Thursday, 17 June 2010

Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Publisher: Atom
Format: Trade paperback
Released: May 27th, 2010
Grade rating: B


Amazon summary:

Teenager Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is renowned. But his whole world is suddenly turned upside down on the night his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters - immortal vampire-slayers who risk everything to save humanity - and he quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one that's filled with all kinds of evil. However, before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students start turning into flesh-eating members of the undead. Nick knows he's in real danger and he soon has a lot more to deal with than starting high school: he's under pressure to hide his new friends from his mother and his chainsaw from the principal while trying to impress the girl he has a crush on ? all without getting grounded, suspended...or killed.

Review:

Sherrilyn Kenyon is another popular adult author crossing over to YA, and is one whose previous books I've never read, nor have any knowledge of. A quick overview of the Dark-Hunter series brought me up to speed, and I'm glad I read about it beforehand, as I did get a bit confused every now and then.

Acheron (Ash), Adarian and Kyrian are a few of the Dark-Hunter characters who show up in Infinity, and unfortunately none of them are explained all that well. I think Kenyon could have given them a more in-depth introduction because, like me, many YA readers picking up Infinity will have no idea who they are, or what their world is about. You can guess and fill in the blanks yourself, but it does get a bit frustrating.

On the subject of the Dark-Hunter men, Ash and Kyrian are brilliant. I love Ash, and Kyrian can kick some ass when he needs to. They're both mentors to newcomer Nick who, after getting over the presence of supernatural creatures a little too easily, embraces his purpose and gets on with slaying some zombies. I don't have a good history with zombies in YA, but I didn't mind them too much in this. Also, there are hardly any vampires in Infinity, so I'm hoping they'll be more prominent in future books in the series.

While it does have some flaws, Infinity is a compelling start to the Chronicles of Nick series, and has introduced me to some wonderful new characters. Kenyon writes with a strong personal flair which I enjoyed, though I could have done with a few less uses of the word 'dang'. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, and more of Nick's transition into the world of the Dark-Hunters. I think it's going to be an exciting ride.

13 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Thiss ounds pretty good, though as I haven't read any of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books either, so I think I'd have to look over the other series before giving this a go as well.

Great review!

Becky said...

Hmmm... I'm not all that inspired to read this as it sounds like you'd get more from it if you read the adult books first. Also there is the zombie issue. I am not a zombie girl. Thanks for such a clear insight into this one.

Kate Evangelista said...

I think that's a common problem when an adult writer crosses-over to YA. If you're going to bring your old characters into the fold, you need to explain them.

YA Vampire Books said...

Sounds interesting! Nice review!

Nikki-ann said...

I've not read any Sherrilyn Kenyon books, but a friend has recommended them to me.

Steph Su said...

I got stuck around page 34 or so. There's just something about her writing that feels a little...disingenuous to me. I'm not a fan of adult writers who cross over into YA, but really what they've written is what they THINK teenagers sound like, but really it's what their adult fans would like to read in YA. Bleh.

I might pick up one of her adult novels to compare though...

T.V and Book Addict said...

I'm curious about this one but I'm hoping I don't hate certain parts of the book like the too easily thing. That really gets on my nerves in supernatural books.

Sasha said...

I might buy this one! It sounds kind of good kind of...meh. Might be worth it though :)

Khy said...

I wondered why this book hit the NYT list and I had never heard of it. I didn't know she wrote adult. xD

But zombies? I may have to read.

Kelley Vitollo said...

I'm a big fan of Kenyon's books. I agree that it would be a little confusing if you hadn't read her Dark Hunter books yet. That being said, for the adults out there, the Dark Hunters are a fantastic series. Infinity was wonderful for me because I know and love Nick as an adult in the DH series. I was a little surprised at the zombie thing though. There aren't zombies in the adult books and I think that was just a way to bring Nick into the world of DH's. I hope there aren't more zombies throughout the series.

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Emelie said...

What..? I had no idea Infinity was a sort of.. prequel to the Dark-Hunter series oO' Or, I think so. I read 'Night Pleasures' recently and Kyrian, Ash and a Nick was in it.. I liked Nick in that one, but now, when I read your review, I'm not thaty excited by the book anymore.. I was looking forward to something different from Kenyon, and now I just don't know..

TheMoreYouKnow... said...

Honestly, don't judge it without first reading it. I have read it, and i stayed up for 9 hours one night without sleep reading it. There was no problem with her portraying younger themes, because it was as if this weren't fiction at all. And to those of you who say "eh, i don't like zombie books": there's much more to it than just zombies. It's a great book and a must read.