Book Review: Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent

April 19, 2014 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from Amazon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Oxford Blood by Georgiana DerwentOxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent
Series: The Cavaliers #1
on October 17th 2012
Genres: NA, Social Issues, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 310
Source: Amazon
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four-half-stars

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 am a big fan of vampires, and I don’t mean Twilight vampires. I like the dark, violent, sexy, murdering type vampires. Think John Carpenter and The Forsaken. Because of this I haven’t read many vampire books lately because I am worried about being disappointed. After reading the synopsis I decided to give this one a go. I am SO happy I did.

Harriet is a student who was just accepted to Oxford, a notoriously difficult school to go to in England. Being that this is set in the United Kingdom there is British Slang and College terminology that may be hard to get though if you are not accustomed to it. While at school she meets Tom, a striking young man that has a way with people. Tom is a Cavalier which is a group of the best men on campus. Not just the wealthiest, or the most athletic, but also the most influential, the most glamorous, and the most daring. Did I also mention that the Cavaliers are the oldest on campus, no not upperclassman, but really old, like so old she studies events that they could have participated in during her history tutoring.

There is some drinking, violence, a little sex, more drinking, some college age girl drama, more drinking, mother daughter issues, and even more drinking. I honestly do not think that I drank that much in college, but I may not remember. For the most part this book is appropriate for YA/NA as the scenes that may be inappropriate are small and not very descriptive. Speaking of descriptive, I feel like I could walk though the book into the halls of Oxford or the pubs where Harriet and her friends frequented.

I really liked Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwant. This vampire story is a unique perspective that I really enjoyed. Because of this uniqueness I really want to read the rest of this series and see where Harriet and Tom go from what happened at the end of this book. I give this book a solid 4.5 stars. Ms. Derwant made me very happy with this first book of The Cavaliers series and I look forward to reading the following books.

four-half-stars

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