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Slayed

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by Amanda Marrone
 

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The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn’t involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself

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Slayed 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
agapegrace More than 1 year ago
This book is a hilarious, fast, fun read. I read it in a few hours, hanging on every word. Everything is paced and written well, and the characters are quickly and believably thrown together in a world where slayers slay vamps for hire. The sarcastic undertones and infectious wit are what sold me on this book. The heroine, Daphne, is a typical character looking to find a place for herself and dealing with parental issues, yet her voice is interesting and fresh. Her family always moving from town to town in search of a vampire, she has never been able to experience what a typical teen would experience and feels lonely and detached, even drawing pictures of herself with celebrities - imaginary friends - to have some company. Her wish for a friend finally comes true when she quite randomly meets Kiki Crusher, a washed-out child star on a self-destructive bender. The main source of comedy is brought about by the aforementioned Kiki Crusher as she hilariously manipulates her way into becoming trained as a vampire slayer. I would argue that she is the star of the book with her laugh-out-loud one-liners. I'm not kidding. I actually spontaneously laughed out loud several times! I also like that the romance with Tyler mentioned in the summary is not the main focus of the book. The main focus is Daphne and Kiki becoming friends and solving the vamp mystery to save a small town. Tyler is just a nice prize thrown into the mix. I would recommend this book to vampire lovers and haters alike. In the world of Slayed, the vampires embody their reputation as souless, nasty monsters... And they are not there for a source of romantic joy. They're there to die. I also think this would make a great classroom library book (with caution due to a few F-bombs) and definitely a great school or public library find.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
My gosh this book is something out of this world. Never have I heard of a vampire slaying family that totally kicks butt! Daphne Van Helsing's life is anything but normal. Bound to serve the world as a vampire slayer, Daphne is tired of what she is doing. From the very moment she entered this world, Daphne has been trained and honed in to a hunter. She's never had the opportunity to live a normal 17 years old life. When her family comes to the town of Bristol to extinguish their vamp problem they run into The Harkers. They are forced to work together, ruining their every plans. But fate has its own plans. Kiki Crusher is a uppity type of girl who just happens to witness Daphne's slaying of a vamp. In order to keep her mouth shut, Daphne's family agreed to show Kiki the ropes of a vampire slayer. At first Daphne was upset and didn't want to do it at all. But in the end, Kiki grew on Daphne becoming her first real friend. Tyler Harker is the son of Nathan Harker, her rivals. Even since a falling out years back, her parents have told her that they are bad news and to stay away from them. They both were raised the same. She knows just how hard it is to live this life.Yet she can't seem to fight the pull she has toward him. And with her every waking step, he is always just around the corner. Bristol poplutaion is quickly going down. People are dying and no one seems to know exactly what is going on. The vampire that they hunt are much stronger, and are even stronger during the day. Some say it is demons, other vampires. Will they learn to put the past behind and move forward? I had a great time reading this book. Amanda Marrone did a wonderful job writing this. She was able to get into the mind of a deprived teenager expressing her feelings truly, making her character real. I loved reading about Daphne and was glad to see her character grow. She was able to make new friends and learn from the past. I was glad to see her parents saw the wrong of their ways, that Daphne was able to stand up for herself once and for all. The love interest in the story was a great asset. Tyler and Daphne has such great chemistry going on. Plus, they were rivals. Who wouldn't want to fall in love with something that is forbidden to you? They understood each other the best and they were perfect together. Her new friend Kiki was a great addition. She definitely brought the laughter and humor in this book. Kiki smart-remarks and funny antics had me laughing hard. Kiki was there for Daphne in every way a friend should be. While reading this you feel pulled into her world, experiencing everything with her characters. The plot, her writing was fabulous. It was a easy read and everything was describe with such great detail. If you love a good action packed family who slays vampires then this story is for you. Amanda Marrone delivered a heart-stopping, action-packed, drama filled story, with a great romance. I would recommend this book to older teens. There was cursing, drinking, etc in the book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Daphne has grown up in a vampire slayer family. Her family history of slaying vampires goes way back - in fact, one of her distant relatives was the famous Van Helsing. Now, she has to travel around with her parents, helping to rid cities and towns of the vampires. All Daphne wants is the normal life of a teenage girl. She even has a binder with pictures of imaginary best friends and pictures cut out of magazines of her dream prom. But considering she doesn't even have a home, since she and her parents stay in cheap motels, she knows that this will never be an option. But one night, while on patrol, she meets Kiki, who witnesses a vampire slaying. And Kiki wants in on the action. As a condition for not telling the world about vampires, Kiki wants to go with Daphne on vampire hunts. At first, Kiki is annoying, but soon Daphne has her very first best friend. And not only that, but she is also introduced to a guy, Tyler, who could be her first real kiss. The only problem is that Tyler is the son of a rival vampire-slaying family. This was a cute and fun slayer story. I liked Daphne and how she was a kick-butt girl but still wanted a normal high school life. And Kiki, Daphne's new friend and trainee, is great fun, too! I loved her personality! She was bubbly but had vulnerabilities. The plot was pretty good, although it did get a little weird at one part involving the father of the rival slayer family. But I'll leave you to read that and find out why. I hope there is a sequel to this book so we can get to know more about Daphne and Kiki!
cupcakelover More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced and enjoyable read and kept me glued until the end. I have read her first three novels and liked them enough to pick up this one too. I'm glad I did because this is my favorite one so far and can't wait for anything Marrone gets published in the future. I also liked how it was different than a lot of the vampire novels being published today. This is a 'kill or be killed' vampire novel, not a human and vampire love relationship. Although, I do adore the Twilight series, it is still nice to read something with a little edge to the whole vampire high.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical about this book when I started reading it but by the end I had a new favorite! I just love all the characters in it and for me, the book was a very happy surprise.
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Slayed is a very good vampire book. But it was very fast forward. So it was chopped off a star. But still it was a good book
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I loved this book, couldn't put it down with the drama, action, and the romance it had a perfecr balance. :-)
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This was a great book with a good plot and awesome characters... hard to find both in a single book nowadays.
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Great tale. Kept me guessing what would happen next and I never got it right!
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