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“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 Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

I’m predicting that its title shall be...WATCHER! 💁🏻‍♀️

Just kidding. It’s CHOSEN. *grabby hands*
C.G. Drews
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know those books where you just have a really good time?! HERE is one. It just makes me nostalgic for my paranormal craze, when all I did was inhale Supernatural episodes and read Shadowhunters. This just fits with that mood perfectly. Sass. Humour. Epic group squad dynamics. DEMONS. Bit o' betrayal from loved ones. More sass to cover up the pain. It's perfect.

two things to know: (1) I loved reading Slayer last year and I, um, still haven't seen any Buffy episodes? my bad. (2) I really don't
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h o l l i s
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
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Carrie
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 Buffy’s 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 it’s 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 Watcher’s Academy and cou
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Sylvie
4 out of 5 Stars

I LOVED THIS!!!

Even though I liked the first one better I still hella enjoyed this.

also I lowkey want more, because one can not simply have enough stories about Buffyverse. :)
Alyssa Mead
edit 8/16/19: I NEED IT

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does it have a title? nope

does it have a estimated release date? nope

does it have a synopsis? nope

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

guess that means it’s time to add it to my Want To Read shelf then ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
Jenn
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^^^ 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 sta
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Grüffeline
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There is no singular for cookies."

Oh my... it was certainly good to meet all these characters again. I don't want to spoil who, just know that there are a couple of characters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer making an appearance, either being mentioned or interacting with Nina and her friends. Which are an adorable group.
The writing was amazing, it feels just like an episode of Buffy. But I don't know why - it just didn't thrill me like the first one did. Especially the ending... Still brill
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MissBecka Gee
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.
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Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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3  surprisingly disappointed  stars

 

WARNING: PERSONAL UNPOPULAR OPINION⁠

 

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
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Zoraida
Jan 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
I love this world so much.
Jim C
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to the book Slayer and that book should be read before this one. This book is part of the Buffyverse and takes place right after the events of the first book. In this one, Nina is grieving from her loss in the first book. Meanwhile, the Watchers have decided to make their home a place where demons can live and be safe.

To me, this was a repeat experience of the first book. A lot of my problems resurfaced with this offering and the ending wasn't a strong as the first book's endi
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
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 didn’t flow as well as Slayer.

I loved that there were more references to the characters that we all love.... Buffy and Faith appear in Nina’s dreams and there are references to Spike and Giles ❤️ Nina is still learning to be the Slayer. She isn’t struggling
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Caleb Roehrig
This book includes a “Roehrig demon,” officially making my name part of Buffyverse canon. I CAN DIE HAPPY BEST BOOK EVER
Melissa
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.
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Andrea
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 s
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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 anymore
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Taschima
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-happy-place
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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 don’t want to face f
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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 highl
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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
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Prerana
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 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.
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Khurram
To choose

An ok continuation of the story. I have to say I did prefer the first book. Though the characters have developed and moved on since the last book trauma and people returning from the dead keep pulling them back.

The next generation of Watchers are adapting to the new world. They have started Sanctuary protecting people and benign demons/supernatural creatures alike. However they still might have some traitors in their midst. As well as people who have left and do not have the same world
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 Caty
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.
Shelley
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

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
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Zaynab
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 isn’t a trilogy.
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 didn’t 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.
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.

What?

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 wo
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Brianna
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
3.5

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 easte
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Alex
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!
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 people—sure, there’s supernatural adventure and a big bad, but it always comes back to heart. It always comes back to relationships. Buffy wasn’t 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 Ar
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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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