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Xoe: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! (Xoe Meyers Young Adult Fantasy/Horror Series Book 1) by [Roethle, Sara C.]
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Editorial Reviews for "Xoe", the first book the Xoe Young Adult Urban Fantasy Series
The Vampire Librarian: Of this free fantasy book for teens, they said, "Filled with emotion and attitude, I found this book to be fun and engaging. The author seems to have a real knack for understanding how teenagers feel, showing it in Xoe's character and how she relates to the world."


Book Monster Reviews: Of this fantasy coming of age tale, they said, "Xoe is a great lead character as she is relatable to young girls. Lucy and Allison are also terrific characters as they both have very different personalities from Xoe. Any girl could connect with at least one of these characters."

Flamingnet.com: Of this fantasy adventure they said, "This book has everything I look for in a novel: action, adventure, fantasy, and romance."

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The next thing I knew I was on the ground, looking at the branches above me, blue sky shining through. My vision swam, then darkness swallowed the branches whole.

I woke to deep blue eyes worriedly looking into my groggy green ones, and realized someone was shaking me. I scuttled backwards out of my assailant's grasp like a demented crab to take in the stranger who had been shaking me.

Tousled deep brown hair, and a scruffy yet handsome male face went with the dark blue eyes that had been above me. He had a narrow, sweeping nose and his eyes were lined by a dark splash of lashes. Only his strong, sharp jaw line saved his face from femininity. He was about 6'1" with a, might I say, rather nice physique; lean, yet muscled. He wore a dark green sweater, worn jeans, and dark brown hiking boots that had definitely seen better days.

He tried to hide a laugh at my frenzied scuttle, and I was too freaked to get mad. There was still the question of why I had been on the ground, unconscious in the woods with only this handsome stranger to blame. It was only when I saw Lucy standing behind the stranger unharmed, that I was able to stuff my heart back down my throat.

They both watched and waited for me to talk.

Something tickled at the edge of my memory. "Dan! Where'd he go?" I shrieked. I remembered Dan attacking us now, well, I remembered him attacking me, before I lost consciousness.

Lucy shuffled forward, pale and wide-eyed. Her jeans were dirty and her soiled jacket was torn at the elbow. "Dan pushed you down. I tried to run towards you, but suddenly he had me on the ground too. He was so fast Xoe. I tried to struggle, but he pressed me down until I couldn't move. He said I had to come with him. He said I would be . . . dangerous." Lucy paused as she glanced at the stranger, then quickly went on, "The next thing I knew, Jason was there, tearing him off me." Tears began to well in Lucy's already puffy eyes.

I dizzily stumbled to my feet and grabbed Lucy in a hug, feeling pine needles in her hair. "Where'd he go?"

"I-I don't know," Lucy said.

I turned to this so-called Jason character. "Where did he go? I can't believe he gave up that easily."

Jason studied me for a moment, as if considering which answer would upset me the least, then shrugged, apparently deciding on no answer at all.

"You were the only one vertical at the time. You had to see him leave," I pressed.

He shrugged again. "My attention was on making sure that the two of you were unharmed. I did not see where he went."

"So you were completely unconcerned with the stranger that you found in the woods attacking two people?"

Shrugging again, he smirked and walked up to grab my arm. "I will walk you girls home."

I ripped my arm away from him, and got in his face. "We need the truth. Something weird is going on and it is just way too convenient that you were there at just the right time. No offense, but Dan is bigger than you, and I don't think he would exactly run screaming at the sight of you. Your story don't wash pal."

He brushed back a strand of hair that had fallen into my eyes. I jerked away, startled.

He chuckled at my reaction.

I pointed my finger a few inches away from his face. "Now, is so not the time to mess with me."

He smiled. "I can see that, but we do need to get you both home. It is not safe out here."

I grabbed Lucy and stormed back down the trail. Jason followed a short way behind us. Though Lucy had stopped crying, she was leaning heavily on me as if she'd fall without my support. We stumbled on as Jason caught up to walk on my other side. I focused on the trail, trying to hide the fact that my heart was thundering in my ears.


Product Details

  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Vulture's Eye Publications; 2 edition (May 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZMVQRU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,491 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
When I received Xoe: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, Oh My! through the First Reads program at GoodReads, I was thrilled. I am always looking forward to a new (to me) book/author. And Xoe looked like it could be the start of a cool new series.

Xoe was an interesting character. She was funny and snarky and seemed like a wise-beyond-her-years girl. Her dialogue, both inner and verbal, had me laughing and shaking my head. I'm sorry to say, though, that for me, she was the only character that I could really get behind. The other characters didn't demand my attention like Xoe did. Which reminds me, character reactions to insanely weird events. Either I was a extremely dramatic, over-reactive teenager or am tragically out of the loop, but if I encountered a werewolf, vampire or demon in real-life, I would be running myself straight to a therapist or checking to see if my friends spiked the punch. The reactions of Xoe and her friends just didn't add up, in my opinion.

Although I didn't love or agree with all aspects of the book, I will say that it did hold my attention and I did actually like reading Xoe. Here's the problem. I felt like I had read this book before, a lot of times before. Either the girl is new to town or meets a guy new to town. Weirdness ensues. The girl learns about a part of herself she never knew existed. She is determined to uncover the truth. To be fair, perhaps that is my problem, not the book's. I just don't know. And, hopefully, the second book, Accidental Ashes, will help set this series apart from the rest.
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I didn't get sucked into the story. Needed more depth, felt too rushed at times and felt unrealistic. Some parts seemed pointless.
I didn't like how it contradicted itself.
First confrontation with Dan and Jason; Dan just runs off. Then the rest of the book depicts Dan as this tough, hard-to-beat wolf, why did he then run when it was just Jason? Jason is another matter, he paints himself as a guy who can handle himself and gets beaten quite quickly. Didn't see anything note worthy about him. Just the typical overrated "I'm a vampire and killed innocents before, will you accept me? oh wait, I also drink animal blood" yeah right, nothing new there.
Xoe also only seemed to do things when it was beneficial to the story. It just felt like the whole story was running on fumes, going through the motions just because it had to. Way too many loose ends. The story has potential with all the characters but it fell flat for me, sorta felt like I was reading some teen girls fantasy right before she dozes off to sleep. :/
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I enjoyed Xoe. It was fun. I think the teen crowd will definitely like reading about Xoe and her adventures. I did have a few issues with the book though that kept me from giving it a full set of stars.

I have to say the characters were what made it fun. Xoe and her friends are cute and seeing their loyalty to each other was sweet. I think that teen readers will really get into reading about Xoe and her adventures.
The story itself was interesting. The way it ended definitely left it open for more adventures and quite a few strings were left untied, but not necessarily in a bad way.
There were just some editing and story issues that bugged me.

The editing: There were some spots where the voice bounced between present and past tense, and it didn't seem to be part of the story. I usually don't let editing mishaps bug me too much, but when they happen repeatedly, and I've paid for a book, it's annoying. I know I shouldn't let it bug me that much, but it really throws off the story when I find myself getting into it.

The story:
This is something I've had issues with in multiple YA books I've read recently. Where are the parents? Xoe's mom is almost never at home and her reaction to a scene where Xoe gets injured is just REALLY laid back. I know I'm old, fine, but even my kids will tell you if something similar happened while I wasn't home they would be on lock down, major lock down, especially if boys were involved. I know, I know it's a story, suspend belief. Yes, I get it, that's why I gave it 4 stars not 3, because it is a fantasy. But I just had to put my two cents in.

Overall I think the book is fun and I think that teens and preteens will really get a kick out of it. There wasn't anything overly smexy or anything, although with all books I recommend reading them before handing them over. Also it's part of a series so it opens the doors for plenty of future reading.
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The story has parallels to Twilight but takes us on its own path as well. Sara Roethle has a gift for creating a context that puts you in the moment. For example, the way her friends Allison and Lucy are described and the lectures Xoe sits through during her junior year at Shelby Heights High are well done. I loved the way she characterized her friendship with Lucy. "We had a stubborn independent streak that constantly ordered us to disobey our parents." That had me intrigued at the start. The story of what happens next quickly grabbed my interest when she introduces the strange but creepy newcomer to Shelby named Dan. Xoe immediately senses that something is off about him. Then, of course, they meet their protector Jason. Xoe's instincts are in top form when she quizzes him about what Dan did to her and Lucy. The story is quick but well paced and kept my interest throughout. Good job!
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