Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: In Every Generation
Author: Kendare Blake
Book Series: Standalone for now
Diversity: Part indigenous character, Lesbian character, Black character, Asian side character
Recommended For…: young adult readers, urban fantasy, paranormal, retelling, Buffy fans
Publication Date: January 4, 2022
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Retelling
Recommended Age: 14+ (Violence, Gore, Death, Language, sexual content)
Explanation of CWs: The book had a lot of violence, death, and gore. The book made a few sexual content references, but nothing explicit or romantic. The book also had some slight cursing.
Synopsis: Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie’s happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers—including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi—might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born.
But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she’s next.
Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy!
Review: For the most part I really enjoyed this book! I was scared going into it in the beginning because I haven’t watched any of the Buffy episodes so I was worried that this would be above my knowledge level of the series, but it wasn’t. The book did well to explain the important bits and it had a few moments where I think inside jokes would be placed. The book was wonderfully well written with well developed characters and the world building was well done as well. I also really loved where the book left off and I’m excited for the second one already!
The only issue I had with the book is that the book had a lot of POV switching and it was confusing to switch into different people suddenly. The book was also fast paced, which I enjoyed for the most part but I really would have liked some slower moments like during battle.
Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend for Buffy fans!