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Literary Friday: Chronicles of Nick: Illusion

Friday, April 18, 2014

This week I read Illusion, the fifth installment in the Chronicles of Nick.  For those of you who are Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter fans, you'll recognize Nick's character.  Many fans can't wait for his book to be published, but for now we have a YA series with Nick as a teenager before he's "slapped in the face" by Artemis.

Here is a link to my review of the first three books, and here is a link to my review of book 4, Inferno.

For Kenyon fans, you'll be happy to know that the Dark Hunters series and Chronicles of Nick series are soon to be major motion pictures.  :D

Illusion frustrated me at first.  Nick's soul is swapped with another Nick Gautier in a parallel universe.  Few of the characters resemble themselves from Nick's original world, so Nick has a difficult time not only with his smaller and blonder body but also with whom he can and can't trust.  I've never enjoyed stories with parallel universes.  Plus, there are several more characters in this book than the others, and I really wish that Kenyon would place a character log with family chart in the back of her books.  She does have a character list on her website, but I want one in the books.  A glossary of the order of demons would be helpful, too…maybe with a hierarchy of demons, demigods, and gods.  A bulk of the series is based on Greek mythology.

The good news about this book is we finally understand who and what Kody is, and it's a shocker.  Kody is Nick's not so human girlfriend, and it's nice for her to finally answer questions rather than replying, "trust me," when in my honest opinion she hasn't really earned Nick's trust until this installment. Also, much is revealed about Nick's parentage and the importance of Nick's mother, Cherise.  As a mother, I love the fact that the adults are not only present but prominent in the series, and that there are consequences for breaking rules, like curfew.  For these reasons, I highly recommend Illusion.  I also highly recommend the series for teenagers of all ages.  There are some scary scenes, but the language is good and I think the relationships are depicted in an age-appropriate way.

Here is the trailer for Illusion:

Literary Friday

I apologize for posting this so late.  I am feeling a little better!

Until next time…

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. Hope you continue to improve and feel better.
    This looks like a series that would be interesting to read from the beginning.

  2. Oh, I hate alternate timeline stories! :( I always get so confused about who is whom, and characters feel false...I thought they were mainly done in comic books and TV shows, not in YA! Pleck.


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