Monday, August 01, 2011

Review: Reborn by Ley Mesina

From Goodreads: Lily Westbrook discovers that being half witch and half vampire is more of a challenge than she thought. When her powers mature on her eighteenth birthday, she unlocks a mystery that many witches thought was a legend. After moving back to her birthplace in Cedar Creek, MA to attend Kensington University, Lily is instantly pulled deeper into the world she was kept from - the world of witches and vampires - uncovering the truth about her past and discovering who she is meant to be. 

My Rating: 3 hearts for the story; 2.5 hearts overall because the grammar mistakes drove me crazy 

Thoughts on the Novel: If you ignore the grammar and spelling mistakes – and there were a lot! – Ley Mesina’s Reborn isn’t a bad novella. The story is told in the third person but follows all of the important characters so that the reader knows what is happening to everyone even if the other characters are in the dark. The downside to this however is that it’s hard to form a really strong emotional connection to anyone, especially Lily, the main character.

The mythology Mesina created is kind of unique because unlike the traditional werewolf-vampire enmity, it is witches and vampires that are enemies in Reborn. Though a witch who gets turned into a vampire becomes stronger, the strongest witch is the Goddess of Night (aka Nyx), a half-breed born to a vampire-witch union and a girl who can’t die until another half-breed is born to take her place. Reborn does a pretty good job of setting up the world of Lily and her friends; and as the first novella of a series, it prepares the reader well for what’s to come in Book 2.

Reborn was published in May by Ley Mesina. 

Comments About the Cover: The cover looks like it was done with Paint or something but I think it still looks nice. More importantly, the girl on the cover resembles the Lily the book describes (and the one in my head) with her dark hair, vampire fangs and ankh pendant. 

This ebook was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Sounds like this is a good start to the series apart from all the errors. Great review :)

  2. Hm. Are the spelling and grammar errors hugely noticeable and distracting? Normally I don't notice them too much since my own spelling and grammar leaves something to be desired, but if there's a ton of mistakes it makes it hard to get into the story. Good to know this author has a lot of potential though! Thanks for the review Zahida!

  3. A story about witches and vampires, that's pretty cool! It sounds like a fun story to read. ;)

  4. I don't normally take issue with grammar/spelling mistakes, but if it is that distracting, I have to admit to being turned off. Still the combo of vampire and witch sounds so interesting, if a bit complex.


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