Instinct – Chronicles of Nick – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon is my favorite writer of all time!

Nick Gautier is an awkwardly tall teenager living in New Orleans. Not only does his mom buy him hideous Hawaiian printed shirts that he wears not to hurt her feelings but he battles demons, vampires, zombies and ancient gods almost on a daily basis.

Two years ago, he was living a normal life…okay, it wasn’t that normal since his mom was a stripper and his dad was a felon but he discovered his life was not what he thought it was. He learned that he was a powerful demon called a Malachai with two prophecies…one he would destroy the world and the other he would not.

Throughout history, the Malachai have all been evil even his father was evil before he died but Nick was raised by a loving mom who would do anything for him including stripping but now she works at a legitimate restaurant and bar for some shapeshifters. She has no idea that the preternatural world exists and Nick wants to keep it that way. His mom means everything to him.

In the last book, his powers that everyone tried to keep locked away so some evil beings who are in another realm could not find him were unleashed. He has to learn how to control them or his Malachai demon could take over.

His day has already started out bad, he’s seen a ghostly image of a person in robes on a horse covered in scales ride through the halls of his school and passed right through him but nobody else saw it. His best friend, Caleb, who is also a demon has become ill and may die. There are weird creatures with scythes following him around. A storm hit the school and all the were-creatures are turning from human into their animal form. Good thing the staff is full of people called Squires who know about preternatural beings separated them from the humans so that nobody noticed. There are giant mosquitos and birds dive bombing everyone and now his mom has been kidnapped.

He has to somehow save his mom and Caleb while fighting all kinds of creatures and he doesn’t know who he can really trust. He’ll have to go on his instincts and hope that he can learn to control his powers without destroying everyone he knows.

I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books. I started with the Dark Hunter Series and quickly gobbled up every other series she wrote and am totally addicted to all of them. Her storylines are deep and complicated with a lot of back history on different mythological beings, gods and demi-gods from various pantheons so I get lost at times at who did what to whom and what powers everyone has but luckily, she does a great job of reminding the readers of everything so that we can keep everything straight. I believe a lot of the books can be read as stand-alone books and the books do not have to be read in order but I would recommend that they be read in order just to be safe and for the reader not to get lost or miss anything.

I think I may have saved the Chronicles of Nick for last, thinking it was only for young adults but I am glad I finally started reading them. I think two books were already out when I started reading them and then I had to wait for the next book. Waiting is so hard to do but Sherrilyn doesn’t make you wait too long likes some writers do. She is always putting out one book or the other from one of the series so she keeps me pretty satisfied. Her next book is Born of Defiance from The League series and out on May 12th, 2015.

Have I mentioned that Sherrilyn Kenyon is my favorite author?

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