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 such a difficulty? 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.
(Excerpt from GoodRead)
Reading this book, I found a new side of me that I honestly never thought existed. Now, before you think I mean that in a good way, stop. I bought this book the day it came out. I was first in line for it. I read it in one day and it took me until today to write the review because I just could not trust myself not to blow up in fury.
Never in my whole existence have I EVER wanted to reach into a book, wrap my hands around the neck of a fictional character and squeeze. I have never felt so furious then I did reading this book. It was only because I spent $20 on the book that restrained me from pitching it into oncoming traffic, setting it on fire and then pouring acid on the ashes.
I LOATHE Cherise Gautier! I loathe her the way I…. no, there is nothing I loathe more than I loathe her. There is no other hate as strong.. I have never felt this much hatred for someone made up. She is evil. I don’t know where people get off thinking she’s so wonderful and amazing. She is the poster child for what a mother should NEVER BE. Forget the vampires, the zombies, the monsters; she is it! I have two boys of my own and I would skin myself alive before ever treating them the way she treated Nick in this book. I never made it any secret that I wish she would just die, but I really, really wish she would already. It would be the best thing to happen to Nick. I SWEAR. In my eyes, she is the antichrist. If it wasn’t because I adore Ms. Kenyon’s writing, her Dark Hunters and her imaginary world, I would just forget this series and never look back. All because of Cherise Gautier and the bullsh*t she represents.
*Deep cleansing breaths*
Okay, enough of that.
On a happier note, I did like Cody much more. I didn’t mind her in the other books. She was there. She was cool, but I liked her in this book and the more I read, the more I thought maybe, just maybe, Ms. Kenyon was trying to make up for the lack of affection and love shown from his mother by the things Cody said and did, because I felt a lot of love from her in this book. She was awesome. Nick needs all the love he can get and I am so, so, SO happy that Ms. Kenyon surrounded him with people who BELIEVE in him and TRUST him and know he’s a GOOD KID! (Unlike certain people who SHOULD know these things, but is too stupid and Mary-sue to do so).
Of course, there is another part to the series coming out next year. I think I read somewhere that there would be one book every year until Nick is eighteen? or twenty-one? Which means we have a long, long, time before this series ends. Normally, I would be ecstatic by the news, but knowing there may be another eighteen more books with Mother Monster… I can only cringe. At the same time, I am praying we see very little of her in any other book.
So, in conclusion:
Will I read the next book? We’ll see.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Unlikely
Did I enjoy it? After skipping about 70%… yes-ish.