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 received this e-arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Helloo lovelies! I’m coming to talk to you about this beauty, Slayer by Kiersten White. Gather around! This review may be pretty entertaining, if I do say so myself.
Now, let me preface this whooole spiel/gush with…*drum roll* I never really got into Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was younger. To be quite honest, it didn’t seem all that exciting when I had Courage the Cowardly Dog and Charmed. Charmed was my favorite thing to watch. Admittedly, I did dabble in Angel a little when it came out, but for the most part I knew basically NOTHING about the Buffy-verse (please don’t come at me with pitch forks).
With that being said, I found Kiersten White’s original characters and how THEY fit into the canon of the show really interesting. I didn’t find it hard to fall into the world whatsoever, quite the opposite in fact. I found myself actually seeking out the Buffy TV show to watch while I read the book (alas Netflix seems to have gotten rid of it, BOO). Usually if something takes place in an already established universe/canon I feel the need to at least do a liiitttle research so I know what I’m reading. With Slayer though, I didn’t feel that at all. Everything was pretty straight forward and things that had to do with the show’s canon universe were explained pretty well! It didn’t really focus on the canon character’s anyway, the story was all about Nina (Athena) and the OCs.
Admittedly, I’ve loved Kiersten White’s writing since I read her novel Chaos of Stars. She just has a way of making the simple beautiful, exciting, and easy to follow all at once. The author once again doesn’t disappoint with this story. I found myself easily sucked into the story because her writing, while easy to dive into, painted a picture of the world Nina lived in. It doesn’t hurt that Nina’s story takes place in Ireland…in a castle…albeit a castle that’s falling apart.
One of the things I really enjoyed beyond the setting and the writing, were the characters. White has a way of writing character relationships and their interactions seem real. There was a point in the story where something REALLY embarrassing happened to Nina and I swear I had second hand embarrassment because it reminded me of something I did a long time ago (you’ll know the scene when you read it haha). Nina’s troubled relationship with her mother and almost codependent relationship with her twin sister kept me enthralled throughout the story.
And just so this review doesn’t go on forever, I’ll wrap it up by saying I really loved the internal struggle our protagonist has throughout the story. I admit that there were moments when I found Nina a bit whiny, but I really came to love her growth as a character in the end. Definitely check this one out if you’re into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kiersten White’s other novels, or you just need a decent paranormal centered YA novel!