Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review of Slayers by C.J. Hill

Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And 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?

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Recommended: Yes.

NEWS: Author Interview w/ C.J. Hill at the blog.


                                                                  About Slayers

                            Available as: Hardcover, $10.61 from
                                                 Recommended Ages: 15 and Up                                                                   
                                                                      Hardcover: 373 pgs.
                          Published: September 27th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends 

 For This Review:  *Self-Provided First-Edition Book Copy*

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I had seen Slayers on many blogs and what grabbed my interest was the astounding book cover. Soon, after some thought decided I had to get my hands on it. I mean the sypnosis was really exciting sounding.  Reminding me of the beauty of The Mortal Instruments! What great aesthetic book cover beauty even in person. 

Reading, Slayerswas good from the start. We're first launched into a woman that at first has no meaning to us but later is obvious that she carries through her pregnancy a son that will be a dragon knight who will be able to slay some yet to be unidentified dragons.  Taking place in the modern age. While the mom is completely ignorant of her baby's power a doctor that spies these tell-tell signs knows what they really mean. The doctor rushes to get to the family of this newly identified couple with a dragon knight heir but the family can't believe him. It all seems out there. So, they run and are never seen again. The doctor who by the way, is married as well also has a baby daughter who possess the inheritance of a dragon slayer-Dragon knight. The Doctor who likes to go by Dr. B, promises to help locate the runaway family so he can train their son, Ryker, so he's prepared and therefore has more chances to live against a dragon attack. Dr. B relates he has to for his brother who wasn't as lucky!

Years later, Tori, a senator's daughter, is drawn into a camp aimed at teaching about dragons. A dragon camp. Though, Tori hasn't never attended a place like this she finds she has always has had a huge obsession over dragons. Arriving there she meets Jesse and Dirk two teen boys much her same age. At first, they don't get along on the right foot at all. Tori makes a insensitive comment which makes her come off as snobby and it also  doesn't help she's sort of always dressed extremely nice as in an expensive category of dress wear.  Tori also meets other campers there that act totally weird to her. Almost everyone seems to feel put off by Tori's senator's daughter position but Tori assures everyone she's not what they assume. It doesn't help her cause much. Tori catches a break anyway because the other campers reveal there's a reason for their behaviors since they happen to be dragon slayers. Now, Jesse is acting much more gentler toward her and though Tori isn't buying it she has a really huge crush on Jesse. She may not want to be a Slayer but she can't bring herself to abandon Jesse to what he sees as their duty to fight dragons. If she leaves surely the Slayers will be overpowered without more people against humongous dragons.

She decides to stay. The camp director is none other than, Dr.B. , who is training the young Slayers including his daughter who becomes friends with Tori. For Tori, it isn't easy relating to the other Slayers when she feels they have had years to be with each other. Just as she thought she was alone her powers emerge strong revealing her counterpart Slayer partner, Dirk. Dirk still believes she's a spoiled little senator's daughter but as they inexplicably become close, he starts to see her differently. Tori is by now confused she doesn't get how she knew she wanted Jesse but now she might have something for Dirk. The Slayers must try to still remain focused even as they fall in love. Even after all the very great struggles ahead for the Slayers they haven't found all the Slayers namely ,Ryker, which hopefully will be continued in a Book 2 making this a series. 

On the characters of Slayers, Tori was the main character point of view but had others too. Such as Ryker's mom at the start, Dirk, Dr. B, Jesse, and ending with Ryker's.  It all adds layers to the story. Even though it's definitely a change in perspective it leaves off in the next sequence of events of the book keeping us from becoming lost. Tori, even if she believes she isn't spoiled she is but she grows into a newer person because of the danger of her dragon slayer role. Even, as it's obvious she struggles with it. Jesse while we got a feel for his character's personality is a good guy but isn't so much the love interest I'd favor for our main protagonist Tori. Dirk to me was more of an interesting pairing for me. His point of view showed he was not exactly inherently good but managed to overcome his flaws with a push because of Tori. His thoughts actually reveal what he really thinks about Tori too. In the character department it's easy to get attached since, yes, it's done so very well.

Slayers can easily become a favorite on any fantasy book lover's shelf. It argues with the issue of if you were to find you were a dragon Slayer would you give yourself over to protecting others who don't even appreciate your efforts or would you pull a Rieker and run. All while knowing that in the process of it all you could fall in love. If you do then, you have a deep need to protect the boy or girl you love. Which might not end to well when you don't even know if anyone will survive against fierce dragons. This is a nice addition for anyone who enjoys this type of high action and also emotional book which has a huge centerpiece of suspense, magic-powered teens, and somewhat complex romance given the circumstances.
                                                      Overall: Amazing read!
                                  Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons, Dragon Slayers,Romance, Magic-Powered Kids, Dragon Lords, Dragon Knight

                                                        About the Author

C. J. Hill is a Pseudonym for Janette Rallison
Janette Rallison has five children who keep her well supplied with plot ideas, sometimes even making cameo appearances in her novels. She likes to write romantic comedy because there is enough angst in real life, but theres a drastic shortage on both humor and romance. 

Playing the Field was named Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award Honor Book, and both Alls Fair In Love, War, and High School and Love, Life, and the Pursuit of Free Throws were included on YALSAs Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list. Fame Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List, was just chosen for IRAs YA Choices list for 2007. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love dragons this looks pretty cool!


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