Chosen by Kiersten White

Title: Chosen (Slayer #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Published: January 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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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.

I loved Chosen. Kiersten White writes a witty, fast paced, Buffy-esce story about two sisters finding their way in a Slayer/Watcher universe post Hellmouth closure.

It’s so fun to have the Buffy world cameos. I kept wanting to turn to someone and be like look who it is! I love that it is it’s own duology and is able to stand on its own. With or without Buffy.

The plot is so fast paced that I felt myself turning page to page to see what’s going to happen next. There was enough of the not knowing what’s happening that made you want to keep reading to find out what is happening. The characters have just gone through so much betrayal in the first book that you keep wondering, is everyone here alright. What’s that person up.

Artemis really bothered me and I kind of didn’t like her. I also kind of get where she is coming from though. I feel as she goes through the phases she realizes what she is really doing. So her character arc in the story is interesting. Even though I kind of didn’t like her in Chosen, I kind of thought she was kind of kick butt how she just goes for what she wants.

What I liked about Nina was that there is no painting over her grief and pain. I felt like in the beginning of the book you can really feel what she is feeling. She doesn’t just bounce back and say hey let’s save the world. Yes they started the sanctuary but she still feels like she’s drifting after everything she has gone through and lost. So we get to see her navigate through all of her emotions and finding her place now.

I like all the side characters. It’s a great team that they have at the castle. However, for some strange reason, I absolutely love Jessi. She isn’t even in the book that much. Everytime she says something it makes me laugh.

Chosen is a great wrap-up to the duology that started with Slayer.