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In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth's population, leaving behind few humans but ...
In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth's population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she's willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.
Posted July 13, 2013
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).
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Posted May 10, 2014
The book started out well enough, and I liked the descriptions of the ruins of Vegas and the whole end-of-the-world vibe it had going. However, there were aspects to the main character, April, that I found hard to believe. Yes, she kicked butt, but I don't know how since her survival instincts seemed to be completely overrun by her emotions. And I have to agree with one of the other reviewers; as the story progressed, it got more and more stereotypical and it lost me.
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Posted May 6, 2014
Posted July 2, 2014
Great setting, great end of the world idea, WHERE was the character development?! Such a great "Bad Guy" and arch nemesis Hive and they were completely undeveloped. Such potential from some great. I hope the author reworks this story someday. There is soooooo much more to the story than you wrote!!!
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Posted May 12, 2014
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????
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Posted December 7, 2013
Posted September 1, 2014
Wow, I am going to have to list this book on my favorites. Vampires, hybrids, and another amazing species as well. This bookstarted of with action, and kept me going, while on the edge of my seat. Oh, and there was even a bit of romance. This is clearly a five star book.
Note this book is brutally violent, and do recommend that readers be at least 16 years of age, and mature to read this book.
Posted July 16, 2014
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Posted May 23, 2014
I NEVER RECEIVED THIS BOOK! If I don't receive free books, how can I actually spend money on one? I tried to get help, but I never did.
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Posted May 8, 2014
Posted April 2, 2014
I love apocalyptic stories, and this one did not disappoint.
April, her mother Helen, and her younger brother are surviving in a bunker below a cabin in the mountains outside of what used to be Las Vegas. They've been hiding and scrounging for food, making trips into what's left of the city to stock up on needed supplies, and try to clear out nests of nasty feral vampires without being eaten.
Everyone they know is either dead or turned now, and it's just them as far as they know. On one of their trips into the city, April's family is abducted, leaving her alone to survive and hopefully find them. She searches for clues tries to find where they have been taken, all but giving up before she starts blowing up casinos to clear out the ferals. She's trapped inside one as it blows, when she's rescued by one that isn't feral, but isn't human either. This new friend, Miranda, leads April to a whole new world she had no idea existed where she finds help and the promise to find her mom and brother.
Posted March 7, 2014
Posted February 21, 2014
If you don't mind terrible grammar then go ahead and read. I got so lost in the poorly written work that it was hard to tell what was going on at times. Doesn't anybody edit anymore? I read some other work of herd that was better than this and was disappointed with this one. A vegas native myself I was intrigued with her setting. I wouldn't recommend it if you are squemish either. Not for youth.
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Posted February 14, 2014
Posted December 11, 2013
This was a great book!I give if 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved the main character, as strong young woman that can kick some vampire butt.
The thing that I liked the most about this book is that the love line didn't take over the whole book. We got to know April first, and watch
her go though an emotional break down. She was able to get over this mostly on her own and didn't rely on a boy to save her. It's
starting to get on my nerves that a lot of vampire books have love sick teenage girls constantly relying and depend on their vampire
boyfriends. This book and Soul's Mark: Found really let the girl be independent and not whine when it comes to their vampire love
not always being around and saving them.
The few reasons I wouldn't give it a 5 out of 5 is the way it ended. I read the last page without knowing and was left in shock when I
turned to the authors info page. It wasn't as bad as a cliff hanger, but felt incomplete. Also, the fact that at times the main character
would curse and then use a substitute in the same sentence, like darn bastard. Teens curse, no need to hide it or make it incomplete.
Lastly, I may have missed it, but April is supposed to seventeen right, but how old was Rye? It hasn't been that long since the outbreak
so why is a seventeen year old with a guy in their twenties with an ex-wife. I don't care if the world had only a hand full of guys left, I'd
make my kid wait to eighteen still. But, overall it was a great book and I've already started book two. I hope it doesn't follow the second
Posted December 3, 2013
Awesome new take on vampires.
Alexia Purdy just joined my list of favorite authors. The descriptions in this book are so well written that Alexia sucked (pun intended) me in immediately and I fell in love with her characters and her writing.
Vampire/zombie-like creatures roam the streets of Las Vegas after the world is overcome by some viral epidemic. This is a story about April, a seventeen-year-old girl and her quest to find her family. (Hmmm … something familiar about that. LOL If you know me, then you know why I say that. Hint AA)
But there is nothing ordinary or familiar about April’s journey.
This edge of your seat story had my attention from the very first chapter. Though in the beginning, I must admit, when I first started reading this, I was worried how the story would progress, because the first part spends a lot of time with April being by herself and narrated by her without much dialogue. Most books like that would be boring, but Alexia Purdy has managed to pull it off without much of a problem and made it very interesting. Things quickly change as the story continues … I won’t say anymore than that so I don’t give any spoilers.
I’m excited to read the next book, Disarming (Reign of Blood book 2) because this one was so good and I need to find out how April is coping. She stole my heart in this first one and I’m looking forward to following her further.
Posted October 11, 2013
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Posted January 9, 2013
I had a hard time getting into Reign of Blood initially, but once I hit chapter 7 or so I ended up awake until 2 AM finishing up the entire book. I love that Alexia Purdy slipped unexpected twists in the book for the main character, April. April loses her family during an outting for supplies and during her search for them she comes into contact with one of the hybrid hives that live in the area. At first April is hesitant to join them in any way, but grows fond of a few of the people there. In particula, Rye. During her stay in the hive she finds out some hard truths about her life, meets people integral to the rescue of her family and becomes close to Rye. She and Rye are meant for each other and not finding out what happens with them is one of my sole frustrations about the ending of this book. That's okay though! There's a part two and I'll devour that one too so I can find out.