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In Every Generation

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Witty, fun, and very gory Buffy vampire series reboot.

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Fans of Buffy and her vampire-slaying ways will love this gory, witty book series reboot and the fresh crop of teen characters that team up in a shiny, rebuilt Sunnydale. Even if you didn't watch the uber-popular TV series, you'll enjoy Frankie, a newbie to the world of slaying who'd rather be saving the Earth with her witchy powers than running through graveyards to stake newly turned vampires -- especially after she stakes herself in the leg by accident. It's easier to see Hailey as a slayer with her Goth ensembles and way with an axe, so it's a good thing she's there to help. Rounding out the group of new "Scoobies" are Frankie's werewolf friend Jake and a handsome half-demon bookworm named Sigmond. It's fun to imagine the quartet staking their way through misadventures like the TV show. The chapters featuring a demon sapping youth from teen girls on Instagram would make an excellent episode.

Things turn a little more serious when the biggest baddie arrives, an ancient Countess who adores virgin blood and will raise an army of vamps to get it. Frankie needs her whole team, plus some ancient demon knowhow to face her, and is forced to hone her new slayer skills in creative ways. After the stakes fly and the vamp dust settles, new mysteries emerge that will keep the series flowing like blood from a fresh vampire bite -- perhaps a gross analogy, but apt considering the series' very bloody start.

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