October 13, 2013

Review: Oxford Blood (The Cavaliers #1)

Oxford Blood (The Cavaliers #1) by Georgiana Derwent
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Horror
Release Date: October 17th 2012
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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 realizes 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.

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Upon receiving a copy of Oxford Blood my initial impression was that this was going to be yet another vampire romance novel that would result in my instant dislike for a boring, lackluster female protagonist who is dim witted and utterly useless. There is only so many times I can yell at the main characters to open their eyes and smell the blood.

To my surprise the character, Harriet French, was none of those things. Smart, independent and bringing with her an interesting back story while still managing to own a rocking bod, Harriet was refreshing to say the least. With an actual well thought out plot, I found myself completely immersed in the opulent settings due to Georgiana Derwent’s beautifully captured description of the stunning Oxford University.
I thoroughly enjoyed Oxford Blood, and found myself quite taken with Harriet’s handsome and mysterious love interests. While most vampire books focus on whinny teenage girls or jaded thirty something’s, I felt like this book was the perfect bridge between the two.

The romance was more mature without being over the top. Which is just how I like my paranormal romances to be. If you enjoy vampire novels that include plenty of mystery and romance than Oxford Blood is for you.

 I gave this book a sultry 4 out of 5 hearts.

Author Bio:

Georgiana Derwent is the author of the Cavaliers Trilogy: Oxford Blood, Screaming Spires and a third, as yet unnamed novel.

Georgiana Derwent studied at Oxford University (as you might have guessed). Aside from the vampires, The Cavaliers 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.

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 was born.

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