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Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Cover art: Invincible Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Invincible - 2nd in the Chronicles of Nick series
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-59906-5
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, New Orleans LA
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sherrilyn's Website/Blog: www.sherrilynkenyon.com


Nick Gauthier is a regular teenage high school student, who’s just trying to stay out of trouble and trying to find the perfect girlfriend. That, unfortunately, is the life Nick wishes he had. Instead Nick finds himself in the midst of a world he has only dreamed about; a world full of vampires, werewolves and zombies. An unfortunate incident has landed Nick working for a vampire who swears he’s not out for his blood and now Nick is being groomed to be a Squire. Squires are the daytime helpers for the vampires (or Dark-hunters as they would prefer to be called) when they are asleep for the day. They take care of any errands that their bosses might need done. Nick is also learning that he has some special abilities of his own. With the help of some not so ordinary friends, Nick will learn divination in order to find lost things and slowly progress until he’s able to go on to more advanced magic.

Just when Nick thinks that good things are coming his way, a new football coach and principal are hired by his school. The principal seems to be worse than the last, because Nick is immediately singled out by him. He doesn’t think Nick has a fighting chance of doing anything good with his life and warns Nick not to cross the line or he’ll find himself expelled indefinitely. The football coach doesn’t seem to be much better, but is willing to cut a deal with Nick. Thinking this coach may not be so bad, Nick decides to take the deal the coach offers. After taking the deal, Nick is quickly changing his tune about how bad this coach really is.

It seems the coach is into a bit of a gambling problem and is singling out certain kids to help him collect items from their classmates in order to settle his debt. Of course, Nick is one he singles out and although he doesn’t approve of stealing from his classmates, Nick would rather not spend any time in jail for not helping the coach. One bright side to this whole affair is that Nick is now able to use some of his divination tricks and put them to the test. What Nick doesn’t realize is that things are not what they seem to be and he will soon find that a war is coming and that he will have to make a choice of which side he is on.

This is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick and is just as well written and suspenseful as the first. This is a definite page turner and I couldn’t put it down. Sherrilyn Kenyon never fails to weave a wonderful, character-driven novel every time. Fans of Ms. Kenyon’s Dark-hunter series will enjoy reading more of Nick’s back story. This series gives a little more depth to Nick and explains a bit of the other series. Young adults wanting to get into the Dark-hunter stories will do well to start with this series and work their way up to the more intense stories. I tried not to give too much away with this story, but if you have read the Dark-hunter novels you’ll know a bit about what happens to Nick and his friends. For those of you that haven’t, you will enjoy this wild ride and be forever entranced by the world of the Dark-hunters.

Jillean

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