Author: Kiersten White
Series: Slayer #2
Genre: YA paranormal
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC traded for from Twitter’s Books for Trade hashtag
My rating: 5 stars
“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 still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom.
And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.
It was so easy to jump right back into this series with page one of the book. I also adored all the little cameos of characters from the original BTVS tv series, Clem, Oz, Harmony, just to name a few. The author does a great job with hitting just the right sense of humor and snark with the characters in a way that reminds me of the original tv series. For instance, when they misheard a name, and called him Ian Von Assface. But I also loved the newer pop culture additions, like Harry Potter references, fist pump for all my fellow Hufflepuffs, like Nina. Then there were twists and turns, where I just knew something was going to happen, but what did happen in the end was totally not what I’d been expecting. There were the betrayals of those I thought you could trust, as well as ones I suspected throughout. I loved that the author even brought in the Tales of the Slayer stories in a way, when she referenced the history of slayers, and of course loved Buffy always being referred back to. Because even though this is a new series with new characters, Buffy will always be “THAT” slayer. Probably more well known than even the First Slayer, to all current slayers. I loved it so much. I just hope that the author can continue to write more in this world and that I will have a third book to look forward to next year!
It's always fantastic when you love book one and then the sequel is just as good. This series is on my radar and I cannot wait to try it. The cameos sound like they blend perfectly and that they were fun too 😀
Definitely a high recommendation, especially if you are a Buffy fan!