Slay

Slay

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson ...

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Title:Slay
Author:Brittney Morris
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Slay
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:323 pages pages

Slay Reviews

  • Kim
    Jun 11, 2019
    tl;dr: I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! My inner gamer nerd is over the moon. cw: a Black teenager - not one of the central protagonists - is murdered; the violence is not described. GAMER NERD I've been gaming since Atari and Sierra games on the Apple IIgs. One of the magical things...
  • Ben Babcock
    Sep 13, 2019
    SLAY in the story is a MMORPG where players duel using in-game cards that derive their names and powers from elements of various Black cultures. Kiera Johnson is 17 years old and should be worrying more about whether or not she?s getting into her first choice college. But she?s...
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    Sep 25, 2019
    Whew! There is a LOT to say about this book. My thoughts are all over the place right now. Needless to say, I read this book in one day, which tells you how invested I was in the story. ...
  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    Aug 30, 2019
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest SLAY, on the surface, is everything I want to read about in a book. STEM heroine, science-fictiony elements, video games, diverse rep, real world issues, and political/feminist dialogues. Below the surface, however, are s...
  • Nicole
    Apr 06, 2019
    How do I give this book more than 5 stars? Thank you Queen Brittney Morris. ...
  • Ciera
    Jun 11, 2019
    We are a diaspora. We span hundreds of shades, religions, traditions, and cultural nuances. If you don't understand what some of these cards mean, blame the slave trade. I had a lot of feelings about this book, almost all of them mixed, but I came to the conclusion that although t...
  • Alexa
    Sep 22, 2019
    3.5 stars. Slay does have the familiar hallmarks of a YA story in terms of character tropes and plot, but it does invite readers to try to engage with and understand the main character Kiera?s grappling with black identity (especially in the context of her real life and the people sh...
  • Jackie
    Sep 23, 2018
    I was privileged enough to beta-read this novel as is was getting sent to publishers. I was delighted to learn that it found a home with Simon Pulse and that more readers will have the opportunity to read this wonderful book! Slay is fresh, exciting, and perfectly placed in time whe...
  • Sana
    Sep 18, 2018
    UMM THIS COVER IS FIIIIIRE AND HELL YEAH TO GIRLS WEARING GLASSES ON COVERS \O/ ---------------------- This is inspired by Black Panther and sounds so awesome that I'm just a bunch of exclamation points right now re: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More info about it here ...
  • USOM
    Aug 11, 2019
    I had the highest hopes for Slay as it is one of my most anticipated reads for Fall. And I was not disappointed! Talk about a book that deals with cyber bullying, safe spaces, racism, and assimilation. From page one I fell in love with Slay. Kiera's difficulties fitting in with her pee...
  • Kelsea
    Sep 20, 2019
    I will write up a more legit review if I find some time, but for now I?ll just say that this was a wonderful and powerful own voices story that?s like a cross between Fangirl and The Hate U Give ? and that I highly recommend it! ...
  • Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
    Aug 21, 2019
    A quick disclaimer on how I got this book: I actually didn't know about it, until the publisher sent it to me in the mail. Although I'm thankful to the publisher, it doesn't change my opinions expressed here. :) This should be prefaced with the fact that: This book was not written f...
  • Lola
    Sep 28, 2019
    This isn?t the type of story that I would typically read. Mainly because I prefer to actually play games than to read about them. But SLAY is such a unique and thematic MMORPG that I couldn?t help but get curious about it. I also loved the fact that it was created by a teenage girl...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Nov 23, 2018
    I need more books about gamer girls in my life and a badass black gamer girl who creates her own video game and takes some racist POS to task? YES. PLEASE. ...
  • Hollis
    Sep 08, 2019
    This book is getting a lot of hype and, honestly, it deserves every single bit of it. I don?t remember exactly what it was, or who, inspired me to request this one but I?m so glad I did. So here I am paying it forward : watch out for this one. The summary perfectly sums up (hah)...
  • Vanessa
    Mar 06, 2019
    Happy Book Birthday! Reviewed on July 7, 2019: I've been wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars since completing SLAY. It's basically a 4 star book but I have a HUGE gripe with the 'twist'. Not only do I have a gripe, it only gets addressed within the span of 2-3 pages. Even after a mo...
  • Bookishrealm
    Oct 01, 2019
    Update! Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot.... 4.5 Stars. It took me forever to read this book because I was giving birth to my daughter while in the process of trying to complete it haha. Let me start by saying that this book isn?t for everyone. A lot of ...
  • Laurie –A Court of Books–
    Sep 23, 2019
    I received an ARC of SLAY at BookCon, this in no way impacts my review. However, my review is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that the story and quotes may differ from the final book. I?ll do my best to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. RTC ...
  • Michelle
    Jul 22, 2019
    Do you believe in love at first sight? I do now. I was lusting over the cover of this book when I saw it advertised for #Bookcon2019. But now that I have finally gotten my hands on it and gotten a chance to read it I know that this is the book that I wanted to read as a little girl....
  • Dylan
    Mar 07, 2019
    oh my god i need this ...
  • Books on Stereo
    Oct 10, 2019
    Slay is a black-centric narrative that illustrates the power of black created spaces. ...
  • Rec-It Rachel
    Mar 10, 2019
    wowza ...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Aug 24, 2019
    ?As we duel, as we chat, there's an understanding that "your black is not my black" and "your weird is not my weird" and "your beautiful is not my beautiful," and that's okay. It' brings tears to my eyes if I think about it too long.? I knew when I saw this that I wanted to ...
  • Lauren (The Novel Lush)
    Aug 11, 2019
    I'm going to really work on this review so I'll probably edit it several times, but MY GOD this book is so fucking GOOD! So much of our culture packed in 300 some odd pages. Generations of Black nuances and expression everywhere I looked. UPLIFTING Black people of all shades, all gende...
  • Olivia
    Sep 15, 2019
    Now, before we start and you go mouthing off at me, I am a firm believer in equality. I hold everyone to the same standards no matter their race, religion. sex, sexuality, whatever. I'm a plot-driven reader and honestly don't give a fuck about a characters skin colour. The only thing I...
  • Claire ✨
    Jul 06, 2019
    In this mixed bag of novel, where the video game logistics don't make sense and the characters are boring, SLAY falls far short of slaying. Oh boy. Here's an accurate depiction of my reaction from the start of this book to the end: The biggest problem with SLAY is that the vi...
  • Megan
    May 11, 2019
    This book was not made for me, but that's okay--that's kind of the point. As a white person, I'm so very rarely the person on the outside looking in, and so it's good and important and wonderful that I felt that way while reading this. I'm meant to be aware that I'm in a space not buil...
  • may ➹
    Aug 25, 2019
    SLAY is a book that I think should be in everyone?s hands. It?s such an important read, and I think it?ll be an eye-opening experience for many, while Black people will find comfort in this story so openly celebratory of Blackness. The book follows high school student Kiera, w...
  • Ivy
    Jan 30, 2019
    https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... This book is a powerful debut that makes me extremely excited to see what Brittney Morris does next. The ending was the best part, the climax and conclusion equal parts action-packed, subversive and heartfelt. SLAY is a short and smart novel ...
  • Brittney Morris
    Jan 09, 2019
    I mean, I think it's pretty cool. ...