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(Slayer #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,628 ratings  ·  923 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK (first published January 8th 2019)
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Vanessia I am 30% of the way through the book with no knowledge of the comics and enjoying the book completely! The book does a great job of telling you thinks…moreI am 30% of the way through the book with no knowledge of the comics and enjoying the book completely! The book does a great job of telling you thinks that have happened that you need to know. (less)
Nicholas Matar This is cqnon. It starts two months after Buffy destroys Seed of Wonder in comics. It is setting up events for Fray, as far as the preview has shown.
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Emily May
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
شيماء ✨
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 all magic
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


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Fuck! This! Book!

You know what, I was ready to forgi
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Mar 28, 2017 marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Helena of Sparta ✰
So, this time, we’re at the Watcher's Academy...


I really tried to be objective, but come’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,
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
by Kiersten White

4 out of 5 Stars!


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
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
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

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 me
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
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
Sabrina The Trash Queen
Mel (Epic Reading)
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.

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
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
Yusra  ✨
Apr 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
a cover! a description!! everything i could ask for!!!!


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

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.


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
chandler ainsley ♕
if there is not a spuffy- type forbidden love situation, i will sue
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
Apr 30, 2018 marked it as dnf-try-again-later  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 35% maybe I'll try again later
10/17/18 So this is supposed to be canon???? I have to catch up on the comic book continuation ASAP!
I like you Kiersten. I really do. But do not fuck this up. When you evoke the name of Buffy, I expect greatness.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF about 150 pages in

^^me when this book didn't live up to my expectations.

Buffy was my whole life from age 12 to................. well present. It's the show that defined me. I made lifelong friendships because of my love for this show. When I found out there was a YA novel set in the Buffyverse I was so excited! But honestly..... this book was BORING.

Hopes and dreams dashed. Most anticipated book of 2019 was a flop.

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Sol ~ TheBookishKing
No. Just no.

I am so disappointed with this book but I shouldn't be surprised as I didn't like Kiersten White's previous books. Buffy deserved better and so did the whole Buffy World.

Anyways, Rant To Come soon.


Buddy reading this with SANA! We haven't BR together in probably over a year ?! So this should, as true Sunny/Sol fashion, be true Mess. We won't be on track so just ... wish us luck.
"First rule in the Slayer handbook? When in doubt, hit something."

Okay, as a 'I-grew-up-with-Buffy The Vampire Slayer' fan, my hopes for SLAYER were.. a lot. And I was totally bracing myself for major disappointment. But ultimately what this spinoff/new series did was make me want to rewatch a series that meant a lot to me for so many years.. so I count that as a win.

In a world remade again and again, where the rules keep changing, where a Chosen One becomes Chosen Many, where magic disappears,
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 « I had a blast » stars!

This is obviously a Buffy “fandom” or rather a “spin-off” series as Kiersten White told us. I have never watched Buffy *I know I know I have to hide in the box of shame now* but I can tell you that I enjoyed this story enormously!


Kiersten White packed it with humor (rescuing Demons in unicorn and rainbow pajama), action (hellhounds chasing you and demons landing at your feet), mystery (who is the hunter?), some romance and introspective thoughts with coming of age
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, vamps, ya, fantasy
I haven't watched Buffy the vampire slayer, at least not all of it. I picked up this book anyway. I was reading it with a friend of mine who loves Buffy but she couldn't even finish it. We have almost the exact same taste so I don't think that affected my experience. Maybe a bit to the world building but that's about it.
As for why I don't recommend it:
- it's childish
- all the characters were so not memorable
- bad twist at the end
- no chemistry between Nina her love interest
- Nina holds stupid
Helena Summers
Edit: Guys, the cover and the first two chapters are here! I'M FREAKING OUT!!!!

Mar 28, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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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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To say nothing of ancient Sumerian. And ancient Sumerian translated into Latin? Diabolic.”
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