Review: Slay by Kim Curran

About the book:

Meet SLAY – SLAY do two things and they do them well: they play killer music and they slay killer demons.

When Milly, the lonely daughter of a world-famous opera singer, arrives home to discover that her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the hottest boy band on the planet…

Enter SLAY: playing kickass gigs in the spotlight, and saving the world from demons in the shadows… Suddenly, Milly’s on the road with JD, Tom, Niv, Zek and Connor, racing against the clock to stop the demons who killed her mum… One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a hell of a show!

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Review by Katy Haye:

Kim Curran is one of my favourite authors, and Slay was an absolute delight – once I actually set my hands on it. I got the paperback from my local Waterstones, and before I could sit down with it, 13-year-old Offspring grabbed it. Cue giggles and utter absorption. So, you get two recommendations for the price of one today, reader.

I understood why O loved it when I started. Slay is a fun, zip-along adventure with a glorious cast of boy band members, a girl whose ordinary life is ripped away when demons arrive on the scene, and fabulous, deadly Aztec-inspired baddies.

The writing is hugely assured (it always is with Kim) and highly visual. I felt as though I was inside the adventure with Milly and Slay, whether it was stealing priceless artifacts from a museum, sitting in the tour bus with the boys, or playing onstage with them.

I rarely share quotes, but I loved this so much:

“Milly hated him with an intense passion she reserved only for politicians and people who were mean to dogs.”

Slay doesn’t set a foot wrong and if you like absorbing, entertaining YA fiction you should get a copy. It doesn’t especially matter whether or not you’ve got an interest in either boy bands or demons, you’ll still have a blast reading it!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Katy’s The Clockwork War, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England with a mechanical genius for a heroine, a dastardly duke and a hero who isn’t what he appears, is the first novel in her complete steampunk series.


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