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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 memb
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Hardcover, 404 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Emily May
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
He's bobbing his head in time to music playing from headphones, and there's a book in his hands. I peer at it.
Nicholas Sparks. Doug really might be evil, then.



So, huh, here's the thing: I don't think I actually expected this to be good.

Yeah, yeah, I posted excited Buffy gifs, and I tweeted Kiersten White like the crazed fangirl I am. But this is Buffy you're messing with here. Buffy truly helped me survive at some of the darkest times of my life. I've watched it over and over and over again
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chai ♡
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 a
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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!



Happy Reading!

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Sana
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 forgi
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Cristina Monica
Read The Mortal Instruments instead. If you’ve read The Mortal Instruments, try Vampire Academy. If you’ve tried Vampire Academy, dive into Lady Helen. If you’ve dived into Lady Helen, plunge into The Stars Never Rise. If you’ve plunged into The Stars Never Rise, open Monsters of Verity. If you’ve opened Monsters of Verity, give the Grisha Verse a chance. If you’ve given the Grisha Verse a chance, lose yourself in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If you’ve lost yourself in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
Mar 28, 2017 marked it as rather-chew-my-eyeballs-than-read
How is it that one of the books you're most hyped about to read in a given year suddenly becomes the book you never want to read????
I've read a bunch of reviews, both positive and negative.... Yeah the negative is winning out because of my love for the original Buffy. I just don't want to mess with those warm and fuzzy memories I have of that tv show and perhaps reading a subpar book would do that. I mean I've *almost* forgotten about the whole ridiculousness of Dawn's arrival... And Buffy with
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Helena of Eretz ✰
So, this time, we’re at the Watcher's Academy...

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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
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
THE REVIEW IS POSTED AND SPOILER-FREE

I'm so relieved right now that I can just sit down and review this book because I had been very busy with final examinations and assignment for the past few weeks. *phew*
okay, let's the review begins!

My Opinion Time!

I have watched some of the episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and while I am not really a fan of BtVS, I still like BtVS. It's really fun to watch and funny! even though I did not know much about Btvs, I was still excited to read this boo
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Samantha
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars. I guess?
Heather
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I had really high hope for this because I love Buffy so insanely much but sadly I did not love this book.
I felt like the plot and characters were sloppy. I did enjoy the humor of the book, it had the quick wit and satire the show had.
Overall disappointed with this sadly.
C.G. Drews
Despite having never seen a single episode of Buffy...I quite enjoyed this! And shshhh yes I know you're going to go yell for me to watch it, but do we all acknowledge how many books there are in the world and that I am trying to read them all? Fitting in tv shows is the Real Struggle. rip me I try.

Anyway, this gave me absolutely massive Supernatural x Shadowhunters vibes, so that sort of centred me in the story from the get-go. I've read plenty of the secret-magical organisations, out to fight
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Sophie (Blame Chocolate) *on hiatus*
Slayer by Kiersten White

Read the full review and more at Blame Chocolate.

🧛 A big thank you to Simon & Schuster for the review copy. This has not influenced my opinion in any way. 🧛

Slayer was a great read, I just wish I’d become truly engrossed in it from the very beginning and not just halfway through. I’m glad I pushed myself to give it a chance, otherwise I would have missed some epic content!

The diversity was amazing, the dynamics were fantastic, the characters (both heroes and villains) were incredibly fleshed out
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Sylvie
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slayer
by Kiersten White

4 out of 5 Stars!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been one of my favorite t.v. series growing up (I know, it's not the most appropriate show for little girls, but regardless everything I continued watching it till the end). #Whoops!
Because of my love towards the series and the movie, the minute I saw there will be a Buffy spin-off I was over the moon, even though I haven't read anything by the author at that time. Therefore this book has become one of my top anticipated books
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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
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Thank you Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Actual Rating: ★★★.5

“Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart.”


When I found out this was going to be a think I squealed! I knew I had to add this to my TBR. And Simon and Schuster blessed me a few months ago with an ARC.

I took a bit long to finish this book but there is no denying that I was really enjoying it. It reminded me a bit of Vampire Academy. It was a bit slow and it took
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The Burning Rose (Jess)
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-goal
Wait, did I understand this correctly? is it about Buffy the Vampire Slayer? this one goes straight to my 2020 tbr.
Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Nostalgia can be a powerful emotion that makes it difficult to rationally and subjectively review a topic or book. So I forewarn you that as a teenager I was heavily influenced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. By the time Buffy and Angel were done on television I was 21 and had heard the messages of Joss Whedon weekly through my formative years.

Timeline
I like the choice of time period in Slayer. We are told it happens 3 years after Season 8 ends. Therefore 2 years after L.A. is sent to Hell and sho
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Jessica
Two problems with this. 1. I’m too old and 2. as a massive Buffy fan the constant Buffy-bashing really annoyed me. I get it, it was part of Nina’s character development to realize that Watchers maybe aren’t quite God’s gift to mankind and that Buffy is not the reckless and selfish idiot they all made her out to be BUT. It still pissed me off. Now about me being too old for this...I was just so exasperated with Nina and her little-girl mindset. She always went for the obvious woe-is-me teenage co ...more
Suzanne
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off…the Doug reading Nicholas Sparks quote had me laughing!

Artemis seriously annoyed me with her petty jealousy of Nina being the chosen one for a lot of this book. It was understandable though because of her fear of losing Nina with the histories of slayers. I feel like though Nina did question herself a bit, it was everyone else (besides Leo) that was preventing and holding her back from being the slayer she was meant to be. However, the story is fun to read and I cannot wait to see whe
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may ❀
i just siiiiiiiiiigggghhhhhh didn't care much for this book

i will mention that i never watched 'buffy the vampire slayer' as a kid, so i wasnt channeling any nostalgia soooo, maybe if you're a fan of the show things will turn out more positive??
here's to hoping

for me, there was something so irritating about the main character. right from the start, she keeps comparing herself to her sister and complaining about how different she is and whining about her mommy/daddy issues

and i really didn't ca
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chan ☆
Jun 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
if there is not a spuffy- type forbidden love situation, i will sue
Yusra  ✨
Apr 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
a cover! a description!! everything i could ask for!!!!

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look at this queen writing so many books I LOVE IT AND I LOVE HER
no but seriously
I could read anything by her fsdjvshsv

Carrie
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Slayer by Kiersten White is the first book in the new young adult paranormal fantasy Slayer series. This series is a spin off and takes place in the same world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer after Buffy’s time when a new Slayer is chosen as she begins to come into her powers.

Nina and Artemis are twin sisters that have grown up in the Watcher’s Academy and couldn’t be more different from one another. Artemis has always been the strong and dominant twin training to become the best of the best of the
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alana ♡
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was predictable but my paranormal lovin' ass didn't care in the slightest. I had a blast with the world building, characters, and all the action in between.

Definitely looking forward to the next one!

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Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Ok, if you're not a fan of Buffy then I don't think you'll like this. But I have loved Buffy since I was a wee teenager and this made me feel so nostalgic. It was campy and cheesy, but so is Buffy. It just made me feel good to read it. It was like canon fanfiction. Really looking forward to reading more in this series.

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Noa ☾
my friend : so did you like this book ?
me, sitting in my BTVS shirt, putting down my kazoo after having played a beautiful rendition of the show's theme song :


Slayer takes place at the Watchers Academy (people in charge of supervising and guiding a Slayer).We follow Nina, who after untimely events discovers she is the last Slayer. All her life, Nina has been prepared to become a medic, someone who fixes other, not someone who breaks them. Discovering she is the last Slayer also creates a bi
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Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

Trigger warning: Mention of world ending, mention of fire, attempted murder, and seemingly neglectant parent. Up till the point I read.

DNF

I received this E-ARC via Simon and Schuster and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Two years ago I attempted to read And I Darken by this author. It didn't work for me. Though I really liked her writing style and kept on eye on her works. Slayer sounded mildly interesting. Although I am not a Buffy fan (never watched the show and don't pla
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Khurram
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not chosen

A very good spin off series set in the Buffyverse. An interesting take, a Slayer who was also a watcher. If there is one group who have more reason the hate Buffy Summers apart from the demons and vampire. It is the Watchers.

Nina grew up in the watcher society, now she is one of the few left. Yet she believes with all her heart in the Watchers. What the Watchers stand for. Now with the powers of a Slayer, she starts to see the other side of the story.

This a great story for all Buffy f
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Chelsea
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, so here's the deal:

I way overhyped this book going into it and I was totally aware that I was doing it. I've been a diehard Buffy fan since I was about 10 years old, it's my OG fandom. So literally anything remotely having to do with this world is going to be overhyped in my mind. That being said I think this series has potential (heh...slayer puns), but this book was anticlimactic as an introduction to it.

Things I disliked:
-It was a tad info-dumpy at the beginning. There were a lot of ch
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Mari
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok

Full review up now on episode 65 of Snark Squad Pod.

This is not Buffy-verse story I wanted and as a story in general, it was deeply not for me. The pacing was bad, it was repetitive as heck, the main character was the least observant and suspicious, the story telegraphed everything our main character wasn't noticing, a big portion of the plot falls apart if someone (pretty much anyone) would just decide to use their words and I don't think this book completely knew who it's audience was or what
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Meagan ✊🏼 Blacklivesmatter ✊🏼Blacktranslivesmatter
DNF @ 35% maybe I'll try again later
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10/17/18 So this is supposed to be canon???? I have to catch up on the comic book continuation ASAP!
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I like you Kiersten. I really do. But do not fuck this up. When you evoke the name of Buffy, I expect greatness.
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Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhite.com and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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