Saturday, 2 February 2019

Slayer by Kiersten White

by Kiersten White

Summary: 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.

I don't really many novelizations or spin-off novelizations of TV shows, but I couldn't resist this one, especially since Kiersten White was the author. In the end, I mostly enjoyed it.

The story was fast paced and fun, though predictable at times, and it had a cast of characters that I really enjoyed reading about (though a few definitely had their frustrating moments). The book reminded me why I love Kiersten White as an author.

The main issue I had, and probably the thing that held me back from really loving it, was that it didn't feel like a Buffy-verse story to me -- sure, it used some names and references from the show but mostly it just felt like its own separate thing with it's own vibe going on and had a few details been tweaked it wouldn't have felt like a Buffy spin off at all.

That wasn't a terrible thing...because it was a good story in its own right, it was only an issue because when it's a spin-off, it becomes very hard not to compare to the source material and in the end I found myself wanting to rewatch Buffy instead of pining for the sequel to this story (though the sequel will definitely be on my TBR when it's out).

I'd rate the book 4 out of 5 stars.


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