Monday, September 19, 2011

Review >> First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles #1)

First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles #1) by Heather Brewer - September 20, 2011 - Hardcover

In this thrilling companion to the popular Vladimir Tod series, readers are invited to hear Joss's side of the story. Joss Mcmillan is an average boy, growing up with a fascination with bugs and treated as an outcast at school. This all changes on the night he witnesses his sister's murder- at the hands of a vampire. Ignored by his family and saddened by the loss of his younger sister, Joss is approached by his uncle, who reveals to him the secret world of the Slayer Society, inviting Joss to join their ranks and avenge his sister's death. Can Joss survive the brutal challenges that await him as he trains to become a full-fledged slayer? Or will his emotions and weakness get the better of him?

Life is killer on the other side of the stake! First Kill was one fantastic read, I must say! I havn't read a book with an interesting male protagonist in awhile, and it really is unfortunate that there are so few YA books with male leads. Although First Kill primarily revolves around Joss's foray into becoming a vampire slayer, don't let the title fool you. This book takes place during Joss's training to becoming a slayer, and although there are plot twists and character deceptions to keep you interested, there is very little in the way of vampire action. This book takes place the summer before the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod begins. I went into this book not having read the Vladimir Tod series, and while I felt like there were things in First Kill that were probably connected to Vladimir Tod, I didn't feel like I couldn't enjoy this book without that having read the other. Defintiely check this one out if you're looking for a good YA horror series.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

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