Supernatural creatures have plenty of lore with which to play and mold a story from. Sara Roethle’s Xoe: Or Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh My! both addresses and plays with some of the standard, and well-used, lore and tropes of the supernatural genre.
Xoe Meyers is a typical high school girl who has a limited circle of good friends, Lucy and Allison, that she enjoys spending time with, but not as much as she likes to spend time outdoors. When the start of the new school year brings with it the oddly behaving Dan, who’s vibe strikes Xoe as bad, things in her life begin to go awry in the most life-altering manner. In learning the truth that werewolves and vampires exist in the world, Xoe also unlocks a part of herself that she was unaware of.
The story was really quick to read and had rapid pacing that fit with the urgency of the events taking place. While moderately enjoyable, it was a bit too much along the Twilight type of teen angst and supernatural creature discovery for my tastes. I enjoyed Xoe’s quick wit, and I’m glad that she had some independent agency as she learns more about herself, but it was just in its fledgling stages while she comes to terms with her new understanding of the supernatural elements within the world.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.