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Review: Slayer

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Title:Slayer

Author:Kiersten White

Series:Book 1

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis

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.

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Of all the awful things demons do, keeping Latin alive when it deserves to be a dead language might be the worst. 

Being a fan of the Buffyverse as well as Kiersten White, this was understandably one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year for 2019. And while I did like part of this book it was really hard to fall in love with it because of the relationship between Athena and Artemis.

The basic plot of the story is that twins Athena and Artemis are some of the last Watchers left in the world. While Artemis has always been treated as capable and has been trained to be a weapon, Athena (aka Nina) has always been seen as the weaker of the two. She’s been cast aside and lived a pretty sheltered life compared to Artemis, but that all changes when they discover Nina is a Slayer.

Suddenly, Nina is getting more attention and doesn’t need Artemis to protect her-–and Artemis can’t deal with it. Their relationship gets very complicated as the book progresses (and that’s without adding the prophecy into the mix).

“Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart. 

Kiersten does a great job of sprinkling in details and history from the Buffyverse without it being overwhelming. For people new to the fandom, this book will not be hard to follow; for people in the fandom, the little details make you smile. Either way, I think this is a book anyone can jump into without fear of feeling lost.

Nina was my favorite character because of her ability to be compassionate and see things in a different way than those around her. I love that she still works to find a way to be a healer and helper when she was a slayer.

The plot was set up really well in this book, although I think the pacing felt a little slow at times because of the tension between Nina and Artemis. I think Slayer was a good start to the series and I look forward to seeing what Nina does next (and how the prophecy develops).

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