Review: Slayer | One for Buffy Fans

Posted March 25, 2019 by Stephanie in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Slayer | One for Buffy FansSlayer (Slayer, #1) by Kiersten White
Narrator: Madeleine Maby
Published by Simon Pulse on January 8, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 404
Length: 12 hr 6 min
Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Into 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.

Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I were a Buffy fan. Kiersten White does a good job explaining everything but I just don’t feel very invested in this story.

I kind of found Nina a little winy and annoying to be honest, which is disappointing because Kiersten White is an amazing writer. The story itself was fine but I didn’t find it particularly entertaining. That I would like to stress again, is on me because when I look at this story logically, it should have been entertaining. There’s really no reason why I didn’t like the book; I just didn’t feel it. I wish I had something more helpful to provide but that’s really the problem.

The first half of this book can probably be summarized as “UGH BUFFY. WHY’D YOU DO THIS. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!” That does make me smile a bit so depending on who you are, that may be a good or a bad thing. I did find the dreamscape interesting but it was a very tiny part of the book.

If this book sounds good to you, give it a try. This just was not one for me.

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