Slayer (Slayer, #1)by Published 08 Jan 2019
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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) Reviews
So, this time, we’re at the Watcher's Academy...
I really tried to be objective, but come on...it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!! This was my childhood!!! Also, I’m really surprised by the lack of hype around this book, considering the amount of people on here, who grew up with Buffy, just as I did.
I’ve never read a Kiersten White novel until now (I know, what’s wrong with me???), but if this book is anything to go on, I’m certain that I’ll love the rest of her books, too!
I loved the premise here, where more emphasis was placed on the Watchers, rather than the Slayers. Nina was a very compelling and relatable protagonist, who I quickly came to adore. I’m so happy that this novel included so many references from BTVS and ATS, as well as the iconic Buffy-styled humour!!!
It’s 4am now though...so I’ll finish this review a bit later! :D RTC
Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book. Fuck this book.
Fuck! This! Book!
You know what, I was ready to forgive the whiny, bullshit, fucking bratty and just plain OOF fucking characters in this book, as well as the fact that this fucking garbage read like a middle grade novel with whiny fucking characters that act 12, but then Kiersten pulled that shit at the end and I'm just Done.
Good fucking night, I want to snap the neck of every character in this trash ass fuckin book and then scream. I can't believe I wasted three days on this horrendous garbage when I could have been reading something so much better! 🤗🤗🤗
Anyways, I can't tell you what this book is about because uhhhhh I forgot and it's only been a day oops LMAO. Ig that should say something about this book. It's forgetful and irrelevant and I'm not wasting any more energy on this shit, trying to remember what it's about. 😤😤😤😤
But what i DO remember is that it was an extremely slow build-up to the most disappointing, ridiculous, awful, and just super DISAPPOINTING!!!! ending to ever exist and i'm still so mad about it and i cannot believe that happened at the end, y'all oh my god.
anyways, let's talk about why this book got two stars instead of negative three stars.
1. Rhys was such a pure ball of sunshine and also, my only mood???
"Rhys leans close, peering curiously. 'I haven't read that volume.' He sounds jealous."
"...Rhys says, with genuine hurt, 'There are more books I didn't know about?'"
i fucking love him???? oh my god 😍 😍 😍 😍
2. Rhys and Cillian are the cutest couple and I would 11/10 give my kidney up for them.
3. I remember being somewhat engrossed into the plot, but couldn't enjoy it when the characters were being unbelievably STUPID. like, literally so fucking stupid?????
which brings me to the reason i can't stand anyone in this book!!!!
so, i'm not sure if these are spoilers or not (i really don't think this is a spoiler, but here's a warning just in case because i don't want you easily triggered "put that small irrelevant fuckin detail in a spoiler tag you bitch, you spoiled it for us!!!!" type of people to come @me so UHH SPOILER WARNING?????????????
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW ATHENA HELD A THREE YEAR FUCKIN GRUDGE OVER SOMEONE FINDING HER POETRY WHEN SHE WAS THIRTEEN AND READING IT IN FRONT OF HER CRUSH???? Honora, the stupid, meann, rude and just piece of shit bitch read out her poetry and i get that it's embarrassing and you wanna slaughter this bitch, but like???? sweety it's been three years maybe you should GET OVER IT?? and move the fuck on???
she keeps bringing up some stupid childhood shit up, three years after it happened and honestly??? it's pathetic and irrelevant and can you stop fuckin so pathetic and deadass move the fuck on because you deadass have more important things to worry about than someone reading your poetry when you were a kid????
this shit was repeated so many times in the book, i got sick of it, like,,,,, please stop. at this point i'm glad that happened to you. 😤
and Honora, the one who did this to our poor lil Athena is also such a shitty person?? like deadass, what makes you want to be such a shitty person??? sweety stop, that shit ain't cute. 😩😩😩
these kids are supposed to be 16 and 19, yet they dead read off as 12 year olds!!! this has such a middle grade feeling to it and again i'm mad because i went into this thinking it was young adult!!!
and Kiersten deadass used words like "butthead" (i think it was) "fricking" and other made up 12 year old curse words instead of actual fucking curse and it's like??? hello??? y'all are not 12, teenagers know what "fuck, shit, bitch, dick, asshole, fucker, mother fucker, dickhead" and a variety of other words I probably should not say, ARE???? use those words instead of "butthead"??? it physically annoyed me to read the word BUTTHEAD LMAO. like wtf 😩
"His concern is so genuine that I feel like the worst person in the world."
Because you are, BITCH.
anyways, this book has me feeling 😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤 and i won't stop feeling 😤😤😤😤. like, ever.
I want this book to slay me (ha, see what I did there..... someone please laugh)
buddy read with Solomon 💓
You know when you’ve had a bad day but then you read a book for three uninterrupted hours and absorb the personalities and problems of fictional characters and suddenly you’re doing much better? YEAH SAME.
I loved this book but don’t ever talk to me about Buffy because I’ll either end up getting so over-excited I start knocking lamps over or I start sobbing hysterically!
So, what’s this book about?
Buffy Summers had torn the world in half when she destroyed the Seed of Wonder that fed all magic on earth, and the rip was a wound. Buffy’s actions meant that no generation of Slayers will rise again and the powers of Watchers—those who guide the Slayers—have frayed to the point of breaking.
After years of tiptoeing through her life, trying not to set off memories like land mines, the last thing Athena needed is to find out that she’s the last Slayer, Chosen right before the magic vanished forever. Athena comes from a generation of Watchers, her father was assigned to Buffy and her twin sister, Artemis, was the only one given proper training to become one. Athena was the castle’s medic, with a mother she suspected hated her and a sister who bore the burden of Athena’s pain in addition to her own. Being a Slayer needed someone far more daring than her. It needed the thunder and the avalanche, the war cry and the whirlwind and the fire. Neither of these things Athena thinks she has. But Athena soon finds herself glad for it: everyone was the foreground of the painting that was Athena’s life and she was always the background. But not anymore.
But being a Slayer comes with hard choices, and, now everything Athena would do, she would do alone and with blood on her hands. And maybe Athena doesn’t blame Buffy for almost ending the world after all.
Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.
I’m a huge fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer so it was already guaranteed that I would certainly love the world in which this book is set, but I also know how spin-off series usually work, affording only fleeting glimpses of the characters to whom my loyalty is pledged, using the curious twinning of familiarity to lure me into the trap of the new. But reading Slayer was like revisiting a favorite story from childhood and realizing that while the details were the same, the entire meaning had changed. I absolutely loved it.
White takes a familiar world and builds upon it, readers will hear echoes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer while recognizing the imagination that has wrought old material into something entirely fresh. Her world is intoxicating, imbued with an unrelenting sense of peril that kept me riveted through every chapter—the jittery tension only slightly tampered with the characters’ sharp, laugh-out-loud observations. And when the final tiles of the story are set in place, and at last the picture shows whole, White closes the story raising more questions than answers, leaving you hoping she has another entry up her clever sleeves.
The bulk of this book is about Athena, her failures and successes, her loneliness and fears and frustrations—they all bud and blossom into a compelling adventure. White is most successful at delineating Athena’s internal conflict as she struggles to balance between her instinct to heal and fix bodies and her actual calling—being a Slayer. Athena has always tried to make herself smaller, to fit neatly into the ordered lines of expectation. She was finally settling into her role of medic before her life was uprooted and Athena now fears that if she’d so much as think of herself as a Slayer, she’d get pinned to everything she’d been trying to get away from. Being a Slayer might have freed her from the cage her mother has crafted for her, and allowed her to embrace her full strength and the potential her mother had so forcefully repressed for many long years, but it has also put a permanent tarnish on her relationship with her sister, Artemis, who is embittered by her sudden irrelevance in Athena’s life and considers her being a Slayer an “us” that spat on everything she’d done to keep Athena safe.
Athena’s journey of discovering the discrete entity that is herself, apart from environment, expectations, and the watchful eyes of everyone else is one of my favorite parts about this book.
It's honestly only in surfacing from the story that I can cast a critical eye backwards and say, this part floundered, this part went on too long. The story begins a bit slowly, and it takes a while to disentangle exactly who or what the focal points of the plot are supposed to be. But once it's up and running, it's entirely riveting. There’s also a comfortable and realistic diversity among the characters. I just wish they were all given their own sets of longings and fears and impact the trajectory of the story instead of being set aside in favor of escalating the plot.
With that being said, Slayer definitely leaves the stall door wide open for improvement in further installments and I’m looking forward to it!
“The choice was to save the world—or to save you. And I chose you.”
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UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 6/2/19
This book was everything I hoped for and more!! I’m so excited for the rest of the series!!
The references to Buffy and Giles were so perfect and I love this new cast of characters! I’m so damn happy!! I hope all the Buffy fans enjoy this book!
1.5 stars. I guess?