Book - 2020 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
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Now that Nina has turned the Watcher's Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she's still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle - including her still-distant mom - Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they're not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher's Council member and Leo's mom. And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there's also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean's demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn't enough, right? The darkness always finds you. And once again, it's coming for the Slayer.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2020
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781534404984
Branch Call Number: YA White
Characteristics: 349 pages


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I feel weirdly lukewarm towards this one.

Nina has lost too many people. Leo is gone, and Artemis has left the Sanctuary to be with her girlfriend, Honora. Things are not great for Nina; she feels like she's losing control, like her Slayer powers are overtaking her, and a new threat is emerging that might just bring her and what remains of the Watchers to their knees.

Compared to the first book, this one felt really lacklustre. The characters are all here (including Doug, my main yellow Coldplay fan), but nobody really had much of an arc, other than Artemis. Nina is so angsty all the time, so torn up, and I get it, I really do, but I wish this one had more chapters with perspectives from her sister. Artemis is figuring out what to do with her lack of specialness, and that is a much more relatable to me. Nina is struggling with her darkness, sure, but she's still chosen. It made it harder to connect with her here, and ultimately, she didn't really develop or change much.

And the plot, despite the supposed fate of the world ultimately being at stake (hah), nothing really felt like it meant that much. The Watchers follow leads, find things out, and it's all enjoyable, but I never felt that burning urge to pick this up when I wasn't reading it. Somehow, there's no drive to this book. Even the ending *spoiler* involving the prophecy *spoiler* didn't really feel like much of a payoff, because it kind of comes out of nowhere.

So, yes. I love Buffy, I love Kiersten, I absolutely adore Slayer. This one was just kind of meh.

JCLTiffanyR Dec 02, 2019

Kiersten White really hits her groove with the second installment of the Buffy the Vampire spin-off series. While the first book, Slayer, was an entertaining 3 stars, Chosen, reminded me of the best of the Buffy series. It was funny, angsty, and action packed. The relationship between sisters, Nina and Artemis, was engaging. Particularly Artemis's struggle with having so little power compared to her Slayer sister. The romance between Nina and Leo was charming as were the side little romances that received just enough attention from the author to make readers care about the outcomes. The ending was seismically big, a la season two of Buffy, and highly rewarding. I look forward to the next foray into the Buffy-verse by White. (4 stars)

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