Slayer is a new YA book by Kiersten White that is set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer world. Yes, you read that correctly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer! For anyone that is a fan of Buffy, I must strongly recommend this book. If you have never faced Buffy before, I still strongly recommend it if you love action filled paranormal reads with a very strong female lead.
The story is set in a world where Buffy has destroyed magic in the world. That means no more portals into the demon realms and no more future slayers. Not all evil has been banished. Those demons living on this plane are still here and a threat. Athena (Nina) and her twin sisters have grown up in the world of the Watchers (a group that protects and trains a slayer). One day, when an attack happens on their home, Nina's slayer abilities come to the front.
Nina, a person that has always hated Buffy (her father was killed protecting her), is torn. She has always wanted to be a medic, but now as a slayer, her life seems to be about taking lives and not saving them. At the same time, he mother is doing everything she can to prevent Nina from understanding her new powers and her twin sister begins to grow apart because it appears she is jealous that Nina got to be the slayer.
If you are familiar with Buffy, you will appreciate the layers of complications that fill Nina's life. You will also appreciate the snarky fight lines that appear in the tale, keeping with the general feel of the original Buffy show. The plot has several twists in it that keep you guessing with the main character as to what is actually happening. The character's are fun, but come off as a little shallow in their development. I don't think this is a negative, because it fits with they characters were developed on the Buffy show. There are several references that only someone that has watched Buffy would be able to understand; however, they won't prevent you from enjoying this book.
I recommend this book for anyone that is looking to slay some time and escape into an exciting ride on the dark side.