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"Set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first book in this series will introduce our new slayer as she grapples with incredible power she is just beginning to understand"-- Provided by publisher.
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, grew up at the Watcher's Academy, where teens are trained as guides for Slayers-- girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. While their 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 her life changes-- and now Nina is not only the newest Chosen One-- she's the last Slayer, ever. Period. She's honing her skills on a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina's dreams... and then the bodies start turning up.... -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: © 2019
ISBN: 9781534404953
Branch Call Number: YA FIC WHITE, K.
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 22 cm.


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I absolutely loved this. I was late to the Buffy train - meaning I only binge watched the series for the first time in 2014, and have only rewatched it twice or fifteen times since then - but I connect with the TV show and its characters on a deep, soul level. When I learned that Kiersten White was set to write a YA Buffy series I almost cried from the anticipation alone. One of my favourite authors tackling one of my favourite universes? How could it be anything less than perfection?

Answer: it couldn't be. This book is all that I could have hoped for. It's laugh-out-loud funny, emotional as hell, and real in a way Kiersten's books always are.

Nina (Athena) and Artemis are Watchers. Their father was Buffy's first Watcher who was killed in the line of duty, and their emotionally distant mother has dropped them into what was once a Watcher academy of sorts - until Buffy went and destroyed the Seed of Wonder, leaving the Watchers decimated and too many Slayers running amok all over the world. What follows is a glorious blend of traditional Buffy lore, with demons and vampires and all the goodness that comes with them as Nina battles her own expectations of what Slayers and Watchers do and who they are, who she believes she is, and who everyone expects her to be.

From the very first page, I knew this was exactly what I wanted it to be. It's light and fun, with just enough snark to keep me giggling and feeling lighthearted throughout the story. There was a Coldplay joke that actually made me go HAH out loud and then slap a hand over my mouth because the rest of my house was sleeping and it was way too loud for how late at night it was. Kiersten is the absolute master of making you care about her characters, and this is no exception; everyone here is so fleshed out and wonderful. Doug is someone I will not soon forget, and not just because he's neon yellow and a demon but because he was just...wonderful. I'm using that word a lot, but it really does sum up how I feel about this world and about these characters. And that final plot twist in the last few pages? BRILLIANT.

This felt like coming home. Like stepping into a familiar world and having it handled so perfectly that you just know that the author is just as much of a fan of this universe as you are. I enjoyed the ride so goddamn much that I forgot I had to go live in reality after I closed the book. I already eagerly await anything Kiersten writes, but I will be the first in line for the next Buffy book. If I don't break down the bookstore doors to get it before then (shh, don't tell them...).

Jul 19, 2019

Big Buffy fan. Happened upon this book and could not put it down. Have not been a "Young adult" for decades, but the writing was much better than expected. Great read!

JCLTiffanyR May 08, 2019

A solid read for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. It sets up the book series well and includes some of Joss Whedon's trademark wit. It could have used a bit more action and less exposition, but that's all a matter of taste. I look forward to the next in the series!


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