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Sherrilyn Kenyon: Chronicles of Nick, Infinity

Well, I can certainly count on Sherrilyn Kenyon for some good paranormal action. This one is YA but once you get hooked on an author, it doesn’t matter what type of book comes out if it’s on the level with previous ones. Ok, so I don’t love all of her books but I did enjoy many of the Dark Hunters books to keep on buying them and enjoying them.
And that brings me to Nick Gautier. I saw some reviews before I got my hands on my copy and most of the problems reviewers had with this book was lack of knowledge about the world where all this is happening. It is very true. While reading, I kept thinking how I know all the characters already Kyrian, Acheron, Simi, Nick’s mother, all the different paranormal factions, who squires are, etc.
I can see how it might detract from a complete reading experience.
Before you continue reading, some spoilers are ahead.

The Dark Hunter books are set in real time (I mean when they come out, that’s approximately the time they are happening). We get to know Nick as a grown man (not very grown, but no longer a teenager). And stuff happens to him in those books.

Here, we follow Nick when he is 14. I for one, couldn’t have guessed what Mrs Kenyon was going to do with the fact that it’s Nick’s childhood and I’m a bit scared where she’s going with it.
Because, you see, Nick is reaching through his adult persona (who is terribly powerful and can tip the balance of the world) to his teenage self in the hope of changing his own future. I love the premise because I know why would he want to do that and it will make his teenage life that much more interesting, but what happens to the world where Nick’s childhood is changed and all the Dark Hunter stories are already written and have happened. You change the life of one person and inevitably, everyone that person is connected to has to feel the backlash. So, that is what I’m scared of but I’m keeping my hopes up. So far I was never disappointed by Ms Kenyon (I could do with her characters not having to suffer so much but those are her stories to tell after all).

Now I’m off to check when is the  next Nick installment coming out. πŸ™‚

What kind of a reader am I?

It seems I won’t be doing much smelling this week. I have a cold (again) and it’s been progressing so today I’m home (no work for me). I thought I might walk through this one like I did with last 3 this season, but I’m really feeling awful and I can’t use my nose for nothing (that includes breathing as well).
So, while I can’t sniff anything, I was reading today and I finished 2 books. And that I added them on the list of 100+ challenge, I realized that I don’t know what genre can I put Sherrilyn Kenyon book into. I’ve finished the second League novel, Born of Fire and I’m wondering if I can put it onto the speculative fiction challenge since it has some science fiction and an action love story, so I guess it could belong there. But as I was wondering if that is where I can put it, I thought to myself what kind of a reader am I that I can’t even say into which genre the book I just read belongs to?!
Is it just me or do the genres overlap more and more and get ever wider and wider? I mean, this paranormal, urban, romance something did not exist 20 years ago or did it? It feels like I can no longer say with any real feeling that I know what I’m talking about what exactly am I reading. It just makes me feel stupid. All other blogs I read don’t seem to have that problem and I struggle with the feeling that I might be missing something and not talking intelligently about it because I’m not even sure what that actually is. πŸ™‚ Did I just lose everyone with my train of thought? πŸ™‚
So, I thought maybe putting it into words might help me, and in the end I decided to put it into speculative fiction and if I’m wrong somebody will probably point it out to me (people tend to point to mistakes one makes so I’m counting on mine not going unnoticed).
While I already mentioned Born of Fire, just a quick rundown of the book. I actually liked this one better than the first (not that anything was wrong with that one). The female character is someone I can relate to more easily than the one from the first book. The principle is the same, wronged hero, a heroine on the side of good who doesn’t initially recognize his goodness, bad stuff happening, love winning in the end. What better way to de-stress after a bad day? πŸ™‚
And btw, what’s with book 6 in the series?! Speaking generally. I finished book 6 of the House of Night and almost hurled it across the room. All other books ended with a some kind of closure. Not book 6. Book 6 ended with an unbelievable cliffhanger. Reminded me straight away of Harry Potter book 6. Anyone read that when it came out and you had to wait 2 years (or sth like that) for the last one? I hate it when writers do that. Thank god, it’s only a few month until book 7 is out.
Now I’ve come up with a new rule. I’m not reading series with books that have number 6 out and 7 not. I’m waiting for book 7 and then reading.
Ok, that’s it from me for today. I hope I’m better soon.

WoW: Sherrilyn Kenyon, The League

First off, I have to say I hate her name, I never know if I wrote it correctly (the “y” place keeps bothering me). πŸ™‚ But that’s about the only thing that bothers me in regard with Mrs Kenyon. Everything else is great and I hope she lives to see my death and keeps writing until then. So I have a lifetime supply of her novels.

I just finished her Born of Night novel, the first in The League series (there are two more at the moment). It turns out, she wrote this in a much smaller format years ago and it went out of print (if I remember correctly) and now it was re-issued and although I didn’t read the original, I’d say improved. I don’t see how something can be taken away from the story.
I wonder how many of you are familiar with SK, she is one imaginative and proliferate writer. Not that I mind. πŸ™‚
I first started reading her novels with the Dark Hunter series, then some Dream Hunters and I think I did read one of the Were Hunters but can’t say for sure. I’ve read so many of her novels, I’m a bit lost. It is very good that her site offers reading order for all the books and series, otherwise one would be completely lost. I’m not even going to go into all other series listed on the site.
What many of her characters have in common is that they all suffered through great injustice and usually a lot of physical pain as well, and in the end all of them turn out as fierce, loyal and positively good protectors sometimes because they find love (although they always had it in them) and sometimes just because that is what they are and they cannot go against themselves.
The good thing is there is always a love story (never an easy one) and even though there are typical things I already mentioned in all of these novels, the characters are always different and stories never feel the same (taking into account the amount of them SK has written).
The League combines a bit of sci-fi (which is something I like) and the hero who has been wronged so much it is sometimes hard to even read it and the heroine had some bad experience from her youth as well. Their story isn’t an easy one but of course it ends positive. Otherwise I wouldn’t keep reading her books.
It also makes me wonder if something like that would be possible in real life – to go through such an ordeal (that is a serious understatement for the character from Born of Night) and emerge as a person who can love and enjoy life – ok, not immediately and without some serious help, but still. I want to think so – that goodness can and will prevail.
While looking for a photo, I came across some reviews on Amazon of this book. It never ceases to amaze me how people come to certain books/authors expecting something completely unreasonable. Especially if they already read some of the novels written by that person. I know what I can expect from SK and that is why I read her stories. As you could have probably guessed by now, I’m not always in the mood for some of the things I read, so I read according to what I crave at the moment. People are so eager and so liberal with criticism. I think about it this way – could I have written it? No? Ok, then, I’m not going to be hoarding criticism on that author then. If I don’t like it, I simply won’t read it anymore and problem solved.
Has anyone here read anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon? What do you think of her novels?
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