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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday Book Review: Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Some of you may know that I originally had my own blog, Beauty but a Funny Girl, prior to joining Bookish (now Bookish Lifestyle). I was thinking the other day about all those reviews I left behind when I transferred and thought they should get some love too - no matter how badly written and newbie they come off! So I present to you: Throwback Thursday Reviews! Every once in a while I'll post an old review from Beauty but a Funny Girl, unedited in terms of content, with the exception of any spelling or grammatical mistakes. It's definitely going to be fun and interesting to see how my tastes and writing style have changed over the years!

Chronicles of Nick #3
Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publication.Date:March 13, 2012
Pages:365 (Kindle)
Published By:  St. Martin's Griffin
Website:Sherrilyn Kenyon 

Infamous on Goodreads
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The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters.

Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.


Originally posted April 29, 2012 on Beauty but a Funny Girl

In my mind, Sherrilyn Kenyon can do no wrong, so maybe I'm a little biased. I do love the spin she has put on the Dark-Hunter series with these books though. Each book gets a little deeper and deeper into Ambrose's attempt to change his past - I also like his segue into other "past-Nicks" - and how things are somewhat different compared to the past Ambrose knows.

I am also a fan of the fact that Adrian is beginning to play a part in Nick's saga, especially since in the original time-line he died when Nick was 10. The supernatural aspects in Infamous are not as prevalent in this novel as the first two and sort of take a back seat and the plot focuses on mother/son relationship. However, this in no way diminishes the story itself. We do learn more about Nick, his past (along with his mother's), his powers, and his drive to not become a tool for evil, but a tool against evil.

There are a few issues I had. The cyber bulling took a backseat and probably didn't really need to be a plot point, nothing happens to the boy who attacks Nick and puts him into a comma - Nick doesn't even see him again, and Cherise constantly doubts her son, even though he has proven himself again and again.

As somebody who reads the Dark-Hunter series, I love see these characters interact with teenage Nick. I also love references to things we know about: Acheron being offended about working in the sex industry, alluding to his brother/twin. I'm very curious to know how some changes will affect the world we already know about or how/if we find out about these after effects.

Definitely a good read in my mind. I loved the last line of the book. It's not new information for us (something we've known since the first book), but this little tidbit is not something Nick knew... until now. Bum, bum, bum. Don't go cheating and peek!

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