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(Chronicles of Nick #6)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  8,376 ratings  ·  606 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Rachel W
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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My favorite thing about The Chronicles of Nick series– (and all of Sheri’s books actually) has always been the amazing character development. The people in the story, no matter how minor, always make a good book into a better book (maybe even a great one). Instinct, much like the first 5 in the series, was plum full of character developments and twists, which is what makes the book. (It’s especially fun if you’ve read the DH series and are trying to piece together the whole world in you head and ...more
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waiting for the next book...
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a finished paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks Little Brown Book Group.)

“My powers are gone, Nick. I’m human.”

This was another crazy instalment in this series, and things were once again a little complicated.

Nick was back in his own dimension in this book! Yay! He was once again trying to protect his mother, as well as trying to stop hell on earth, and even had to look after Caleb in this book.

The storyline in this was about an illness w
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once again, not a lot actually happened In the book but it was a fun ride like usual. Not as great as the last one and definitely a lot more light on the content, but you learn some value info about the characters and their history.

Honestly the last 70 pages or so had more important info that the first 300
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well those were some big reveals on Nick’s mom and half-brother…did not see these two gems coming but makes sense now. There were some crazy stuff to happen in this one, including a sick Caleb, reveals on many characters, and some good battles. I love when some of the Gods and Goddess’s get mentioned in this series. It’s a newish and fun take on some of the most famous players in mythology. Simi is still my favorite character in this series…she cracks me and comes off so adorable and dark. On to ...more
Amy Softa
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
[4.5 Stars] This book was just so much YES for me! Is it perfect? No. Is it the best thing ever? No. Does it have flaws? Yes. But I just can't help but love it. I just love it so much. Nick is the best guy, and young men should take notes. His thought process about the women in his life and world in general is how all guys should think. Every time I pick up the next book in this series, I always think I'm over the story and it's been dragged on too long, but nope. I'll definitely continue to rea ...more
★MC's Corner★
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
*MC’s Corner*
Too many explanations and characters…
It makes it more unreadable. It’s like if I did not read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s other series… I can’t read this. It makes me sad because I really love the first books of this series.
And the explanations?! It’s like an encyclopedia of something… grrr….
And who the hell is ‘the elder child who bears Malachai blood’?

Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nick is growing up and finally has excepted his fate and learn some very valuable lessons. He learns one very hard one, from a traitor that will cost him a life. He is a stand up guy raised right and holds on to his morals even when it would be easier not to. Nick really changes in this chapter of his life. I can't wait for the next book.
His family and loved ones are threatened. Their lives depend on him passing a very dangerous and deal test. This test is of the mind body and heart and he must
Now I'm all caught up in the series... OH NO! What am I going to do now? Wait until 2016 for the next book O________O ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Apparently, not even saving the world from apocalypse has earned our Nick a bit of rest and relaxation. On the contrary, just days after sealing the portal with Caleb, Nick faces yet another danger of the supernatural variety and as always, he is the last one to catch up and see it coming.

Chronicles of Nick has been my go-to series when I want something well written, light and ridiculously entertaining. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s wonderful sense of humor remains this series’ strong point, but as the st
Andie K.
It was too fucking short!! And definitely not enough Caleb in this one. What am I going to do now, waiting for the next?

Assaf Tal
Instinct, listen to me. If you don't come out within the next five seconds I will destroy every last copy of you in existence.
Nah I'm just kidding. I could never hurt you.


*sobs frantically in corner*
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
rating: 4.25/5

review to come.
Tangled N Books
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 6: Be careful who you trust

"Be careful of arrogance" Caleb says at Nick's good natured happiness. In this story, Nick is losing time. Even though he's thankful he's back in his realm, there are still many enemies who are playing for his powers. Grim and Laguerre joins forces and calls other Sarras to ally against the Malachai for a new Malachai, Nick's older half-brother. Nick is also fighting for truths. With Caleb ill and unable to cover his back, he is finding for the first time who to r
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new threat to Nick has materialized in New Orleans in apocalyptic style. This time they are focusing on Nick's friends and loved ones instead of directly on Nick. He must face a test to determine if he is worthy of his powers in order to save those he cares about.

I think this one might be the best one so far. I definitely feel better here at the end of this one and I like how we finally know more about how all the pieces and characters fit together. I think Nick has grown a lot, yet kept the p
Walker Skog
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

*So happy I work for the publisher, and got to read this early!*

As with every Kenyon book...I LOVED IT, and cannot wait for the next one. Our favorite teenage demon who will be either the world's greatest hero, or reign absolute destruction is back. As with every book Nick is in, his sarcasm, and bad jokes made me either smirk, or laugh out loud. The rest of the gang are back too.

I will not give away any detailed spoilers or plot details even though I'm dying to talk about it. I will speak gener
Derrik Peterson
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a subtle reminder to all of the lesser endowed gentlemen out there that size doesn't always matter. This book was short and that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Where a lot of authors take their time with scene building and describing surroundings Sherrilyn Kenyon lets our imaginations do the work for her. She doesn't waste ink (or KBs) telling us how she thinks her world should look but spends our time by describing Nick's ever expanding self deprecating and sarcastic humor.
This b
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I've read all six of the books; my primary reason being that I truly enjoy the wise cracks and witty banter between the main characters. And I was happy to Simi was involved again. Having said all this, I was disappointed in the fact that there was almost no story and I'm beginning to think I need a large chalkboard on which I can start diagraming all the relationships that are described - they are interesting, but the level of detail is starting to take away from the book. Also, if t ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Instinct was different from the prior books in this series, both because the pace was slower, and also because fewer characters were involved in Nick's adventures. I also figured out way too early who was truly on his side, and who wasn't.

Full review to come soon.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Jul 22, 2014 marked it as to-read

Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.5

This was another slow read in the series, which dragged really badly for me. The characters annoyed me a lot of the time too, so there wasn't anything that saved it.
Hawraa Naqi
May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Hours of my life... Wasted.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
actual rating 3.5 This book was fast paced and very quick to get through once I picked it up and read. This entire book took place in the span of a few hours but it felt like a lot happened. Family and friends in danger, new thing to find to fight the future, nick learning to control his newly unleashed powers, and new allies (hopefully).
I'm sad we didn't get a lot of Kody and Nick time. I love them. Hopefully, everything we be set to right and we'll see them together in Kenyon's adult series.
Vi (like the letter)
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this better than, probably, the previous 3 books.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

Personal Response
The Chronicles of Nick series is definitely one that I enjoy. This is one of those series that need an encyclopedia just to remember all the characters, realms, demons and deamons. I don’t even understand the difference between demons and deamons. I enjoy the sarcasm, but there are some phrases in this book that I don’t understand. Also I’m not even sure what language they could be in; Spanish, Latin, or made up?

Once again, Nick Gautier (pronounced Go-shay) is stuck in what
You were kind to me and I don’t believe in repaying kindness with cruelty. — Xevikan Daraxerxes

God Xev breaks my heart. A whole lot of the support cast in CoN are heartbreaking but there is something else about Xevikan that is just something else. He is pain, PTSD and power. “To give you an inkling, Gautier, I was the only ancient god born who could kill a Chthonian.”, look he is terrifying powerful and I adore him. I love Caleb I do but his inability to listen to Xev's side of the Liliana dis

Carolina Carriço
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another adventure, another book I fell in love with in the Dark Hunter world, Sherrilyn made me fall in love all over again for her characters, and also made me meet some more that left me very intrigued and I'm sure in time I'll love them as much as the old ones.

I didn't love this one as much as Illusion, there was a part close to the middle that made me think I would give this book 4 stars instead of 5, but then Nick went in his journey where he met Aeron and I was right where I began, totally
Sherrilyn Kenyon's books rarely disappoint and Instinct, Book 6 in the Chronicles of Nick, certainly did not disappoint me. Nick Gautier has now accepted the demon that lives inside of him, the Malachi. In this segment, he must learn to control his powers and not lose his temper; if he doesn't succeed, he could destroy the world or accidentally end up hurting his friends. Just like in normal life, it is difficult to tell friend from foe, add to that teenage angst, and Nick has his hands full.

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“What?” Richardson snarled. “No smart retort, Mr. Gautier? Cat swallow your tongue?”
Nick gave her a charming grin he didn’t really feel. “No, ma’am. A gator named Sense Formerly Known as Common.”
Sneering at him, she tottered her way to her desk so that she could insult someone else and ruin their day.
Caleb let out an annoyed breath. -Great,- he projected to Nick. -Now I have to get detention, too. I really hate you, Gautier.-
Nick batted his eyelashes at Caleb. -But I wubs you, Caliboo.-
That succeeded in wringing a groan out of Caleb.
“What was that, Mr. Malphas?” Richardson asked.
“Severe intestinal woe caused by an external hemorrhoid that seems to be growing on my right-hand side.” He cast a meaningful glower toward Nick.
The class erupted into laughter as Richardson shot to her feet. “Enough!” She slammed her hands on her desk. “For that, Mr. Malphas, you can join Mr. Gautier in after-school detention.”
Caleb let out an irritated sigh. --More quality time with my hemorrhoid. Just what I wanted for Christmas. Yippee ki-yay.--”
“Ever heard of a demon getting sick?" Zavid

'Of humans? All the time. It's what we live for" Livia”
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