Friday, February 01, 2013

review: SLAYED by Amanda Marrone

SLAYED by Amanda Marrone
Simon & Schuster: Children's Publishing
Released: October 5, 2010
Source: Star Book Tours
Page Count: 240

Rating: Liked it

THE FAMILY THAT SLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER.

Daphne Van Helsing hates being a vampire slayer. All she wants is a normal life - firends, school, her own room - but her parents have devoted their lives to the cause, and Daphe's along for the ride.

Their latest job is in Maine, where not only are they hunting a fierce strain of vamps, but they're forced to work with The Harkers, a rival slayer family. Just her luck: Tyler Harker is totally crush-worthy, and he's her sworn enemy.

But just when things start looking up, something truly evil comes to town. Something more powerful - and more frightening - than anything Daphne's encountered before.

She thought she'd seen hell on earth. She ain's seen nothin' yet.

My Review

Daphne is a vampire slayer. With a last name like Van Helsing, it's pretty much required! But she's tired of constantly being on the road with her, moving from one freelance job to another without ever going home - not that they have one. It's just her parents and the van, and neither one is great company. Still, Daphne knows she has a job to do, and she's good at it. When their latest job is thrown for a loop by one Nathan Harker, some deep, dark family secrets come to light, but that's still not enough to make Daphne rethink her line of work. Enter Kiki Crusher: former child star, current party girl, Kiki witnesses Daphne slaying a vampire and quickly talks herself into becoming Daphne's trainee. The two girls quickly become friends, even amidst the chaos and danger of hunting abnormally strong vampires. But can they survive long enough to finally stand up to their parents and do what they want to do with their lives?
 
Amanda Marrone's books are quick, cute, light reads, and Slayed is in keeping with that tradition. Daphne comes across as a reluctant superpower-less Buffy, and I loved her as a character. She was understandably bitter about her situation but not angry, and funny as all get out when paired with Kiki. If you're looking for an easy, entertaining vampire read, Slayed has it all!

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