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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250002826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250002822
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 5.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alternating tones, pacing, and inflections to voice all the characters, Graham smoothly narrates this action-packed, suspenseful tale, a must-listen for series fans. (Booklist)

[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene. . .Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days. (Publisher's Weekly)

Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels. (Boston Globe)

[An] engaging read. (Entertainment Weekly) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot fifteen times. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, Chronicles of Nick and the forthcoming Nevermore.

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By Tracey Riley on Aug. 11 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book. Sherrilyn Kenyon never fails to keep the reader interested. It was a fantastic look at Nick from before the dark hunter series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Chronicles of Nick & His Mother March 13 2012
By Kale - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Nick Gautier is walking the fine line between good and evil. With both sides conspiring to win his soul. This is Ambrose's last shot at changing his fate, and not all of Nick's friends are really his allies. Of course frenemies aren't so bad when you own father's out to kill you, demons are trying to enslave you, and your mom seems hellbent on ruining your love life and street cred with awful shirts and infinite groundings.

When trouble comes to his school in the form of cyber bullying, Nick makes it his new mission to find out who's behind it and stop them. But Gautier is going to have to be careful, making the wrong choice could cost him his life, his soul, or the people he loves.

Sherrilyn Kenyon is not only taking on the plight of good and evil to save or destroy the world, she's also tackling current trends in bullying, and the always popular parent/teen topics of sex, drugs, and drinking. Basically Nick might be too much of a saint for his age, with a mother who really doesn't deserve him.

This book spent a lot of time trying to lay out and redefine Nick's relationship with his mom. I found this dynamic as frustrating as Nick would, only I didn't love her in the end, no matter how much Kenyon tried to redeem her. His relationships with Caleb and Kody on the other hand were refreshing in between the verbal or physical bashing Nick took in this one.

Infamous started off great and ended with a bang. It wasn't as exciting to me as the past installments, but that was mainly because the author spent a lot of time laying the ground work for the series. The series is starting to take shape, but the main story plot seemed loosely threaded throughout the book to string together the bullying aspect. It was so strongly intertwined with the other story lines I felt it got lost at times, which I found made the plot hard to follow in the middle of the book, before things came together in the end.

Holter Graham did another amazing job narrating this series. Sometimes I feel like male readers don't do enough to emphasize female characters, but Graham never fails to create wonderful voices for each distinct character. He reads so clearly, recreating Kenyon's words with his accents, pronunciations, and diction which are always spot on. The Chronicle's of Nick really highlights Graham's strength, in matching a voice with the character's personality. Some narrators just change the tone of their voice, but Graham uses a mixture of vocal nuances, accents, and acting to deliver an auditory mirage of characters. Holter Graham is a big part of why I enjoy this series as much as I do.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Infamous, A Review for the Blog Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy March 13 2012
By Shauni - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Infamous, by Sherrilyn Kenyon pretty much says it all.. who needs to actually write a review? But I will try. When JK Rohling wrote Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, I hated it. It wasn't because it was dark, I got that, it wasn't poorly written, it wasn't about the fact that the world was out to get Harry, No. It was about the fact that 15 year old Harry had a huge attitude. It took me forever to realize that it was the only realistic thing in the book. I had a 15 year old male child at the time and it was like reading a mirror description of what I had at home. Why speak of Harry Potter in a review about Nick Gautier? Well because he too is 15 and Sherry got it oh so right. Yes, his trademark, Nick Gautier attitude is there but so is this dark, seething, brooding male of the human species.

Infamous is much darker than the previous two books and we see Nick's battle really gearing up. His relationship with Ambrose starts to make sense and we begin to get a peak at how Sherry is going to combine this Nick with the Nicky we have already met and fell in love with the early days of the Dark Hunter Series. We get a lot of information in this book and it leaves the rollicking good time concept of the first two books. But that makes sense, Nick is growing both as an adolescent human and as the Malachai.. The good news, even though it is most indeed darker than the previous books it in no way compares to Sherrie's offering to suffering and despair, Archeron, although it has it's moments. I suppose to really understand a character of such depth that Nick is turning out to be we must first understand how they came to where they are. Fortunately for us, we get Nick in pieces instead of all rolled up in one book. This way we still get to see the charming, snarky, pain in the derriere that we call Nick.

Infamous in many ways is about relationships.. Nick's relationship with Kody, Caleb and most importantly his mother. We also find out about Bubba and his family and get to meet his mother, the dynamics of this relationship come as quite the surprise. It also embraces the concept of creating a family, knowing who your friends are and in learning to trust them. We also learn that sometimes those that you think are on your side, aren't.

This story begins, the real story not the prologue, as Nick, Kody and Caleb walk into home room and discover that something nasty is happening at the school. First off there are horrid pictures of Brynna Adams (yes one of those Adams) manufactured and posted on computer.. then students are posting rumors and innuendo on another person's locker.. Then all heck breaks loose as Nick and crew try to get to the bottom of things. Nick has to battle Demons both inner and outer, in this realm and other ones.. He has to fight his mother to be heard, truly heard and worst of all, he is in constant battle with true evil, humans.

Along the way he is beaten, betrayed and not believed. Every time he does what is right, what we know is right someone takes him down for it. He has to battle his way through demons, makes his first sneak appearance into Azmodea and enjoys a rather strange first meeting between Nick and Asmodeus. Ok, could a meeting between those two be anything but strange? But I giggled my way through it, I couldn't help myself. Adarian Malachai makes his presence felt and in doing so we learn a few interesting facts about why Nick can be saved.. Nicky also makes a deal with someone that infuriates an unbelieving Ambrose.

As I previously stated Infamous is a dark, brooding, cacophony of the demons that control us but it has it's fun moments and it is endearing in the way Nick continues to really want to be normal, human and good. Yes, Nick has way more battles ahead but he shows such promise. Maybe Ambrose will finally be happy. Do I recommend this book, heck yeah.. it is a must read for those who are following Nick's chronicles but more than that it stands as a wonderful example as why Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the leading PNR writers today.

24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The mother has got to go! March 16 2012
By Amanda Welling - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I was really excited to read Infamous! I'm a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and I admire her so much as a writer, plus I am pretty sure I've read almost all of her books. The Dark Hunters series is one of my favorites, as is The Chronicles of Nick. She is another author I would love to have the chance to meet someday and have her sign all of the books I have written by her.

First 50 Pages: I feel as though Infamous started out slower than the previous two books in this series, but it quickly picked up the pace just a few chapters into the story. Like with her other novels, Infamous is action packed with a lot of emotion and great quality writing. Nick even begins to grow up a little bit in this book, since he is now (finally) fifteen. I also think that the plot is starting to merge with the adult Dark Hunters books, as more characters from those books are starting to pop up! Yay!

Characters & Plot: I'll just come out and say it right not that this wasn't my favorite book in the series so far, and most of it stems from the themes and one particular character, which I'll uncover in a little bit.

Infamous begins with yet another disaster at the school, with rumors and secrets flying all over the place. There is some major gossip going on as well as some serious cyber bullying. As if zombies and demons aren't enough to worry about, right? Nick tries and tries to make everything right again, but he keeps getting put into difficult situations he really has no control over. Trouble just seems to follow Nick around like a lost puppy, and unfortunately, he has to deal with the consequences. Let me rephrase that. Nick is forced to deal with crazy-as-a-bat mother.

I know that some people really love Cherise, but she drives me bonkers. Her character is so irritating to me in so many ways. I honestly wish she would just go away, and not just because Infamous featured her and her relationship with Nick so prominently, but because she isn't a good person and she has zero faith in her son. This novel revolved around Nick and his mother, and by the end of the story, I had had enough of Cherise. The way she speaks down to him is horrible and she acts like he deliberately gets himself into trouble, or she treats him like a baby. I just really do not like this character and I'm not sure how anyone can like her.

Along with the annoying motherly issues, came other issues I found slightly annoying. The themes of this book felt scripted and preachy, something that I didn't find was a great asset to the novel. Infamous felt like it really wanted to drive home certain points in a non-subtle manner. I'm guessing Sherrilyn Kenyon very much wanted teens to know that drinking, using drugs, and pre-marital sex are super bad and evil. The teen angst in this book was also off the charts, but with Cherise breathing down Nick's back every two seconds, I can see why he seemed, well, so teenagerish.

Now, all of this isn't to say that it was a bad book, because it wasn't. I liked a lot of other things about it too. Like I said before, the plot between the adult books and this series is starting to converge a little bit with the introduction of characters from her other stories. I have a feeling that there is still a few books to go before we really see huge, major changes. Nick also seemed more mature and less childlike in Infamous, much to my delight. I still would like to see him mature a lot more before this series ends, but this book is a step in the right direction.

Final Thoughts: Even though Infamous isn't my favorite in the series, I would still give it a good recommendation to pick it up and read it. Sherrilyn really is a great writer and The Chronicles of Nick series is wonderful as a whole. I think other people won't judge Nick's mother as harshly as I have and its more of a personal preference then a problem with the author's writing. I am excited to see what Nick does next!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tired of the nagging mother! March 20 2012
By Wendy - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love the Chronicles of Nick series! I found the first book by chance when I didn't have anything else to read. I have read the Harry Potter and Twilight books so this one fit right in with the paranormal characters. The first two books were great! They were funny and had lots of action and suspense too. Sorry to say though, this book was slow to get going and I would have to say about 40% of it was all about Nick and his mom fighting, her insulting him, her not believing anything he says, not wanting to hear any arguments or reasons, and alot of cajun cliches. I hope Sherrilyn Kenyon isn't running out of things to write about with these books, but it looks that way in Infamous. Also, some of the arguments went on for several pages and I have to say I got tired of it. When the book was good, it was really good! Nick had his usual struggles and bad luck and there is a character that has been talked about that finally comes face to face with Nick, so that helped with the action and suspense. You will also read more about how Nick came to be, and that helped make sense of why his mother had him so young. I will keep reading them, just hoping there is more action with Nick and his powers and more interaction with the other paranormal characters, and a whole lot less cliches and Cherise nagging.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Please read this review if you want to buy this book Sept. 8 2013
By BiggestTombRaiderFan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just got done reading this book and that ending makes you want to buy the next one to see what happens. I know everyone has different taste in books and you cant always be pessimistic about them by what people say, but I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they like really slow plots. The first 270 pages nothing happens its just like everyday school life of them just hanging out and basically like a introduction. I mean like the only thing you will really remember about the book is when he gets the shit beat out of him thats it and some other things. Its like Sherrilyn Kenyon did not know what to do or she ran out of ideas who knows, but this could have been a lot better. The end was really bad too there is just one thing that kinda makes you want to read the next book but not much. The characters were put together really well, but there were so many it was hard to keep track, but maybe that was just me. I also had to force myself to finish it so I can give a review on it.I may read inferno, but I'm going to read something else first.