Bloody Good by Georgia Evans
I'm always glad to see a vampire novel that moves away from stereotypical plots and settings. So, when I learned that Georgia Evans's Bloody Good was set in England during World War II and that its vampires were Nazi secret agents, I was immediately intrigued.
Bloody Good is at its best when depicting the struggles of ordinary country folk during the war. Through the many neighborly chats that fill these pages, the reader gets an idea of what it might have been like to deal with air raids, rationing, and the experience of either being an evacuee or having an evacuee billeted in one's home. For several of Brytewood's residents, who are secretly supernatural beings, hiding their true nature is a further challenge. Evans does a great job of showing a cozy setting in ominous times.
I also loved the scenes with Bela, ... Read More
Georgia EvansGeorgia Evans is a pseudonym of USA Today best-selling author Rosemary Laurey. She’s an expatriate Brit, retired special education teacher, and grandmother who now lives in Ohio and has a wonderful time writing stories of vampires and shape-shifting pumas. Read excerpts at her website.
Brytewood — (2009) Publisher: While the sounds of battle echo through the sky, a lady doctor has more than enough trouble to keep her busy even in a sleepy hamlet outside London. But the threat is nearer home than Alice knows. German agents have infiltrated her beloved countryside — Nazis who can fly, read minds, and live forever. They’re not just fascists. They’re vampires. Alice has no time for fantasy, but when the corpses start appearing sucked dry, she’ll have to accept help where she can get it. If that includes a lowly Conscientious Objector who says he’s no coward though he refuses to fight, and her very own grandmother, a sane, sensible woman who insists that she’s a Devonshire Pixie, so be it. Indeed, whatever it takes to defend home and country from an evil both ancient and terrifyingly modern…
Bloody Good by Georgia Evans
Bloody Awful by Georgia Evans
Bloody Awful continues the story of Brytewood, a cozy English village that is secretly home to several supernatural beings. Brytewood's inhabitants, both human and Other, face an ongoing struggle as German bombs fall from the sky and Nazi vampires infiltrate the town itself. It's the characters that make this series compelling. I had issues with Bloody Good, but wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to the people I'd “met.”
I enjoyed Bloody Awful more than I did Bloody Good. This is partly because the copy editing is vastly better. There are a few typos and continuity errors, but overall, Bloody Awful is much more polished editing-wise and reads more smoothly as a result. Another reason I... Read More
Bloody Right by Georgia Evans
My guess was right — Bloody Right, in fact! This is the best book in the The Brytewood Trilogy.
This time, the remaining Nazi vampires have been assigned to assassinate Winston Churchill at a party on an estate near Brytewood. The assorted pixies, dragons, elves, sprites, and humans of the village must stop them before they can do the dastardly deed.
The leading lady and man in this installment are Mary LaPrioux, a schoolteacher evacuated from Guernsey, and Gryffyth Pendragon, who has just been discharged from the army after losing his leg. I liked this romance better than the previous two, and the main reason is Gryffyth! He's by far the most interesting of the three male leads in the series. I loved him to bits!
Bloody Right also features a big... Read More