Reign of Blood
by Alexia Purdy
Publication date: April 29th 2012
Source: Personal purchase
“Never tease anything that wants to eat you. My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…”
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.
First things first: When I added this book to my TBR list many moons ago, I thought for sure it was a post-apocalyptic zombie novel based on the cover. I was wrong. Totally my fault for making assumptions. Then I thought it was a book about zombies and vampires. Wrong again. This is a post-apocalyptic tale about vampires that possess, in many ways, zombie characteristics. This does not at all affect my opinion about this book, as I love vampires and the paranormal genre, but for those who may be looking strictly for a zombie book, I want to make sure it’s clear that this is not one.
Reign of Blood is told by our main character, April. She’s a seventeen year old girl living in a bunker in Las Vegas with her mom and little brother. The world has been wiped out by a virus that turned much of the population into mindless, zombie-esque vampires. While there are plenty of supplies in the bunker, they decide it is best to save them for when the city runs dry. Supply runs, here we come! There are no good post-apocalyptic stories without supply runs, am I right? And, of course, something always goes wrong when you push your luck… in this case April loses track of her mom and brother and her mission now is to get them back.
I love many of the characters in this book, especially our main character. April is a strong female heroine, and the best part about her is that she taught herself these badass skills, she didn’t just come out of the womb that way. Well? Maybe, um… never mind. I’m not going there in this review. You’ll have to read the book to get the nitty-gritty part of the story.
I fell in love with this book immediately upon finishing the first couple of chapters. I was ready to survive this vampire infested apocalypse with April and her family, and for quite a while that feeling stayed with me. The action scenes are impeccably written. I was biting my nails furiously, even though I promised my husband I was going to stop doing that because he prefers my nails long. Oops, I guess I have to start over on that particular project. After April meets up with a group of vampire hybrids and learns that there is more to this new world than meets the eye, things started to go a little sideways for me. I liked the storyline, but the writing style seemed to change. Things felt a bit rushed. There is a bit of romance in this story, which is all fine and dandy, but there was no build up to it. It just happened and I was expected to feel more than I was capable of in such a short amount of time. I need more foreplay, if you will. I also wasn’t over the moon about the ending, but obviously I can’t give you that part.
My overall opinion: Reign of Blood is a really good start to the series and I will definitely be picking up a copy of the next book, Disarming. I recommend this to fans of both the post-apocalyptic and paranormal genres.
~About the Author~
Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada–Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She loves writing paranormal fantasy and poetry and devours books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food.
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