From inside the book:
"At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough, and savvy, Nick and his quick sarcasm are the stuff of legend...until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil covering a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before Nick can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh-eating zombies. And he's next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn't hard enough...now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chain saw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?"
This book was...different. I'll be honest and say, I really just didn't care much for it. I think it was definitely meant more for the younger set of young adults. I found it to be really...silly, I guess, for lack of a better world. I don't have anything against humor - in fact, I love a book with humor. But I just found it to be TOO silly, if that makes any sense. I mean, it was a video game that turned the zombies in this book into zombies. I guess I'm a zombie purist - whatever happened to zombies being made by getting bit by another zombie (a la The Forest of Hands and Teeth)?
Besides the silliness, I found there to be a lot of holes in the story. First, I thought that Kyrian was going to be a major part of the plot, but he really wasn't. After he was introduced, there really wasn't much of a relationship developed between him and Nick. It seemed like there were a lot of ideas introduced, but not carried out. I know this is meant to be a series, and all of these introduced ideas will probably be covered in more detail in the following books, but it just seemed very scattered and unfinished to me. Honestly, I don't know if I want to continue with the series.
I waffled between giving this book a 2 or a 3 star rating. I decided to go with 3, because I do think the story has potential. And maybe the next book will be better - I've heard good things. I just was not impressed with this start to the series. I may give the rest of the series a second chance, but I'm not in a hurry to do so.