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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,480 ratings  ·  388 reviews
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 ✩
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
Hhhmm… I always have a hard time judging the first book of a series because things that may be crappy or mediocre now can develop into something amazing later on.

I was skeptical about the protagonist, Tori, because, like many of the other heroines that the author has written, she is pretentious, superficial, and self-absorbed at the beginning of the book. She, along with the other books’ heroines, do get better. Tori is learning to care about other people and be more helpful, even when she has l
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 12, 2016 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
Nov 05, 2015 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!
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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
Amber Argyle
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argyle-book-club
The spoiled daughter of a Senator running for president, Tori needs her hair perfect, her clothes designer, and her boys to fall in line. That is until she discovers that her summer camp is really just a cover for dragon slaying. And lucky her, she inherited dragon slaying from her ancestors.

But it's not all bad. There are some hot boys, and super powers can be cool. The dragons trying to kill them, not so much, but Tori had never been one to back down from a challenge - or a fight. She's deter
Nov 16, 2013 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
Sep 25, 2011 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
Sep 23, 2011 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
Awesome book. Everyone should read. Tori is a normal teenager..... while sort-of. Her father is running for president making her try to be the perfect model for all teenages. Never going to happen. All starting with her obsession with dragons, leading her to a camp. Only when she gets to camp they lead her to a far off cabin with a bunch of girls who seem to hate her already. On the tour of the cabins she learns although she is very athletic, she seems to be the least of all the campers in her a ...more
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
Katie W
Feb 04, 2012 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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
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
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
Oct 31, 2011 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'
Sep 28, 2011 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
Nov 02, 2011 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
Aug 23, 2011 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
Dena (Batch of Books)
Jul 08, 2012 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
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
Aug 23, 2012 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
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
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
Aug 31, 2011 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
Donna Hatch
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I'd grown weary of all the "dragons are our friend" books and movies, Slayers bursts onto the scene. Slayers is about a group of teens destined to kill the fearsome dragons foretold to destroy the world. It's told from the point of view of a young teenaged girl who doesn't particularly want to save the world, and no one particularly likes the rich new girl, either. The characters are complex and likeable. The stakes are high and there are lots of highs and lows as Tori discovers and le ...more
Morgan Anderson
Jul 23, 2015 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
Sep 08, 2013 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 Renate
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love,love,love it :D
multiple pov.
a big cast of characters.
a rich world building.
thers nothing not to love here.(at least not for me)
Attack Salmon
May 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank God its over

I am done reading Janette Rallison's fantasy books. They don't have the humour and wittiness her contemporary romance. I read the first half and the rest I skimmed and just reading the dialogue

Slayers is so terribly cliche and predictable. Tori went to the dragon camp and even not once she even talked to her boyfriend Roland. They have zero communication throughout the whole book. Then Tori able to talk about Roland normally like there is nothing wrong. Are you even sure Roland
Lexie Jones
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the dragons but i'm so over the love triangle stuff
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