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(Slayer #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  840 ratings  ·  232 reviews
Will get Buffy fans up in their feels. Entertainment Weekly on Slayer

Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watchers Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, shes still
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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Laavanya 7th January 2020 (I read that somewhere before, the date could be different though)

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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Im predicting that its title shall be...WATCHER! 💁♀

Just kidding. Its CHOSEN. *grabby hands*
So, listen. My experience with book one wasn't awesome because the first 60% or so was frustrating af but I thought the ending was intense and interesting and as a result was looking forward to this sequel.

Except CHOSEN was a miserable reading experience without charm, sense, or any kind of joy.

I won't drag this review out as I imagine, as per usual, I'm going to be an outlier but honestly? Other than name dropping and references, this resembled nothing of the Buffyverse I loved and deviated far
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Chosen by Kiersten White is the second book in the 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 Buffys time when a new Slayer is chosen as she begins to come into her powers. This second book has picked up after the end of the first so its best to read this fantasy series in order starting with Slayer.

In this series Nina and Artemis are twin sisters that have grown up in the Watchers Academy and couldn
Alyssa Mead
edit 8/16/19: I NEED IT


does it have a title? nope

does it have a estimated release date? nope

does it have a synopsis? nope

do I know if Im even going to enjoy the first book, which comes out next year? nope

guess that means its time to add it to my Want To Read shelf then _(ツ)_/)

^^^ Literally me when I got my hands on this book.

let's just state facts:
- Buffy is my all time favorite show
-Kiersten White is one of my favorite authors

When Kiersten announced she was doing a Buffy series following a new slayer, yeah I was over the moon. Then I found out there would be more than one - just dead. I knew this material was in great hands because Kiersten is a true Buffy fan and understands this world. And I did love the first one and I loved this one. It was soooo close to 5
This started off pretty slow and wasn't as exciting as the first book.
She did move the plot along and I got to spend more time with some of my favourite characters (Hello there Doug!).
I would probably say this is more of a 3.5 star, but rounded it up since 3 stars seems harsh.
Still good, just not as good as the first book.
Thanks goes out to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC.
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

3  surprisingly disappointed  stars




This book took me totally by surprise!


I adored Slayer but here I was lost. The characters are all confused and doubting all the time.

I can usually appreciate characters asking universal questions and wanting to be better. But here I wanted them to ...I don't know. Evolve? Get over it? I can't pinpoint exactly why this did not work for me here. It ended up by confusing me and just wanting that something would
What? There is already a cover? And I have missed it?

But I must say it looks ...
Jan 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
I love this world so much.
Mandy White
I was so excited to get a copy of Chosen to read s I loved Slayer so much. I was slightly disappointed though because for me Chosen was a little flat and slow. In saying that I still enjoyed being back in the Buffy Universe but this one just didnt flow as well as Slayer.

I loved that there were more references to the characters that we all love.... Buffy and Faith appear in Ninas dreams and there are references to Spike and Giles ❤ Nina is still learning to be the Slayer. She isnt struggling
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I needed after my last read. It was funny, full of action and surprises, a little bit of romance, and Buffy, and slayers, and demons! I completely devoured and loved it!

Warning, though: you need to have read book 1 to understand this one, because Nina refers often to events happening in the previous book. But if you haven't watched all the Buffy episodes, you'll be fine!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for the complimentary e-copy of this book through NetGalley.
Caleb Roehrig
This book includes a Roehrig demon, officially making my name part of Buffyverse canon. I CAN DIE HAPPY BEST BOOK EVER ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Well. That went. Ok?

I love Kiersten White's Conqueror's Saga. I even loved her take on Elizabeth Frankenstein. But this series I just can't get into. I don't know why or how. There was action. And a prophecy. It had all the makings of something I thought I would enjoy. Maybe I finally outgrew the YA genre. I find it strange to buy into adults stepping aside to let teenagers run into disaster without a plan when they know better. Or should know better. Plus, really, how often can they be truly
Emily (emilykatereads)
This sequel was one I was really looking forward too. I absolutely loved the magic of Slayer, and am a big fan of Buffy, but the magic from the first book wasn't quite there for me with this one.

I didn't dislike this one, I just didn't love it.

We follow the characters we got to know in the first book, after some betrayals and new dynamics. We start this book off in the sanctuary for demons that Nina has created, and then drama ensues when people Nina used to trust aren't so trustworthy
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Why must good things come to an end?!

Slayer and Chosen brought back the spirit of a good Buffy story, better quite honestly that some of the stories in the original series (nobody needed ADAM in the fourth season). It has a great group of friends who are there for each other and also have their own thing going on, the forbidden romance that is signature Buffy, the inner conflict of the Slayer, and the battle of the prejudice from groups of people that are just misinformed or dont want to face
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Before starting on Chosen, I reread Slayer, and I once again enjoyed the hell (pun intended) out of it. Unfortunately, even going in with that energy, Chosen was a bit of a disappointment.

The writing is still engaging, and the cast still has so much potential to become really special to me. There's a definite Buffy vibe still, though now it's one of those episodes that I probably didn't like that much. It's heavy on the angst and low on actual development. I was always more into either the
Jen Ryland
There were things I really enjoyed about this duology.

I loved being back in the Buffyverse and think that these books did a good job of inserting themselves in there. I loved the cameo appearances of some of my favorite characters and think that White's humor matches perfectly with the Buffy humor.

But it seems like all these YA versions of books (including the Wonderwoman/Catwoman YA series) feature a new Scooby gang of younger characters that I can't quite bond with. I struggled with Nina and
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, paranormal
Not as good as the first but still WOW.

All the characters were more immature than they were in the first book, the action was lacking, and the ending was anticlimactic. HOWEVER, it was still an engaging story, and I kept turning the pages.

It raised some interesting questions about good and evil, and I simply love how Kiersten White approaches existing stories.

Hands down, one of my favorite authors. I will definitely keep reading whatever she puts out.

And I'm out.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars

Thank gods the Buffyworld exists. I loved this book series. It was funny, smart, full of great action scenes and with a great protagonist who is fighting her own internal battles other than the external ones. I am wondering now if this is the last book or there will be more. I need to check it because I never want to leave this world. Ever.
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Chosen is the second and final installment in author Kiersten White's Slayer duology. What you should know: This story takes place in the Buffy the Vampire TV series world. Buffy is alive, but retired. She has made some guest appearances via Slayer dreams. If you've watched the Buffy TV series, you should have no issues with understanding what has happened before these series takes place. 16-year old protagonist Athena aka Nina
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
A teenage me would have probably liked it. A much older me not so much. Just glad this isnt a trilogy. ...more
Elizabeth Mellen
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Slayer for all the nostalgic Buffy feels, and I was really excited for this one. I didnt think it was as good, and it had a lot of trope-y feeling moments. I was, however, stoked to see some familiar faces show up. It was fun enough though, and has really cemented Kiersten White as an auto read author for me. ...more
Leah Waters
After loving Slayer, this was...super disappointing.

While the banter during battles was at first entertaining and funny, it soon became annoying and unrealistic.

And the motives of all the bad guys and the traitors made no sense. Once again, not believable.

But what really got to me is the message.

Blood matters more than actions.


No. I won't spoil anything, but again and again, characters forgive characters for horrible acts simply because they're related. But no. Actions speak louder than
Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights

I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

I'm really struggling to summarize my thoughts and feelings on this book. Every time I think about it, nothing comes to mind. Things happened in the book! I know they did! But nothing was very memorable and the stakes (no pun intended) weren't high at all.

I love Buffy and this world. The first book in this series was like a warm hug. The characters were great, there were a ton of
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and a giveaway can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book once again took me back to my days of true Buffy fandom and reminded me why these stories resonate so well with peoplesure, theres supernatural adventure and a big bad, but it always comes back to heart. It always comes back to relationships. Buffy wasnt just Buffy; she was the whole Scooby gang, and then that expanded even more. Well, the same goes for these books. Sure, the series centers on Nina and
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! Yes!
Ok I thought this was better then the first book, which is saying something because I really enjoyed Slayer!
This book has EVERYTHING! You want some fights? Cool this has it, You want some seriously bas add characters. Yep that too! Vampire are my jam and Kiersten White Stayed (heheh) these books!

Listen, overall if you are looking for a fast pace, plot AND character driven book with action and badassery! READ THIS BOOOOOOK!

Thanks Netgalley for the ARC!
Jessamyn Leigh
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh no, I definitely thought this was a trilogy and now I'm saddddd that there isn't more.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Kiersten Whites Buffy verse series wraps up nicely with Chosen , despite a few uneven plot points, and our favorite characters are back with plenty of snarky humor and Buffy Easter eggs.

Anyway, you should have said you were a Slayer. Slayers and I go way back. Here. He pulls out one of his cards, scribbling an address

Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Um... Thats all I have right now. ...more
While Slayer left something to be desired, I enjoyed it for what it was and all the Buffy references. Chosen, on the other hand, I found less charming. It was a drag to get through, and the character arcs felt weird and unearned. As I said in my review of Slayer, it feels like a lot of previously seen plots and themes from Buffy were rehashed here, only done less well. This one just felt uninspired; it wanted to do something similar to Buffy season 5, in the end, and it just... felt meh. The ...more
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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 and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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