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First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles) Hardcover – September 20, 2011

Book 1 of 3 in the Slayer Chronicles Series

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"Readers who still have an appetite for vampire lore, and a willingness to enter what looks to be like another fairly well-written series, will appreciate Joss as a character who is both sensitive and brave, as well as smart." — VOYA

About the Author

Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons, and devoured every book in sight. She hasn't changed much. Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under a full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in full costume (and in character).

When Heather's not writing, dressing up, dancing and reading, she's answering email, which she loves to get over at her website.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Slayer Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737419
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heather Brewer doesn't believe in happy endings...unless they involve blood.

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I would recommend this book to my 8th grade Language Arts teacher.
Rachel Meyer
It really showed what Joss had to go through in order to become a slayer.
It was a very good story so much so that I didn't want to put it down.
Andrew B. Davis

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Burt on March 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
1) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

2) Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal

3) Synopsis: Joss Macmillan experiences something horrible and with that his life changes. With that change he gets on the path to become a Slayer. The only question is if he has the stuff to become a Slayer.

4) Feelings: This is a partner book to the Vladimir Tod series. I really liked the Vladimir Tod series but was never the biggest fan of Joss Macmillan. So I fought picking this book up for a while. I am glad I did. I liked this book and if I had read it along side of the Vladamir Tod ones I might have liked Joss much better. Or at least understood him.

5) Final recommendation: If you like the Vladamir Tod series i would certainly read this book. If you have never read the Vladamir Tod series you could still read this book and enjoy it. A good read with some interesting plot points to resolve in the future. I will certainly read the next book in this series.

Ryan James Burt
Husband, Father, and Writer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kataryanna on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a spinoff of the beloved Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. It follows the story of Vlad's friend (sometimes enemy), Joss, from the original series. First Kill, is about Joss's first experiences with vampires and how he deals with it. It also tells us how he became a slayer. If you haven't read about Vlad I would suggest reading that first. You will understand what characters are and how they tie into Vlad, but also might enjoy not knowing things. For instance at the end of this book I was so upset with Joss's stupidity. If you haven't read The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod you wouldn't be upset at the end of First Kill. It's written well, but the humor of the original series seems to be missing. This book is much more serious than the others. You feel bad for Joss in this story. His sister dies. He doesn't deal with her death well. His parents seem to forget he exists. And his slayer instincts make him an outsider with his classmates. To top it off when he begins his slayer training his uncle barely even acknowledges him. The only good parts of his life is a girl he meets named Kat and her father Sirus, but will they hurt him too. I enjoyed reading it, but I missed Vlad and the humor that comes with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In First Kill, the first novel of Heather Brewer's The Slayer Chronicles, we meet Joss McMillan, who those that have read the authors The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod will already be somewhat familiar with.

We start out with Joss ten and the murder of his little sister by a vampire. This sets events into motion which will lead up to our meeting him in the Vladimir Tod books.

Those events begin when Joss's uncle, the only one who believes him about how his sister died, tells him about their family heritage and The Slayer Society which Joss then swears to join.

He gets called to training years early at the age of 13; we skip from ten to thirteen fairly quickly, when usually they do not get called in until the age of 18. But the Slayer Society is in need of another person and Joss just happens to be `the next in line'.

Here we meet some of the Slayers and lean more about the Society. I have to admit when I first started reading I was really enjoying myself but then when we get to Joss's training, I kind of felt, thrown off. I guess I wasn't really ready for this after reading the Vladimir Tod books; I was expecting something a little more in line with them, funny, light, but at the same time suspenseful and exciting.

I did not get that, I do not think I laughed one time while reading this but did wince at times.

I did enjoy the book, it was well written definitly suspenseful and exciting but at the same time it was more...dark I suppose and full of teenage angst. The only problem was; I wasn't expecting it. Even though I knew his life would be nothing like Vlad's I still expected it to be more in line with his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EmeraldMagick on June 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
Interesting idea of a novel, but with many ups and downs, for me at least. Joss I did love in the first half and a few of the Slayers but it started grating on me a bit around halfway through (though not enough to DNF it).

I get that Joss wants to avenger his sister's death (Little Cecile warmed my heart, even though we don't get much time with her) but his constant 'devotion' to this society got on my nerves and I wanted to shake him a couple times.

This 'Society' as a whole didn't seem worthy of Joss' loyalty to me, I got the feeling that some fishy things were going on (Maybe this is explained in the first series with Vlad but I haven't read that yet, got first book ordered though). Plus,their solution for potential 'Slayers' seemed a bit 'WTF!' to me, why not just find a way to wipe their memories?

Abraham, I just wanted to smack him most of the time... he was a complete ass to Joss the whole time. Even after learning his motives for the way he did Joss' training I still had no sympathy for him at all, maybe he gets better in later books? *shrugs* I took mental steps away from him when he was 'congratulating' Joss at his induction.

The revelation about Sirus and Kat was a surprise, though it made sense thinking back on it. I had wondered... I don't blame Kat for being angry really, Joss didn't have a full grasp of the situation as a whole I think. *Curious as to what Zy meant and what Sirus and his friends were doing exactly*

This 'Dorian' fellow at the end is curious, something 'off' about him... whether its good or bad, guess I'll find out :).

I am curious enough to continue with this author's work, I just hope Joss matures in his thinking in the next books (or maybe I'm just biased, being a Vampire girl haha)

All in All, an enjoyable read with some flaws but I would still recommend if your looking for a quick read :).
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