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Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.

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Overview


Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

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Publishers Weekly
Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer attending summer camp (substituting dragons for bloodsuckers), and you have this exciting "fantasy debut” from Hill (a pseudonym for YA author Janette Rallison). When pampered 16-year-old senator's daughter Tori Hampton arrives at Dragon Camp, she figures it's a good way to indulge her lifelong obsession with the creatures. She quickly learns that she's descended from medieval dragon slayers, has inherited superhuman abilities, and is expected to help save the world from the nigh-unstoppable menaces, which are believably conveyed as malevolent killers that must be destroyed. Out of her element and forced to train with a diverse group of fellow Slayers, Tori chafes at her unwanted destiny, until a crisis forces her to accept her role. Part urban fantasy, part superhero tale, this adventure is full of action, drama, and humor, with just a touch of romance. It's a strong beginning with a memorable, realistic heroine who is competent without being unstoppable, fashion-conscious without being shallow, and thoroughly capable of rising to the occasion. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
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“Part urban fantasy, part superhero tale, this adventure is full of action, drama, and humor, with just a touch of romance.” --Publishers Weekly Online
 
"This promising new series may feature dragons and a reeducation camp for contemporary youths who have mythological roots, but the character development, plotting, and ethical quandaries make this more than a worthy equal of the works of Rick Riordan or Christopher Paolini." --Booklist

Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
The dragon invasion is coming and mankind's only protection are the slayers, kids who are descendants of dragon lords and have special dragon fighting powers. The daughter of a state senator, Tori, is spoiled, smart, and determined to attend a dragon camp. Ever since she could remember, she has had a sense that dragons are real and cannot wait to be with other kids who feel the same way. However St. George's Dragon Camp is not the modern camp she was expecting, instead she will be living it rough and working hard. The camp is divided into two teams led by their captains—the sullen, moody, and darkly handsome Dirk and the charming, popular, and gorgeous Jess. While there are classes on dragon lore, lessons in archery and horse riding, other activities are shrouded in mystery. As it turns out Dr. B., the camp director, runs the camp as a training ground for future dragon slayers. Tori's special power is slow to manifest but when it does, it reveals the secret location of the dragon eggs. Their task is to destroy the eggs before the evil dragon lord, Overdrake, uses them to destroy the world. The majority of the story revolves around the slayer training and picks up with a bang toward the end where all their battle training is put to the test. The fight scenes are thrilling and believable. The romance is sweet and not overpowering as Tori gets caught up in a love triangle between Dirk and Jess.
VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Camp St. George—where the guys are gorgeous, the girls are quirky, and the dragons are above average—is where seventeen-year-old Victoria "Tori" Hampton discovers that with her unique abilities, talents, and interests come perilous responsibilities. Tori, a rich-kid senator's daughter, is attending summer camp for the first time. Here she discovers a tightly knit team of young people, all descendents of medieval dragon slayers. These slayers, possessing unique skills, have been training for years to develop talents that will help them locate and destroy a pair of dragon eggs that, when hatched, will terrorize Washington, D.C. Chapters alternate between the voice of an omniscient narrator and a linear account of the life-changing events unfolding around Tori. The narrator sets a serious tone, revealing a remarkable backstory filled with plausible events and evil villains. Tori's adventures, mishaps, and discoveries take on a more humorous tone, making a dire situation seem hopeful. While the plot is predictable, the dragon mythology created by the author is well researched, consistent, and fascinating. The stereotypical characters may be underdeveloped and in some cases irritating, but the reader understands their motivation and wishes them success and happiness. A sequel is necessary, as the tale ends where it began, with the ongoing search to find young Ryker Davis, who needs to join the slayers if their continuing quest to save the world from mayhem is to be successful. Students who like teenage romance interwoven with adventure and science fiction should find this book to their liking. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Tori Hampton, 16, is as gorgeous as a model, athletically talented, and the daughter of a senator. She secretly fears that dragons might be real and is attending Dragon Camp for the first time to learn how to combat these creatures. The camp director, Dr. B., has firsthand knowledge that they exist and, even worse, that there are human dragon lords who can control them for their own nefarious ends. At a secret facility separate from the main camp, Dr. B. trains teens who are descended from medieval knights with special powers to fight dragons. They have superstrength and heightened combat skills as well as individual talents like flight or the ability to heal. Tori finds herself becoming attracted to the muscular and handsome Slayer team leaders, Dirk and Jesse. She is not sure that she is ready to fight dragons but must make her choice when her own special ability gives the Slayers a clue to the location of a dragon lord who is guarding some eggs. By including some familiar plot elements in this fantasy, the pseudonymous Hill may draw in "Percy Jackson" (Hyperion) and "Twilight" (Little, Brown) fans as well as readers with more general interests in fantasy or romance. However, this single-volume tale leaves much unresolved. A spy is unrevealed. Tori's romance and leadership are untested. There is a Slayer who has yet to join ranks with the others. Most importantly, the evil dragon lord is left undefeated.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A rich socialite discovers her dragon-slaying heritage in an urban fantasy written under a pseudonym. Sixteen-year-old Tori Hampton is a pampered politician's daughter. Although she's grown up surrounded by important people and attending the right schools, she's always had one odd fascination: dragons. This obsession makes her shun luxurious summer trips for St. George and the Dragon Camp, a summer camp with an ironclad theme. After embarrassing herself in front of her two potential romantic interest with a classist faux pas, Tori discovers that she's not just attending Dragon Camp, she's been assigned to the super-secret Advanced Camp. They test her athletic ability, archery, marksmanship and horsemanship, all things that Tori is generally wonderful at--yet, somehow, the other advanced campers aren't impressed. After all, they've been coming to camp to train for years, and they all have superpowers. Through painfully clumsy bouts of exposition, the resident wise-man archetype, camp director and medieval-studies professor Dr. B, reveals that Tori is also genetically gifted via an alchemy-created liquid gold that, when drunk, alters DNA to give dragon-fighting powers. The fish-out-of-water rich-girl device is surprisingly effective once the characters start developing and campers take on the threat of the Overdrake family, which controls dragons as weapons. The ending screams sequel. Frustratingly ridiculous and sometimes sloppy, but also enjoyably campy--redeemingly so. (Fantasy. 12-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814967
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Slayers Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 63,755
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author


C.J. Hill is the pseudonym for a popular young adult author who makes her fantasy debut with Slayers.


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Slayers


By C. J. Hill

Feiwel & Friends

Copyright © 2011 C. J. Hill
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312614140

Slayers
CHAPTER 1Seventeen years laterFrom the passenger side of her sister's BMW, Tori surveyed the camp parking lot. It was dirt, with no white lines, so cars were parked at odd angles. True, the surrounding forest had a picture-perfect beauty to it. The oak and maple trees crowded together, their thick branches perfectly still in the early summer sun. But the buildings seemed shabby. The paint was faded in places on the main lodge, and even if it hadn't been, it still would have looked boxy and spare--rundown, really.The sign read ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, with the word CAMP tacked up underneath the other words like it was an afterthought.Tori made sure she had her registration confirmation, then slid her purse onto her shoulder. Her mom was supposed to have driven her here, but ended up having to host a party for senators and their wives instead. The job had then fallen to Tori's older sister, Aprilynne.Aprilynne lowered her sunglasses enough to consider the stream of people making their way through the parking lot. "It's just what I thought. Riffraff, gangster wannabes, and probable orphans."Tori refused to be disappointed, at least yet. "They're normal kids," she said."Exactly my point.""It will be fun." Tori opened the car door, stepped out, and swatted at some gnats. Two teenage boys with squirt guns darted past and chased each other into the forest.Aprilynne wrinkled her nose. "They're not even clean now, and camp is just starting.""They're campers, not doctors performing surgery on me."Aprilynne pushed a button on the dashboard and the trunk popped open. Tori slid out of the BMW and went around to the back to get her luggage.Through the open window, Aprilynne said, "Why come here for a month when you could be at a good camp? What about that one you went to in Cancún last summer? I thought you liked it there.""That was a finishing school at a resort, not a camp.""I bet the mattresses here aren't clean. You'll come home with lice or something even more disgusting."Tori hefted one suitcase and then the other out of the trunk. Each weighed a ton. She had probably brought too many shoes and books. She had packed some romances in case camp turned out to be boring, and then had thrown in a few classics from her English reading list in case camp turned out to be really, really boring. She shut the trunk of the car with a thud. "Tell Mom I'll call her later."It was probably better that her mom wasn't here to see the camp, Tori decided. She undoubtedly would have found several reasons why it wasn't suitable.Aprilynne hung her head out the window. "You realize your friends have a bet going to see how long you'll last here. Now that I've seen the place, I think I'll wager a hundred dollars on three days."Tori grabbed her matching shoulder bag from the backseat of the BMW. "I've got my stuff. You can go now."Aprilynne started up the car, then glanced back again. "You know, there's no point in being rich if you act poor."Tori ignored the comment. She should have never told Aprilynne that some kids came to Dragon Camp on need-based scholarships. Aprilynne wasn't impressed by that type of largesse. She had only rolled her eyes and said, "You mean, not only is dragon camp made up of Renaissance Faire rejects, but they're all broke, too?"The BMW pulled out of the parking lot going too fast--Aprilynne's normal driving speed--and soon nothing was left of her sister but a trail of dust and designer perfume hanging in the air.Tori walked slowly toward the main building and the hand-printed sign that read REGISTER HERE. She pulled her two suitcases, wishing too late that she hadn't brought the good luggage. The dust would probably ruin the canvas by the time she made it to her cabin. Still, she couldn't very well pick them up and haul them around; they were too heavy. Several kids streamed around her, jostling by with backpacks and duffle bags.How had they managed to fit everything they needed for a month into a duffle bag? Tori's shoes alone took up that much space. Still, it had been a mistake to pack so much, or maybe just a mistake to come. Maybe Aprilynne was right. That occasionally happened. The beds would be hard, the food bad, and the stuff about dragon classes that had made her want to come in the first place--a bunch of hype to attract little kids.Besides, she was too old for a camp like this. She was sixteen and a half, and most of these kids didn't look much older than the required entrance age of eleven.Tori pulled her suitcases harder. They bumped along on the uneven ground, nearly falling over.She thought about the cell phone tucked into her shoulder bag. Aprilynne probably hadn't even reached the main road yet. If Toricalled her now, the car would be back here in minutes. They could be somewhere shopping by early afternoon.Tori stared at the road leaving camp and wondered who would win the bet. Had anyone wagered she would only last five minutes?As Tori pulled, her biggest suitcase gave a shudder and tipped over. A cloud of dust rose from the ground at the point of its demise. She bent to straighten it, and as she did, her shoulder bag slid down her arm, knocking into her other suitcase, which then joined the first one on the ground. She let out a huff of exasperation, set the shoulder bag down, then righted her suitcases.Stupid dirt parking lot. Fine, it was a camp, but every camp Tori had ever attended had paved parking lots and sidewalks between the cabins. By the look of it, this one had neither. A worse thought came to her: What if this camp didn't have real toilets? What if it had outhouses?She walked slower, searching for a restroom among the rustic log cabins that were scattered through the forest. The words from the brochure came to her mind: Step into the world of dragon slayers. Campers will practice fencing, horseback riding, archery, and everything a young dragon slayer needs to save the world. Older campers can apply what they learn in medieval history class for college credit.The college credit part had been new this year and had finally sold her parents on the idea. She had wanted to go to St. George for the last four summers, but every time she'd asked, her parents had sent her to a camp they deemed better. One with a wider range of facilities. A higher camper-to-counselor ratio. More exclusive clientele. Ones for horseback riders, ice skaters, or debutantes.But Tori had wanted knights, or answers, or perhaps magic. She had wanted a place where people understood her and her crazy dragon obsession, because then maybe she could understand herself.Tori looked from the dirt parking lot to the huddled log cabins andgray trash cans. This place had nothing even remotely magical about it. Probably all she'd get out of the summer was a succession of sunburns, a few rashes, and a healthy appreciation of bug spray.Did any decent restaurants even deliver out here?And did any of these kids really have lice? None of the kids who poured past her seemed to be scratching, but if Aprilynne mentioned it, then it might be a real concern. After all, Tori had never even been to a public school.The thunking of her suitcases suddenly stopped, and the next moment she felt them lifted away from her.She turned to see two guys about her age hefting her suitcases off the ground. Both wore mirrored sunglasses, and both were tall, perhaps six two. One was blond, with muscular arms covered in a layer of dirt. The other guy had wavy dark brown hair, or perhaps it was just uncombed. His biceps were equally impressive, or at least they would have been if they weren't holding onto her luggage. With the sunglasses hiding their eyes, she probably wouldn't even be able to identify them once they made off with her possessions.Tori held onto her luggage straps fiercely. "There's nothing of value in here--only my clothes--and if you don't let go, I'll scream."The brunet set her suitcase down and turned to the other guy. "I don't want her on my team. You get her."The blond shook his head. "No way. It's my turn to choose, and I've already got Lilly. You get this one, pal."The brunet peered over the rim of his sunglasses at Tori. "We're not stealing your luggage. We're carrying them to your cabin--unless you want to drag these things across camp by yourself." He picked up her suitcase again, moving it from one hand to another. "What do you have in here anyway, your lead collection?"Tori blushed and let go of the luggage straps. "Sorry. I didn't know the camp had bellhops."The blond groaned and walked past her. The brunet forced a smile in her direction. "We're not bellhops. We're campers who happen to be doing you a favor.""Oh, sorry. I didn't know ..."He walked past her shaking his head, which she supposed meant that tipping them was out of the question. She followed after him awkwardly. He picked up his pace. Not only were these guys strong, they weren't going to wait for her. She tried to keep up, but her platform sandals proved more decorative than useful, and pebbles and bits of twigs wedged into them as she walked. With every step, she fell farther behind.This was off to a great start."Maybe she isn't--," the blond said to his friend in a voice low enough that most people wouldn't have heard it. Tori's hearing had always been exceptional."Dr. B thinks she is. Why else would she be here?"If the blond had an answer to this question, he didn't give it, which was too bad. Tori was beginning to wonder herself.The guys hauled her luggage into the lodge. Instead of setting her suitcases next to the front desk, where younger campers stood in noisy lines waiting to check in, the two went around the desk and down a hallway. The blond knocked on a door, only then glancing back to see if Tori had followed.A voice called, "Come in," and the guys disappeared inside. Tori went in, too, taking off her sunglasses to let her eyes adjust to the light. The room looked like any small office: shelves lined the wall and a large metal desk was parked in the middle of the room. Books, pencils, and photos frames cluttered its surface. A middle-aged man with wire-rimmed glasses smiled as she walked over. He was tall, slightly overweight, and his thick gray hair had a sort of Einstein disarray to it. He had no wrinkles to match the gray hair, though, and it gave him the odd appearance of being both old and young.His office window looked out on the parking lot. He had probably seen her struggling with her luggage and sent these guys out to help her. He'd undoubtedly also seen her reaction, and now before she'd even registered, she'd done something wrong.Tori wished she was more like Aprilynne, who didn't care what she said, but Tori felt the weight of her father's job too keenly. Politicians stayed in office by making friends, not insulting people. Their daughters were supposed to do the same.The man held his hand out to her. She'd been wrong about the wrinkles. His eyes crinkled when he smiled. "Welcome to Dragon Camp. You're Victoria Hampton?" He had the hint of an accent, but she couldn't place it. British maybe? Australian?She shook his hand. "I go by Tori.""Tori, then." He gave her another smile, which was good news. He probably wouldn't have kept smiling if he was going to yell at her for assuming everyone at camp was either a thief or a menial worker. She relaxed, but only slightly. Why was she here instead of out in the registration line?"I'm the camp director, Dr. Bartholemew. Most everyone calls me Dr. B. It's easier."She remembered reading about him in the camp literature. He was a professor of medieval studies at George Mason, which was why his class was good for college credit.Tori cast a quick glance at the two guys. Both had taken off their sunglasses, and it didn't make her feel better to see they were both on the extremely warm side of hot--as in, way to make a fool of herself in front of what were likely to be the only cute guys her age here.She turned back to Dr. B with an inward sigh."I've always admired your dad," he said."Thanks." She wasn't sure whether to be surprised that he knew her father was a senator. Hopefully her mother hadn't called and made a big deal about it. Sometimes her mom liked to throw the titlearound to drum up preferential treatment. Tori could imagine her phoning and saying things like, "You have adequate supervision, don't you? The boys and girls cabins are chaperoned? It would be such bad publicity for your camp if anything happened to a senator's daughter ...""I'm glad you could join us at Dragon Camp," Dr. B went on. He glanced at the guys and some hidden meaning passed between them before Dr. B returned his attention to Tori. "I noticed from your application that you signed up for the advanced section of horseback riding and fencing. You've done those before?""Yes.""And you didn't sign up for the tae kwon do class.""I'm already a fourth-degree black belt.""Ahh." He sent another meaningful look to the guys. "Any other lessons you've taken?""Ice skating." She had been competing since age twelve and had a shelf full of state and regional trophies to show for it. Her coach kept telling her she could go to nationals if she put in more practice time."Have you ever used a rifle?" Dr. B asked. "Gone hunting, perhaps?""I've done target practice." Her father had originally taken her shooting to impress his NRA supporters, but she'd liked it and had kept going. "Why do you ask?"Dr. B clasped his hands behind his back and grinned. "I'm always curious to see what kind of people come to our camp. You'll find you have a lot in common with many of the other campers." He gestured in the direction of the guys. "Both Dirk and Jesse are black belts, as well. Jesse is the state champion for his age in fencing, and Dirk, well, one day I think we'll see him win a medal for archery."If Dr. B thought this information would make them feel friendlier, it didn't work. Both guys regarded her with expressions that were atbest guarded and at worst disapproving. She wondered which was Dirk and which was Jesse.The blond was probably the one most girls would go for first. He was good-looking in a flashy, sensual sort of way, and he had a swagger in his walk that said he knew it. His hair was a little too long and scruffy, but when you had a square jaw and perfect features, you could get away with that sort of thing. Tori tended to avoid guys that were cocky, though. They always ended up being trouble.The brunet was handsome in a serious, understated way that Tori liked best. She let her eyes linger on him for a moment. His eyes were dark and piercing, as though they knew secrets."I see you signed up for the dragon mythology class," Dr. B continued. "You have an interest in that topic?"She had played an imaginary game of knights as a child, read every book she could find about dragons, and for the last few years perused websites on the subject. She probably knew more about dragons than Dr. B. "Yes," she said."Then I'll look forward to talking with you about them this afternoon in class." He gave a pronounced nod, signaling the interview had ended. "Dirk and Jesse will take you down to your cabin.""Which cabin?" the brunet asked."Number twenty-seven," Dr. B said.The guys glanced at each other and then back at Dr. B. "You're sure?" the blond asked."Quite," Dr. B said, then smiled at Tori. "You're in the same cabin as my daughter, Bess. She'll be here tomorrow. Right now she's busy with ..." he hesitated, "something important."He made it sound mysterious, but didn't elaborate. Instead, he picked up a sheet of paper from his desk and handed it to Tori. "I hope you'll fit in well here. I hope it very much."Tori's name was printed across the top of the paper, with herschedule listed underneath. She noticed, without trying to, that hers had been the only schedule on his desk.The brunet picked up her largest suitcase, swung it onto his shoulder, and headed out the door. The blond picked up her smaller suitcase and shoulder bag, then left, too. Tori had no choice but to go after them. As she shut the door behind her, Dr. B murmured, "Now if we could only find Ryker."But she could have heard wrong. It was an odd phrase for a person to say as he stood alone in a room.SLAYERS. Copyright © 2011 by C.J. Hill. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    YOU GOTTA READ THIS BOOK!!

    What I would give to be a "flier." This is a great book for teens and adults who like urban fantasy. It is action packed, full of twists and keeps you turning the pages. As a reader I look for clean books that I can feel good about letting my young adults and teens read. C.J. Hill has brought it to the table!! I can't wait for book 2!!!!! Nobody better lose their powers!!! Go Slayers! We need a camp song!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    This year's must read

    Just when I'd grown weary of all the "dragons are our friend" books and movies, Slayers bursts onto the scene. Slayers is about a group of teens destined to kill the fearsome dragons foretold to destroy the world. It's told from the point of view of a young teenaged girl who doesn't particularly want to save the world, and no one particularly likes the rich new girl, either. The characters are complex and likeable. The stakes are high and there are lots of highs and lows as Tori discovers and learns to control new powers that just may save her life when the dragons hatch and begin wreaking their destruction. There's even a fun love triangle. But when things look up, the Slayers realize there's a traitor in their midst.

    Slayers in a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading fantasy or young adult novels.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    I¿m a believer! Dragons really do exist. After reading ¿Slayers

    I’m a believer! Dragons really do exist. After reading “Slayers” by C.J. Hill the storyline is plausible. Dragons may have disappeared but their return and attack on mankind is inevitable. All the stories in medieval times that Dragons exist are not fables but true. What’s great about this book is its happening today right in your own town. Well this story takes place in Washington DC but no one is safe from the return of Dragons!
    Tori can’t help being attracted to Team Jesse with his dark and tall features and Team Dirk with his blonde blue eyes and surfer boy attitude; really they are the “team” captains. That is how they train by competing against each other and they are very competitive. Tori’s way behind in training and very frustrated because she doesn’t know her purpose in the group. Her special power is she can hear what the dragon hears, which for now, as an egg is a heartbeat. How special is that?
    This story is exciting and keeps you speculating what will happen next. Not everybody is who they claim to be and with their lives on the line they have to decide who they can trust.
    Ryker is a side story of the boy who got away but I can’t wait until the second book when he finally joins the group and find out his powers. I believe he will be powerful and just what the other Slayers need to finally rid the world of Dragons.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Dragons... Camp Full-Blood... Battle Adventure!

    Teens keen on evil, ruthless dragons, superheroes with powers like flying, likable characters, mayhem, chivalry, and a bit of romance will flock to C. J. Hill's debut fantasy novel SLAYERS--don't be the last to read this ROCKING novel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Amazing!

    gotta love dragons right???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Pack your bags - we're going to camp!

    A new spin on the age old legend of Dragons and a new breed of heroes.

    I picked this book up at a great discount because the dust cover synopsis and the cover intrigued me. I didn't expect anything when I cracked it open and headed off to camp with Tory and the rest of the Slayers. And then I couldn't put it down.

    I hadn't heard of CJ Hill, which is a pseudonym for a well known YA author. So, this author was brand new to me and I really enjoyed the writing and the story.

    This book has everything you need; action, romance, mystery and a few twists. Once of which left me speechless.

    Of course now we're left hanging to the next one, isn't that the problem with series?!

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Suspense, romance, and of course, dragons!

    Suspensful, clean, romantic, and dragons. What more could you ask for?

    Tori has been dreaming about dragons her whole life, now she's signed up for dragon camp. As a seventeen year old she feels somewhat nerdy doing this, but she's drawn there regardless. When she's shown to the "advanced camp" she realizes she's in for more than she bargained for. She learns that dragons are real and that she's a descendent of dragon slayers with powers and now a moral obligation to kill them before they destroy Washington D.C.

    This is only book 1 of the series. No big metropolis destroying showdowns, but still packed with action, secrets, choosing sides, and choosing which hot guy to date. So many important decisions...

    If you like dragons or any of Janette Rallison's other books this is a must read.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Must Read!

    I didn't love, love, this book but I highly enjoyed it. The aspect that caught me was the fresh take on dragons. No, they are not going to be our pets and love us. They are just the opposite.

    For the main part of the book we see the story progress through the eyes of Tori. The POV switchs sometimes in between, I appreciated that because it gave us a look into different peoples thoughts on the matter. Tori, well, lots of people say they didn't like her but I didn't mind her at all. She's a little bit of a wimp at first but she is definitely smart. And I loved the fact that the author didn't make her excel at everything. We find that alot, where the main hero/heroine is good at everything. That made her more realistic in my eyes. As the summary above says, they will fall in love. Particulary two will fall for one (see where I'm going here?) and those two, although one was the obvious choice the other dare I say, I felt sorry for. He really did have good intentions. But I'm still sticking with the main choice here... he's awesome. He (yes no names here) can aim arrows, ride horses, shoot a rifle (with his eyes closed!) oh and yeah... FLY! He's a keeper. I like that the romance didn't overtake the book but there was enough to keep my interest (and enough swoon worthy boys around!). One of my favourite characters though, was Bess. She's so sassy and smart, and has all the bravo in the world!

    The book moved at a pace that was good. I enjoyed the writing style and I loved how she incorporated super-powers. That was awesome. But I felt as though the real action didn't come until far into the book, and I'm sad to report that.... I think this is going to be a series of some sort. Sigh. I had to keep reminding myself while reading that all these events were happening over a four day period and then it ended with finally mentioned the eluded Ryker (rocking name!) Davis, the character that I wanted to know so much about! Cliffhanger? No not really. Opening for second book? Uh, yeah. But all in all I was happy with the action, there were a lot of neat elements in this story.

    I would recommend it to fantasy fans, dragon fans, romance people and anyone who's interested. A very well done job by one of my favourite authors!

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    I Really Enjoyed This Book

    Great premise, fast action and interesting characters ¿ I really enjoyed this book. Dragons are real and they¿re almost unstoppable killing machines. A group of teens find out they are descended from dragon slayers and must now train at a secret camp to develop their special talents to save people. But what if they don¿t want to fight dragons and would rather go back to their regular teen lives? The plot in this well-written and enjoyable book introduces interesting twists. I can¿t wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Rallison never ceases to amaze us!

    I consider myself to be a huge Rallison/Hill fan. Her style of writing is bubbly, witty and CLEAN. I respect that this author has created such a high standard for all YA authors out there.

    My young sister is an avid reader, and I often cringe when I think of some of the YA novels out there with some explicit material that she might be exposed to. No need to worry about that issue this Christmas, parents! ALL of Hill's books are free of any explicit material for all ages. As a married woman in my mid-twenties, I still fall in love with love, in each of Rallison's books. "Slayers" was no exception. When I began reading "Slayers," I was instantly drawn into the story line. This has a different, yet similar writing style to her previous books. I found that I often could not put "Slayers" down. In fact, I finished reading it on Thanksgiving. Instead of eating with my family, I holed myself up in a room, finishing the book. No regrets! It was awesome! TEAM JESSE ALL THE WAY!

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Great Read

    This book was surprisingly good. I had my doubts when I first saw the cover, but after the first chapter... I was hooked.

    There is both romance, and adventure--my favorite combo. This book is fantastic, and fast paced.

    A definite two thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    LuvToRead

    Excellent story. Loved every part of the story line and characters. I wish I could fly with Jesse ;)
    I love fantasy and dragon myth. This book brings action and a small dose of romance that keeps you entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    He<_>ll to slayde

    Peace out. Im free. Ima goin back to true evil. Later you perverted freak!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Hollyleaf

    Flipps him off and started to pad away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Great if.......

    If u like dragons and romance its starts out boring then gets amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    <3

    <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Breanna

    Has white skin and is a vampire that is kind,friendly,&caring. Has two sisters named Brenda and Bella. 13 years old. Goes to Vampire middle school. Has shiny black straight hair. Loves to wear cool clothes and wears lipstick everday. Has two best friends named Belle and Briella. They are vampires too. Loves making black and red friendship bracalets. Has a pocketknife that use to be her great grandmother's. Goes to sleep when the sun comes out and wakes up when the moon comes out. Has a pet bat named Batty. Has a mom and dad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Jessie

    Name-Jessie Bird (Jess) Age-15 Gender-Girl Status-None Looks-Petite with long blonde hair and blue eyes. Wears dark blue skinny jeans,white t,black colombia jacket and grey nikes.
    Personality-Nice strong lovable...vicious. Others-Love killing things. LOVES the color purple. And is very awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Delta

    Name: Delta Minor ~••~ Looks: dark hair, light skin, gray eyes ~••~ Age: 15 ~••~ Crush or Boyfriend: none ~••~ Gender: female ~••~ Weapons: pistol, bow and arrows, matches, knife, spear ~••~ Personality: unforgiving, an outsider, is friends with weird ppl (i.e. is friends with a werewollf named Ben), mysterious ~••~ History: was raised properly by a monster hunter. Is a 9th generation monster hunter ~••~ Has been known to kill: vamires, zombies, krackons, demons, hellhounds, etc ~••~ Other: dont make me mad.

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