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Oxford Blood

(The Cavaliers #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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 fin
Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 17th 2012 by Createspace
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Oct 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-4-review
There's a lot to this novel that I couldn't accept. The characterization is mostly what drives my rating; I was horribly disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but really what I felt like I was reading was a love letter to a college and to vampires. The whodunnit part was probably the best, and had it stuck just to that I would have enjoyed the book way more. But as it stands, with Harriet's little love triangle thing, it really detracted from the story for me. And I'll be honest, ...more
-_- This book was fucking horrible. I kept wanting to believe that it was a parody meant to mock all of the shitty vampire books out there, but nope. It just sucks. Don't read this. Ever. ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
Really enjoyed this one, 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.

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.

Anna's Herding Cats
Ahhh, so, we've got a secret society of vampires that rules a major uni and has it's fingers in all the prominent spots in society from the police to politics and isn't shy about using a little force to get what they want... intriguing, right? Yeah, I was totally feeling the set up for Oxford Blood. It took me a good bit of time to actually get into the story and the style (very British in slang, etc) but once I was finally there I enjoyed watching things unfold for Harriet and the world she's j ...more
Anna McC
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first vampire book I have read which was set in Oxford, this straight away made it stand out from all the rest. From the very start I was hooked. By diving into her plot right from the beginning Georgiana Derwent allowed the reader to get wrapped up in the amazing world of elite vampires and the hidden secrets of Oxford. I found this a very unique story based on the classic vampire tales. The author not only created a gripping plot but she also gave us an insight into the world of va ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book had a great storyline and great potential. What didn't work for me was the over-description, I felt like there were passages that just over described Oxford. Also the characters at times weren't very well developed. In a lot of ways I felt like I knew Adelaide better than I knew Harriet. Harriet just seemed frivolous, and that kind of bothered me. I didn't feel like I got to know Harriet on any real level. She talked about making f
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
First off, I would like to thank the author for letting me read her book for an honest review.

Harriet French is a freshman at the University of Oxford; she has been living with her aunt & uncle in Northern England but has always wanted to attend Oxford. Thankfully she is accepted into the History studies there. On her first day of school she meets Tom, an older student, who is also a member of the prestigious Cavaliers. At first they seem to hit it off right away but upon seeing a necklace that
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
*I received this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

I really wanted to like this novel. The blurb made it sound extremely interesting and I couldn’t wait to start it. Although I feel like some of the events and storylines would make an exceptional novel on their own, when added together, it just seemed disjointed and confusing.

The Prologue introduces us to Stephanie and the Cavaliers. You read it, you think “OMG…WTF?!” and then you spend almost the entire novel wondering what in the
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Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Review of Oxford Blood by Georgiana Derwent
5 stars

I don’t know that it’s appropriate to call a vampire story a “cosy,” but this is the way I felt reading “Oxford Blood.” As with a cosy mystery, or any enticing, enrapturing story, I just wanted to curl up around my Kindle Fire and tell the world to go away and leave me alone: I’m reading! I just fell into this story from the first page, and believe me, I had no difficulty with suspension of disbelief. I heap extra kudos on author Georgiana Derwen
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This was a different read; I will admit to having a hard time concentrating on it. The prologue will definitely draw you in (definitely not Twilight, that's for sure) and the plot/setting in general was intriguing. Basically, there's a vampire secret society at Oxford that Harriet (main character) stumbles onto. Plus, as with any YA/NA read, who doesn't love a good love triangle?

My main issue with the book was that it was hard to get int
The world building in this book was amazing. Not to mention the conspiracy theory of vampires taking over Oxford to recruit new and bright students for their Cavaliers group.

When I first read about Harriet I thought of her as a two dimensional character. But as I read the book, I started to understand her more and like her. But I was really intrigued by Adeleine - Harriet's mother - and Gus - the leader of the vampires and Adeleine's husband.

In this book Tom was the good guy and the one for Harr
Niamh Kavanagh
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Read it in one sitting. A few typos in the Kindle edition that were a bit distracting but didn't take away from an overall, very well written, exciting and intriguing story. Really looking forward to the next installment. ...more
**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Derwent for offering up your story.**

I wanted to like this book so badly. But when all I’m doing while reading it is obsessing over logic fallacies and shallow characters it makes that really, really hard. There’s a fluidity to the prose and the story trips along at a fair enough pace, but I just couldn’t get over the idiocy of it all.

Harriet is off for her first year at Oxford. Who wouldn’t be excited? Having been raised by
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A secret society that few know of and mostly only the privilege males are chosen....except for Adelaide. Since this she had a niece, Stephanie who was chosen, but not as one to be turned. Now it seems that Harriet French has stumbled on the set, only to find that her mother, Adelaide has some select plans for her specifically. What I say is if you are a female and invited to a exclusive event during the summer...heck any time for that matter....RUN in the other direction.

I enjoyed the read but r
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Paranormal Romance Guild say - "Georgiana Derwent has managed to merge the world of Oxford University, with its rich history and very British traditions with a totally entertaining and plausible vampire story. This is going to be a favourite series."

Excerpt Courtesy of Amazon:
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 fou
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank to Georgiana Derwent for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! More reviews at: Maria's Bookshelf


"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
Tahlia Newland
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first read this book, the prose was very poor, but when I approached the author with specific problems (I'm an editor as well as a reviewer) She agreed to revise the book according to my suggestions. I didn't have time to re-read the whole book, but I did look at the first couple of chapters. If, as the author assures me, the rest of the book has improved to the same degree, then she has followed my instructions and turned what was passive prose into something more active and engaging. Wh ...more
Dave Higgins
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, vampyres
Although there are vampires and a love triangle, this novel is not a cookie cutter paranormal romance; none of these vampires is only waiting for the right woman to reveal a caring side beneath a pretence of gruffness, and the myriad other aspects of student life among vampires have equal weight with romance.

Since the Civil War Oxford University has been home to the Cavaliers; ostensibly another dining society; actually a vampiric conspiracy to recruit then advance the brightest and best of each
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Georgiana Derwent, author of Oxford Blood for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

This story is unusual and has a unique essence to it which drew me in from the very first. The whole surroundings that the author selected for this book is great. There is a vivid description of Oxford, the historical places of it and though I never visited Oxford still
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Building a world that is unique and yet familiar, Georgiana Derwent has set the scene for an enjoyable romp at Oxford University. The premise provides potential for an engaging story with two cleverly conceived and intertwining story-lines, and I had great hopes.

Sadly, early in the book feels quite rushed with no real building of Harriet’s character, and she continues on rather superficially and clothes-obsessed for most of the story. A bit more backstory and building her crushes and the backgr
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Oxford Blood
I had to force myself to keep reading. The book has so many snags, so many that can't be ignored. The insta-luv was completely unbelievable, or at least, the kind of main character I want to read would not fall like that so easy. Harriet is just not my type of person. I don't like her much at all. Her friends, the normal human ones, are fine. I would rather read about Caroline than Harriet. I'd rather read about Olamide than Harriet. Harriet got on my nerves a bit. Okay, A LOT!
The Ca
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vampire romance lovers
Recommended to Karen by: Georgiana Derwent
While the theme is familiar the setting and tone make it something different. At first I was not sure about what time period we were dealing with, but once I realized it was more of a present day thing it made more sense.

The Cavaliers are an elite group of men within the walls of Oxford who have a secret which has been kept for hundreds of years. They are known for their lavish parties, beautiful members, and complete exclusivity. They are the rich, well connected society that anyone would be th
Karina Lickorish
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the outset, I have to declare my bias. I know the author of this book and I also went to Oxford University. With that said, I hope readers will still consider my comments on this first novel of the Oxford Blood series.

For me what stands out is the concept – a dining society of vampires based at Oxford University that have been controlling England for centuries from key positions of influence in society. While I don’t think (though I might be wrong) that Derwent intended for Oxford Blood to
Brooke Hutchins
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book so as to familiarize myself with the plot line for my beta reading of Derwent's third installment, Ivory Towers. The only other vampire book I had read was, wait for it, Twilight. Yes, I'm one of those. I am a huge Twilight fan. I've read all three of the books (Even though that's not some huge feat. Come on. It's only three books.) and I've watched all the movies while wearing a matching Twilight t-shirt. The reason being, there is an OVERABUNDANCE of vampir ...more
Pat aka Tygyr
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in Britain and primarily at Oxford University. Harriet French is starting her 1st year at Oxford. She wears a necklace given to her by her mother. Her father died when she was very young and her dad's sister, husband and their children welcomed Harriet into their family as a baby.
Harriet makes lots of friends, but she is attracted to Tom Flyte. When they 1st meet she believes he is attracted to her as well, but after seeing her necklace, the one that belonged to her mom and
Overall I enjoyed this book. This is the first book in a series of the Calaviers. There is a lot going on in this book. Harriet begins her collegiate career at Oxford. She meets Tom, a Cavalier member, who she has an instant connection with. She also makes friends relatively easy. She seems to be off on a good start with classes, friends and a potential new boyfriend. However, Tom starts avoiding and ignoring her for reasons she doesn't understand. (Her mom malipulates the situation). Eventually ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Was this a story that left me thinking about my life or drawing inspiration from it? No it wasn’t, and that is okay. Sometimes you want to read for the sheer pleasure of reading and not having to think of the real world in any way. This book did exactly that for me, so much that I found myself not able to go to sleep a few nights and read well past I should have. This was one of those books where I dragged myself into work with only a few hours of sleep. This ability to keep me reading when I kn ...more
Francis Franklin
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
Oxford Blood is an uneasy marriage of two stories. The first is Harriet's first year at Oxford University and gives the reader a peek into that world of tradition and privilege, of history and politics. The second is the story of the Cavaliers, an elite society of vampires. Both stories are interesting in themselves, and their union has great potential - but there is a difficulty also.

The discovery that vampires are real should be life-altering. Reality as you know and understand it, safe and pr
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I REALLY got into this book fairly quickly and completely enjoyed it. Oxford, a magical place that I visited years ago and would love to go back, is the setting to this novel and I was so jealous of Harriet as she arrives: the excitement of being there, of her studies, of making it to Oxford, etc. Gorgeous, rich vampires with nary a bit of sparkles, that combination of lust, power, and bloodthirstiness, and yet they are still so refined in their traditions. I was instantly intrigued by the hot/c ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That was intense..... I think my mouth is still hanging open after reading the last page..... I can't... I just... what.... let me try and get my brain to function again because that ending was crazy!!! And I loved it!!!!

Wow again. Reading the blurb on this book I was a little iffy on if it would actually be something I'll enjoy or not. I just wasn't sure. But as I read more and more I was hooked. So hooked that when I saw the little words THE END, I think I actually screamed NO! Out loud.
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I’m British, and originally from Yorkshire (or those who don’t really know British geography, think Winterfell), but now live in London with my husband, Freddie. I studied history at Oxford University and still love everything historical, particularly the three Rs: Renaissance, Restoration and Regency. Afterwards, I trained as a barrister, and now work for the UK Government.

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