Slayer (Slayer, #1)
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.

Slayer (Slayer, #1) Details

TitleSlayer (Slayer, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 8th, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781534404953
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

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Slayer (Slayer, #1) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    He's bobbing his head in time to music playing from headphones, and there's a book in his hands. I peer at it.Nicholas Sparks. Doug really might be evil, then. So, huh, here's the thing: I don't think I actually expected this to be good. Yeah, yeah, I posted excited Buffy gifs, and I tweeted Kiersten White like the crazed fangirl I am. But this is Buffy you're messing with here. Buffy truly helped me survive at some of the darkest times of my life. I've watched it over and over and over again. He's bobbing his head in time to music playing from headphones, and there's a book in his hands. I peer at it.Nicholas Sparks. Doug really might be evil, then. So, huh, here's the thing: I don't think I actually expected this to be good. Yeah, yeah, I posted excited Buffy gifs, and I tweeted Kiersten White like the crazed fangirl I am. But this is Buffy you're messing with here. Buffy truly helped me survive at some of the darkest times of my life. I've watched it over and over and over again. I've met the cast members. I am someone who likes many things, but how many things can I say I'm really a fan of? Um, like, one or two.This book was a huge deal for me, and I expected that it just couldn't possibly ever sit comfortably up alongside my beloved Buffy. But I have to say it: Kiersten White did a really great job.I think Slayer is definitely a book for those already pretty well-versed in the Slayer/Hellmouth mythos. It is virtually impossible to explain so many years (and seasons) of backstory without info-dumping throughout the whole book… so White mostly opts to keep it vague, but at the risk of making zero sense to newcomers to the Slayerverse. I should also mention that this is set after certain events in the comic continuation, too. I wasn't sure I liked this at first because I've always been a little reluctant to view the comics as canon (they're fun fanfic to me, but that's all). Still, somehow, I think it works well here. "We know it's a demon.""Right, but it's wearing a fecking Coldplay shirt. How evil can something wearing a Coldplay shirt be?" White is clearly a hardcore Buffy fan because she absolutely nailed the quirky humour. I snorted out loud (very attractively) multiple times while reading. The characters are adorable, and the author has taken some steps towards correcting the overall lack of diversity in Buffy. Cillian is British-Nigerian, and gay, dating smart and nerdy Rhys. The two of them bring so much warmth and laughter to this book. Artemis and Honora also have a very sexy, tension-filled relationship (I almost wish Artemis had been narrating!).The actual narrator and newly-appointed Slayer is Artemis's timid sister Athena, or "Nina". Long lurking in her strong sister's shadow, everyone is pretty shocked when Nina is the one chosen. Now hellhounds are appearing left and right, and Nina's worried her mother might be up to something demonic. Occasionally, the narrative is broken up by a mysterious "hunter" perspective, too. It's not all silliness, though. As true Buffy fans know, lurking under the campy jokes are darker themes about choices and belonging. As Nina comes to realize "Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart." And speaking of hearts breaking: "The choice was to save the world-- or to save you. And I chose you." *sobs*With classic BtVS elements like family drama, moral struggles, pop culture references, and demons aplenty, this is a really enjoyable story. Never has the end of the world been as fun as it is in the Slayerverse. Of course, the ending is suitably dramatic, and concludes with a spectacular reveal that has me dying for the sequel. Romance is suggested for the future, but isn't a huge part of this book.A really pleasant surprise. Now off to binge-watch Buffy. Again.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    This is set in the Buffy universe and it's starring a new Slayer with a connection to Buffy!!!! It's one of my favorite books and I haven’t even read it yet!!!!!!
  • Emer
    January 1, 1970
    Did someone say new Buffy?!?!?!?!?!! A spinoff YA series based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer....By Kiersten White?!?!???Ehhhhhhh.... ME WANT!!!!!!!!!But I have to wait until Autumn 2018 JANUARY 2019!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest reviewActual Rating: ★★★.5 “Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.” When I found out this was going to be a think I squealed! I knew I had to add this to my TBR. And Simon and Schuster blessed me a few months ago with an ARC.I took a bit long to finish this book but there is no denying that I was really enjoying it. It reminded me a bit of Vampire Academy. It was a bit slow and it took me Thank you Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest reviewActual Rating: ★★★.5 “Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.” When I found out this was going to be a think I squealed! I knew I had to add this to my TBR. And Simon and Schuster blessed me a few months ago with an ARC.I took a bit long to finish this book but there is no denying that I was really enjoying it. It reminded me a bit of Vampire Academy. It was a bit slow and it took me a while to get into the story. Nina was an interesting main character. She was trying to discover who she really is and where she fits in the world. She was impulsive at times and I often wished I could tell her a few things, but she believed in herself more later on and I admired that. There was some Buffy trash talk though, and that really really annoyed me. It did change towards the end though.The story was a tiny bit slow paced but there was some action in between and the last 100 pages were my favorite! That’s when I felt like the action really picked up. I can see where this is going and I honestly really really enjoyed this book! Well, there are still books to come and I’m really intrigued to find out what will happen next. The story ended in a sort of cliffhanger and only the coming books will tell what happens.
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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    I HAVE VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS.
  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    a cover! a description!! everything i could ask for!!!! ——-look at this queen writing so many books I LOVE IT AND I LOVE HER no but seriously I could read anything by her fsdjvshsv
  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Slayer by Kiersten White is the first book in the new young adult paranormal fantasy Slayer series. This series is a spin off and takes place in the same world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer after Buffy’s time when a new Slayer is chosen as she begins to come into her powers.Nina and Artemis are twin sisters that have grown up in the Watcher’s Academy and couldn’t be more different from one another. Artemis has always been the strong and dominant twin training to become the best of the best of the Slayer by Kiersten White is the first book in the new young adult paranormal fantasy Slayer series. This series is a spin off and takes place in the same world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer after Buffy’s time when a new Slayer is chosen as she begins to come into her powers.Nina and Artemis are twin sisters that have grown up in the Watcher’s Academy and couldn’t be more different from one another. Artemis has always been the strong and dominant twin training to become the best of the best of the Watcher while Nina has always been the bit of an outsider finally finding her place at the academy as a healer.However, when a hell hound attacks Nina and her friends she quickly dispatches of the demonic beast to the amazement of those around her. Nina finally admits that she has felt different for the past few months and it becomes obvious that Nina has been chosen to become the next Slayer gaining all of the abilities that come with the job.In my opinion Kiersten White has done a wonderful job balancing this new series with the iconic feel of the Buffyverse and inserting in her new characters and situations to continue the story. The book really can be read by anyone whether they were a long time fan with that same feel of the old or whether a new generation of fans who were never caught up in the original. There was just enough explanation of the world to allow new readers to be comfortable with the new characters and their story but also to set the stage of the classic for those that remember that feel too. Other than a few slow parts this one was a lot of fun and I’ll be looking forward to seeing what is in store for the twins after the cliffhanger of an ending.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review:Trigger warning: Mention of world ending, mention of fire, attempted murder, and seemingly neglectant parent. Up till the point I read.DNFI received this E-ARC via Simon and Schuster and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Two years ago I attempted to read And I Darken by this author. It didn't work for me. Though I really liked her writing style and kept on eye on her works. Slayer sounded mildly interesting. Although I am not a Buffy fan (never watched the show and don't pla Mini review:Trigger warning: Mention of world ending, mention of fire, attempted murder, and seemingly neglectant parent. Up till the point I read.DNFI received this E-ARC via Simon and Schuster and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Two years ago I attempted to read And I Darken by this author. It didn't work for me. Though I really liked her writing style and kept on eye on her works. Slayer sounded mildly interesting. Although I am not a Buffy fan (never watched the show and don't plan too). I figured it could still be good. Unfortunately it didn't work for me. The beginning was really good! Something I've noticed with this author. I was hooked and intrigued! Then there was the first chapter. Nina apparently really hates Buffy and mentions so about 5 times in one page. Now I know that I've never seen the show, but this was still a huge turnoff for me. That and Nina just wasn't that interesting of a character. There is some information about the world and the events of Buffy to go on. So it's not necessary to watch the tv show. Upon getting a good idea of the world I found that I wasn't that interested. I feel that I have read better worlds.One thing I will give this book is that it's an easy read. I probably could have read the entire book. Also I did like the other characters. Just not Nina. There's good chance she will develop. I'm just not interested. Overall this was personal. I do still recommend. This'll be great for Buffy fans.
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  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    Expected publication: 2019I feel extremely attacked right now
  • Sylvie
    January 1, 1970
    THE BOOK HAS A COVER. I REPEAT THE BOOK HAS A COVER.Looks amazing, can't wait to be back in Buffy's world.
  • Helena Summers
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: Guys, the cover and the first two chapters are here! I'M FREAKING OUT!!!! https://ew.com/books/2018/06/07/slaye...THERE'S GOING TO BE A BUFFY SPIN-OFF SERIES AND NO ONE TOLD ME??? HOW RUDE
  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    10/17/18 So this is supposed to be canon???? I have to catch up on the comic book continuation ASAP! ____________________________________________________________I like you Kiersten. I really do. But do not fuck this up. When you evoke the name of Buffy, I expect greatness.
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    I'VE NEVER SEEN BUFFY BUT I WANT THIS SO BAD. SHOULD I WATCH BUFFY TO READ THIS??? I HAVE NO IDEA I JUST LOVE KIERSTEN.
  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    I'd read anything she writes even though I've never seen buffy and that I hate vampires.
  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    OHMYGOD YOU GUYS I JUST GOT A FREAKING ARC OF THIS BOOK AHHHHHH I AM DECEASED.This is simply 1 of my two most anticipated upcoming new releases. Period. After 3 rejections, I didn't think I was goint to get it, but now it seems the publisher just went like "you know what, there you have it". I don't even know what to do with myself. I'M SHOOK TO MY CORE.*screaming eternally*Also, this is like the 3rd arc I got this week, what the actual hell?
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  • chandler ainsley ❁
    January 1, 1970
    if there is not a spuffy- type forbidden love situation, i will sue
  • Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette, Dragon Lady, House of Slytheread
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THE SHIT OUT OF BUFFY SPIKE FROM BUFFY. HAHA.I NEED THIS BOOK RIGHT THE HELL NOW. and i need to freaking finish Now I Rise
  • ☆ Mira ✷
    January 1, 1970
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kiersten White, and the synopsis are all legends, so this book is already 5 stars for me 🤩
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*"When all else ends, when hope perished alongside wonder, her darkness shall rise and all shall be devoured."Eh, my expectations were way too high. Or I simply expected something different because we’re talking about Kiersten White.It’s not a bad book, but it is very teenager-y (???) and I wanted something more dark and twisted, seeing that we’re in Buffy’s universe. But talking about Buffy, it was so good being in her slayering *I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*"When all else ends, when hope perished alongside wonder, her darkness shall rise and all shall be devoured."Eh, my expectations were way too high. Or I simply expected something different because we’re talking about Kiersten White.It’s not a bad book, but it is very teenager-y (???) and I wanted something more dark and twisted, seeing that we’re in Buffy’s universe. But talking about Buffy, it was so good being in her slayering world again!
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  • Cleopatra
    January 1, 1970
    A BOOK ABOUT A SLAYER, ABOUT BUFFY. I NEED THIS IN MY GRUBBY HANDS TODAY. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS.
  • Anastasia シ
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review on my blog!*a copy was provided by NetGalley*“Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.” Wow. This was perfect in every way. It had action, romance, vampires, demons, I mean what more could you ask for?  It was a little slow at the beginning but I was quickly drawn in. The plot was great! The chemistry between the characters was insane. I loved everything about the book~For someone like myself who hasn't watched anything of Buffy, it was easy to understand what was Full Review on my blog!*a copy was provided by NetGalley*“Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.” Wow. This was perfect in every way. It had action, romance, vampires, demons, I mean what more could you ask for?  It was a little slow at the beginning but I was quickly drawn in. The plot was great! The chemistry between the characters was insane. I loved everything about the book~For someone like myself who hasn't watched anything of Buffy, it was easy to understand what was happening. I just wish there was a little more world building.  There were so many questions left unanswered, I feel like there was a HUGE cliffhanger... BUT I cannot wait to read more! This is definitely a book you have to read, whether you've watched the show or not. I highly recommend it!Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook
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  • Zoraida
    January 1, 1970
    This is the Buffyverse continuation we deserve! It elevated the world I loved so much with nuance and love and humor. Five by five stars, duh.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    A BUFFY SPINOFF SERIES?!? FOR REAL? WHERE CAN I PREORDER??
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I was a bit skeptical since reviews are mixed but I really enjoyed this! The characters were fun and conflicted and Nina's take and feelings on being a Slayer is so different from Buffy's. We also get to see the fallout of awakening all the potentials and the end of magic and how it affects the world we loved growing up. This is a revolutionary book, but its fun and brought back the nostalgia of the most badass show to ever grace our childhood screens. Fans of Buffy are probably going to be the I was a bit skeptical since reviews are mixed but I really enjoyed this! The characters were fun and conflicted and Nina's take and feelings on being a Slayer is so different from Buffy's. We also get to see the fallout of awakening all the potentials and the end of magic and how it affects the world we loved growing up. This is a revolutionary book, but its fun and brought back the nostalgia of the most badass show to ever grace our childhood screens. Fans of Buffy are probably going to be the most critical of the book, its such a beloved series there's no avoiding it. But I think this book will start a whole new generation of Buffy fans.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    8/17/18Personally, not a fan of the cover. But glad we have a release date that's quickly approaching. Downside? It's coming out the same day as The Wicked King by Holly Black and Undying by Amie Kaufman, both of which are high on my list so not sure I'll get to this right away lol ---6/5/18OMG, this synopsis has me living!!! 🙌——I'm vaguely familiar with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I love Kiersten so I am in! Lol
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  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    This was given to me by Simon Pulse and Netgalley for exchange of my honest opinion. Ok, I'm like obsessed with Buffy. It's still my favorite show ever and I've seen the seasons a stupid amount of times. I was really nervous about how this book would be but I honestly thing Kiersten did a great job at carving out her piece of Buffyverse. RTC
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  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Into every generation a Slayer is born… SOLD!
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    "First rule in the Slayer handbook? When in doubt, hit something."Okay, as a 'I-grew-up-with-Buffy The Vampire Slayer' fan, my hopes for SLAYER were.. a lot. And I was totally bracing myself for major disappointment. But ultimately what this spinoff/new series did was make me want to rewatch a series that meant a lot to me for so many years.. so I count that as a win.In a world remade again and again, where the rules keep changing, where a Chosen One becomes Chosen Many, where magic disappears, "First rule in the Slayer handbook? When in doubt, hit something."Okay, as a 'I-grew-up-with-Buffy The Vampire Slayer' fan, my hopes for SLAYER were.. a lot. And I was totally bracing myself for major disappointment. But ultimately what this spinoff/new series did was make me want to rewatch a series that meant a lot to me for so many years.. so I count that as a win.In a world remade again and again, where the rules keep changing, where a Chosen One becomes Chosen Many, where magic disappears, where the old ways are broken, we are the one constant. We still keep watch.SLAYER was, in some ways, achingly sad. But that said, we still had the bantery quirky writing, with a few less pop culture references, and there was a delightful amount of diversity and representation to be found. I also really loved having this all set on the Watcher side of things, post-large magical event (which I believe is from the comics? I need to maybe look into those..) as it gave things a very interesting, and different, perspective that will definitely allow people who didn't follow the show a way into this universe. "Once a part of Watcher society, the only ways out are death, prison, or failure so complete you join Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in private investigation working for a vampire named Angel."But the first.. 60% or so was slog through a lot of road-blocky characters who refused to believe the protagonist, or doubted, or worked against her. There was just so much, like, contrariness both with people hiding things or just working around things and that frustrates the shit out of me as a reader. So, yeah, I wasn't loving this. I kind of laboured through this for three or four days, in fact. But."We don't know anything about it.""We know it's a demon.""Right, but it's wearing a fecking Coldplay shirt. How evil can something wearing a Coldplay shirt be?"But then the last 40% happened and, as a bonus, we actually get a heartbreaking but sweet Buffy scene, and I was so onboard. SLAYER is a two-ish, maybe three, star read with a four star ending. And what an ending. Part of which I suspected but the other bit? Oh man. I definitely need the sequel. So, yes, I'm a bit mixed but I'm definitely invested.3.5 "being chosen is easy. making choices will break your heart" stars** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Francisca Viegas
    January 1, 1970
    I AM SO READY FOR THIS I CAN'T EVEN FUNCTION.THIS IS ALL I'VE EVER WANTED.
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    Kiersten White could literally write anything I would read it. BUT A BUFFY SPINOFF?!?! What did we do to deserve this 😭😍
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