Slayer by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love all things Buffy. Just. Love. I've read the comics and seen the show multiple times. I never got into the novelizations of the show before but that was mostly for monetary reasons (i.e. I was broke and books get expensive after a while). Now, there's just too much catch up to do in that area so instead I go forward.
I was really excited to see Slayer was coming out and even more excited to read it. I really appreciate when someone loves a thing so much that they end up inspired by it.
Slayer starts out after the near end of the world in which Buffy has saved us yet again, but there is no more magic. While she does appear occasionally and is referenced from time to time, our girl is not the main character of this tale.
We're given the Watcher's Council. Now pretty much defunct, they are intent on maintaining the old ways and old studies. Nina is a teenage legacy Watcher as is her twin sister. Her twin is considered the strong one, yet it turns out that Nina becomes a Slayer.
This novel covers all the basic teenage novel tropes; embarrassing crush, my Mom hates me, struggles with feelings of inadequacy, learning to trust your instincts, etc. Even though it was a little predictable in places (OK, maybe a lot of places), the author does such a great job at rebuilding this world that I already knew and loved with all these new characters. I barely even noticed the predictability of it.
What I read was a love letter to the Buffy universe. I can't wait to see what comes next.
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