At 14, 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. 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. Like starting high school isn't hard enough!
Now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw 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?
©2010 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
As a lover of fantasy, mythology, engaging plots, vivid scenes, and memorable characters, this book was much better than I'm used to reading/listening to. Unfortunately I already listened to another book not knowing it was part of a series so some of the surprise was stolen from me. Regardless, it was an outstanding piece of work, and since I know what's going to happen already, I can recognize, and respect the excellent foreboding hints dropped throughout the book. Not to mention the heavy sarcasm does a great job of building a unique and rememberable character. The author did a great job of setting the scene and describing thoughts and portraying emotion. The plot had direction and the subplots helped develop the characters and further the main story. The narrator, in my personal opinion, was great. The main characters were distinguishable and the reading was practiced and understandable. That being said, there were a few rare times (two or three throughout the entire book) where I believe the narrator could've portrayed the intended emotion just a bit better. Just my personal thoughts.
Tl;dr, it was a great and detailed story with memorable characters with defining traits and a narrator who has obviously done this before. Will I get the next book? I've already downloaded the entire series.
I'm addicted to Audio-books!!
I liked that nick gets to talk to his future self.... if only we could all do that
I liked all the characters... simi is funny
I am a new listener to this series, however, I am a long time fan of Sherilyn Kenyon and her Dark Hunter series. So, I was shocked to hear that she is letting her main character's name be mispronounced throughout the book. It is jarring and irritating.
The story is fun and definitely geared to a younger audience, but still hits all the humor and drama notes that Sherilyn is known for. Overall, I think it is a great listen, but I am seriously disappointed in the editing.
Yes, i tried reading this to my son but just couldn't come close to getting the characters to come across as well as Holter Graham.
Love that we got to hear more about Nick from his point of view and Cherise is sooo loveable even when being obstinate about Nick, but absolutely adore Nakota and actually all the Characters, even Stone (grrrr to him)...
I love all his different voices for all the characters. Cherise is the main one that when i tried reading it out loud to my son i just couldn't get it right so we ended up listening to the audiobook together just for the voices alone :)
Action, Adventue, Bubba, and Zombies. This has it ALL!!
I am a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan and am soooo greatful to get an in depth look into the beginning of Nick coming into this strange, unusual and absolutely awesome world
I loved the story but having it read by Holter Graham was just phenomenal! he did such a great job at all of the characters. The sarcasm was perfectly adapted.
This book is a wonderful side story to the Dark Hunter series. It fills in the back story of Nick very well. I love that Simi was featured in the story!
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