Monday, April 8, 2013

OXFORD BLOOD (THE CAVALIERS #1) by Georgiana Derwent_Review

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 Derwent, because usually, I avoid vampire stories like the Black Plague; but I love this series and hope it continues on and on and on.

As an Anglophile, I was of course enraptured with the descriptions of Oxford and its environs. Ms. Derwent takes great pains to explore these wonderful historic locations, while at the same time maintaining her cast of multiple characters, and threading throughout the plot line of the Cavaliers, with additional subplots as these Oxford students do what they know best: meet, form relationships, break up, consume lots of alcohol, party, club—and oh yes, occasionally study. <smile>

I know that fans of paranormal romance will leap to bite into this series; but even those who don’t normally “do vampires” will love it do. Keep it up, Ms. Derwent!

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