Review: INTENSITY (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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INTENSITY (Chronicles of Nick Book 8) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

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IMG_9760It’s a demon-eat-demon world for Nick Gautier. Just when he thinks he’s finally gotten a handle on how not to take over the world and destroy it, Death returns with an all-star cast that is determined to end the Malachai reign and lineage forever. Worse? Death and War have found the one, true enemy Nick can’t find, and even if he did, it’s one he could never bring himself to banish or kill.

Now framed for murders he hasn’t committed, and surrounded by new friends who might be turncoats, Nick is learning fast how his father went down in flames.

The heat in New Orleans is rising fast, and Nick’s threat-level has gone into a whole new level of intensity. He’s learning fast that when War and Death decide to battle, they don’t take prisoners. They don’t negotiate. And they’re both immune to his biting sarcasm and Cajun charm. To win this, he will have to embrace a new set of powers, but one wrong step, and he will belong to the side of Darkness, forever.

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INTENSITY is the perfect conclusion to an epic series. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series is a Young Adult series featuring Nick who is in her Dark-Hunter Series. I don’t usually pick up YA books, but this is a great series for teens as well as adults and there are a lot of characters from the Dark-Hunter series in the Chronicles of Nick series so I highly recommend reading it if you’re a Dark-Hunter  fan. Nick is one of my favorite characters in Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series and the Chronicles of Nick tells his story up to the beginning of his life shown in the Dark-Hunter series. It’s emotional, funny, and packed full of action and suspense. I loved this series and can’t wait for Nick’s adult book in the Dark-Hunter series and the spin-off series, Shadows of Fire, that I think will pick up where INTENSITY ended. Sherrilyn Kenyon is a master storyteller and I’m always get swept up in the worlds she creates when I pick up her books. I love them!

*Review copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Kindle | Amazon Hardback

Check out Sherrilyn Kenyon’s INTENSITY book page HERE

Amazon Series Link

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THE CHRONICLES OF NICK – Amazon Series Link

  1. Infinity
  2. Invincible
  3. Infamous
  4. Inferno
  5. Illusion
  6. Instinct
  7. Invision
  8. Intensity

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✿DARK-HUNTER SERIES BY SHERRILYN KENYON✿
✦Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/2eZUx7M
1. FANTASY LOVER ~ http://amzn.to/16ISJHM
2. DRAGONSWAN – Found inside the Other Worlds http://amzn.to/16ujtjq
3. NIGHT PLEASURES ~ http://amzn.to/12BAjbk
4. NIGHT EMBRACE ~ http://amzn.to/14vkpk7
5. PHANTOM LOVER ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
6. A DARK-HUNTER CHRISTMAS ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
7. DANCE WITH THE DEVIL ~ http://amzn.to/1fc574U
8. KISS OF THE NIGHT ~ http://amzn.to/12BCED0
9. NIGHT PLAY ~ http://amzn.to/15a2H80
10. WINTERBORN ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
11. SEIZE THE NIGHT ~ http://amzn.to/1dG0fHb
12. SINS OF THE NIGHT ~ http://amzn.to/1dfrJ7U
13. UNLEASH THE NIGHT ~ http://amzn.to/159TLso
14. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON ~ http://amzn.to/17W2u4B
15. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT SEARCHER ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
16. UNTIL DEATH DO WE PART ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
17. THE DREAM HUNTER ~ http://amzn.to/1c6QVug
18. FEAR THE DARKNESS ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
19. DEVIL MAY CRY ~ http://amzn.to/16IW0XJ
20. UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR ~ http://amzn.to/1dfsCxx
21. DREAM CHASER ~ http://amzn.to/14vlYhR
22. ACHERON ~ http://amzn.to/12BCeN5
23. WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
24. SHADOW OF THE MOON ~ available in the Dark Bites compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
25. ONE SILENT NIGHT ~ http://amzn.to/19T3ADG
26. DREAM WARRIOR ~ http://amzn.to/1c6S4C0
27. BAD MOON RISING ~ http://amzn.to/1dG1Qg8
28. NO MERCY ~ http://amzn.to/17VZHs9
29. RETRIBUTION ~ http://amzn.to/14vgQtZ
30. THE GUARDIAN ~ http://amzn.to/1dFZ1M5
31. TIME UNTIME ~ http://amzn.to/141dgUU
32. STYXX by Sherrilyn Kenyon ~ http://amzn.to/1d3CtWU | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-Cw
33. DARK BITES ~ http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
34. SON OF NO ONE ~ http://amzn.to/1GQKYUq | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1yl
35. DRAGONBANE ~ http://amzn.to/1H8NVNF | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2Pa
36. DRAGONMARK ~ http://amzn.to/2fYkwit | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-77W

THERE IS ALSO AN EBOOK BOX SET
✦The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kindle: http://amzn.to/1GQL9zj

IMG_0613Also check out Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Lords of Avalon Series she writes as Kinley MacGregor! I’d recommend reading it before SON OF NO ONE and then following the Dark-Hunters series order. The Avalon world overlaps with the Dragons Rising series.

✦LORDS OF AVALON SERIES by Sherrilyn Kenyon/ Kinley MacGregor✦
1. THE WAGER available in the DARK BITES compendium. http://amzn.to/1PUDwdM
2. SWORD OF DARKNESS ~ http://amzn.to/2g5Nxws
3. KNIGHT OF DARKNESS ~ http://amzn.to/2wyxgHj
4. SON OF NO ONE ~ http://amzn.to/1GQKYUq | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1yl
5. DRAGONBANE ~ http://amzn.to/1H8NVNF | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2Pa
6. DRAGONMARK ~ http://amzn.to/2fYkwit | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-77W
7. DRAGONSWORN ~ http://amzn.to/2kkwTG8
8. BATTLE BORN

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INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM SHERRILYN KENYON’S WEBSITE HERE

Shadows of Fire™

#1 New York Times and international bestselling saga continues…

The world of the Dark-Hunters® is unlike anything you’ve every seen before. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s dangerous…

And it’s a whole lot of unexpected action and snarky comebacks.

My name is Cyprian Malachai and I should have never been born. I know it. My mother knows it and most of all, my father, the Ambrose Malachai is more than aware of it. Every creature under the sun is out to end me.

But I don’t go down easy. Anyone who’s ever fought a Malachai knows that fact.

My father thinks that he’s heard the last of me . . .

He hasn’t. Our war is only on an interlude. It’s about to heat up and I have a massive grudge to settle. One that is far from over . . .

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**Please note that Shadows of Fire is a four book continuation of the Chronicles of Nick®, and is a Young Adult spin-off series from the Dark-Hunter® novels. If you’d like to read the ones with more adult content, they are listed under the Dark-Hunter series section.
The manga listed is for ages 14 and up.

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**Note to Dark-Hunter fans

The Chronicles of Nick *is* Nick’s real and true past. There is a huge surprise (several actually) in the series that I don’t want to spoil, but when you read them, everything you think is an inconsistency will make perfect sense to you. More than that, you will understand exactly why Nick is the way he is and why he continues to hate Acheron the way he does.

Remember the one promise that I try to keep in every book: Just when you think you know the truth about a character or event, you find out that things are seldom what they seem. Nick is one of those characters. There’s a lot more to our little Cajun than what you’ve seen to date.

Remember the one promise that I try to keep in every book: Just when you think you know the truth about a character or event, you find out that things are seldom what they seem. Nick is one of those characters. There’s a lot more to our little Cajun than what you’ve seen to date.

There are many, many secrets you’ll learn about a lot of characters, including Cherise and especially Jaden and Jared. Just hold on… you ain’t seen nothing yet 🙂
There are 8 books in the Nick Chronicles.

  1. Infinity
  2. Invincible
  3. Infamous
  4. Inferno
  5. Illusion
  6. Instinct
  7. Invision
  8. Intensity

There are 4 books in the Shadows of Fire series:

  1. Heart of Venom
  2. Will of Iron
  3. Fist of Fire
  4. Eye of Stone

Then there will have a separate trilogy of adult books to finish off the story arc.

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**Please note that the books listed under series are in their correct reading order even though they don’t have to be read that way. The ones listed under related are books/anthologies that contain characters from this series, but they exist outside of the series time line.

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✦Check out our favorite Sherrilyn Kenyon Quotes: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-iI

✦You can also check out an interview we did with Sherrilyn Kenyon Here: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1n4

*Interview was originally posted June 20, 2014  with our “Born of Fury” review. It includes some info about “Son of No One.”

✦Order Coloring Books HERE

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image imageThe #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

In the last few years, she has placed more than 65 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel, her Dark-Hunter novels are a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins. and the Chronicles of Nick manga are published by Yen Press. Chronicles and Nick and Dark-Hunter are soon to be a major motion picture and the Dark-Hunters are currently being developed as a television series.

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SURVIVOR (Book 2 in the Alone Series) by James Phelan

SURVIVOR (Book 2 in the Alone Series) by James Phelan
Young Adult
PUBLISH DATE: April 30, 2013
REVIEW BY: Reading In Pajamas/Donna
RATED: 4.5 Stars

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
16 year old Jesse tries to survive a post-apocalyptic New York City.
At the end of the world, it’s hard to trust anyone–even yourself.
Jesse and a ragged band of survivors crawl through the wreckage of New York City. They escaped the Chasers–for now. But the infected zombie freaks are getting bolder, stronger. So when they begin to see signs of human life, they can’t believe their luck. Now they’re the chasers, looking for someone to tell them the worst vacation ever is over. Of course, luck can be good and bad. And the enemy could be closer than your reflection in the mirror. . .

REVIEW:
This book pulls you into the mind of a 16 year old boy trying to survive the aftermath of horrible destruction. To make matters worse, the chemicals have turned people into crazed ‘zombiesque’ hunters. While being chased, he is looking for others like him….normal. When he does find other stragglers, you feel their uncertainty, fear, hope and longing for companionship. Each has a different background and personality but now have something in common and they desperately hang onto that thread and struggle to determine the best course of action.
This story pulled me in and won’t let go. I can not wait until book 3 so I can stop worrying about them. Great read.

*Review copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Release date: April 2, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Reading In Pajamas – Cori

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

REVIEW:
In one word, beautiful! The writing and language were beautiful. The story was beautiful. I’ve never read a book with such beautiful and breathtaking writing. I’m using beautiful a lot, but it is really the only way to describe this book! It took me a while after I read this book, to write this review because I didn’t think beautiful was sufficient in describing the story Shana Abe created. She transported the reader into Lora’s life.

The Sweetest Dark is a new young adult series that takes place in the Drakon world. The Dakon series is her adult series. I haven’t read these books and you don’t have to read them before this book for the story to be understood. I plan on reading the series after reading this book though! The Sweetest Dark can be read by adults and young adults.

I enjoyed all the characters in the book and their interactions with each other. I love dragons and this book is a great depiction of dragon shifters. Great fantasy book! I highly recommend this book and can not wait for the next one!

“Those nights, in the sweetest dark, we shared our dreams.”

*Review copy received in exchange for an honest review.

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