Saturday, May 3, 2014

Review: Slayers

Title - Slayers
Author - C.J. Hill 
Series - Slayers #1
Genre - YA Fantasy Dragons
Published - August 20th 2013
Publisher - Square Fish
Format - Paperback


Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And, in this novel from C. J. Hill, they’re smart: before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it—these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?


For years Tori has asked her parents to send her to dragon camp but they have opted for the best camps. At last Tori is going to get her chance to spend a month at dragon camp learning more about them as well as why she dreams about them. Arriving at dragon camp Tori is surprised to learn she’s not with the regular campers but with an advanced group who aren’t here just to expand their dragon craze. Soon Tori is wrapped up in a world where dragons really exist, the human existence resting on her shoulders as well as her fellow Slayers. The ones with the Dragon Knights blood in their veins that will allow them to fight them. 
Only one problem Tori doesn’t have a special power but the ability to hear what the dragon hears.

The Slayers have come back every year since they were 11 years old only this year Tori is joining for the first time getting a late start. They also had two slayers not return this year so already they are short a few slayers. As Tori tries to fit into a world she only dreamed about the real danger becomes real when she overhears that the dragon eggs are close by and this may be their only chance to stop them before they hatch.  Will Tori survive camp? Will they be able to stop the dragons? What about the missing slayer that Dr. B has been looking for since day one?

I like Tori she’s a rich socialite but just because she likes to dress nice and have hair doesn’t change the fact she knows what’s important. The characters are well developed I found it easy to connect with Tori and found myself cheering her on as the book went.  I liked Tori right from the start, all the slayers are great characters they each have their own story as well as abilities. I’m still torn on the guy aspect for Tori we are introduced to a potential love triangle which I tend to avoid. I’m curious to see how it will play out.

I've had Slayers on my TBR list since I saw the new cover, even added a copy to my bookshelf but it got lost in the piles. I grabbed my copy off the shelf as a spur of the moment read and found myself pleasantly surprised. The concept for the dragon eggs being in hibernation mode I found interesting, it almost make you wonder if maybe there could be dragons out there. I like the way the author used history as a platform for when the Dragon Knights and Dragon Lords came from. The whole idea for Slayers is new and exciting it’s a captivating story that I had a hard time putting down. This is my first book by the author but I found her writing style enjoyable it was easy to fall into the story losing all track of time. The book is beautifully written teens as well as adults will enjoy the action packed adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page only to leave you wanting more. I need to pick up the next one because I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next. I really enjoyed Slayers I’m a huge dragon fan and enjoyed the unique story. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books from the author. 
5 out of 5 stars

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