Monday, May 9, 2011

"Infinity" by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Infinity: Chronicles of NickFrom 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?"

While I have been a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Dark Hunters" series, I must admit that this book didn't do all that much for me. In all honesty I was quite confused by this book, I don't fully understand how a young adult who has most likely never have read Sherrilyn's "Dark Hunters" series as it is an adult series that is packed full of blood, sex, and gore (subject matters that are not as prevalent in YA literature), would be able to comprehend exactly what was going on in this book, when I, who, as mentioned, has read her series could barely do so (though I admit that it has been a few years since I last read her "Dark Hunters" series and over the years I haev forgotten various plot elements in the books, minor characters and so forth). I found myself more so trying to relate characters to one another, recall their histories and so forth while reading the book than enjoying the book itself.

I am further confused by this book because on the one hand it does seem quite adult (as a contextual background of Sherrilyn's "Dark Hunters" series would be somewhat necessary in understanding this book), but on the one hand it does seem to be quite juvenile with the video-game/zombie-infestation storyline.

What I did enjoy about the books were the characters themselves, specifically Nick. He was such a well developed character with his snarky yet absolutely caring and selfless nature (seriously, the kid was full of awesome one liners). And Acheron! Sherrilyn's "Acheron" is my favourite book in her "Dark Hunters" series and therefore I was super happy to see him play a role in this book, however I wish that his part in the book would have been less mysterious (this book is hands-down one of those books that provides you with more questions than answers).

All in all, I don't think that this is Sherrilyn's best book by any means and if you have picked this book up without ever having read her "Dark Hunters" series and set this book aside thinking that Sherrilyn's writing style wasn't for you, while I recommend reconsidering and trying out her "Dark Hunters" series!

Rating: 6/10


  1. ACHERON!!!! I love him so much. His book is one I adore, except I will never, ever, ever ever ever read the first 500 pages of it again. They about ripped my heart out and I can only re-read the Tory parts:) I've been really curious about this one since, like you said, the Dark Hunters books are full of sex and can be really violent at times, so I was wondering how Nick's story would work in a YA environment. Too bad it didn't quite work for you, but Nick's snark is always appealing!

  2. I need to go back and read this one. I've forgotten it all. I still need to read more Showalter. Can you believe I haven't read the Dark Hunter series (well, not ALL of them... I read one out of order.. lol)? Ah sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as you thought.

  3. This is one of the books I read before I started blogging and I bought it because of its cover. It was everywhere. I caved and bought it even though I have never read any of the authors adult books.

    I was a bit confused as it was clearly a complex world and I felt like I was definitely missing something. I had no idea it was a YA version of the adult books until after I Googled it because I was so confused.

    But about a third of the way I fell in love with the characters and got hooked. And it totally made me want to read the adult series.

    If you're saying this wasn't her best work than I really can't wait to read her Dark Hunters series!


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