Next Week Kate and I will be going to New Orleans for the first time ever! To say we are excited would be an understatement. To celebrate our upcoming trip we are going to share some of our favorite books that place in The Big Easy. I’ll go first with the series, Chronicles of Nick. It currently has five books Infinity, Invincible, Infamous, Inferno and Illustion, with the sixth book, Instinct coming out on March 31.
The Chronicles of Nick is actually a spin-off series from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. I haven’t read them yet but there are many characters cross over between the two series. Nick Gautier (that’s Go-Shay, it’s the Cajun pronunciation and don’t forget it)is a streetwise kid from New Orleans. He’s the only child of Cherise Gautier, who had Nick when she was 14, the age Nick is now. Nick thinks he knows what’s what. He’s starting high school as a scholarship kid at a fancy private school. He is constantly bullied for his lack of finances and his forced wearing of ugly Hawaiian shirts but Nick makes do. Then everything changes when one day, he’s hanging out with his friends and well they try to kill him. He is saved by a mysterious warrior, Kyrian and is dragged into the world of the Dark-Hunters. Nick’s world will never be the same.
Nick is one of my favorite male YA characters. He’s so sarcastic that who could give Percy Jackson a run for his money. He always has a comeback and really it’s hard to get him to shut up. It’s really surprising that he doesn’t get slapped more often. With the meeting of Kyrian, who is a Dark-Hunter, a warrior fights a race that fights the dark forces. He soon finds the world is filled with demons, werewolves, vampires and worse and by worse, Nick himself. You see, Nick is the son of the Malachai. The most powerful demon that can singularly take down the world. There is only supposed to be one Malachai at once but his father has done all he can to stay away, even get arrested and jailed. Throughout the series, Nick is fighting his destiny to become the Malachai and destroy the world. The dark forces that created his kind will do anything to turn him and his friends will do anything to keep him, him.
In first five books, Nick has had to battle of Zombies of his classmates, vampires,and demons. He’s been kidnapped and taking to the demon realm. He’s also been taking to an alternate universe where he isn’t constantly trying to run for his life. With the help of his friends Caleb, Koda, Ash, Bubba and Mark he has battled the worst and kept his sarcastic sense of humor in tact. Now that he has accepted who he is he has to fight even harder to fight his own destiny. It hasn’t been easy since many of his friends have once been his enemy. For instance, Koda his girlfriend was originally sent to kill him and honestly may still if he turns towards the destruction of the world. Caleb is a demon that was tasked to protecting, Nick and sorta hated him for it. So yeah, it’s been rough. Despite all the darkness, Kenyon keeps things rather light and fun. I laugh so hard when I read them and I can’t wait for the next one.
New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for the series. NOLA, is known for it’s ghosts and haunting, voodoo queens that it’s no stretch of the imagination that there might be a bar run by werewolves or witches run classes in the french quarters. Or that it’s a doorway to other realms and there is a goblin market. I’m pretty excited to see where Nick hangs out. Have beignets at Cafe du Monde and walk around St. Louis Cemetery. I’m really excited to go to New Orleans and looking forward to what Nick and company do next.