Buffy is the last Slayer or is she? | ARC Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

Buffy is the last Slayer or is she? | ARC Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

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SYNOPSIS

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 member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.


Should You read Slayer by Kiersten White?

Of all the awful things demons do, keeping Latin alive when it deserves to be a dead language might be the worst.
To say nothing of ancient Sumerian. And ancient Sumerian translated into Latin? Diabolic..

Did someone say book hangover? ’cause I have an epic book hangover after reading Slayer by Kiersten White.

I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV show) years after it ended its season run and I have little memory of it. Slayer by Kiersten White picks up where Buffy ended. No, you don’t really need to watch the tv show and to those of you who love Buffy but haven’t read Slayer yet, I want to warn you that there’s some Buffy hate for the most part of the book..for good reasons ..but fear not, the hate doesn’t stay for long. Now without further ado, let’s start this review:

First, let me tell you what’s it about. Buffy Summers, the last Slayer, had torn the world in half when she destroyed the Seeds of Wonder, which was the source of all magic on Earth. No Seeds mean No magic which also means No more Slayers. The Watchers powers’ have also dwindled along with many other losses during the apocalypse.

Athena or Nina, our protagonist, has beef with Buffy not only because of the apocalypse but because of the fact that she has a shell of a family now. Her father was Buffy’s watcher – her protector and guide- and he’s dead because of her. Her mother is cold and indifferent towards Nina since her father died and life as she knew has never been the same. Nina lives in a special boarding school called The Watcher’s Academy(or it used to be) with her twin sister Artemis and her friends Rhys, Jade, Imogen, some children and other watchers. She is the castle medic and is constantly ignored by her mother who allegedly favors her sister Artemis. The last thing Nina needs is to find out that she’s a Slayer and the last Slayer ever to exist. Nina doesn’t know anything about being a Slayer except the fact that she can kill a hellhound with her bare hands. Any physical training that she should have received was given to her twin Artemis. Nina is a healer not a fighter..a hunter and she’ll be soon glad for her skills.

So don’t let being a Slayer define you.

You define being a Slayer.

Even though it’s a spin off of the famous TV show and it could have sucked badly..but it didn’t. Kiersten White took a familiar and quite popular world and built an unique story upon it. I loved the pace of the book and the thrill accompanied with every time I turned a page or finished a chapter. The twists and turns were served with perfectly timed comedic and witty dialogues.

“We know it’s a demon.”
“Right, but it’s wearing a fecking Coldplay shirt. How evil can something wearing a Coldplay shirt be?”

The story is centered around Athena(Nina) and the author perfectly displays her weaknesses, strengths, doubts, fears, frustrations. Athena had trained her entire life to be a healer and we see her internal struggle as she tries to balance her healer’s instincts with her newly developed hunter’s instincts. I also loved the other characters namely Rhys and his boyfriend Cillian, Leo(*sobs*) and even a yellow skin coloured Demon called Doug.

The only reason I wouldn’t rate it 5 stars is because I found Athena’s struggles, her journey to becoming a Slayer..too time consuming. Once you get over that part, I got real comfortable and finished the book in a day ..at 3 a.m…while sobbing and saying, “Why? Why would you do that to me?” and the reason of my epic book hangover was not the cliffhanger but it was the death of one of my favourite characters..but fear not, I’ll persevere and will manage to get through Book 2 aptly named Chosen.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love Buffy, stabby books, books by Kiersten White..which are all stabby I guess? nevermind..umm, also if you love cool demons that’ll get you (fictional, alas) backstage passes to Coldplay, awesome friends, cool twin sister..then, GO STAB imean GO PICKUP THE BOOK NOW!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 

Author: Connect with Author Kiersten White here.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Publication Date: 21st February , 2019
  • Paperback: 416 Pages
Slayer by Kiersten White

Will you read Slayer by Kiersten White? If you have read it, then let me know if you liked it or not. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

The Familiars by Stacey Halls: A hauntingly beautiful tale of women and witchcraft

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

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Why is THE FAMILIARS more than a story about witches? | REVIEW

“Neighbours denouncing neighbours—it was the most reliable trait of humanity and was how the dungeon was filled in the first place. Rumour could spread faster than a disease, and could be just as destructive.” 

– The Familiars by Stacey Halls

The Familiars is set during the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 and tells the story of two women – Fleetwood Shuttleworth and Alice Gray. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is the 17 years old mistress of Gawthorpe Hall. After surviving three miscarriages, she is pregnant for the fourth time which worries both her and her husband for different reasons.

One day, Fleetwood discovers a young woman in a forest on her property and Fleetwood learns her name is Alice Gray. Alice claims to be a midwife and promises to help Fleetwood give birth to a healthy child. Soon, Fleetwood begins to better in the hands of Alice and a friendship of sorts develops between the two.

However, problems arise soon as King James is on a witch hunt. Those who are loyal to his Majesty will do anything to appease him: even accuse innocent women of witchcraft. Many women near Pendle Hill, where Fleetwood stays, have already been convicted of being a “witch” by none other than someone very close to her. It isn’t long until this witch hunt directs its attention to none other than Alice Gray.

“Her spirit was there. He could see it, I know. After his death, she was brought to my father’s corpse and it bled at her touch.”

What does the name The Familiars mean ? It was believed that a familiar is an animal that is close to a witch who does certain things for the witch. They can act as protectors, spies, a type of servant or, most often, a close companion. If you see one, you most often will see the other because they rarely are separated.

The Truth is we don’t if any of the accused women were actually witches, there’s no proof of that in history or in this fiction. However, I urge you to pick up this book because the scenario is eerily similar to what women face these days. This book will fill you with rage, watching men do whatever it takes to gain power. However, I loved this historical fiction – based on a real story – where we see a woman who is willing to fight for her child and her friend. Fleetwood transforms right before our eyes and in spite of her social standing, Fleetwood goes above and beyond to help not only Alice but all the women accused of witchcraft. 

Why will I not give this 5 stars? In my opinion, I learned and saw much of Fleetwood and not enough of Alice. I think, maybe, that was the point. Alice was a quiet but constant presence at Fleetwood’s side. With her care and friendship, Fleetwood gained the confidence to stand up for herself and others. Another thing that irked me was how quick Fleetwood was to forgive a certain someone. Again, this is my opinion. It was 1612 after all and I am no one to judge.

Overall, I highly recommend this novel if you’re a fan of historical fiction, witches, and stories that celebrate friendship and women. I’ve become a fan of Stacey Hall’s writing and I can’t wait to read more of her works. If it’s anything remotely like The Familiars, then I’ll make a mad dash to my nearest bookstore or uhh..book depository.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Stacey Halls here .

  • Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre/HarperCollins IN
  • Publication Date: 07 Feb 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 420 Pages

Have you read The Familiars yet? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Update: Book mails, Current reads, and TBR

Hello everyone! This is a post about recent book mails I’ve received, what I am currently reading or listening and of course, my nemesis the TBR list.

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Also, check out Fictionally Sam’s blog for an awesome giveaway (open for everyone!) here.

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#HorrorOctoberBooks: The Witch Of Willow Hall (audiobook review )

Synopsis: Years after the Salem witch trials one witch remains. She just doesn’t know it… yet.

Growing up Lydia Montrose knew she was descended from the legendary witches of Salem but was warned to never show the world what she could do and so slowly forgot her legacy. But Willow Hall has awoken something inside her…

1821: Having fled family scandal in Boston Willow Hall seems an idyllic refuge from the world, especially when Lydia meets the previous owner of the house, John Barrett.

But a subtle menace haunts the grounds of Willow Hall, with strange voices and ghostly apparitions in the night, calling to Lydia’s secret inheritance and leading to a greater tragedy than she could ever imagine.

Can Lydia confront her inner witch and harness her powers or is it too late to save herself and her family from the deadly fate of Willow Hall?

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Five books to read this month

Hello everyone! Welcome to another “list” post. Today marks the beginning of October -which means Durga Puja season for us (Bengalis) but Halloween for almost everyone else.

I thought to mix up my blog posts. I will do full length reviews alongside “list” posts like these . If you have a different idea for blog posts,comment below !

In this edition of “list” post, I will recommend five books that I think are perfect for this month. So, watch out for gothic tales, spooky murder mysteries, witches and oh my!

My Five must-read October books are :

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