Thursday, October 11, 2012

Infamous - Review

Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3)

By: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Published: March 13, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin

480 pages

Source: Owned on Kindle

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn't the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him. He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn't the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known, or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about. Even himself.
Although total fiction and not necessarily serious in nature, I found this book to touch on some pretty serious "life lesson" kind of important issues.  Below I am sharing my favorite life lessons from this book and the quotes I loved the most about them from the book.  The quotes are spoiler free.

#1 - Family is important.  But what exactly does 'family' mean and who is your family?

Favorite quotes from the book about this:

" was something you chose to have.  It was the people you loved that loved you back - those you could call in the middle of the night who would rush to your side without complaint."

" was about family.  Those you were born to, those born to you, and those you let into your heart."

#2 - Gossiping helps no one, and in fact makes you look ignorant when spreading it.

Favorite quotes from the book about this:

"...great minds discuss great ideas.  Average minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people.  And life's too short to worry about what other people do or don't do.  Tend your own backyard, not theirs, because yours is the one you have to live in."

#3 - We need to work to earn a living and provide for our families.  As a sidebar, it's equally important to not be a slave to others through debt.  Our own country has a motto of "I want it and I want it now", thus keeping in business all of the creditors who rake in the money that most of us don't really have to give them.

Favorite quote from the book about this:

"What you had, you earned, or did without until you could afford it."

#4 - This books just deals with life in general.

Favorite quotes from the book about this:

"Life is about making decisions, Nick.  Large and small.  Every day and with every breath we take."

Love, life, death, family, work ethic, and many more topics are discussed in this book.  I enjoyed that side of it very much.  Keeping in mind that the main character, Nick, is only 15 and as such at times acts like a 15 year old, he is also trying to figure out who he is and if he wants to become more than what he was made to be.  Every decision he makes brings him either one step closer to the being he was created to be, or farther away towards who he wants to become.

Final Rating - 3.5 stars

Lastly my favorite quote from the entire book - which I love because it goes along with my own thoughts surrounding the title of my blog:

"One word can give someone the strength they needed at that moment or it can shred them down to nothing."


  1. Good review. I enjoyed the use of the quotes and especially the tie in to your blog title. Well done.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Thank you! I really love highlighting quotes that move me in a book and sharing those in my review. I haven't always done it but decided with my new blog that I would always try to include them.

      Thanks for commenting!!


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