Book Talk 5/22/2020: Kiersten White’s Chosen
Chosen by Kiersten White. Simon Pulse. Jan 2020. YA.
Amazon’s blurb: A Seventeen Best YA Book of 2020 So Far
A Hypable Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Sequel of 2020
“Will get Buffy fans up in their feels.” —Entertainment Weekly on Slayer
Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom.
And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.
My Review: Most of this book I guessed wrong at. Lol. Always a good thing. Nina and her sister, Artemis, are at odds. Artemis has joined Sean’s cult group and is trying to help a god get back his glory. She sneaks into the castle at night and steals a book. Although Nina catches her, she allows Artemis to leave with the book hoping Artemis will realize she can still come home. Out on a hunt with Doug, she is shocked to discover Leo still alive, a fractured shell of himself who is dying because he won’t feed like his mother did. She also picks up three other slayers from Buffy’s fold and takes them back to the castle. Meanwhile, Artemis, hungry for power, attacks the castle with Sean’s minions to retrieve something they need. When Nina realizes the extent her sister is willing to go to, to bring her and the Watchers down, will the prophecy at last come true?
It was a nice edition to the slayer universe. I like how everything ended up. Fighting the darkness within is sometimes the hardest thing to do as evident by both Artemis and Nina. I did find the bit pertaining to Oz’s portrayal weird. It didn’t seem like him at all. Faith was dead-on. Buffy—off in the time she was shown.