Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for letting me read an ARC of In Every Generation! I’ve never actually seen an episode of Buffy, but I’ve always wanted to be a Buffy person, so I would like read people’s discussions about the show on Tumblr and all the Gifs, so I feel like I kinda know the basics? Anyway, use that as the basis for my knowledge of the source material as you go into my review.
In Every Generation 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
A new Slayer for a new generation…
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!
The first in an all-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil.
So after reading this book, I definitely want to go and watch all of Buffy (side note, apparently seasons 1-7 are on Prime Video if you have that, so that’s probably how I’m going to go and watch Buffy soon). It definitely seemed like an homage to the original, but in a good way where even though I hadn’t ever actually seen Buffy, I still really enjoyed In Every Generation. I really liked some of our characters- specifically Hailey and Jake- and I heard we’re going to have a second book, so I’m looking forward to seeing where book two takes us! I really liked the concept of Frankie being awakened as a new Slayer because all of the old Slayers are either dead or missing and the Hellmouth is opening again. Yay for a chosen one! I thought the pacing was a little interesting at times (in that I was a little bored every once in a while and I did have whiplash every once in a while), but I think that might be more from me not having real ties to Buffy. Overall, this was a really fun book and I’m excited for everyone to read it!