Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publication Date: May 25th 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Range: Young Adult
Date Scoot Read: March 2011
Scoot's Rating: 8- Really good!
Synopsis (via Goodreads): At fourteen, 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.
As if 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?
Nick Gautier is has grown up on the wrong side of the tracks – and his elite private school never lets him forget it. Struggling to keep his attitude in check while still keeping his pride is tough and Nick struggles to do the right thing just like his Mama would want. His life takes a turn for the worse when he gets tangled up in a bad situation. Toss in zombie football players at his high school and Nick’s life has gotten out of control. Thrown into a life he can barely recognize anymore, Nick and his friends struggle to protect themselves and their hometown. This book was just an all around fun read. The writing had a lot of personality and humor in it, as well as fast paced action. The character’s personalities were interesting and there were plenty of plot elements to keep you on your toes. I have never read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s corresponding adult series, so I came to this story with a totally fresh perspective. There were a lot of characters introduced, who I believe also feature in her adult series but I don’t feel like you need to read it first to understand what was going on. I loved Nick – he loved and respected his Mother and he was just an all around good kid. He wasn’t perfect, but he knew the bar was set high and he strived to achieve it. He was a witty and strong lead who easily sucked you right into his story. His smart-aleck comments were cracking me up. The story had a good blend of action, mystery, romance, and real life situations. The paranormal elements were occasionally over the top, but the story had enough layering and depth to make this a really good read and I plan to continue the series. I am curious to know what happens next for Nick and his friends!