Invincible (Chronicles of Nick #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Publication Date: March 22nd, 2011
St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Hardcover, 420 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.
His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.
But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…
I keep hoping that this series will get better. But so far, I’ve not seen even a shadow of talent that I’ve come to know of Sherrilyn Kenyon. This isn’t the action-packed, adrenaline rush that I’m used to reading. This book for example, moved at such a snail’s pace. I got to page 255 and still, nothing had happened. It was also at that point when I realized that I was reading for the sake of reading, unable to care what happened either way. Consequently, by page 272, I knew I was postponing the inevitable. I was wasting my time. 

Three-quarters of the book dealt with the aftermath of the quasi-zombie apocalypse from book one. By now, everyone has been paying attention to Nick. Everyone, including the dark forces that want to dominate the world in utter supremacy. The theory is, Nick is the only person who can destroy humanity and reign as king of all. So there are forces who wanted him for their purposes. On the flip side of the coin, there are also the good forces that are determined to keep Nick’s humanity in tact so the whole thing was like a tug-of-war. Since this is only the second book of the series, it’s still hard to decipher the players of the game. Just when you think you’ve got all the teams figured out, Kenyon would insert this nugget of a doubt to mess it all up.

This book is also about Nick’s slow realization and awareness of his powers and the people who are helping him embrace them. My main problem with this book was that the story line seems to be disjointed. I had a hard time following how the evil coach was pertinent to Nick’s coming into his own. This book just seem too disorganized for me to follow.

I still adore the characters – majors and secondary. If there’s anything that Sherrilyn is good at, it’s creating a diverse characters but remaining genuine to her Dark Hunters series.

VERDICT: The allure that Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote this series stops here for me. Half the time, I was encumbered with boredom and restlessness while reading these books. I’d come to a conclusion that Ms. Kenyon’s forte will always be Adult PNR and I’ll be the first in line should she start a new series along that genre.

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