Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: May 2010
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from 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.
At first I did not like the narrator of this audio book, he really didn’t do much for the story in the beginning. Over time though I learned to really love his voice being Nick. I could just connect so well with this one while listening to it. Several times I would be listening in the car on my way to Johnny’s house and just be saying some of their phrases along with them because I could just predict some of the funny things the characters were going to say. Sadly, I had to return the audio to the library before I finished all of the discs and let me tell you that actually reading the last 100 pages of the book wasn’t the same as listening. This is the first audio book that I have listened to where I felt more connected listening than actually reading the book. I can’t wait to get to book two on audio because it will help me connect better than just reading the story.
I loved Nick’s character in the adult Dark Hunter series that Kenyon wrote before she went to YA with this series. He was always a comic relief for the very serious Dark Hunters and I’m so glad I finally found the time to go back and listen to Nick’s story. I would highly recommend that if you like adult romance that you read the first couple Dark Hunter books before you read this book because you will just connect better with the story and understand some of the elements a bit faster.
Nick’s story starts off when he is 14 and he is just trying to make the right choices but of course he can make bad decisions from time to time. He ends up around a gang of guys that are not any good and try to steal money and items from people. Nick gets involved in this trouble and ends up almost dying when he doesn’t go with the gang’s plans to rob an elderly couple. He is saved by a Dark Hunter who offers to help with his medical bills as long as he becomes his squire and runs errands for him. Nick thinks this is all too good to be true but he agrees and before he can really become part of the Dark Hunter world the Zombies start to appear at his school.
This leads to the great adventure of the story where the reader/listener gets to learn about all of the great characters. There is Bubba and Mark who run a computer/paranormal hunter business and let me tell you that Bubba will leave you gasping for breath with how many times his antics will make you laugh. Then there is Kody who is Nick’s love interest and there is some secret to her that we don’t really know too much about. Then there is the mystery about who Nick’s dad is and what power Nick is suppose to have, and the future that not even a God like Ash can see. Of course several popular Dark Hunters make appearances and it really just brought the Dark Hunter adult series together with this great teen story.
Overall, I have never really read a story that included zombies but this one was just so much fun and it will leave you laughing the entire time. Nick is very sarcastic and all the characters are just easy for Nick to pick on with his jokes. Plus Simi makes a great appearance in this series and I love her. You probably won’t understand the things she says if you haven’t read the Dark Hunter series to know who Simi is but she is so funny, think Ziva from NCIS, always saying the wrong thing even though she means well. There were a few bumps in this story but I greatly enjoyed seeing Nick again and I can’t wait to learn more of his story. Plus I just know that I have to join this crazy cast of characters for another adventure so this novel gets 4.5 hearts from me.