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Thursday, April 18, 2013

BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent

Hello readers and fellow bloggers! So last week, I had the promo spotlight for book 2 of this series, Screaming Spires. And THIS week, I have it for Book 1 plus my review to get you a little caught up! Don't worry; I have a review coming for book 2 as well in the next few weeks! But first... OXFORD BLOOD!

Title: Oxford Blood
Series: The Cavaliers #1
Author: Georgiana Derwent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Vampire
Publisher: self-published
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Length: 304 pages
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Book Description: 
A Tale of the Posh, the Privileged and the Paranormal...

The Cavaliers are the most elite society at Oxford University - rich, powerful, and beautiful. No one realises that they are no ordinary students, but a group of aristocratic vampires from the English Civil War. For four hundred years they have groomed the most promising students to run the government, police, and finance in the way the vampires wish, granting them eternal life in return for absolute obedience.

When Harriet French arrives at Oxford University from her working class northern state school, she’s prepared for a culture shock, but not to become embroiled in the Cavaliers’ scheming and bloodlust. Harriet thought she'd be busy enough juggling her demanding tutor, new friends, and the murky world of student politics. But now, she must find the rebel vampire who is killing off the members, stop the Cavaliers from orchestrating a massacre of the year’s most beautiful and successful students, and defy the Society to be with the man of her dreams.

Oxford Blood is a British, adult, paranormal romance. It's a tale with vampires that aren't afraid to kill and a heroine who's not afraid of sex or her own ambition.

I REALLY got into this book fairly quickly and completely enjoyed it. Oxford, a magical place that I visited years ago and would love to go back, is the setting to this novel and I was so jealous of Harriet as she arrives: the excitement of being there, of her studies, of making it to Oxford, etc. Gorgeous, rich vampires with nary a bit of sparkles, that combination of lust, power, and bloodthirstiness, and yet they are still so refined in their traditions. I was instantly intrigued by the hot/cold of Tom and not quite sure what to make of it. As the story unfolds, I was amazed at the similarities between Adelaide's experience and Harriet's experience. I LOVED the explanation of the old boy network/establishment and how it is really a Cavaliers vampire thing. Fantastic! And I truly enjoyed how the author explained things to us the reader by explaining it to Harriet as well as the flashbacks to expand on what we're curious about. I felt that they were integrated seamlessly. There were a few editing errors, I noted, but it's nothing detrimental and doesn't knock you out of your reader zone. I think you realize that Harriet's idea is futile. I was shocked to discover her mother's part in everything; I expected her to be SOMETHING, but not what she is. And..I was leaning towards the culprit...and was right! The ending was satisfactory and closed this chapter of the story, but I DEFINITELY cannot wait to read the next, "Screaming Spires"!!!

About the Author:
Georgiana Derwent read History at Oxford University. Aside from the vampires, The Cavaliers Series is an exaggerated but fairly accurate portrayal of her time there. She now works in London and lives with her fiancĂ©. He’s been very supportive throughout the writing of her books, mainly because he likes to claim that all the most attractive characters are based on him.
Georgiana fell in love with vampire novels after reading The Vampire Diaries back in 2000. At the time it was a struggle to find any similar paranormal romances, a situation that it’s fair to say seems to have been rectified in the last few years. She now loves paranormal series, fantasy novels, and modern literary works in roughly equal measure.
Ever since her teens, she wanted to write a vampire series. Ever since going to Oxford she wanted to write a book about her experiences there. During a dull few months between finishing university and starting her graduate job, she had the idea of combining the two and The Cavaliers Series was born.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review and for taking part in the tour. Glad you enjoyed it! Georgiana


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