Book Review : Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent

March 4, 2013 Book review 3

I really enjoyed Oxford Blood, true rating would be 4.5 stars. A vampire story set in Oxford, I always knew this was going to be my cup of tea and it didn’t disappoint.
Book Review : Oxford Blood by Georgiana DerwentOxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent
Series: The Cavaliers #1
Published by Createspace on 17 Oct 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author
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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

Harriet goes to Oxford to read History (and I found out why it’s called reading and not studying, ok maybe that’s obvious but I never knew it!). We quickly learn that she was abandoned by her Mother and brought up by her dead Father’s sister and husband but has maintained a distant but affectionate relationship with her mother.

Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, is an amazing setting for this story, it’s just so atmospheric. And we get to experience a little of the Oxford student lifestyle through Harriet’s eyes, punting and picnics, parties and studying, friendships and crushes, it’s all there.

But that’s only part of the story, there is a very elite society group there, The Cavaliers and while they are not a secret society they do have a big secret that they keep hushed up from all outsiders. A huge, big, bloody secret and Harriet gets drawn in on lots of different levels through different acquaintances and then she discovers a past she never knew about.

So as you can see there are 2 stories going on, both of which work for me. The action really picks up about half way through and at that stage I was reading as fast as I could, with my heart pounding at times.

Have to admit, there are a good few typo’s and a few sentences that I had to read a few times to make sense of. But as I was so caught up in the unfolding story, they didn’t distract me or annoy me too much. Also didn’t like the cover, I think a more contemporary cover would capture the mood of the book much better, I would never have picked this one up in a bookshop.

The ending was fantastic; it wrapped everything up nicely but really set the scene for book 2 as well. Looking forward to that one being published this year, it will be on my ‘to read’ list.

Thanks to the Author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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3 Responses to “Book Review : Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent”

  1. Niamh

    Decided to read this book on your recommendation. Already halve way through, couldn’t put it down for the last few hours. Really enjoying it despite the appalling editing on the Kindle version.

  2. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    This one sounds like a fun read. In response to your bookish chat, I adore vampire books but I’ve read some many I wouldn’t even know where to begin in recommendations. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard really stands out to me though.

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