@Lynette - I'll have to go check it out, let me kow when it is up. No problems at all with the series. But I am familiar with bloated PNR worlds...LOL

@Julie you might just have to ;)

@Tina - ouch...I think you round housed me in the shin...lol

mis(h)takes said...

I skimmed the review because I really want to read this one!! Nick is one of my favorite characters and I can't wait to start his story.

I hope you pick up the rest of the Dark-Hunter books! I love the series =)

Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

I haven't read anything by this author yet and I think I'm going to start with the Dark Hunter series and then jump into this. (Hopefully I'll get them all done before my trip to NOLA this fall!)

Great review!

Melissa said...

I've been curious about this one. Thanks for the review. Looks like something I'd really enjoy.

Rowena said...

Thanks for the review, I am SO going to read it!

Karen said...

I keep looking at the book at the store because of the cover but didn't know anything else @ it. Zombies?? I'm in! Glad to know I don't have to read the whole series first too. Great review. I'm kind of sick of romance books of late so this sounds perfect!

Marty said...

Sounds good. I'm waiting for my copy in the mail. Augh! stupid slow snail-mail :oP

Hope you can stop by and pick up an award I have for you.

http://darkwyrmreads.blogspot.com/2010/06/check-out-my-goodies.html

Athenna said...

I am currently reading the Dark hunter series and loveing it now i want to read this one too.. lol im not sure if i should wait till im done with the series. We got a copy at Paranormal Haven but Steph gets it since this is her fav series.. :( lol so i will difinately need to go and buy this one .. thank you for the great review

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Serifina said...

Great review, and totally agree with you about it. Glad you enjoy the rest of the Dark hunters series too- I do!

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