C.J. Hill. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-61414-0
Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer attending summer camp (substituting dragons for bloodsuckers), and you have this exciting "fantasy debut” from Hill (a pseudonym for YA author Janette Rallison). When pampered 16-year-old senator's daughter Tori Hampton arrives at Dragon Camp, she figures it's a good way to indulge her lifelong obsession with the creatures. She quickly learns that she's descended from medieval dragon slayers, has inherited superhuman abilities, and is expected to help save the world from the nigh-unstoppable menaces, which are believably conveyed as malevolent killers that must be destroyed. Out of her element and forced to train with a diverse group of fellow Slayers, Tori chafes at her unwanted destiny, until a crisis forces her to accept her role. Part urban fantasy, part superhero tale, this adventure is full of action, drama, and humor, with just a touch of romance. It's a strong beginning with a memorable, realistic heroine who is competent without being unstoppable, fashion-conscious without being shallow, and thoroughly capable of rising to the occasion. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 11/14/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Ebook - 384 pages - 978-1-4668-1496-7
Paperback - 373 pages - 978-0-312-67514-1
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