Book # 6 in the Chronicles of Nick series: Published 3/31/15
I borrowed this book from my library for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge saving me $19.99
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.
Ms. Kenyon. I love you. I love the worlds you create and the characters you fill them with. But. I did not love your latest release in the Chronicles of Nick series. I wanted to, especially after the last one which was AMAZING. However, I struggled with Instinct and it took me four days to read, when I usually devour them in a day. I know I’m not the only one, which makes me feel a tad better, because after checking some of the other reviews I find others bringing up the same points I’m about to make.
This book takes place over the span of one day after the last one left off. The biggest problem I had with this book is that nothing happen. Well, practically nothing. 75% of the book was the main characters standing around and talking about what needed to be done and waiting for the next aggressor to come knocking on the door and fill in back story. The book could have been condensed to the last 50-75 pages that held most of the action with some filling in of the important information that we did receive in the book, specifically about Nick’s mother.
So many of the main characters were missing. Caleb, Nick’s mom, Ash, Kyrian, Ambrose all absent or only mentioned for a few brief pages. This seriously hurt the story. That and Nick’s smart mouth is starting to get annoying. A little is funny, but there was just way too much in this book and the humor felt forced, or that it had the wrong tone to it. We did meet a couple of new characters that I am looking forward to getting to know in future books though.
The obstacles that Nick needed to overcome in this book also felt too easily resolved and his reaction to them didn’t feel authentic to the character either. He took everything just a bit more laid back than he normally would. Granted that could be the character evolving or growing, but it felt a little abrupt for a change of character.
While I’m glad I read it, and didn’t DNF it like I was oh so tempted to, this book just felt like filler between two bigger books. I’m glad Nick is starting to get a handle on his demon side, but most of this book was spent in filling in back ground information on supporting characters. Almost as if Kenyon is preparing everyone for when this spin-off world and the current Dark Hunter world will collide and join up in Nick’s DH book. There are a ton more CON books to go though, and if half of them that remain are like this one I kinda hope she reconsiders the number of book and condenses them.
Still a huge fan, all hail Kenyon, but this book was not one of my favs and if I re-read I’m going to skip it. If you are following the series though, I would go ahead and read Instinct even if it is a struggle.
My Rating: 2 Stars