by Kiersten White
Narrator: Madeleine Maby
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on January 08, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Length: 11 hours and 59 minutes
Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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.
4 stars for Slayer!
I loved the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so I was excited to hear about this book. This is my first Kiersten White book and I enjoyed her spin on this world. You don’t need to have watched the TV series since Slayer is a standalone, but the author does a great job of giving readers a brief history of Buffy’s world and maintaining a connection that Buffy fans will love.
What did I like?
The story had a right mix of action, mystery, conflict and romance. In Slayer we meet twin sisters, Athena (Nina) and Artemis, as they live their lives in a hidden fortress for the Watcher’s Academy. Watchers are members of the secret organization, the Watchers’ Council, whose responsibilities are to train and guide Slayers to fight demons. The trouble is they are training to be Watchers with no slayers in sight. This is because after Buffy is victorious in a battle to save the world, her actions result in serious consequences that leaves the world without magic and the chance of any new Slayers. That is until Nina uncovers her identity as the newest and last Slayer, ever. Nina has been training to be a healer, so she is just as surprised as everyone with her being a Slayer. As the story progresses Nina is torn with her compassion as a healer and the killer she needs to be as a Slayer. I think this is what stood out in the story and in the authors writing. Easily this could have been a copy cat Buffy character, instead readers get someone opposite. I thought this was creative and makes Slayer a nice addition to the Buffy franchise.
I also liked the supporting characters. The characters were well developed and a variety of personalities, some I liked and some I enjoyed hating. The author kept me guessing on who the hidden enemies were, and I was way off when they were revealed at the end.
Madeleine Maby was the narrator and I enjoyed her performance. This is my first time listening to her and I thought she did a great job of bringing the story and characters to life.
What didn’t I like?
The pace of the story was slow in the early chapters, but it is understandable since Nina is dealing with becoming a slayer. The final chapters are where all the excitement happens, and it was worth the stories build up.
Overall, I thought this was a fun read, which even those not familiar with the movie or series will enjoy. This is a great introduction to a new series that is sure to be entertaining and exciting. The story ends with a surprising twist and I can’t wait to see what happens with Nina and her friends.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 Audiobook Challenge
- 2019 New Release Challenge
- 2019 New To Me Authors