Teenager Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is renowned. But his whole world is suddenly turned upside down on the night his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters - immortal vampire-slayers who risk everything to save humanity - and he quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one that's filled with all kinds of evil. However, before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students start turning into flesh-eating members of the undead. Nick knows he's in real danger and he soon has a lot more to deal with than starting high school: he's under pressure to hide his new friends from his mother and his chainsaw from the principal while trying to impress the girl he has a crush on ? all without getting grounded, suspended...or killed.
Having come across Nick in Sherrilyn’s Dark Hunter series I was pretty amazed when it was announced that it would be a young adult series rather than an adult. What happens within contains all the hallmarks of Sherrilyn’s writing style. You have a great principle protagonist, you have great dialogue and above all a great sense of self about the hero of the piece. He’s fully rounded, he has hopes, he has fears and above all else he has a voice that will speak to the generation to which the title is aimed.
It’s a wonderful piece of writing and whilst I was beginning to feel that Sherrilyn was coming to the end of her adult writing career, I do feel that she has a real future for the YA market. A great offering and I really can’t wait for the next novel in the series.