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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Book Tour & Review: Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Trilogy, #1) by Marion Croslydon

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Trilogy, #1)  in return for my honest review. This does not in any way reflect upon my review. All thoughts/opinions of this novel are 100% my own.

SOOKIE STACKHOUSE GOES IVY LEAGUE! Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong. But her resolution shatters when the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. College becomes more complicated when Madison falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, she realizes that her own first love may also be doomed… FALL IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME... AGAIN {Upper-YA/New Adult - Recommended 17+}

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My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Review:  Oxford Whispers does a wonderful job of blending a two-part story-line into a compelling easy to follow novel. While one story-line focuses on Madison and her ability to see and communicate with the dead, the other focuses on her budding romance with Rupert Vance, a wealthy future Earl, both story-lines compliment each other, bringing the reader in and engaging them until the surprising ending. I loved the constant changing of the times from the ghosts of Sarah, Peter and Robert, to present day Sarah and Rupert, the author was able to give insight into past events while not distracting from the events taking place in present day.

Due to the fact that the author spent some time studying at Oxford herself, her attention to detail was wonderful. She had the ability to paint a scene so that the reader could easily visualize the surroundings, adding to the overall experience and enjoyment of the novel. The landscapes were not the only thing the author spent a great deal of time on, her attention to detail was also evident in the characters she has brought to life. The characters are well thought out, each with their own well developed history. You get insight into their personalities, while still having the opportunity to see them grow and mature as the novel progresses.

I would definitely recommend Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Trilogy, #1)  not only to those fans of the paranormal genre, but to anyone who enjoys well developed characters, beautifully written descriptions, mysteries and love stories. This book has something for everyone!
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  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.
Want to learn more? You can find out via: The Author's WebsiteFacebook & Twitter
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