Format: Hardcover, 349 pages
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Supernatural
What did you like about the book? This title picks up where the first in the series, Slayer, left off. If you did not read the first volume, you could pick up the story line after the first couple of chapters. For fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this title is sure to keep you engrossed as many of the original characters make an appearance or are mentioned in this title. Nina, the protagonist, in true Buffy fashion, is constantly riddled with self-doubt and takes responsibility for most of the bad luck that befalls her friends and family. She spends most of the book trying to understand why her twin has left and feeling that it is her fault. As a new slayer, she is getting acclimated to her newfound skills and power. For fans of the first book and Buffy, the title moves fairly well with enough action and romance to keep fans entertained. Humor is well placed, but not as tongue and cheek as the original Buffy series, and helps move the story along. Characters are interesting as you would expect from supernatural text. Plenty of demons, vampires, and hellhounds and, of course, the world may be ending…again.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot of this book is simple with Nina (in true Buffy fashion) spending most of her time lamenting over her actions or feeling guilty for something. A broody demon as the love interest may remind fans of the original work. This weighs down the story as her obsessing over Leo, the love interest, and Artemis, her sister, bogs down the storyline. Nina is perpetually unhappy.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 6 and up who enjoyed the Buffy series or fantasy/supernatural fiction will enjoy this text.
Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for middle or high school or public libraries that cannot get enough slayer based books.
Where would you shelve it? Fantasy Fiction, Supernatural
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside in the middle of the “to read” pile.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts
Date of review: February 7, 2020