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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Alexia Purdy¿s Reign of Blood takes vampire tales into a whole n

Alexia Purdy’s Reign of Blood takes vampire tales into a whole new reality. There were times when I just did not want to put it down regardless of the fact that I was heading to work or getting off the train at my stop.

In Reign of Blood, 17 year old April Tate – al...
Alexia Purdy’s Reign of Blood takes vampire tales into a whole new reality. There were times when I just did not want to put it down regardless of the fact that I was heading to work or getting off the train at my stop.

In Reign of Blood, 17 year old April Tate – along with her mother and little brother -- is alone in the world. They are seemingly the only humans left in a world that has been ravaged by a epidemic that has either killed everyone else or turned them into vampires. It’s a little like the tales of zombie epidemics, but I truly love the twist through which they have become blood drinkers – not brain/body eaters.

Set in the post-apocalyptic city of what was once Las Vegas, April and her family has managed to find secure shelter and create a way of life for themselves – that is until one fateful day when her family is abducted. April’s retaliatory search for her family brings her face to face with a new breed of vampire unlike the ones she has come to know.

It is while she is with this new breed that April has to come to terms with how her world has changed – including a possible love story for the almost fearless young woman.

I absolutely LOVED this first in the Reign of Blood series. I have never been to Las Vegas but Purdy is so skilled at describing the world that I never once had to wonder what it was like. There were a few things that I saw coming – but hey, you read enough books by the same author and you start to understand their writing – and knowing it was probably going to happen only made me anticipate the coming pages more. I can’t wait to pick up Disarming (book 2).

posted by Year-in-Books on July 13, 2013

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Fail

Started out fantastic then it got so campy an into teen fantasy novel stereotypes that i was just disgusted.

posted by 8338756 on May 6, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    You can almost taste it!

    Well written, thought ending was rather abrupt. Human, vampire, other .... sometimes unclear who is what. Given Anne Rice's imprint on vampires, this story loses believability. Can humans drink blood, vampire blood, and not be turned????

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    Creative and Fun! The Review: I really wanted to love this boo

    Creative and Fun!

    The Review:
    I really wanted to love this book because it had some terrific reviews. However, after completing this read I had to settle on only three stars.

    Likes:
    I enjoyed the overall premise of this story and the world the author created was intimidating and chilling. I loved the character development. The heroine, April Tate, was well written and I liked how mature and warrior-like she was given her young age of seventeen. Surviving the past year of her life through an outbreak and fighting feral vampires would definitely age a person well past their years and the author did a terrific job of showing this. I also really liked the distinction between the different hybrids of vampires. I thought it was cleaver and well done. The love interest, Rye, was intriguing and well described. The ending of the book was action packed and left off with enough of a cliffhanger to interest the reader further.

    Dislikes:
    This particular plot has been done before, but you can recreate an overdone plot and make it your own if it’s done correctly. And all the points were there to make this a great story but the writing fell flat for me. Im not a huge fan of “told” stories. I like to live through the scenes with the characters, not be told about it after the fact and this book had a lot of “telling” in it. The beginning was to slow for me. I felt like the heroines isolation dragged on for too long and I also felt like there just wasn’t enough happening to carry to story forward. Toward the end the action picked up and was really well done but by that point I was pushing myself to finish it. I also didn’t care for some of the dialogue. It felt forced and some of it didn’t make sense.

    The Wrap Up:
    I think with a bit more editing of the story as well as dialogue, I could have given this book a much higher rating. I’m intrigued enough to want to know what happens next so I’ll probably go on to read book two, Disarming (Reign of Blood 2) that’s scheduled to come out in 2013 but it won’t be at the top of my list.

    Note: I read this as a R2R with The Nexus! in Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

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