Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrator: Holter Graham
Series: Chronicles of Nick #1
Hero: Nick Gauthier
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours and 53 minutes
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: At 14, 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. Like 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 book was STUPID! There…I said it. Seriously the only thing that kept me listening to this book was the narrator…and even he had some problems.
The Story: Somehow I was able to figure out what the point of this series is: Nick from the future, who is now going by “Ambrose”, has somehow appeared in his past and is attempting to change his tragic future. Good idea, horrible execution.
The Humor: I admit I did laugh a lot listening to this book, even though most of the humor was childish and silly. I guess that is what I should expect from a young adult novel.
The Characters: I don’t know how anyone who hasn’t read the Dark Hunter series could even follow what was happening here. There was too much character name dropping, it was like the author attempted to cram in all the main characters from the first handful of DH books even if they had absolutely no purpose to the plot. Plus, there were all the new kids Nick goes to school with that I had to keep straight.
The Villains: I can’t even tell you how many different creatures and villains made an appearance here. Like with the abundance of characters, the author crammed all the different types of bad guys from the DH series into this book, even thought none of them were the REAL bad guys. No, it was just normal kids turning into zombies after playing a video game. Seriously? I freakin’ video game?!!!!
The Ending: I don’t even know what happened in the end because I was BEYOND confused!!
The Narration: The narrator was great keeping the energy and pace up while telling the story. He did well with distinguishing the voices, but my biggest issue was with Nick’s voice. Nick is cajun and the narrator gave him absolutely no accent. This author writes a lot of head hopping in the middle of scenes and I experienced a lot of difficulties recognizing when the POV shifted from one character to another…causing me even more confusion.
Overall Impression: I was okay, but not good
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*