Review: Chosen {Slayer #2} by Kiersten White

 


Title: Chosen {Slayer #2}

Author: Kiersten White

Published: January 7th 2020, Simon & Schuster Australia

Status: Read January 2020, courtesy Simon & Schuster/Netgalley

++++++

My Thoughts:

The Chosen begins a few weeks after the finale of Slayer, in which Nina successfully averted an apocalypse, but accidentally killed her (sort of) boyfriend/watcher, Leo, and was deserted by her twin sister, Artemis.

With the castle they call home being repurposed as a Sanctuary for Slayers and demons in need, Nina should be focused on their new mission, instead she’s distracted by grief, and the dark edge she feels to her newly restored powers. But with a new ‘big bad’ rising, Nina hasn’t got time to wallow if she’s going to save the world – again.

The storyline feels as if it would fit well within the Buffyverse. It’s nicely paced with a good dose of action and humour. I was delighted by the cameo’s from Clem and Oz, Buffy and Faith make an appearance in Nina’s dreams, and there are references to other characters such as Harmony, Angel and Spike, as well as events from Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. As a fan, I love these canonical moments.

Unfortunately Nina is no less whiny in Chosen than she was in Slayer, and while she has good reason to be upset, I found the angst a touch too repetitive. Meanwhile Artemis has completely lost the plot as she schemes with Honora, and Nina is about to be blindsided by another betrayal. Cillian, Rhys’s boyfriend, has a larger role in Chosen, as does Coldplay fan demon Doug. There are a handful of new characters introduced too, including a teleporting demon child named Tsip, and refugee Slayer, Maricruz.

I’m a little thrown by the Epilogue which could indicate White has decided not to continue the series, I hope that’s not the case though as I’m enjoying it. Chosen is a quick and an entertaining read.

++++++

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Also by Kiersten White reviewed at Book’d Out

 

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Jan 16, 2020 @ 04:52:39

    I still need to read Slayer, but I’m really happy to see that you enjoyed these books and recommend them!

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  2. Lindsi
    Jan 16, 2020 @ 17:01:33

    I’m super disappointed to see that Nina is still whiny and angsty! I was really hoping she’d grow after everything that happened in the last book. I’m on the fence about whether or not I want to read this one, since the first book was a solid three-stars for me. Lovely review!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  3. waytoofantasy
    Jan 17, 2020 @ 05:37:03

    Great review! I enjoyed the first one quite a bit, plan to pick up the second eventually. 🙂

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