Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: Illusion (Chronicles of Nick,#5)

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, #5)Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick, #5
Published: April 3rd 2014
Publisher: ATOM
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Deporitory

Be careful what you wish for ... You just might get it.
Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn't want to be the son of a demon who's fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.
But normality isn't all it's cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe... Even the son of a hated demon.
Most of all, he sees that his powers aren't the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can't imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.
Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.
I suspect I’m one of the very few people who are enjoying this YA spin-off, but aren’t at all familiar with the original adult paranormal romance series. In all honesty, Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series doesn’t appeal to me in the least. It’s not the type of thing I normally read, having developed allergies to PNR a long time ago, but her Chronicles of Nick, now at their fifth installment no less, are a whole different thing.

Even though it’s often more Middle Grade than Young Adult, I’ve been a fan of this series from the start. Sherrilyn Kenyon has a fabulous sense of humor and her series is often laugh-out-loud funny. Nick’s self-deprecating voice, his modesty and kindness, his protectiveness toward his tiny but fierce mother are all such endearing traits. He is an easy boy to love.

Illusion picks up exactly where Inferno left off, with Nick unwillingly thrown into a different dimension. Everything is different here: Caleb is human and a geek, Nick’s mother is married to Bubba (who just happens to be a shrewd businessman), and Nick himself, as Bubba’s son and not the Malakai, is significantly shorter, whinier, and entirely powerless. Kody is gone, the history is different, and Nick is, once again, in constant danger.

Kenyon expanded the world significantly in this installment, adding a never-ending number of enemies for Nick, and I must admit if all became a bit confusing. I kept forgetting the names and all the different species, I couldn’t keep track of all Nick’s friends and enemies even though I was trying very hard to keep track.

But the end result was still the same. I was entertained by Nick’s sarcastic remarks, warmed by his love for his family and friends, I cheered quite loudly when he faced his enemies and teared up when it all became too much for him. Not bad for a mostly Middle Grade series, huh? Not bad at all.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinion expressed in this review.


  1. no you are not alone!! I love this series but haven't read her Adult stuff yet:) I absolutely adore Nicks snark and can't wait to read this one :)

  2. I have been so curious about these and had no idea they were so good. I think I need to pick up the first book and read it, if for nothing else than because I am almost positive my oldest will really enjoy them as well.

  3. It's been a while since I read a book by this author. I read like the 12 first books in her original series but at the end I thought it was always the same. But I'm curious about Nick as I really liked him. I should try! Thanks for the review Maya.

  4. Oh right Nick...I never started her other series for real cos soooo many books

  5. I've read a bunch of her Dark Hunter series and really enjoyed them though I haven't read any of Nick. Sounds like I'm missing out! Poor Nick and all his enemies.

  6. I've been meaning to read this series for the longest time now. I love the covers of the books and I love how the story is told in the POV of a guy. Nick sounds like a great main character and I can tell that he would entertain me while reading. I also love a guy who loves his mother! :)
    I'm glad that you enjoyed this installment of the series even though it got a little confusing. Great review, Maja!

  7. I've been wanting to give this series a try for the longest time, Maja, as I know a lot of people who love it. One of these days hopefully!

  8. I loved the earlier DH books and Nick is a character that I adored from the moment we are introduced to him. I know the tragedy that led to him having a spin off and desperately trying to change his fate. I enjoyed reading book 1 but I forgot about it. Looks like I need to catch up!

  9. I didn't realize this was more MG. I keep meaning to try this series, but haven't gotten around to it. I just won a signed copy of book four I think. Need ot get after it.

  10. I haven't heard about this series before, but you've really made me curious enough to want to check it out, Maja!
    Thanks for your review!

  11. The expansion of the world and seeing Nick in the series sounds great.

  12. I am so glad that you posted this review! I was just at Barnes and Noble this last weekend and saw one of the books in the Chronicles of Nick. I thought it looked good, but now I'm reassured that it will be worth my time!

  13. I read most of the Dark Hunter series out of sheer boredom YEARS ago, and Nick was one of my favorite characters, so when Kenyon started this spin-off, of course I had to read it. And I really liked the first couple of books, but then I fell behind. I still kept pre-ordering the books, but I still need to read the last few. Maybe sooner, rather than later ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  14. I need to read this series Maja! I'm actually a big fan of her Dark Hunter series (well, mostly of Acheron - his book nearly destroyed me), so I think I would really enjoy this spinoff. She does have an amazing sense of humor, and I'm so glad that comes through so well in Nick's books! Fabulous review:)

  15. LOL Yes I started reading The Wizard's Promise without reading The Assassin's Course first and it was amazing :D I have heard such amazing things about Dark Hunter and I really want to read it but for me this spin-off series sounds even better! Great review, Maja :)

  16. This series is completely new to me, and I must admit you have me curious. Lovely review Maja!

  17. I bought the first book way back when it came out but haven't read it yet. I haven't read her PNR series either and this one appeals to me more. I don't see them around the blogosphere much so I'm glad to hear it's a series you like!

  18. It looks interesting, I haven't heard of the spin-off but I have heard of her dark-hunter series. Thought not at all familiar with her writing.

  19. OH I've never heard of this author before, but will keep her on my radar since so many have read and enjoyed her novels.

    Lovely review as always, Maja! <33


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