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    Original Essays | September 15, 2014

    Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Grady Harp, August 29, 2011 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
The Continuing Obsession with Vampires and Witches

In REBORN: A GODDESS OF NIGHT NOVELLA BOOK ONE Ley Mesina has begun what from the cover of this book appears to be a series of stories along the lines of the immensely popular 'The Twilight Saga' of Stephenie Meyer and the innumerable films and television series such as True Blood based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. But the difference is that Mesina's book is indeed written for the YA (Young Adult) audience instead of the twenties-something audience. It is not a challenging read, but it is brief and well structured and not too grisly for youngsters to absorb.

About to turn eighteen, Lily Westbrook, raised by her Aunt Trudy (an we hear all about the lineage of Lily's blood line from the 1600s to the present), discovers that she is an example of the impossible crossbreeding of a witch and a vampire - traditionally incompatible to the max lines of 'people'. This first volume celebrates her transformation of coming into her powers as a witch and she moves to her generations long place of origin in Cedar Creek, Massachusetts to attend college. But it is here in this active 'netherland' atmosphere that she grows to understand the peculiar combination of traits she represents, and the lines of further stories are well laid out for the reader.

While many may wonder if we really need another run for the money series about vampires and witches, the audience is out there and Ley Mesina is wise to tap into the younger age group to bring them into the obsession with these concepts. She writes well enough to pull it off. It would be more interesting if she delivered a book of short stories or a novella about some other topic to fully evaluate her skills as a writer, but maybe that will come. Incidentally, the cover art is uncredited (probably a wise move).

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