Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent

Title: Oxford Blood
Series: The Cavaliers #1
Author: Georgiana Derwent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Vampire
 
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.
 
Our Review:
 
               Harriet is thrilled to be accepted to Oxford University, and meets Tom her first day at school.  But when he sees her necklace and distances himself she doesn’t know why.  Harriet is clueless about her family history (she was raised by her aunt and uncle), and is quickly drawn to the Cavaliers (an elite societal club on campus).  Georgiana Derwent intrigues the reader as she leads Harriet through an adventure of discovery about the true nature of the Cavaliers and her mother and step-father’s role in the organization.
               Georgiana takes time developing the characters and their relationships, drawing the reader more closely into their world.  The story-line is made more believable by the fact that Harriet is in complete denial the first time she is bitten by a vampire (George), and she thinks it is all one big joke when Tom tries to explain the truth to her.  She doesn’t fully believe the Cavaliers are vampires until she witnesses the feeding at the Winter Formal hosted by her step-father.
               Unfortunately the editor has done a disservice to the author and due to some awkward sentence structuring and poor editing there a quite a few moments where the reader is “taken out of” the story.  Aside from this the plot is lively and fun, and overall this story deserves 3.5 bites.
Review By: Liliane Blackhart
 
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Title: Screaming Spires
Series: The Cavaliers #2
Author: Georgiana Derwent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Vampire
 
Release Date: April 12th 2013
 
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.
 
In her first year at Oxford University, Harriet French became inextricably tied to the Cavaliers. Now Harriet’s back at Oxford for her second year. Armed with a vampire boyfriend, some great friends and the truth, she’s expecting an easier time.  She’s wrong.  Her best friend is now a vampire and the Cavalier who turned her to save her life is facing death for the one good deed he’s ever done. Just when it seems that things can’t get any worse, the Cavaliers’ ancient enemies decide to strike at the heart of the society and they’ve got Harriet in their sights. 
 
Screaming Spires continues the story of an ancient vampire conspiracy and the ordinary girl caught in its web begun in Oxford Blood.

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