Xoe: Vampries, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! by Sara C. Roethle
Xoe: Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! (Xoe Meyers Fantasy/Horror Series Book 1)
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.
I was excited to start reading Xoe even though it is not my normal read, but oh my goodness were these kids stupid. It was like every two pages I was just thinking seriously? Why, why would you do this? This makes no sense! Do you want bad things to happen to you? Yeah, it was not for me. *spoilers ahead*
Xoe is a high school girl who only has a few good friends. Nothing special, until a new guy, Dan shows up. He creeps Xoe out. Something is definitely off with him. He keeps staring at her and is just not right. He says things that are not cool, but then tries to be like they were just a joke. She doesn't like him.
If only her two friends wouldn't throw themselves at him and invite him along on their movie plans for the weekend. Lucy and Allison just love Dan even though there is something off with him. Xoe is the only one who seems to pick up on it, though at times her friends agree (particularly Allison). It was odd as they would be oh he's so dreamy, wait no there is something odd with him I don't know about him, wait he is so dreamy. I didn't understand why they would be so wishy washy about it.
So why are they all so stupid? Well that first day when Dan shows up Xoe and Lucy are walking home from school through the woods and they get chased by something. They never saw it, but it was scary. So they should probably stay out of the woods right? So then at movie night they are just like dude, creepy guy, we are totally going to go hiking in the woods, just Xoe and Lucy, just so you know. Cause you are hella creepy so why wouldn't we want you to know we are going out there by ourselves? Okay they don't tell him like that, but they might as well have. They just make the plans while he is listening/staring intently at them. Later creepy guy scratches Lucy which really freaks them both out and they think okay, maybe he is a werewolf! I know what we should do to calm down - go take a hike in the woods like we told creepy guy we were going to do today. I mean maybe creepy guy will be there and he can attack both of us! Wouldn't that be fun? *bangs head against desk* Seriously they go into the woods on a hike after Dan attacked Lucy and are surprised to find Dan there. It is just like really? Why would you be surprised to come upon him all alone in the woods? He knew your plans...
Then they think Lucy might turn into a werewolf the next night with the full moon so they need somewhere to chain Lucy up so she doesn't hurt anyone. Somewhere with no one around, so Xoe's house is out because of her mom. Lucy's house is empty since her parents are off somewhere so I guess that only leaves them with the woods. Yep, they planned on going into the woods in the middle of the night with crazy bad werewolf guy in there somewhere to chain up their friend. Yeah, that is a great plan. It was just like seriously? Do you have brains? Better not use Lucy's house since no one is home. Nope the woods are a much better plan....Thankfully Jason, the guy who saved them from Dan when he attacked them in the woods, is there to tell them what an idiotic plan they have (though not really for the woods part of it...). He is really the only reason any of them are still alive. Geez.
So throughout this all Xoe keeps getting super angry at nothing. Her anger issues are insane. She finds out she is probably half some supernatural being, but she doesn't know what. At least this explained why she would get super pissed off at nothing all the time. And with it she gets this cool being able to burn people/things when she is mad! Yey. Only when they are in the big showdown at the end after Lucy gets kidnapped by the bad werewolves she is all not angry and has no idea what to do. They almost kill her and her friends before she is like wait a minute...I have these crazy powers. How about I get angry now that I was stupid for long enough. Yeah it was lame. It didn't fit with the rest of the story. Someone would say some slight thing before and she is beyond angry, but these people take your bff and you cannot even summon a little anger over that? They hurt your friends and you don't get mad? They talk about killing everyone you love and you do not get angry? Really? Okay. Sure. I buy that.
So the storyline was frustrating as I don't know how these girls survived as long as they did. Without Jason and Max (a good werewolf) they wouldn't have that is for sure. So besides the storyline I also just didn't like the way it was written. It was way bogged down in useless details. I thought if I just got through the first chapter and met all the characters it wouldn't be so bad (they were all described in way too much detail), but no, the whole book is like that. Want an example? Okay!
"The rest of us sat eating out pancakes, Jason and I on one side of the table, Brian on the other, and Lucy at the head of the table. Allison waltzed in ahead of Max, wearing a lavender tunic-style top and skinny jeans and black ballet flats. She tossed her black and silver overnight bag on the floor in a corner of the dining room, then sat down next to Brian as Max sat on the other side of Jason. "
Did you get all that? It was important that we knew what Allison was wearing and what color everything was cause without that crucial information this would be way less bogged down in details. It was like every room and article of clothing was described in detail. Way too much for me. And in the above, where everyone is sitting, just comes off as awkward since it didn't really matter to the plot where everyone is. They could have been sitting anywhere and the story after would have been the same. A lot of the writing was just this over detailed descriptions of things which I really don't like. It makes it hard to get into the story.
So overall not a great read. There are more books after this, but I am going to skip them. I don't know that I can deal with the details and the stupidity.