Friday, April 12, 2013

Oxford Blood and Sreaming Spires Book Review Tour by Georgiana Derwent



Title: Oxford Blood
Series: The Cavaliers #1
Author: Georgiana Derwent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Vampire
Publisher: self-published
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Length: 304 pages

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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 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.

Title: Screaming Spires

Series: The Cavaliers #2
Author: Georgiana Derwent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Vampire
Publisher: self-published
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Length: approx 100 000 words

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.

Review:
4.5 stars
Oxford Blood
Unknowingly Harriet French becomes a pawn in the Cavaliers scheming games and need to satiate their bloodlust.  The Cavaliers are an elite society at Oxford University, they are the epitome of  the privileged life they represent, they are what all strive to be when they arrive to the school.  Harriet becomes  ensconced in trying to save the impending massacre of the newest wave of students the  rebel vampire is set out to get.  Her hands are full as she continues to struggle with a crush that is not returned and a strained relationship with her mother who has secrets of her own.

Screaming Spires
In her second year Harriet is back and continues with her ties to the Cavaliers.  She has a boyfriend and everything is looking up, until an ancient enemy strikes and Harriet seems to be a target.  Secrets will be shared and hearts will break, through it all Harriet will learn more about herself than she ever imagined.  Harriet has a rough road ahead of her and isn’t sure who she should trust.

I thought this was an intriguing series, loved the concept of the secret society within Oxford and the historical but current tone to the books.  Harriet is a fascinating character, she is faced with several hurdles and a relentless pursuit by the ultimate bad boy, but is he trustworthy or is Harriet part of a bigger game.   I look forward to the next in the series, I am certain it will be fantastic.


About the Author:


Georgiana Derwent read History at Oxford University. Aside from the vampires, The Cavaliers Series is an exaggerated but fairly accurate portrayal of her time there. She now works in London and lives with her fiancé. 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. She now loves paranormal series, fantasy novels, and modern literary works in roughly equal measure.

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 Series was born.

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