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Sixteen-year-old Tori Hampton may be a socialite and a senator's daughter, but she's certainly more than just a pretty face. She's smart and tough and surprisingly good at outdoor sports. For as long as she can remember, Tori always had a secret obsession with dragons. And now that she's attending Dragon Camp for the summer, she can't wait to indulge her inner fascination. ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Square Fish (first published September 27th 2011)
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
2.5 Stars

Short review:

Not enough dragons. NOT ENOUGH DRAGONS.

Look, I love dragons and I was really looking forward to this book. Granted, I tend to prefer good dragons over evil dragons, but I still thought a book about kids going to dragon-slaying camp sounded really badass. Kind of Percy Jackson-esque, but ... with DRAGONS.

I'll tell ya now, for a book about dragons there were ... almost zero dragons in this book. *cries* There was one in the prologue and one that appeared like more than 80% in
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Laura
Nov 05, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Okay, I am not usually a dragon book person--they usually don't grab me. But I'm telling you, I DID NOT want to put this book down! It kept me up WAY late, and now that I've finished, I'm anxious to read the sequel. Such an adventure. A quick, gripping read. What a brilliant author. Characters, plot...this book has it all!
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 12, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this, I really did. The premise is just all kinds of promising and I have a weakness for powerful women. Unfortunately, this book goes to extraordinary lengths to be tedious and I just can't push through.

Here's what dragged me down:
* I don't know who selected this typeface, but it's actively off-putting and hard to read. It's like an old typewriter font, only with kerning so not a complete suck. But it's small and spare and that made it a chore to read.
* Hill overexplains in a h
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Meg
Nov 16, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it
Wouldn’t it be cool if dragons actually existed? Well after reading this the answer is no. They are destroyers, not your pets that you can ride on to school. Which lets face it, this is a real shame, but it makes for an incredibly interesting and riveting tale. Slayers by C.J. Hill took me by surprise from the very first page and didn’t let go until the very last. I need the next one!!

The premise for this book introduces us to a group of teenagers who are descendants of dragon knights. Dragons h
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Aeicha
Sep 25, 2011 Aeicha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am a huge dragon enthusiast. I love dragon lore, myth, and art. I even have a dragon tattoo. So I was both excited and wary when I read the synopsis for Slayers. Excited because it was about dragons but wary because it was about ferocious dragons that needed to be slayed. I tend to prefer my dragons to be like Saphira from Eragon or Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon-good and loyal. But, despite my personal dragon preference, I chose to read Slayers anyway, and I’m very glad I did. I foun
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Emily
Sep 23, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-releases
From Books and Threads.

When I first saw the synopsis of this book, I thought ‘oh hey! Rampant with dragons!’ But I was wrong. Slayers is much more in the Percy Jackson line (without gods obviously) with a group of superheroes by birth reuniting every summer at camp and never able to talk about camp in their regular lives.

I seriously would have done anything to go to Dragon Camp when I was a preteen or teenager! I loved the horse camp I went to, but a whole summer with riding, archery, medieval t
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Cara
I got an advanced reading copy of this through netgalley(dot)com.

Slayers is the story of a group of kids with super powers who are training to fight the bad guy. How did they get their super powers? Interesting question. The Slayers got their powers from their ancestors. Who is the bad guy? Dragons. And not the cute, friendly anthropomorphized kind either. These are truly the big, bad monsters of olde. They are terrifying, smart and totally dangerous. Oh, and they can be controlled by a dragon l
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Small Review
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You know what they say about assuming...

I have to admit, my expectations got the better of me. I KNEW Slayers would have to be different enough from Janette Rallison's other books to warrant the use of a pseudonym, but I kinda figured the dragons and genre shift would have been enough.

Basically, I was expecting a Janette Rallison romantic comedy told in the first person, but with dragons and more action. But no, ther
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S.C. Langgle
Note: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Have you ever wanted to go to dragon camp? If so, then Slayers is the book for you!
Slayers takes place in a world where dragons exist, and they’ve acquired some extraordinary abilities in order to keep their species going, such as laying eggs that incubate for over a hundred years before hatching. Medieval warriors developed special powers in order to fight dragons, and the modern-day descendants of these
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Shelby
Oct 31, 2011 Shelby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say, I loved this book! I was so excited when I won it, as it was written by one of my favorite authors, whose name shall not be mentioned (coughJanetteRallisoncough). And it did NOT live down to the challenge!

Let's talk about characters! I didn't really like Tori when she starts to notice that there's something weird about her dragon camp. But all in all, I grew to like her, as she was a great, well rounded character, who wasn't too "Mary-Sue" in a bad or perfect way. Once again, I didn'
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Wendy
Sep 28, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I loved pretty much every second of this book.

Tori Hampton, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a senator, has to talk her parents into letting her go to St. George and the Dragon Camp. She’s wanted to go for years, but once she’s there, well, she’s not sure she really wants to stay. First of all, the camp is a little primitive. When the camp director sends her off with a couple of buff boys to the advanced camp–hidden in the trees two miles away, complete with its own stable, gun range, and myster
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Sara
Nov 02, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slayers by C.J. Hill follows Tori, a girl who has always been obsessed with dragons. She begins the story as her sister drops her off at Dragon camp sure she won't last a week. Things in camp are strange. She's met personally by the director and then taken off to a cabin miles from the rest of the camp. Tori soon learns that she's a Dragon slayer, complete with special powers that are activated with a special dragon simulator they have at the camp. Tori and the other slayers must train to fight ...more
Katie W
Feb 04, 2012 Katie W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I've read other novels by this author, under different names, but wasn't interested in this one because I'm not a big fantasy/dragon reader. I was totally knocked off my feet by this one! I've decided I can't go wrong with a book by this author, whichever name she writes under.

Tori has always had a fascination with dragons and has begged her wealthy parents to let her go to Dragon Camp. Finally, when she's 16, she's allowed to go and it's nothing like what she expected.

Tori was completely diffe
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Jessica
Mar 02, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy
Seriously, how did I not know this existed? Well, okay, I knew it existed but was under the mistaken impression that it was about vampires. But no! It's dragon slayers! And so fun! If you're a fan of Diana Peterfreund's Rampant and Ascendant, there is a lot of that vibe going on here. And I loved Tori, the main character. She reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if she had joined the Scooby Gang late. My only complaint is that it was almost too pat: the powers fit together too perfectly for ...more
Karissa
Aug 23, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got an advanced reading copy of this book for review through NetGalley(dot)com. It was a fun read and an excellent book. This is a book about young adult dragon slayers in the modern day world. Think Percy and the Olympians, but the kids are fighting dragons instead and are part of an ages old genetically modified race. I haven't been able to find any information on a sequel to this book; but based on some things that were left unresolved I imaging this will be a series.

Tori has always been fa
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Jul 08, 2012 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Dragons, superheroes, and evil villains. What's not to love?

Every now and then I come across a young adult novel that I just love, and this happens to be one of them. It was fun joyride through the imaginary modern world where dragons exist and can be controlled (somewhat) by dragon lords, and can only be slain by Slayers.

The story was a lot of fun. C.J. Hill (aka Janette Rallison) created an entertaining scenario where young superheroes go to D
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Scarlett
Originally posted on my blog here.

Slayers had a pretty unique premise. I liked it a lot. The follow-through, however, was a bit lacking.

Overall, Slayers was a good novel, it just lacked that...spark...that really commits you to a book. It was interesting, and the characters were likable enough, but I wasn't as invested in this as I would have liked to have been.

The characters, had their good moments, but overall weren't entirely that dynamic. I also thought it odd how someone we are initially in
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Julie
Aug 23, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
I’m a believer! Dragons really do exist. Dragons may have disappeared but their return and attack on mankind is inevitable. What’s great about this book, it's happening today right in our own town. Well, this story takes place in Washington DC but no one is safe from the return of Dragons!
Tori is a rich girl and a senators daughter. She always dreamt of dragons and obsesses over them being real. She found a Dragon camp and this summer she finally talks her parents into letting her go. She hopes
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RSterling
Take modern super heroes, medieval knights and evil dragons. Mix. Add a splash of salt, and you have Slayers. While the story was a little far-fetched for me, I did like the overall idea. However, I think the plot/characters/etc. could have been executed differently. I was not a fan of Tori, the main character, due to her obnoxiously snobby attitude and I could not relate to her because she was exceedingly privileged. While I did understand her strive to prove herself to the other slayers, her v ...more
Tiffany
I have to admit I loved this book! I enjoy everything that Rallison writes and she didn't let me down. I read this book to my family on our road trip. My husband had some issues with the book. My 10 year old claimed he was bored until they tried to brake into Overdrake's compound. My 12 year old daughter and myself were glued to the pages. My guess from early on was she was a mix between a dragon lord and a slayer. Because of her dad's love for dragon's I figured she was a dragon lord and then w ...more
David
Aug 31, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grabs your attention from page one and never lets go!

Tori has been mysteriously drawn to dragons all her life without knowing why, until she attends a unique dragon-fighting themed summer camp that is more than it seems. Turns out she’s a dragon slayer – one of eleven – who must learn to use their powers to protect the world from an evil dragon overlord bent on using dragons to take over the world.

It is all here: the charismatic villain, the spunky heroine, the complicated love triangle, a dar
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Morgan Anderson
Jul 23, 2015 Morgan Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I went into this book, not really expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised. I got it because I saw it on bookoutlet for $1.99 and thought hey, I like dragons. So I got it. The main character is a girl named tori, and when I first started this book I was so disappointed. She seemed so stuck up and snobby, I just wasn't into it. But throughout the book, the character really develops. She starts out as someone who thinks she's amazing at everything, but once she meets some of the other camper ...more
Kylie
Sep 08, 2013 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced and fun book. Slayers is similar to the Percy Jackson books in that it follows a group of kids who train to be heroes at summer camp. Except add dragons. I read through this one very quickly and immediately searched the bonus material at the back for a glimpse at the second book. And there was one! But of course it left me in turmoil. Why didn't you just stick with Dirk in the first place Tori? He obviously likes you more than Mr. Rule Follower. don't you know that Love scoffs at ru ...more
Oda
Jun 13, 2013 Oda rated it it was amazing
love,love,love it :D
multiple pov.
a big cast of characters.
a rich world building.
dragons,flying+++
thers nothing not to love here.(at least not for me)
:D
Manda
Nov 28, 2013 Manda rated it it was ok
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Hayley Bahnemann
Dec 31, 2016 Hayley Bahnemann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, lit-cube
I liked the fighting, not a huge fan of the love triangle. I can't decide who I like more.
Kathy Martin
Jun 29, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragons are real and, unlike the Disney version, they are mindless beasts who eat humans. However, there are few dragons and they can have very long gestation periods. Most humans have relegated them to the realm of myth. But now the latest eggs are preparing to hatch and slayers are being born to battle them. These Slayers are modern teenagers. The only thing they have in common is that they are descendants of the ancient knights who battled dragons to near extinction and that their pregnant mo ...more
Tarra
3 stars

I feel like this was kind of boring. The whole dragons and slayers thing was cool. The DNA of past dragon slayers waking up from proximity of dragon eggs? Pretty cool. It was well written, in the way of it made sense but, and I'm talking a big but, it was still somehow boring.

Not boring enough that I won't read the next one, however.

I'm not a fan of cowardice and our main gal pal, Tori, was a HUGE coward for much of the book. She couldn't decide whether she wanted to be treated like a re
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Pam
Aug 19, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!!


Dragons Exist. Dragon Slayers Exist. Dragon Overlords Exist. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Back, centuries ago, alchemists were not really looking for a way to turn things into gold, they were creating a serum that would allow Dragon Slayers an edge. The serum worked on their DNA to allow them to fight and kill Dragons. Those mutations were passed down through the Slayer’s generations and lay dormant, until awakened by proximity to a dragon or a dragon egg.

Meanwhile, the Dragon Ove
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Katie
Slayers combines two of my favorite things in books: summer camp and kick-ass fantasy. It has all of that entertaining teenage angst and beautiful camp scenery. It has all of that fast-paced, adrenaline rush worthy action with huge, towering dragons to match. It's pretty much my dream book and it definitely didn't disappoint.

Tori goes through such a strong attitude and personality adjustment throughout the length of this novel. When we're first introduced to her, I wasn't impressed. Despite her
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