[Book Review] Slayer 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.

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Book Facts

Published: Jan 2019
Length: 404
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback

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Review

I was and still am a huge Buffy fan. I watched it religiously every week growing up. I recently re-watched the entire series and its still bloody brilliant.  So this book had a lot to live up to. It’s set in the same world a few years after Season 7 takes place.

I really really wanted to love this book but it was sooo hard to get through, at times I almost gave up. Nina is so whiny and dull and just clueless. She grew up in the Watchers academy run by The Council and this is the crux of the problem. Nina idolizes The Council which I found very difficult to relate to, in the TV show they are portrayed and as stuffy, uptight know it all’s who continually got in Buffy’s way, they never really helped her, and they are still very much like this in this story so it made it difficult to see why Nina would want to become a Watcher. Also, her childish hate for Buffy was really ridiculous, didn’t make an ounce of sense, it got old fast.

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The supporting characters where kinda blah, none of them really brought much to the table or did anything useful. Artemis, Nina’s twin sister – also really annoying, she is the “favorite sister” who everyone likes and can do no wrong, but boy does she have a chip on her shoulder about everything. I really feel Nina’s whole family could probably do with some therapy. Her Mum is probably the course of all the issues that Nina and Artemis have.

The only highlight of the story was hearing about the Original characters.

In a nutshell…

This was a major let down for me. I won’t be reading the next book as I feel this one was such a waste of time.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

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