Slayer (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Slayer Series #1)

Slayer (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Slayer Series #1)

by Kiersten White

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This limited collector’s edition of Slayer contains an exclusive slayer dream sequence short story from the perspective of Faith!

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534448568
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Kiersten White's Slayer Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 12,827
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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Slayer (Slayer Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Buffy fan since the first show and then into Angel. This is a great continuation of the story. A new different kind of slayer. She is a welcome addition to the Buffy Universe.
bookchelle More than 1 year ago
There are two things to know before you read this review. I love Buff and the Buffyverse. I love Kiersten White and her writing. One time, at a signing, Kiersten mentioned writing a story in the Buffyverse. She mentioned that she was able to create a new Slayer. Now, I remember she had written a whole manuscript, and scratched it. Kiersten rewrote it, and that was an amazing feat in itself. Slayer takes place after the end of the TV series. While there are comics and other stories out there in the 'verse, Slayer enters new territory. There are no new slayers since Buff's end. The Watchers live in the world, protecting what they can with the tools at hand. And enter Nina, who isn't a Watcher, but has Watcher tendencies. Would you doubt her when she comes from a very prominent Watcher family? Nina is set in her destiny, until one day it is unwritten, and she becomes a slayer. The last slayer. I really loved Nina's voice. I was instantly drawn to her. She had a personality that I connected with, mostly because of how selfless she seemed to be, but also for the drive she had given that she wasn't like everyone else. In her family, she is the only one that isn't a Watcher, but that never stopped her from supporting those around her, in any way possible. At times, small details like these are what drive me to become a better person. But once she became a slayer? She transcended into a kick-ass boss babe. Nina took the role and ran with it. And the strength of this female character is why I adore Kiersten White so much. Without spoiling too much, I loved travelling back into this world. There was a very unconventional beginning, and I love that. While there are many details that keep you connected to the Buffyverse, it was it's own book with it's own voice. The writing is intelligent and with a purpose. Each scene was related to another, and there were some twists! I felt the book were in parts, and the pacing matched the scenes in those parts. But I loved the characters the most. They all were relevant to the cause of the story. There are times when I feel like there are some supporting characters that I don't care for, or feel indifferent about. But in Slayer? I loved them all. Even the ones that are evil. Because if you know Kiersten, there always has to be an evil and menacing character. *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved this!! I never followed Buffy the Vampire Slayer religiously, but have seen quite a few episodes.. enough to know my way around! This book is a must read for fans and newbies alike! I love these new characters! The story was fast paced and exciting, with subtle little Easter eggs from the T.V. Series here and there. This author has turned this into her own original story! I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
mdemanatee 8 months ago
I’m not going to lie, I was both excited and nervous about this one. I like White’s work, but taking on the next generation of cannon Buffyverse, that’s a task. Admittedly, I haven’t kept up on the comic plot lines (except for some of the major spoilers), but White does a great job at giving us the info we need to carry on. She also nails the quick-paced humor while giving these characters their own voices. Still, when we got a little bit of dialogue from Buffy, it was clearly Buffy dialogue. I loved all the sly references in this. One paragraph about research slipped in a reference to “Fear Itself”, Pylea, and Clem without missing a beat. While there were all the references we needed, and the novel introduced us to the next generation of some watcher families we’re at least familiar with, I think the Watcher setting allows this to be it’s own thing, and create some interesting conflict. While we got some dream cameos from our favorite slayers (and some dream shade thrown at Kennedy which just made me happy), the Scoobies didn’t really make an appearance here. And, while I do hope we get some future cameos, I think that was smart. This lets us build this world and focus on Nina and Athena. And man do I like them. White captures that push/pull between wants and responsibilities while crafting engaging, strong women who are allowed to be flawed, much like the Slayer who started it all.
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ABarillas More than 1 year ago
Buffy Nostalgia is Real and Its here to stay Don't get me wrong. Slayer is a great book. It's a great story. It has one of the most awesome premises a BTVS book has had in years. You're invested in the main character from the get-go and travel along her as the story unravels. Kiersten is a talented writer and she captures the Buffy universe perfectly transporting you those same sights and sounds. I would give this a 3.5 / 5 review. But the system doesn't let me. If it's so good, then why not a 5 out of 5? Several reasons. The main one is the fact that it resembles the BTVS universe but you realize it is not. And the book from the get-go lets you know this. And it hammers it home over and over again. You realize that the nostalgia of Buffy drives you to consume the literature and simply have a great time with it. As I said before, Kiersten is a fantastic writer. She captures the language of the universe among a cast of DIVERSE characters. To Diverse for my taste. The only character I saw myself in was an Underworld mastermind called Sean (Male and I assume was Straight). BTVS had a few more straight males that kept the story balanced. Even though the premise and the story set up was amazing. The very end was anticlimactic. The final resolution I thought was a COP OUT (Slayer Power). And the protagonist conflict with her mother even though it had a positive resolution, I felt somewhat unfulfilled by it. Those criticisms aside, Slayer is probably One of the Best BTVS books out there right now. A satisfying read that will make your heart beat like it did when you tuned in to Buffy every Tuesday night.
TwistedReader More than 1 year ago
Kiersten White. Buffy universe. What else do you need to know before picking up this book? I’m going to admit it…I am a HUGE Buffy fan. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I have watched this series start to finish but it’s a LOT. I also love White’s writing (have you read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein? Soooo good!) So, for me, this is a match made in heaven. I jumped at the chance to read this book. Not going to lie, I was worried going in. Even though I love the author and I LOVE the universe…this is Buffy. It actually took me so long to finally start reading this book because I had no idea at all what to expect. What I didn’t expect, though, was that it would be SO GOOD! Now, that isn’t a shot at the author at all; like I said earlier, huge fan of her work. If I see her name on a book…I’m buying it. What I mean, is that although I was fully expecting the start of another great Kiersten White series, I was completely blown away with how accurately she captured the spirit of the Buffyverse: Dry, sarcastic wit? Check Cocky, “I’m better than you attitudes”? Check Amazing group of kids that you really, really want to hang out with? Check Dumbass teenagers doing dumbass teenager things, getting themselves into trouble, to hell with what other people say? Check, check, CHECK! I mean, if you’re going to spin off of one of the most iconic fandoms ever…THIS is how it’s done! If I loved it so much then why didn’t I give it a full 5 stars? Well, like first in a series it wasn’t perfect. I did find that it was a little slow to start and there were definitely a lot of repetitive points that probably didn’t need to be hammered in as much as they were (i.e. Nina’s dad, her feelings on Slayers, mom hate etc.) but I do see these as important points to the story and, let’s face it, these are teenagers we are talking about. There was also the little matter of the Buffy talk. All I’m going to say about that is KW: you know what you did and, even though I understand it, I’m still mad. Kiersten White has written something that will appeal to veteran Buffy fans and a whole new generation alike and I think that is amazing. Slayer is really written in a way that this new generation doesn’t have to have prior knowledge of this world (although you should. I mean, everyone should) but also in a way that really brings us hardcore fans back with throwbacks to the Hellmouth, Angel, Giles and so much more. Also, this new cast of characters is fantastic. I love them! Especially Doug. I heart Doug so much. Obviously, I loved this book and have been recommending it to everyone that will listen. I’m already way too invested in the characters and finished this book being heartbroken, confused, angry, proud and completely elated. All at the same time. Like every episode of Buffy. Well done to Kiersten White. There is no way this was easy to do but I’m so thrilled that you stepped up to this challenge and knocked it right out the park! I cannot wait to get my hands on Book 2! Now I’m off to go start re-watching my favorite show all over again. For the millionth time. Welcome to the Hellmouth! Big thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this book to read and provide my honest opinion
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
Being that I grew up during the Buffy phase and my mom was a HUGE fan of it, (I watched with her even though I wasn't supposed to) I was SUPER happy to get this in my hands. Although there were some issues, I really enjoyed it and it made me super nostalgic. I've passed it on to my mom to see if it feels her Buffy shaped void. Nina and Artemis have grown up so much different than the average teen. At the school they attend they are trained to be Slayers or Watchers. Except Nina has never agreed with the violence and the way they do things, so she's become the school medic. But then something happens that no one could have predicted. The protected little Nina becomes the last Slayer. It isn't until then that Nina realizes all that she thought she knew about Slayers is really obsolete. As soon as I heard the synopsis on this book I was excited to read it. I hadn't read the comic, but I watched enough of the show to know what happened. And White does a really great job at explaining what happened before it got to this story. At some points it got a bit info-dumpy, but I'm almost positive it was because she wanted to make sure that everyone understood what was going on in the story. It also caused the story to be a bit repetitive because she blamed EVERYTHING on Buffy. Which I took as setting the tone, but it did get excessive. My favorite part of this book was the fighting scenes. I just wish there had been more of them. This was mainly about her training and finding out what she can do with her new Slayer-hood. It really is a set up for a really epic series. But ultimately, that's what it felt like. A set-up novel. And now we have to wait forever and a day before the next one comes out. As for Nina, I really liked her. She was bad ass with and without her powers. She helped in all the ways she knew how and she was good at doing it. She had a lot of internal strife going on, but I attributed that to her anxiety. (I wasn't sure if it went away with her Slayer-hood or not but I hope it didn't.) I thought it was an interesting way to tell the story. This book was really good, but not exactly what I was expecting. It set up a great story for the rest of the series and I can't wait to see what happens with all the characters.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
What's great about this book is that it pulls on all the Buffy-verse, from the movie, to the tv show, to the comics. I loved that we got the connection to Buffy's original Watcher, Merrick. I loved all of this story. Even at first, when Nina hated Buffy, I liked her a lot. I got her reasons for hating Buffy and the slayers. This book had the humor and the emotion that I loved about the series. It had the teen angst with Nina's past crush on the boy Leo. We also get the family aspect between Nina and her sister. Cillian, can I just say how much I adored him? He is totally the Xander of the group, well, smart-alec comment-wise. This was one I could have stayed up all night to finish reading. It was so good. Like watching several episodes of Buffy. It has an ending, but it's also left open for a sequel, and let me tell you that I cannot wait for book 2! I'll be spending the next year figuring out how to get on a list to get an ARC of book 2. I'm so happy that my favorite world is back, and that it's being done in a way that I love, if not on tv, then as a novel, and not a comic. This author was the perfect choice for this in my opinion. I've loved her last four books, all retellings themselves.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
When I heard there was going to be a new YA series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I was over the moon about it! Buffy has been my all time favorite show since it aired, and, though I knew this book wouldn't revolve around the story in that beloved series, I had a feeling that it would hold the same fun lingo, humor, darkness, emotion, and nostalgia, and I was not disappointed! There were even some exciting cameos! Slayer was a compulsive read. It was bold and exciting, and full of little details that brought me back to my favorite TV show (and one of my favorite movies). It had a dynamic cast of brand new characters that pulled on my heartstrings, and offered a story line that, not only satisfied the Buffy lover in me, but also gave a sense of originality and uniqueness. Slayer was profoundly deep, and exhilarating. It wasn't just about the Watcher council, and the slayers, and Buffy having almost destroyed the world. It was about a teenage girl's struggle to find out who she was. It was about finding one's inner strength, and learning to navigate the world without hate or preconceptions. And it was about trust, family, and friendship. Kiersten White managed to capture something that I had always felt we had missed in the early episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She captured Nina's state of denial. She captured her inner struggle of asking "why me," and she captured that inner battle, and change as Nina learned to accept and live with the changes of finding out she was a slayer. This made Nina's character so incredibly relatable to anyone who has ever found out they have cancer, or an autoimmune condition (like myself and my type 1 diabetes), or someone going through something they have no control over. Nina became relatable to young girls everywhere going through emotional situations that they felt, or feel, helpless through. Nina was a beacon of strength through the story because she was so incredibly human with her reaction to finding out she had superhuman power, and it sent a beautiful, positive message about staying strong and fighting through whatever may come. Slayer was everything I hoped it would be, and so much more! I loved that Kiersten made it easy to enjoy for those who have never been introduced to the world of slayers before, and I loved that she tied in so many details and references for those of us who fell in love with the world, and characters, years ago. I also loved that the story focused more on the characters, and Nina and her sister, rather than the big bad. It helped me make a more emotional connection to be ready for Nina to kick some butt! Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with this free ARC in exchange for my honest review.