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Third Strike

(The Slayer Chronicles #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  59 reviews
In the final book of The Slayer Chronicles trilogy, Slayer Joss McMillan is home in Santa Clara when he's assigned to track down and take out a murderous vampire. But vampires aren't Joss's only trouble this summer: His girl-crazy cousin Henry is staying with him, and still holding a grudge against Joss for trying to kill his best friend, Vladimir Tod. Joss's former mentor ...more
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Published February 20th 2014 by Penguin
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Mar 27, 2013 marked it as to-interloan  ·  review of another edition
oh ma gawd COVER!!!!!!

I'm beginning to see a cover-colour pattern here:

1. red
2. blue
3. purple
4. orange
5. green

I bet Legacy of Tril is gon follow this awesome order ;D

So cool of Brewer to establish this.
May 10, 2013 marked it as to-read
OMGOMGOMG!! Yes, the cover!! Looks so good :) Plus Once this series is done..the quicker we get Soulbroken!! Joking, can't wait to read Slayer book 2 & 3!! ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2014
So, I'm going to just say it. With apologies to the author, this feels like nothing so much as a money grab, without taking the time to craft a good series.
After three books, it still remains mostly one note: "Cecile, I will avenge you."
Right, okay, good luck with that.
Now how about a strong, interesting story to go along with all that vengeance, huh?
There are things that simply made no sense. Joss goes looking at crime scenes to try to find evidence of vampire attack. What exactly he is looki
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heather Brewer has done it again! Third Strike is an amazing novel and an epic ending to an incredible trilogy.

The emotional growth that Joss has experienced from First Kill to Third Strike is massive. I’m pretty sure it’s the biggest character growth I’ve ever seen, in any book, period. He goes from a scared little kid, desperate to avenge his sister’s death and thinking all vampires are evil, to a young man, ready to take on whatever challenge comes his way, opening his mind to all these thoug
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I'll start with the positive, the character development in Joss from book one to this book is massive .He goes from small scared boy, to hell bent on revenge for is sister, to finally realising theres no good or bad side. That theres bad and good in all groups of people includeing slayers , vampires and humans . The way heather developed him as a character felt very real and natural and he as a person grew so much and all of him always felt real I love that about Joss .

That being said that
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, not as good as her other books. But I read it because I wanted to finish the series. I really loved the Vlad Tod series, and the first book of the Joss series was good, the second was okay but this one really just fell short and was a bit predictable.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I loved this. With lots of twists, it kept me guessing until the very end. All in all, an excellent ending to the series.
The final novel of The Slayer Chronicles is a short one, perhaps the shortest Brewer has given us yet, but that doesn't make it any less punchy and powerful and cool. Though I still think The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is Z's magnum opus for always and eternity, this entry in the series, continuing the secret behind-the-scenes saga of Joss McMillan before the events of the final two Vlad Tod books, proves to be an action-packed one, as well as filled with family drama, the ongoing threat of Kat' ...more
Meghan Palmer
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Feb 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm writing this review as I go, starting after I've read for a while. I read, but I also flip forward and skim a bit to see what happens later.

When I got this book, I wanted to go back and re-read the first two because it's been a while. I found that I couldn't even get half-way through the first book. I got through the second, but didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did the first time. And this book, I didn't love. I think when I read the other books the first time, I wanted to like them a lot
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 – I liked this book more than the finale of the Vladimir Tod series, but I did have some problems with it…

First, this book did not feel like a finale to this series, since it didn’t seem to me like anything was really resolved at the end regarding Joss’ attitude towards vampires/slayers, his status as a slayer, or his ultimate life plans. I’m having trouble remembering if some of this may have been addressed at the end of the Vlad series, but even if it was, it wasn’t from the POV of Joss as
Stephanie Jolly
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire enthusaists
I have been eagerly awaiting Third Strike, and finally it's here and I've finished it and... *sigh* It's review time.
Joss McMillan is in a pinch. Thanks to the family gathering going on at his house, he's forced to share the same space as his cousin Henry, who hates his guts for driving a stake through the chest of his Vampire best friend. Not to mention that since a Vamp killed his baby sister, Cecile, his mom and dad have been distant and unreachable. His Uncle had introduced him to the worl
Cheyenne Renee
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Layne Oliver
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. It had a very balanced and easy to follow plot, and even though it is a fictional book, it had some real aspects to it. It takes place in the modern day society, but involves vampires. I definitely enjoy hearing the story from the point of view of a slayer more than hearing it about a vampire. It makes it much more easier to relate to a human character than to a mythical creature. The setting helped the events in the book by making it seem like it could actually be ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish it never ended
Gabriela L
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Third Strike” by Heather Brewer is part of the series “The Slayer Chronicles”. She has a previous series called the “Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.” I recommend that you read that series first because the slayer chronicles talks about things that happened in the previous series. “Third Strike” is a very interesting book with a lot of action.This book keeps you sucked in and makes you want to keep reading all day. While reading at times it makes you react to what is happening in the book. Heather B ...more
Asha McKay
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so sad that this is the final book in the series, I want to see more of Joss after he's left the Slayer Society and is free from his uncle's manipulation and abuse. And knowing what's going to happen to him in London after the end of this book? After everything he's been through and all the progress he made with seeing vampires as more than just monsters? Oh, that's brutal. I hope the author gets to write more in this universe some day. I'll miss Joss and Vlad and all their shenanigans. ...more
Grace Carlsdotter
Ok so the series was pretty good but there is a GIANT plot hole in this book (the last one of the series) it literally makes the rest of the series not make any sense at all, until you think about it a ton, and even then, it still seems kind of weird.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite series, I hope that this book will have a part 4 to it but it probably wouldn't have another book for this series. I want to know more. ...more
Dominic Bachtler
This book was kind of good it could've been better ...more
Holly Jolly
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fabulous
I love everything about this series!
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cried reading the ending and wasn't sure whether I was satisfied or not. But overall you will have a fun time reading the adventure. ...more
fun book i loved the whole book
Colton Mcghee
I had high expectations for this series after reading The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd. Maybe they were too high, because I was pretty disappointed in how The Slayer Chronicles turned out.

First off, It wasn't all bad. I liked the idea of the storyline. A way to create a perspective from the "other side". I was happy that Heather developed Joss' character. He went from a boy who looked like he had everything under control in the first series to a broken kid in the beginning of this series. Later
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third Strike by Heather Brewer is a Sci-fy novel about Vampires and Vampire Slayers. Joss is a high-school kid that lives the life of a Vampire slayer. He joined the Slayer Society to extinguish all Vampires. His younger sister Cecile was murdered by a Vampire years ago. Joss's cousin Henry is best friends and a slave to a Vampire named Vladimir Tod. Henry and Joss have been having a rough relationship because Joss almost killed Vlad.

I really loved this book for several reasons. It's the last b

Joss:Main character, protagonist. Likes girls, being a slayer, and his family. Dislikes vampires. Traits are handsome, strong, athletic, debates on some subjects.

Henry: Joss's cousin, friend with vampire named Vladimir Tod, second man character. likes family, girls and vampires. dislikes one sided people that don't try to understand. traits handsome, some what athletic, friendly. protagonist

Paty: Joss's team member, one the slayer side but is forced to help the vampires.

Kat: antago
Graysen Baker
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm kinda sad after reading this. This is the last book in the Vlad Todd universe. When I first starting reading the prequels back in 2011 I didn't think I would enjoy them because it was Joss and not Vlad. I was wrong. The prequels were so fun and it was interesting to learn how the Slayer Society works from the inside. Joss finally starts to realize that not ALL vampires are evil. The ending wasn't AS shocking as I expected but it was a prequel and had to fit in with previous continuity. In th ...more
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Content warnings: violence, death

Well that was definitely a thing.

It was about as good as the prior book. Though it had a happier type of ending than I expected.

It's terrible that it takes a serious injury to bring a family back together but sometimes tragedy has to happen more than once to fix things that are broken.

I suspected something was up with Patty (or whatever her name is). Because of how she was acting.

Turns out my presumptions of guilt weren't entirely correct in regards to Joss' nigh
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great!!! Best one in the series lots of question were answered. This book wouldn't leave my mind till I finished it. This book had a lot of twist and turns and things that made you say shut up! I've been have troubles reading and staying with a book lately and this book help me a lot. Heather Brewer did it again! ...more
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Heather Brewer is the pseudonym of Zac Brewer…but you can call him Z.

Zac is the NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as The Slayer Chronicles series, Soulbound, The Cemetery Boys, The Blood Between Us, and more short stories than he can recall.

He grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. He chased them down with every drop of horror he could

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