4,5 « I had a blast » stars!
This is obviously a Buffy “fandom” or rather a “spin-off” series as Kiersten White told us. I have never watched Buffy *I know I know I have to hide in the box of shame now* but I can tell you that I enjoyed this story enormously!
Kiersten White packed it with humor (rescuing Demons in unicorn and rainbow pajama), action (hellhounds chasing you and demons landing at your feet), mystery (who is the hunter?), some romance and introspective thoughts with coming of age vibe (Nina has to find her place and define who she wants to be when he world is turned on its axis).
This is light, fun interesting and has never a dull moment.
It is character driven and plot driven!
We follow Nina (Athena) and her twin sister Artemis, sixteen years old and living among watchers. If you are a Buffy fan you probably know all about watchers and slayers but I had no idea and needed some time to find my way.
Buffy has left the world a mess as she has destroyed all seed of magic and closed the portals to other dimensions (demonic dimensions included yay!). Her action done for the good of mankind backfired and you don’t have one slayer alive now you have many slayers alive at the same time!
“Suddenly, every girl with the potential to become a Slayer did become a Slayer, or would become a Slayer when she was old enough.”
The Watchers society has been nearly destroyed and Nina lives among the last ones with her mom and sister.
Nina has always felt rejected by her mother. We will learn that she will choose Artemis above Nina in a dangerous situation and she is keeping Artemis close while ignoring Nina.
I loved reading about their complicated mother-daughter relationship and trying to guess what were the reasons to her mom’s behavior.
Artemis has always been the strong one. The one learning to fight while Nina has been kept separate from all council business. As she had to find a place, to feel useful, she learned to take care of wounds and is following all the medical training that she can.
An encounter with a hellhound will trigger a series of events truly starting the story and sending us on a frenzy pace, going from rescuing slayers from a fight pit to finding who is trading illegal demon stuffs and escaping death several times. All along while trying to resist Leo’s appeal. He is the first crush of Nina and is back at the compound with his mom.
Honestly this was the right mix between “teen” contemporary problems (your first crush, complicated relationships with your mom, finding your purpose, making the right choices) and action-packed fantasy story.
Time was flying by while I was reading and I just wanted to forget the world and kick some demon butts or slay big baddie vampires.
True to Kiersten White no character is truly white or black. I loved that cool ending even if it’s kind of a cliffy as it is perfect to keep the ball rolling and making us sweat while waiting for the second book!
Have you read this book? Are you a Buffy fan?
Thanks for reading.