By Sherrilyn Kenyon
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, the teenaged 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 chain saw 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?
I picked up the audiobook version of this popular YA series, and was impressed by the narrator. This book has plenty of snark, attitude, and supernatural beings. Nick Gautier is a kid who would do anything to please his mom, tries his best to not let the kids as his fancy prep school get him down for being poor, and is doing what he can to figure out a whole new world where he discovers zombies, werewolves, vampires, and vampire hunters exist…and maybe possibly demons and gods.
This book had plenty of teenage southern sass in it, which probably wouldn’t come across as well to someone who just read the book versus someone who listened to the audiobook. As a whole, this book was entertaining and introduced some mysteries to hook readers into figuring out just what the future holds for Nick. My biggest hang up about it was the swearing and the tone. If it weren’t for Nick’s near constant sarcasm, this book would be too dark for me. As it stands, I’ll not be reading the rest of the series. The sexual comments, liberal profanity, and demons, murdering, and the promise of even more mayhem as the series progresses turned off my desire to continue the series. However, if you like horror, demons, sassy southerners, immortals, and mysteries, you should probably pick this up. It’s a fast paced good read if you don’t mind the above mentioned content.
I give it a 3 out of 5