Thursday, February 11, 2016

Slayers By C.J. Hill|Review

Slayers (Slayers #1)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 27th, 2011
Genre:Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 373
Format: Hardcover

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?

My Thoughts

A group of teenagers find themselves attending a dragon themed summer camp, hoping to fill their days with swimming and climbing and their nights with campfires and marshmallows. If only they had gotten the laid back camp counselors at every other camp. Tori Hampton, daughter of a senator, always had an odd obsession with dragons. After many years of begging her parents to attend St. George, her wish finally comes true. But with a little bit more than she had asked for. Not only is the camp intended for teenage descendants of dragon warriors, but for dragon training as well. Tori, along with many other returning campers are placed into the ‘advanced’ class where they learn everything there is to know about dragons, dragon hungering, and their own abilities. I absolutely loved their book. It is filled with action, suspense, and dragons! I thought the entire concept of teenagers possessing powers ignited by dragons was unique and creative. For those who may be confused as to how they received their powers, the idea is simple really. While they were still in their mothers whom, their mother would have gotten within range of a dragon egg. The character development throughout this book is great. You can definitely see how the group struggles to work together in the beginning but by they end they are working with each other, not against. Well, all but one, at least. Tori’s character definitely changed the most, I don’t blame her. Having just discovered that dragons are real and that she possess strange powers would be a huge life changer. I don’t know if too many people like Dirk better than Jesse, but I do. There is just something about his character that is more appealing than Jesse’s. Unlike many other books, the mentor, teacher, whatever you’d like to call Dr. B, poses the group with a choice. At least, from the books that I have read, the leader of the group feels strong about one option more than the other. I liked how it was up to them to decided. And it was not an easy choice to make. I highly recommend this book! I cannot wait to see what happens next!

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