Bloody Good


Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
320 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Dealing with the confines of a World War is bad enough for lady doctor, Alice Doyle. Worrying about if her sleepy little town will be rudely awaken and taking care of all of the aches and pains of the villagers, she soon finds out that trouble is a little closer to home than she hopes. It seems that German spies have taken residence in her village outside of London, but the Reich infiltrating aren't human; they are vampires! How can she save the people of Brytewood?  She's just a doctor. Alice soon realizes she is willing to take help from anyone she can get it from. Her new boyfriend,Peter, the Conscientious Objector, her grandmother, The Pixie, Mr. Pendragon, and Gloria, the district nurse.

This book was very surprising for me. I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover, but that is the only problem I could find with this book. I really enjoyed the history of life in England during WWII and the way people had to live. Then to mix in the vampires, the shifters, the vixens, and the pixies, it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I highly recommend this book and this author and would rate this book a 4/5 stars...Can't wait to read the next book in the series called Bloody Awful.

SailorLawyer

If Mary Stewart and Charlotte McLeod had collaborated on a paranormal novel about rural English village life in early WWII, I think the result might have been something like this. Author Georgia Evans has written a tale that accurately incorporates the uncertainty and hardship of the Blitz into a larger story line that includes romance (a really good one!), magic, intrigue, and all the absorbing social detail you could expect of a really well-written "cozy." In fact, Evans' portrayal of the daily lives and attitudes of her characters has an authentic feel I would compare to Rhys Bowen and Mary Stewart novels of similar setting. The tone is light--impressively so, given the seriousness of some subject matter--but never silly, and Evans has written her paranormal elements (vampires, witches, pixies, etc.) into the tale with a deftness that makes their existence seem no more unbelievable than that of the Nazis. I think the similarity of the cover art to that of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels is probably not an accident.

The characters of "Bloody Good" are likable and well-crafted, and the prologue establishes a premise that should comfortably stretch over several more novels while still providing readers of "Bloody Good" with the ingredients for a proper ending. This book could function perfectly well as a stand-alone novel but, even still, I ran out and bought "Bloody Awful" as soon as I finished.

I noticed another reviewer complained of the book being politically inconsistent and I have to disagree. Because this book is really the first installment of a series, many plot elements have not yet been explained, but everything so far revealed has been consistent with the idea of vampires who sympathize with the Nazi agenda while also pursuing their own goals. Also, the inclusion of facts about the Holocaust (for which the same reviewer seemed to be arguing) would have been puzzling and perhaps anachronistic in a novel about the English countryside in 1940, when the average English citizen had little or no knowledge of the genocide taking place of mainland Europe.

If "Bloody Good" has a weakness, it's probably that the climax is a bit anti-climactic; the disposal of the bad guy is pretty abrupt. I greatly enjoyed exploring the world and characters Georgia Evan's has created here, however, and eagerly look forward to the "Bloody Right."

Tracy Davis

I choose this book because the concept of Nazi vampires was just too hard to resist. And certainly, Evans delivers on the atmosphere of WWII England: the rationing, the blackouts, the evacuees from London; and the protagonists (Dr. Alice Doyle and Peter Watson) are empathetic. What I missed, however, is the Nazi vampires making more of an impact; although the book starts off with the invasion of four bloodsuckers, only one gets any depth (and I didn't think it enough), and their evil plot to overthrow England doesn't really seem to be of importance in the overall sequence of events. The human (and 'Other' human-like) characters fare well, and would be at home in any Masterpiece Theatre miniseries; think of it as 'All Creatures Great and Small' with vampires, pixies and dragons. What disconcerted me in all this, and what I personally thought out of place, were the rather explicit love scenes; it was as if another author stepped in with some graphic text. I will read at least one more of the series to see if it gels with me. I think this novel worth reading, but I don't think it lived up to the concept.

S. Agusto-Cox

Georgia Evans' portrayal of Germany's invasion of surrounding European nations by the Nazi party as the backdrop for her novel set in the English countryside, Bloody Good, has a wide cast of characters, including vampires, witches, pixies, and dragons.

Alice Doyle is the village doctor and a pixie who has denied her heritage and her powers to rely upon science and medicine. Peter Watson is a conscientious objector to the war who underwent several years of veterinary training before the war began. Alice's grandmother embraces her pixie heritage and is keenly aware of the "others" living in the town.

In an effort to gain an advantage in the war effort, the Nazi's enlist vampires to blow up secret munitions plants across the English countryside. Evans does a great job of establishing a surreal world in which Nazi's and vampires work together for the same cause, at least until the vampires deem themselves able to take over. Dr. Doyle, her grandmother, and friends work together to uncover the secret Nazi mission and stop the vampires from succeeding in destroying the munitions plant.

Readers will enjoy the vampire tales, the pixie legends, and other surreal elements of this story, but the real treat is watching Dr. Doyle come into her own powers and accepting her heritage. However, some readers may be put off by the graphic sex scenes in this novel, though there are not too many of them. Some of the depictions in the book were a bit odd, particularly when Peter Watson compares Dr. Doyle to furry rodents. Overall, Bloody Good is a light read for the beach or camping in the woods.

This is the first in a series of novels by Georgia Evans, and readers who enjoy this one, should check out the next installment, Bloody Awful. I know I'm looking forward to the next one.

Popin

This genre is one that I love to read and one that I'm slightly getting a burned out on too. When I started the novel, it started out a bit slow for me and I was slightly worried that the rest of the book wouldn't be able to keep my interest. I did like the characters right off the bat and the plot was interesting, I mean the book is about vampire Nazi, but despite this I just wasn't connected. Thankfully, as the story progressed my interest came back and I found myself enjoying this light paranormal read.

It's World War 2 and Rosemary Laurey, writing as Georgia Evans, starts Bloody Good with German spies dropping down in London. Not just any German spies though. German vampire spies, a smart tactic as vampires are fast, strong, manipulate minds, and they can go out in the daytime. With the vampires briefed about their new identities and hidden in the comfort of their contact's homes, it seems like the Nazi have found the perfect weapon.

Things should have worked in their favour, had they not landed in Brytewood. A village filled with secrets and Pixies. Pixies like Alice Doyle, doctor extraordinary, and one who wishes her Gran would shut up about this Pixie nonsense. But when she finds a man hurt and bloodied with an abnormally low heartbeat, Alice may start believing in her Gran's stories after all.

Along with the vampire Nazis, there are so many other compelling stories in this book. There is a romance, action, other supernatural creatures, and tons more. One of my favourite things to read about was about Bela, not only was she my favourite character but her story was one of the more interesting ones. Bela is a fairy captured by the Nazis and while there wasn't a lot about her, what written had me fully invested. I really do hope we see more of Bela in the next two books in the trilogy. The other characters in the novel were well written as well.

Peter, for instance, was one who I liked instantly. He's a Conscientious Objector who works for Alice as an assistant. His story about why he's a Conscientious Objector was depressing, but it made him sympathetic and someone who you wanted to root for. And while it took me a bit to warm up to Alice, I was rooting for the relationship to happen so Peter could be happy.

Bloody Good is the first book in a trilogy, so there are many questions that are left hanging. The ending does have a cliffhanger and I did feel like the confrontation between with the vampire spy wrapped up a little too quickly. I will forgive it, as this is the first book in a trilogy, so there is still more to the story. I just wish that the ending had a little more meat to it.

Overall, this is a fun, light, and relatively quick read that I recommend to anyone. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and I can wait to read Bloody Awful and Bloody Right. It's fresh, original, and great read. Pick up your copy today!

D. L. Barrett

Over the years, I have changed my preference of books from historical to contemporary, to paranormal. This led me to Rosemary Laurey's vampire series: Kiss me Forever/Love Me Forever, Be Mine Forever, Keep me Forever, Midnight Lover. I was hesitant to read her Georgia Evans series because of the setting being in England during WW II (remember, I'm not a history fan), but because of my love of Rosemary's books, I picked up Bloody Good and she hooked me. There are bad guys (bad vamps), good guys (of the paranormal brand--pixies, dragons, were animals & good vamps), history lessons on how bad the people suffered during the war and your heart breaks for them, and woven through this is a love story that Alice hadn't expected. Join me in a new, delightful series (I've already inhaled the second book--Bloody Awful).

Shannon M. Mcgee

This book takes place in England during World War II. The main character is Alice Doyle, doctor of the area of Brytewood, England. Strange things begin to happen in the area, such as missing patients and murdered neighbors. Those murdered are missing blood. Brytewood's legends include many magical beings that Alice denies are real, even though her heritage indicates she's a Pixie. She is also not looking for love, but may find it in Peter, her assistant.
I like the idea of this story because it is interesting to mix the War with vampires, pixies, dragons and more. But I don't think enough was told about the magical creatures. I want to hear more back ground, but maybe that is why this is a first book in a series of three.

J. Hunt

Rosemary Laurey writing as Georgia Evans. Another fantastic book from this author. Book 2 Bloody Awful comes out July 7th and book 3 of this series comes August 4th. I love that this series is all coming out a month apart. Usually you have to wait a year for the next book. If you haven't read Rosemary Laurey's vampire series books 1 & 2 in one volume, Kiss Me Forever, Love Me Forever, book 3 Be Mine Forever, Book 4 Keep Me Forever, book 5 Midnight Lover. What I love about this series is that the Vampires are based on real historical people. A fantastic series the I reread often. Jen :)

Novelist & Reader

I had high hopes for Bloody Good--vampires plus WWII?--and Georgia Evans did not let me down. Set in 1940 and centered around an English village in the southern England, Evans sets a delightful scene of upright English men and women doing their bit for the war. The book opens with a bang, with the vampiric German spies parachuting into England and creating a bevy of events that climax with the village's inhabitants defeating their vampire spy.

Though Evans maintains a jaunty English tone, all is not fun and games. The dangers of the war are very apparent and lend a bit of levity to the wit. The main characters, Alice and Peter, are nicely written, and the secondary characters prove appealing as well. There are bits of rough writing where too much is told rather than shown, but it's so few and far between it's bit a trifle. One of the strong points of the book is the introduction of the various indigenous magical creatures. This isn't a generic paranormal mystery--the supernatural is rooted in British folklore. There is a decent bit of romance between Alice and Peter, but it doesn't overwhelm the mystery elements of the book. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

J. Kaye Oldner

"Bloody Good," by Georgia Evans, is a lighthearted, fun, and quick paranormal read. It takes place in the small village of Brytewood, England during WWII, which is home to a munitions plant and to a collection of "Others". Others are part human but are something else, like pixie, dragon, were-fox, or witch. Over the centuries each species has kept to itself and is not familiar with or mingle with the others.

This wouldn't be a problem normally, but the Germans have sent vampires as spies and saboteurs to England and one of them is in Brytewood! It is up to the collection of the Others along with a purely human conscientious objector, to discover who the vampire is and how to kill him. Along the way, they discover some truths about who and what they are.

This is the first of Evans' WWII paranormal series, all taken place in Brytewood. The characters are fun, the dialogue is `spot on', and the Nazi vampires have an agenda other than Hitler's. Each of the species is similar to mainstream belief, but are slightly different and she doesn't reveal all of their powers. All of the elements work well in this book. Warning, this book contains several sexual explicit love scenes. In spite of that, this is a great way to spend some "Other" time.

Nancy Lebovitz

This is quite a pleasant novel--likable human and near human characters, lots of magical creatures of various sorts, thoroughly bad vampires, and lots of Britishness if you happen to be Anglophilic. This book doesn't exactly have banter, it has people chatting, with the web of gossip (generally accurate) being a major part of the plot. The high level of mutual aid as people in a small English town deal with rationing and the threats of war is one of the major pleasurees of the book.

I'm not sure the Nazi vampires are consistently characterized. In general, they aren't interested in German goals-- they want to set up a vampire-ruled enclave in England. I don't know why they don't already have a vampire enclave in Germany. The Germans don't have any effective hold over them, though there's limited surveillance. So why do the vampires attack the munition factory?

The political weirdness is that Jews and anti-Semitism got written out of WWII. I can see this makes it a lot easier to write a light-hearted novel, and it's not as though the Holocaust is going to be forgotten. I liked the book, and I'll probably follow the series. Still it nags at me.