Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon – 5 Stars

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, #5)

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Book 5 in the Chronicles of Nick Series

I borrowed this book from my local library,  visit yours for tons of great titles you can read for free!

(You can take the librarian out of the library, but not the library out of the librarian…)

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

OMG.  I so love this author and all that she writes, especially anything connected to the Dark-Hunter world.  The Chronicles of Nick is her spin-off YA series that follows Nick in an alternate timeline as we follow his story as he tries not to become the most powerful demon in existence and the end of the world. This series is enjoyable on its own and the although it is so much more enjoyable if you also read her adult paranormal series, The Dark Hunters.  By reading both you really get an appreciation for the complex universe this author has created.  You also will get all the inside jokes and references to the other series.  There are 32 books in that complete series, get reading…   Don’t worry though if you don’t wish to take the time (but it is worth it) Kenyon still gives you enough information to make sure you don’t get lost along the way.

There was so much to love in this story, and it is going to pain me, but I will try to keep this spoiler free.  I am just going to have to find someone in real life that has read it all too so I can go all fan girl with them.  This is a book not to miss in this series.  So much was explained here I could not believe my eyes at times.  I tend to be a little slow at times and will not see plot twists coming until I am right on top of them, but this one I figured out!  Well Kenyon did practically spoon feed it to us over the first half of the book, but still I got it before it was printed in text!  Sorry, proud of myself.  Kody is a major character in this story and also Nick’s girlfriend,  she was also sent to this timeline to kill him and stop who he is to become.  In this book we learn who her parents are, sorry small spoiler(and all you are going to get),  we learn so much of her back story I could not believe it!  It is all coming together and I am simply amazed at where it is all going…WOW, it is going to be one hell of a ride.  From what I have gathered through online rumors and/or author interviews,  Nick’s series is going to cumulate with his own Dark Hunter story and I have a feeling it is going to be amazing, as big as Ash and Styxx’s stories.

At the end of the last book we were kinda left with a ‘What the Hell?’ feeling, as Kenyon dropped a major cliffhanger twist in the epilogue.  This story picks up right where that left off and we quickly learn what is going on.  If I remember right I kind of thought this is where she was going.  It was quite interesting and a we get to see a different side to some much loved characters, what they could have been life if they had made different choices or had different circumstances influencing their lives.  Of course in the end this alternate timeline from the Dark Hunter world was set back to where it should be.  There is much more to come as Nick still could be turned towards the dark side.  I am still blown away about the Kody character though,  it was almost more her book than Nicks, although his character developed a lot here too.

I really don’t have any negative points to share about the story, so I guess this is just going to be another love fest review.  But, if you haven’t read this series and it looks like something you might enjoy, do start with the adult series and read everything in order.  I know it is a lot of books, tell me about it, I’ve read most of them twice now.  The series will be so much more enjoyable,  and think of all the hours of great reading you will have ahead of you.  I have yet to come across an author that compares to Ms. Kenyon in story telling ability,  there are many that remind me of her, but she stand out among the others.  She can tell one hell of a story and writes a tortured hero like nobody else.  Her world is complex and a real battle of good over evil filled with such good lessons for life about love, friendship and honor.


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