Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of Mina and the Slayers, the second book in the Mina series. You can read my review of the first book, Mina and the Undead, here, and my interview with the author, Amy McCaw, here.
NEW ORLEANS, 1995. MINA’S HAVING A KILLER HALLOWEEN.
Three months after Fang Fest, Mina’s settling into her new life. Despite the teething problems in her relationship with Jared, she has her sister back, new friends and a part-time job to die for. Over Halloween, Mina and the gang have planned a spooky week of Gothic restaurants, horror movies, ghostly tours, creepy carnivals and a costume ball. But the fun doesn’t last. Mina is on work experience with Detective Cafferty while the police are investigating a savage masked killer and a rise in suspicious ‘animal attacks’. During her own investigations, Mina discovers a mysterious group of slayers, who are battling to control the rogue vampires. The threats circle closer as Mina spends her days with the police and nights with the slayers. Will she and her friends survive Halloween without being staked, stabbed or bitten?
With all the chaos that’s surrounded my life recently, it’s taken me far too long to get around to writing up my review of this book. It was wonderful to travel back to the 90s glory of these stories, to this cast of characters I’ve fallen in love with, and the utter beauty of the atmosphere that Amy McCaw is able to capture.
It’s a wonderful dose of nostalgia, with references that cracked me up, hitting just the right notes. That combined with a killer – literally – storyline made for a brilliant all over read, full of supernatural journey through New Orleans that will be impossible to forget.
Mina, Jared, Libby, and Della are all back and adapting to the way their lives have been drastically altered by the events of Fang Fest. All of them are dealing with different pressures in different ways, and Mina has thrown herself into her new school life, with new – non-supernatural – friends, and work experience with the police. But it isn’t long before paths start to cross….
It was wonderful to see how these characters seem to have been really impacted by what they’ve gone through; all too often in sequels, drastic events have taken place but the people remain untouched. It made Mina and crew feel far more real, and easier to relate to, as they started their Halloween adventures.
All in all, this was a beautiful follow up to the first book, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Thanks for stopping by for this review today. I’m off to watch reruns of Buffy like it’s 1995 all over again! God I feel old, and hold Amy entirely to blame for this (but luckily, she’s lovely, so that’s okay).