Book Review – Slayer by Kiersten White

slayerInto every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-Star

I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really looking forward to this – I loved Buffy as a teen (and now lol), and was super excited to return to that world. And I’m super glad I did! This definitely has the right feel to it and the right humour.

I enjoyed getting to know Nina and Artemis and their friends (especially Rhys and Cillian, awwwwww). It’s hard not to feel for Nina, feeling like she’s being left behind all the time. And as the story moves on, her getting to find out more about how complicated that is. I especially like the relationship between her and Artemis on that – I did want more resolution there though. They don’t really sit and talk about it. Nina realises a lot about her family but nothing really gets sorted.

This is especially true of her mother who *really* needs to have a chat with Nina. Dear lord. 😂😂
The book is easily a 4 star read, but I’m giving it 3.5 pretty much based on this, because I felt that was really unresolved and both of the twins needed more from that relationship.

There’s also some confusion in what’s going on for me. I have seen the movie (once, a while back), I have seen all of Buffy and angel, and I have read most of the season 8 comic, but not all and none of season 9. It took me a while to figure out where we were in the timeline and what had happened. I liked that in the end, as it helped the story flow and we did get enough info for it to make sense, but it made the beginning harder to figure out. I don’t think you need to have been a super fan, or read the comics, just be aware that it’s following all the canon out there!

I really liked Doug the demon – and the subterfuge and factions in the watchers. Both were really good elements. There’s definitely more going on there though, with Honora’s back story, and whatever their mum has been up to. And I liked Nina’s empathy for Doug and the others, and that her slayer instincts war with her medic instincts.

There was one very spoilery little niggle – the thing that happens at the end, while I didn’t find it surprising, needs some serious explanation as to how it happened. Roll on book 2!

All in, it is a great return to the Buffy universe, and I’m really looking forward to reading more.

As a side note – I do find it interesting, this trend of getting major authors to write tv tie ins, when I read a lot of the Buffy tie in original books that were released while the show was airing. It always felt like those were a thing of their time – I remember Waterstones having a set of shelves for tv and movie tie ins! And while I know that it didn’t die off as a trend, and doctor who or Star Wars etc are still getting books, it definitely seems to be having a resurgence right now, and done in a different way. Like the DC icons books. I like it, but I’d love to know how the publishers or producers see the difference in the two and how it all started. #nerd 😂

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Buy Slayer from Amazon UK.

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