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Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review: The Slayer Chronicles, First Kill by Heather Brewer

Released on: September 20th, 2011
Source: ARC from the publisher to review
4 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

You've heard Vlad's side of the story . . . now, it’s Joss’s turn.

With over a million copies already in print, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is still sinking its fangs into new readers every day. Now, bestselling author Heather Brewer brings us the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlad’s former friend turned mortal enemy: vampire slayer Joss Macmillan. In five books that can be read alongside Vlad Tod or entirely on their own, Joss discovers his powers as the youngest, strongest slayer in history. And just in time, too: with all the vampires running rampant, he’s going to need all the help he can get. This action-packed series will quench the thirst of even the hungriest veteran minions -quoted from Goodreads

There's two sides to every story and Heather Brewer does a fabulous job at giving us our first dose of Joss Macmillan's story. Fans of Vladimir Tod will remember Joss as the one time friend, and now enemy of Vlad's. In First Kill, Heather gives us a completely different side of Joss, and it wasn't hard for me to not only like Joss, but sympathize with him and all he endures in this story.

Joss is a very strong willed, determined kid who is set on making right something horrible that happens to his family. What he quickly learns is that the odds are stacked against him and he has a lot to prove in order to become the youngest vampire slayer, something that seems nearly impossible. What I admired about Joss was inability to just give up and walk away, something he was given the chance to do a few times through out his ordeal. Some of the stuff he had to endure is brutal, but it's something that started to shape the character he becomes. Having seen this, and the reasoning behind why he went through all this, made it easier for me to like and sympathize with him as a character. I should say I was more understanding of why he does the things he does.

I thought Heather did a great job at setting up the series and the rest of Joss's story with First Kill. The setting made the story that much more exciting, as much of it is set out in the woods where Joss's Uncle lives. I liked meeting the other slayers who lived there and seeing their different personalities. Heather ends the series with a great little twist. I knew something was up, but I didn't except this one character to be the one that betrays the group. First Kill is a fast paced, quick, exciting read. There's plenty of action, heart break, suspense and even a betrayal that will keep Vlad fans hooked with this exciting companion series. If you're a Vlad fan, I highly recommend picking this book up!

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