Book Review : Screaming Spires by Georgiana Derwent

August 6, 2014 Book review 4 ★★★★

I’m back at Oxford with my posh, privileged and paranormal friends for second year. And I only regret that I didn’t get to it sooner. Damn my ridiculously long to-be-read list. This series is my current favourite vampire series because I love the way it mixes up college life and history and vampires. Quite the mix but they all mesh together very effectively.

Book Review : Screaming Spires by Georgiana DerwentScreaming Spires (the Cavaliers: Book Two) by Georgiana Derwent
Series: The Cavaliers #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on 12 Aug 2013
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 382
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author

A Tale of the Posh, the Privileged and the Paranormal...

In her first year at Oxford University, Harriet French became inextricably tied to the Cavaliers, the university's most elite society.  Though its members are universally wealthy, charming and handsome, they have a darker side - they are deadly vampires who have been secretly running the country for the last four hundred years.

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.

First Line of Screaming Spires:

“I don’t want my daughter dragging into this again,” Sam said firmly

My Thoughts on Screaming Spires:

This is book 2 in The Cavalier series, so you might want to check out my review of Oxford Blood first.  This review is however spoiler free for both books.

Balancing your studies with hanging around with friends is always tough. When your friends and family are vampires, that balancing act goes to a whole new level of tricky. Harriet is a lot deeper in the vampire world in this book, as are lots of her friends. In the first book, I spent a lot of time guessing what was going on and it’s intriguing to see another batch of recruits go through the initiation process knowing exactly what lies ahead of them. *shivers*

I’m fascinated and horrified by the world. I loved that we found out some more about some of the vampires personal histories and just how far back some of these histories go, all the way back to the Cavaliers and the Roundheads. It adds a depth to the book that I thoroughly appreciated.

Plus there is a lot of action in this book; from a tribunal to a surprise visitor from Harriet’s past, it felt nonstop. I flew though the book and I loved the snappy pace. Moving from contemporary Oxford student life to the paranormal story line kept me on my toes and invested in the plot. For a book two in a series, that is a bit of achievement as I find most suffer from the dreaded second book syndrome.

I continued to enjoy the character development of Harriet and her friends. I keep changing my mind about two of her friends – George and Tom, I like them, I hate them, I like them. I don’t know! I’m reserving judgement for now. I like Harriet just as much as I did in the first book and I like how she sticks to her principals of what is right no matter what other people (ie Tom!) think.

And the book ends on quite the cliff-hanger. Which normally makes me angsty but not this time. Because I have book three all lined up on my kindle ready and waiting for me. I look forward to settling down for some more Oxford fun and frolics very, very soon!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Screaming Spires by Georgiana Derwent?

I’d recommend this to fans of vampire books, especially if you like your vampires more on the blood thirsty side than on the glittery side. If you are a fan of historical fiction or contemporary books, then you might like to also experiment with this one as it has elements of both. And if you’ve read and enjoyed Oxford Blood (book 1), then I have no doubt but that you’ll enjoy this one also.

Thanks to Georgiana for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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4 Responses to “Book Review : Screaming Spires by Georgiana Derwent”

    • trish

      I love the mixture of contemporary student life in Oxford (I’m fascinated with the city anyway) with the vampire element. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

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