- Ah, Leo. The most Mary Sue characters I have read in ages. He is just perfect. I really want him to do something stupid or make a fool of himself, because now he is so YA trope-y that I just dislike him. I would have rather had that he returned and became her watcher and that they become friends. Then, in the second book or third book they would have fallen in love. You can keep the poem thing in, because it makes Nina more relatable, but eh. I hate insta-love.Her anti-Leo stance is a bit tiresome, because we all know it’s going nowhere. But I guess we need it there. It does make sense. It’d be dull if she just fell for him again immediately.
Ugh, Nina’s mom is really awful. It reminds me of Wes’ terrible, if fake, dad. I’m guessing Nina’s mom will at some point turn around and have reasons for being the way she is and it’ll all be explained, but I kind of hope not. I kind of like that she’s such a raging bitch.
Seriously though, with Nina’s mom keeping secrets even from the Council – I kind of want her to be a bad guy. Please, please, make her a bad guy.
“I wont let him see what my mother obviously sees: That I’m weak. That I don’t deserve to be a Slayer. That no one needs me to be one.” It’s a bit teen angsty but I like it and it feels genuine for the character and how one would feel after such a rejection from ones mother. More of this please, I really feel for Nina.
Again, I like Cillian. It’s a bit forced at times but I like the levity he brings.
I do appreciate that from the legacy of Btvs White has remembered one crucial aspect – the Watcher’s Council are dicks. Even from the inside it seems. Gees. the way Artemis is treated, as an ‘assistant’, Nina being the medic, Imogen the babysitter. Even when they’re decimated to such a low number, they still have time to be assholes.
- I think this is part of Nina's growth. The Watchers are anti-Buffy and Nina has been brainwashed in that way, but I think a big part of her arc will be that she will change her mind about Buffy and the Watchers. I am looking forward to see where they are going with it.I like that Nina has been raised to be a Watcher because it is interesting to get the Watcher perspective on things, like when she’s thinking about the difference between killing things in self-defense and actively choosing to kill something and she thinks - “Watchers have to make calls like this all the time. And Slayers don’t even make the call. They just act.” 192 – this feels very much like a Council perspective and not a Slayer perspective. I feel like Buffy, or Faith for that matter, throughout most of the series would very much have argued that it was them all along making the call.
The story is finally picking up and again there is more than I like than dislike.
What I disliked:
- The references died down, but sometimes they are so shoe-horned into the story that I wonder where these came from. I wonder if this is coming from the editors or the author? It seems so out of place?