Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 4, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley, The Publisher
A new Slayer for a new generation...
Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie’s happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers—including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi—might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born.
But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she’s next.
Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy!
The first in an all-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil.
In Every Generation made my Buffy-obsessed heart so incredibly happy! I’m not even going to try to review the book without taking the original series into account because, for me, that’s impossible. Do I think that non-Buffy fans will enjoy the book on its own merits? Yes. But you’ll have to read other reviews for that perspective because I loved everything about the show. Anyway, this is my perspective as a fan.
This book has everything I’ve come to expect from the franchise: complicated family relationships and friendships, interesting demons, teen insecurities, an intriguing mystery, and—perhaps most of all—engaging banter. Honestly, reading this book was basically like watching an episode (or a season) of my favorite show. (And I can say that definitively because I actually ended up watching some of season 1 of the show while I was reading – Kendare gets it, there’s no doubt about that.) I was surprised how big of a role old familiar characters played in the book. Sure, the main MC is Frankie, Willow’s teen daughter. But Willow, Spike and Oz are all featured front-and-center and they feel just like the people I’ve come to know and love.
The new characters fit right into the Buffyverse as well, though. Frankie has a lot to live up to, being the daughter of a legendary witch and the “niece” of the greatest slayer of all time. And she isn’t at all confident that she can fill those shoes. Things are complicated by the fact that everyone is upset about the possible-deaths of all the slayers and watchers (but trying to think positively that they might still be alive—they don’t get to the point of actual mourning, which I kind of would have expected). So, Frankie also has a weird sort of guilt over becoming the slayer as well. Her personal Scooby gang is made up of Jake, Oz’s werewolf nephew, who is dealing with absentee parents; Hailey, who is fighting to find out what happened to her sister, one of the missing slayers; and Sigmund, a half Sage Demon who can turn on the charm (literally), but prefers his bookish side to his demon side. I’ll be happy to read more about this band of friends in future books!
Yes, this is definitely the start to a new series, so things don’t get wrapped up all neatly at the end of this first book. But, I’m excited to see what else Blake has in store for us!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours so I could provide an honest review. No compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Kendare Blake is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of IN EVERY GENERATION, US Only.
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