Feature: The Buffyverse Resurgence
This past January we read & reviewed the first new Disney Buffyverse book, In Every Generation by Kendare Blake and now we are blessed with even more books coming soon! There is an absolute deluge of Buffyverse IP books coming and we just wanted to put them all in one place to get everyone excited! We dare you to pick any of these up and not want to immediately rewatch the show!
Side note: We’d be remiss not to mention some of the other incredible Buffy media, like the multitude of comics, the Slayer duology written by Kiersten White, and the recent non-fiction book, Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born by Evan Ross Katz.
In Every Generation by Kendare Blake
Like we mentioned above, we dove right into In Every Generation and came out the other side eagerly awaiting future stories in the next generation of the Buffyverse.
In Every Generationby Kendare Blake
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
on January 4, 2022
A new Slayer for a new generation...
Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie’s happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers—including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi—might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born.
But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she’s next.
Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy!
The first in an all-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil.
Bloody Fool for Love: A Spike Novel by Will Ritter
Next up is the August 2nd release of William Ritter’s Spike prequel! We just read this and didn’t know how much we needed this in our lives. Will Ritter is well known for Jackaby, his Sherlock-esque historical series, so he is the perfect author to write Spike’s story in early 1900s London. We visit with series favorites Darla and Drusilla (and a bit of Angelus, who is off-page due to his recent re-souling) and find Spike right after his first Slayer kill. Bolstered by this kill and ever eager to please Dru, Spike takes on the supers (and politicians) of London to bring Dru an ancient relic. As you can imagine, shenanigans ensue as the over-confident and charming Spike goes on his quest. This quick novel is full of nostalgia and hijinks and perfectly captures Spike’s voice and essence.
Bloody Fool for Love: A Spike Novelby William Ritter
Published by: Disney Publishing Group
on August 2, 2022
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Bloody Fool for Love from New York Times best-selling author William Ritter marks the beginning of an all-new series that explores prequel stories about fan-favorite Buffy characters.
Spike just wants to enjoy the spoils of his new badass reputation. He’s now a legendary slayer-killer, and he’s returning to London—the greatest city in the world. Unfortunately, his new abode is far from ideal (mostly a dank basement), and the rest of his strange little “family” is reeling from the fact that their patriarch, Angel, abandoned them. Spike’s love, Drusilla, seems especially heartbroken over the loss and spends her time lost in her tarot cards and planning their next gruesome family dinner when they all can be reunited.
Desperate to break Dru out of her melancholy, Spike vows to steal a powerful relic that will help her focus on their dark future together. It’s the perfect plan—that is until a monster named Gunnar, leader of the demon underworld of London, steals the relic first. Forced to form his own ragtag group of mercenaries, Spike plans an epic heist against a ruthless gang of undead criminals. Confronted with paranormal plots, royal black ops, and tea (they may be abominations, but they’re British abominations, thank you very much), Spike soon realizes that his homecoming is about to get bloody.
This rompy, action-packed novel inspired by one of Buffy’s most infamous bad boys is part Bonnie and Clyde, part Sherlock and Watson, with just a bit more bloodsucking.
Big Bad by Lily Anderson
Then after is Lily Anderson’s villain’s novel! If you’ve read any of Lily’s other novels (and of course you have, because we shout about them quite a bit), you know how perfect she is to write this Buffy novel set in an alternative universe!
Big Badby Lily Anderson
Published by: Hyperion Avenue
on September 27, 2022
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller
Demondale, Callifornia, 1999...Like Sunnydale, but whole lot more evil.
Step into this alternate reality, where chaos reigns supreme. The Mayor’s sun-shade has created permanent darkness over Sunnydale, fully opening the Hellmouth once and for all. Now the newly christened Demondale has become a safe haven for vampires, beasts, and all types of ruffians. It's never been better to be bad.
Aspiring supervillains (and super nerds) Jonathan and Andrew attempt to hold their own in a town full of monsters, while three-hundred-year-old vengeance demon Anya is just looking for something to give her life purpose again, spending her days working at an evil juice bar. But soon word gets out that there’s a new Big Bad on the scene, one more powerful and more destructive than anyone who has come before. She, of course, is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And she’s hell-bent on rooting out all of this reality's evil by any means necessary.
Now Jonathan, Andrew, and Anya must recruit a team of Demondale’s most notorious villains—including Angelus, Spike, Drusilla, and even Ripper the malevolent magic shop owner—in order to save their world. But it’ll be no easy feat to put their pride and differences aside and stop the worst thing that has ever come to town: good.
Written by acclaimed author and Buffy super fan Lily Anderson, this novel brings together Buffy's most devious and beloved villains from the Trio to the Whirlwind to Anya, Glory, and Vampire Willow. This is one apocalypse Buffy fans are not going to want to miss!
One Girl in All the World by Kendare Blake
Then we get to dive back into the next generation of the Buffyverse…with the sequel to Kendare’s In Every Generation next winter! Waiting sucks…..(get it?).
One Girl in All the World (In Every Generation #2)by Kendare Blake
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
on January 31, 2023
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
New York Times
best-selling author Kendare Blake takes us back to the demon capital of the world in this highly anticipated sequel to In Every Generation, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Frankie Rosenberg is coming to terms with the fact that she’s the newest slayer, but that doesn’t mean she has it all figured out just yet. She and her friends are still reeling from the deadly attack on the annual slayer retreat—and the new revelation that some slayers may still be alive. She’s got her own Scooby Gang, but sometimes feels more on the outside than ever. She throws herself into training with her mom, the great witch Willow, and her new Watcher, Spike, but they’ve got demons of their own to contend with (both of the real and metaphorical variety). Buffy made it look easy, but being a slayer is hard—and lonely.
But Frankie doesn’t have time to wander through Sunnydale Cemetery singing about her new responsibilities. With news of Buffy’s possible demise, Demons are making their way back to Sunnydale in droves, called by a Hellmouth that is starting to reawaken. And then an oracle brings news of a new Evil brewing…something called The Darkness. Could this be what attacked the slayers? And is it coming for Frankie?
With a satisfying blend of fresh and familiar, humor and (stakes through the) heart, One Girl In All The World is a breathtaking continuation of the series that Booklist calls “a worthy successor to the Slayer stories” (Starred Review on In Every Generation).