While walking home one night, Daisy Dawson is attacked, but manages to fight the perpetrator, swiping a necklace and some skin cells off under her nails in the process. What she doesn’t know is that her would be kidnapper is a serial killer, and she’s the only victim that has gotten away.
Daisy has a high profile public job, so it doesn’t take long for her attacker to figure out her identity. Enraged that he wasn’t able to capture her the first time, her assailant begins stalking her and Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, who’s been assigned to protect her.
While he’s stalking her, he’s also kidnapping and murdering other women, collecting necklaces and drivers licenses as trophy pieces once he’s done with them. However, one of his victims isn’t about to give up; she begins memorizing every name and is determined to break out of the prison he has set up in his basement.
As the detectives begin to piece together clues about the case, they uncover details linking the assailant to someone from Agent Reynolds past, and in order to catch a killer, Reynolds and Daisy take off on an interstate adventure that brims with romance, action, murder and mystery.
There’s a little something for everyone in this romantic suspense from Karen Rose and even though it’s over 600 pages, it’s a quick read that you’ll have a hard time putting down.
“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”
Welcome back to the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer…minus Buffy. In Kiersten White’s new young adult series set in the same universe, Buffy may be gone but a new slayer is picking up where season 8 ended. (For those unfamiliar with season 8, that’s because it exists in comic book form instead of on TV)
Nina and her twin sister Artemis have grown up in the Watchers Academy where they are trained to act as guides to the slayers. The girls’ mother serves on the Watcher’s Council alongside some familiar Watcher families, and Nina really wants no part of the lifestyle. Artemis has always seemed born for the storm, not her.
To top it off, Nina’s hatred of Buffy runs deep – when Buffy destroyed magic, it prevented witches from using their powers, ended the slayer line and also deeply impacted Nina’s life in more ways than one. So when it’s Nina instead of Artemis that begins to manifest slayer powers, it’s a shock to everyone at the Watchers Academy. And she really, really does not want to become a slayer.
In the first few chapters, White does a great job of catching up readers who might be unfamiliar with the Buffyverse and even though this is an original story, it fits in nicely with the tone the TV show set for it.
And just because Buffy is gone, she’s definitely not forgotten; her presence can be felt in a big way within the story, especially when Nina and her friends start taking down demons and vampires.
Slayer kicks off a new and exciting young adult series that should appeal to fantasy fans even if they didn’t grow up watching BTVS. A solid first effort.
It’s a new year and that means I have a new reading goal! For 2019, I’ve upped the number of books I want to read to 70. Like all avid readers, there are some books I’m more excited about this year than others, and that list is sure to grow as more releases are announced. Here a few that I am MOST excited about in 2019.
Is it really time to start compiling my favorite books I’ve read this year? Where did 2018 go? This year, I set a Goodreads goal of reading 65 books and as I’m writing this with about a month left to go, I have managed to surpass that and am at 67 books total! I will probably hit 70 before the end of the year, so it looks like for 2019, I’ll need to up my goal a little bit.