Quick Review: Intensity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

intensity I have missed my sassy Cajun, Nick and his friends.  Eight books in and boy that boy has been through a lot.  This is the last book in the Chronicles of Nick but not really as it’s lead in to a spin-off series, I guess? I’m not really sure how I feel about it.  First, the book was fun and zippy.  Just like the other books in the series, it’s no-stop from the beginning to end.  It’s fast paced that I had to slow myself down or I would have read it all in one sitting.  Nick’s son, Cyprian Malachai has come back from the future to make sure that Nick stays on the path to destroy the world.  In doing so, he frames Nick for the murders of his former friends that kicked off the whole series.  That plot line is actually a nonentity in the book itself as it’s quickly resolved but it does lead to Nick start to understand what is really going and how to stop it.  The one thing that has separated Nick from the all the Malachai’s before him is that he was loved by his mother and he has the loyalty of his friends.  Cyprian makes it clear that one of the reasons he hates Nick is that he is well liked while Cyprian is not.  This seems kinda weak to me but who am I to judge.  I’m sure we will get more in the Shadows of Fire series that will feature both Cyprian and Nick.  So how does Nick defeat his foe.  Obviously major spoilers so if you want to read more, check under the cut.
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Quick Review: Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon

invisionThis is book 7 in a wildly entertaining series.  Nick is fantastic as always with his wit and charm (he thinks he’s charming).  He can annoy even the most demonic of demons.  I love him. If you haven’t read any of these books, check out my Series You Should Read from last year because you really should read!  It’s one of those books that I can’t help but laugh out loud while reading. It’s funny.  It’s insane.  The situations that Nick and his friends get into are pretty insane.  And as sassy as Nick is he’s not alone in his sassiness.  Caleb, Kody, Acheron, Kyrian can give it right back to him and it’s awesome but no one can compare to my favorite barbecue-toting demon eater Simi.  No one tops Simi in hilarity.

Anyway, Nick has got a glimpse of his possible futures and no matter what he tries to do to stop himself from the fulfilling his destiny of destroying the world,it happens anyways.  So he chooses to drown his sorrows in beignets.  It sounds like a good idea to me too.  When word gets out that his once thought dead friend Zavid might not be dead, it breaks Nick out of his funk.  Nick has many virtues and one is how loyal he is to his friends but of course going after Zavid is not the best plan since he is being held by Noir, one of his many enemies.  Plans to rescue Zavid on hold, when Nick starts to lose his powers. The only way that Malachai can lose his powers is when his sons starts to gain his. Nick doesn’t have a son.  He hasn’t even had sex!  How can he losing his powers!  As the team try to figure out what’s going on.  Battle more demons. Do a little time traveling.  They make it through the day but not without sacrifices.  All of the books are fast paced and action packed.  It literally goes from one crisis to another.  It makes it very hard to stop reading because you are at your train stop and you have to go to work.  Work.  It just gets in the way.  You would think after seven books that it would start to get stale or repetitive but no.  Maybe that’s because they are not particularly long books so there isn’t a lot of filler.  Yet each character has a backstory.  They all have a role to play in the story. Nothing is wasted.  It’s just plain fun. Seriously, you all should read them.

My To-Read List for the next month or so

My to-read pile is going to get a little bit of work out in the next couple of weeks.  Not only is the The Raven King finally coming (just in case you haven’t heard) but several other books I’ve been waiting to read are also coming out. Apparently May 3 is the day to release books with four books on my list. It’s also the time for series to end with The Raven Cycle, The 5th Wave, The Selection, and the Taking series are all coming into their conclusions. It’s strange how so many of my series are ending this year but I guess that’s just the way it worked out.  This is all great but I wish they all were spaced out a little bit. I can only read so much at a time.

April 26

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Soldier (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa

May 3

The Hidden Oracle (The Trails of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Invision (The Chronicles of Nick #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

May 10

The Countdown (The Taking #3) by Kimberley Derting

May 24

The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

I obviously have a lot of reading to do. What are you looking forward to reading in the upcoming weeks?

 

What do you do about alleged Plagiarism?

This Tuesday Cassandra Clare is set to release the next book in her Shadowhunters Novels. Her series is highly popular and is now on it’s third series inside this world.  The previous The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices were highly successful.  The former has already inspired a movie (a really bad one) and a TV show (from what I’m told is actually not bad and is doing well in the ratings but I personally couldn’t get past the first 2 episodes). Unfortunately the release of Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices series is under a little bit of a cloud.  Sherrilyn Kenyon, the author of the Dark-Hunters series, is suing Clare for copying her ideas.  Kenyon’s series was first published in 1998 and Clare’s in 2007. They both center around an elite set of supernatural warriors that defend the world against demons and other supernatural beings.  Clare has of course denied it by saying she wasn’t influenced by Kenyon’s work.  I have read all of Clare’s books but I haven’t read any of Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters books.  I’ve read the Chronicles of Nick, which I love.  Seriously, I can’t recommend it enough.  The series is a YA spin-off of the Dark-Hunters series and has overlaps with her original series, with characters appearing in both.  Are there similarities? Sure? Probably?  I don’t think the idea of elite warriors who fight demons is new or original.  So I’m not sure what the outcome is going to be but does it matter?  Should I be concerned that Clare might have taken some ideas from Kenyon?  It hasn’t changed my opinions of her books.  They may have similarities but they are both very different in tone and style that they don’t feel the same.  Actually, until this lawsuit I didn’t even occur to me that they were similar.  Not the same way that drew comparisons between Julie Kagawa’s Talon series to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series.  I wouldn’t say that one copied another but they definitely pulled from the same ideas. I think this gets a little murkier is the fact that Clare has been accused for plagiarism before.  During her fan fiction days, she was accused of adding quotes from TV shows and whole passages from an out-of-print book. There are whole debates about the ethics of fan-fiction.  Some would argue that fan-fiction itself is a form of plagiarism.  Needless to say this doesn’t help Clare’s cause but I don’t think it necessarily proves anything either because again, I think there is some ethical murkiness when it comes to fan-fiction. From what I’ve read, Fifty Shades of Grey is far closer to Twilight then Clare’s The Draco Trilogy was to Harry Potter but I can’t say for certain.  So where does this leave me?  I had already bought my copy of Lady Midnight before this came out so I will read it but my excitement towards it has lessened.  As readers do we have a responsibility here or not? If so, what exactly is it?  I’m kinda I’m curious to hear what others have think about this.

Quick Review: Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Featured imageI will say this for Nick Gautier. His life is never boring. He would tell you that is a bad thing but it’s way too entertaining.  I don’t know even where to begin to talk about this book without spoiling the previous books so I’ll keep this short. I’ve already talked about this series before so you know how I feel about Nick and his friends. Instinct is no different.  It’s the same snarky Nick as always.  He gets into trouble but always talks or finds away out of it by staying true to himself.  He’s not about to let destiny take control of him and his future.  In the past books, he’s friends had to really step up and help him out but this one, he was basically on his own.  It’s been two years since he found out who he really is and who his friends really are and is finally starting to come into his own.  I know there are a couple more books to go but I feel like we are starting to see the endgame for the series.  Also a bonus is that all of these books are very fast paced and fast reads. Nick is always tasked with multiple crisis’ that seemed to have  nothing in common yet always do that keep him going back and forth between the two but the reader never gets tangled or confused as to what’s going on.  You are there for the ride as is Nick.  So Yeah!  Well done.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

Series You Should Check Out: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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. Featured imageFeatured image

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.

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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.

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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.