Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6)

Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6)Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick, #6
Released: March 31st 2015
Publisher: Atom
Length: 464 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters— another day in the life of Nick Gautier– and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that’s hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it.
Apparently, not even saving the world from apocalypse has earned our Nick a bit of rest and relaxation. On the contrary, just days after sealing the portal with Caleb, Nick faces yet another danger of the supernatural variety and as always, he is the last one to catch up and see it coming.

Chronicles of Nick has been my go-to series when I want something well written, light and ridiculously entertaining. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s wonderful sense of humor remains this series’ strong point, but as the story progresses, more and more good things are piling up. The characters are becoming incredibly well defined, even minor ones, and Nick is still honest and kind, but seeing him experience disappointment and betrayal without becoming bitter or cynical is a true delight.

The most fascinating thing, however, is the progression of Nick’s relationship with Kody, from tentative friendship and half-truths to something steady, mature and completely reliable. Nick was really just a boy when the series started, but now he is an admirable young man, which is evident from all his relationship and especially his loyalty to Kody. His trust has even more weight when we take into account the simple fact that everyone lied to him at some point. No one, not a single person around him was completely honest and he just keeps uncovering more lies as he goes. But Nick always trusts, always loves, and his inherent goodness somehow brings out the best in everyone else.

The plot showed significant improvement over the last book. Kenyon brings in more mythology in each book, but things were pretty straightforward this time and I didn’t struggle to keep up like I did with alternate dimensions. The secondary characters were absolutely delightful as well, especially Simi with her barbecue sauce and threats to eat anyone who’s a danger to Nick.

Even with six books behind us, I haven’t once regretted jumping into this series. It’s not to be taken too seriously, but the humor is amazing and the characters are my old friends by now. I hope Sherrilyn has a lot more books planned. As long as she keeps writing, I’ll keep reading.

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


  1. You don't even know how many times I have almost picked this series up and now I want to even more. I love series that are just fun.

  2. I need to look more into series, have heard good things about

  3. Those series that are like comfort food full of humour and lightness and still with plenty of substance to keeping us reading! Nick sounds like a character I'd like to meet!

  4. Wow, there are six books in this series already Maja? I've read a number of her adult romances set in this world (OMG Acheron! *sobs*) and have thoroughly enjoyed them, so I know Nick's series would work for me as well. Glad Nick is growing and maturing with each book and has turned into a standout young man:)

  5. I love the old Dark Hunter series and I was so excited to read about teen Nick (a character that I deeply loved). My love for the DH series has waned with Kenyon refusing to give us more details about the core characters and going off to a new direction, but I have been curious about Nick. I know she's planning on writing an adult Nick book after this series is over. I've only read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. I should pick up the rest.

  6. I'm quite curious about this series. I should try one day to see how it is... I should continue the other one too... I think I'm at book 12... yeah a little late.

  7. Interestingly enough, I didn't know about this series. I'll make sure to put the first one on my list. Your review touches upon everything I needed to know. Mythology, decent plot, evolving & well-drawn characters - what a tantalizing mix! I can't believe I didn't know about it previously!

  8. I bought the first book when it first came out and STILL haven't read it. I haven't heard a ton about the series since so maybe I figured it was a dud. But I don't know, it sounds like I should pick it up!

  9. I could never get past the first book in this series. I was bothered by the middle grade feel of it. Maybe I should have kept reading. I like that the characters grow up and mature.

  10. I'm glad you've had better luck with this series. As much as I love Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, this one just didn't work out for me. I'm wondering if this book would cross paths with Dark Hunter though? Really curious to see Nick feel betrayed by Archeron's inability to save Nick's ???? and if he's really willing to do what he did. Lol. Spoilers.

  11. I have the first book but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It sounds so good though and what a refreshing change of pace to have him still be kind and trusting.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  12. Is this series still going? (Wow, that sounds bad. Didn't mean it in a bad way!) Love when there's a go-to series you can pick up for an entertaining read!


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