Review/Giveaway – Oxford Shadows by Marion Croslydon

Welcome to my stop on the Oxford Shadows book tour which has been brought to you by AToMR. Here you can read my review, a summary of the book and learn a little more about the author Marion Croslydon. There is a tour wide giveaway running for you to enter too! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

Title: Oxford Shadows
Author: Marion Croslydon
Series: The Oxford Trilogy #2
Genre: NA Paranormal
Published: May 6th 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads

When death is a new beginning and love an old curse.
Still recovering from her last tango with the afterlife, Louisiana-born Madison LeBon struggles not only with her life as an Oxford postgrad but also with her budding love for Rupert Vance, aristocrat extraordinaire. One thing is certain, though: she won’t run away from her powers anymore. From now on she’ll face the music …
… literally!

When a sixteenth-century ghost makes an appearance during a classical concert Madison attends and threatens her boyfriend’s family, she sets out to explore the dark mysteries of the Tudors, even if that means confronting their most royal and homicidal character.

Her plans take an unexpected turn when her voodoo heritage catches up with her. With horror, she understands what her fate was always meant to be.
The question now is: Can Rupert be part of it?

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My Review

I haven’t read the first book in this series and I must say I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much! There were some issues that affected Madison and her friends in Oxford Whispers and I was able to understand it and follow on in Oxford Shadows as the author filled me in with the details along the way.

Madison isn’t the powerful heroine that I usually read about. She is emotional (cries often) and seems to keep what is bothering her to herself, but she is always thinking of the people that she cares about. She has a power and is able to see ghosts from the past, both of which she is still learning about. When the ghost appears to her in the beginning she is a bit reluctant to tell anyone about it, even her boyfriend Rupert.

Rupert is a good guy and has Madison’s best interests at heart. He has been her knight in shining armour before and is willing to do it again. I really liked Rupert and being with Madison has changed him from the player that he was, to the loyal boyfriend that he is now. Although he comes across a little possessive, he cares for Madison deeply.

There are a few other characters that we meet in Madison’s life and they all clinm to have her best interests at heart, but I think that some have ulterior motives. There are also a few new mysterious people that come into Madison’s life as well.

I enjoyed how this book had the ghosts in it, as well as touching on the Voodoo aspect. The author tells some of the book from the ghosts POV as Madison recounts some situations from the past that will help her uncover the reasons as to why the ghosts are here now. The passion between the characters’ reaches sizzling point, but not so much as to be an adult book. I am interested to see how the trilogy will end and I intend to grab Oxford Whispers to see how it all began!!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author

In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course.

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster.

Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.

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First prize: signed copy of Oxford Shadows + Oxford University T-Shirt
Second prize: signed copy of Oxford Shadows + $10 Amazon gift card
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  1. thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  2. This story sounds fascinating thanks for sharing!! <3

  3. I searched the book but it doesn’t appeared automatically in the search box so I think it is not yet popular among readers but I found some reviews about it. So this book is a mixture of contemporary and historical but liberties have been taken with some historical facts. If only I could find discounted eBook of this story then I’ll definitely grab it.

  4. You're welcome!! I think it'll be a ripper of a last book after that ending!!

  5. Anytime Laurie!! Best of Luck!!

  6. Looks like a fun series. I love it when you can pick up at book 2 and still really enjoy the read. I am a start at book one nutbunny and sometimes that just is not possible. Thanks for the sharing.

  7. Me too, cos sometimes it's hard to follow on and write a great sequel!! I think I want to go back and start at the beginning tho!!


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