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Slayers Hardcover – September 27, 2011

Book 1 of 2 in the Slayers Series

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“Part urban fantasy, part superhero tale, this adventure is full of action, drama, and humor, with just a touch of romance.” --Publishers Weekly Online
 
"This promising new series may feature dragons and a reeducation camp for contemporary youths who have mythological roots, but the character development, plotting, and ethical quandaries make this more than a worthy equal of the works of Rick Riordan or Christopher Paolini." --Booklist

About the Author

C.J. Hill is the pseudonym for a popular young adult author who makes her fantasy debut with Slayers.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Slayers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312614144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312614140
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother's pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children's books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.

(Most writers' first novels aren't publishable. CJ Junior's first novel wasn't, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.)
CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

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If you want a good, exciting, fun, AND clean (probably my favorite part of this book) book to read, you should pick this one up.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. Jones on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved pretty much every second of Slayers.

Tori Hampton, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a senator, has to talk her parents into letting her go to St. George and the Dragon Camp. She's wanted to go for years, but once she's there, well, she's not sure she really wants to stay. First of all, the camp is a little primitive. When the camp director sends her off with a couple of buff boys to the advanced camp-hidden in the trees two miles away, complete with its own stable, gun range, and mysterious large building-the only way she decides to stay is to prove herself to the other advanced campers who somehow have it in their minds that she's pampered and unable to handle the rigors of advanced dragon camp.

Even after Tori finds out about the other campers' special powers she still isn't convinced she's where she wants to be, and it goes double when they tell her that dragons really do exist and, oh, by the way, she's got special DNA from her ancestors that makes her a dragon slayer.

Not exactly what she was looking for in a summer camp.

While dragon camp wasn't exactly what Tori was looking for, this book is exactly what I was looking for.

It has all the things I look for in a great book: a strong voice, interesting characters, a little magic, and kissing. There were some unexpected twists in the plot that were believable and enjoyable, as well as some awesome fight/battle scenes. And a dragon, naturally. This is the first book in the series, so be ready for a conclusion that isn't entirely conclusive, as well as a couple of major plot points/mysteries that carry on to the next book (which I am already anxiously awaiting).

This is a great YA fantasy pick. Simply thumbing through it to refresh myself with a few details to write this review made me want to start from the beginning and read it again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grandma on November 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book, as has my daughter and grand-daughter. We all loved it.

This book has adventure and excitement and humor. It has mystery and friendships. What it Doesn't have is sex, bad language and bad role models.

I would advise all teens and up to read this book. The author has a fun sense of humor. I'm going to see if more books have been written by this author. If so, I'm going to buy for my grandchildren, my daughters and myself.

Well done, C.J. Hill
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi (YA Bibliophile) on December 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First things first... the actual cover is way cooler than that image suggests. It's a darker green and has a metallic type sheen to it. Very cool. Now that that is out of the way....
I enjoyed this book. It engaged me from the beginning. I mean modern day dragon slayers descended from knights? Sign me up!
The prologue does its job well. It draws you in and sets up the story. You can feel the terror of the person having the dream. It also establishes some of the history and basic information the reader needs to know to have a better understanding of what will come.
The main story takes place seventeen years after the prologue. It is told mainly from Tori's perspective but we get glimpses in to other characters' thoughts. As a reader I really liked this. Tori is learning everything so we learn with her. The other slayers have a bit more insight so we get that as well.
All in all I found this to be a fun read. It was fast paced and had some twists. I will say that I did anticipate most of them but that didn't really diminish my enjoyment. It just made me feel smug when I was right ;) A great read for fans of modern day fantasy stories and dragons in general!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dena on November 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Dragons, superheroes, and evil villains. What's not to love?

Every now and then I come across a young adult novel that I just love, and this happens to be one of them. It was fun joyride through the imaginary modern world where dragons exist and can be controlled (somewhat) by dragon lords, and can only be slain by Slayers.

The story was a lot of fun. C.J. Hill (aka Janette Rallison) created an entertaining scenario where young superheroes go to Dragon Camp every summer for a month to train for the time when the dragons would inevitably be set loose on America. Without the Slayers, the country/world would be doomed.

Infused with humor, the story quickly unfolds as you follow Tori on her journey to discover and explore both her destiny as a Slayer and her new found abilities that come with the job. The book itself was a good length, but I read through it pretty quickly. Mostly because I was enjoying the story so much that I was dragging the book around the house with me while I chased after kids and cooked dinner. The writing was clear, without any weird spots to leave you wondering what was happening. The descriptions were easy to follow and gave a clear picture of everything that went on.

One of the things that I love the most about this author is her ability to keep a story clean. It had plenty of action, romance, and humor, all without giving me any reason to feel uncomfortable. It was a book that I could happily hand to any teenager or recommend to my mom (which I will). There was a small amount of kissing that happens, but it was very clean and age appropriate.

The humor was one of the best parts of this book.
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