Book Review: Xoe

Book Review:  Xoe


Vampires, Werewolves and Demons, Oh My


Sara C. Roethle


4 Stars and available on all e-Platforms for free.

Xoe started out a little slow for my tastes but, then again, I’m far past being a Young Adult reader and well into maturity.

Ms. Roethle is a descriptive writer, bringing the reader into the realm of the characters.

Xoe is your average  teenager with a few friends, boring high shcool, a Mom who loves her and an absentee father.

What happens when she and her friends cross the path of a mysterious new student who just rubs Xoe the wrong way with every word or movement. There’s just something…different about him but she just can’t put her finger on it.

Add in the handsome new stranger who agrees with Xoe’s instincts to stay as far away from the new kid as she possibly can, dragging her friends with her even if that means kicking and screaming to get them away from the danger she feels the new kid represents.

Multiply all of that with her strange dreams and increasing temper and you have an awesome recipe for confusion, mystery and angst.

Ms. Roethle has done an awesome job of giving the every day world a taste of the supernatural without drowning us in teen angst or syrupy gag worthy sexual frustration or ‘romance’. There are hints of both but Xoe and her friends ARE teenagers; you can’t write teens, especially female teens, without what makes the teen world go ’round.

Most of the angst is external and the romance comes across as you would expect it to when you haven’t found anyone worthy in more than a century and that someone happens to be an inexperienced young woman going through the throes of growing up and experiencing her own transformation.

All in all this was a very enjoyable read and I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Well done Ms. Roethle, well done.




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