Author: Sara C. Roethle
Series: Xoe #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Young adult
Dates read: 26th September – 1st November 2019
Format: eBook, Novel
Publisher: Sara C. Roethle
5th sentence, 74th page: Brian seemed relieved to have the attention off him.
Xoe Meyers had a normal life. So she was stuck going to high school, and she only had a few friends to call her own. She liked her normal life. Things were about to change though, because there’s a new guy in her small town, and he is anything but normal. Before Xoe can say, “Werewolf,” her best friend’s life is in peril, and Xoe’s world is turned upside-down. Then, of course, there’s Jason. Xoe doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him, and given that he’s a vampire, she’d have to be able to catch him first.
This wasn’t a bad book. I think most of my “meh” feelings about it just come from the fact that I had to read it as an ebook. There is just something about the format that I really don’t enjoy. And it means that I just don’t get as involved in the stories as I otherwise would… which is quite sad. Because I think if this was a paperback, I would have completely ripped through it. In the best way possible…
This was a fairly typical young adult paranormal fantasy book. Vampires, werewolves and tyring to figure out how to fit in with the rest of their society. Especially when there’s something so obviously different about them. But it was a little unique in the fact that there was a half demon featured in the story. I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrators’ voice – Xoe is funny, relatable and not too much of a whiney teenager. All things that I look for in a good story.
Like most young adult stories, or really any in general, there was a bit of a love interest in this tale. But, unlike a lot of stories that find their way onto my shelves, this one didn’t really have a focus on that fact. Actually, if there weren’t moments when Xoe spells it out how interested she is, you probably wouldn’t even notice that there was a romantic edge to the story. It’s all about saving her BFF and making the world a better place.
Although I lament the fact that this was an ebook rather than a physical one. It is still probably the fastest full-length novel ebook that I’ve read in a long time. It was just cute and sweet enough that I was intrigued. Yet, it will probably be a little while until I grab the next ebook in the series.
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