Reign of Blood

Rated 3.89/5 based on 19 reviews
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"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. 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... More
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About Alexia Purdy

Alexia is a USA Today Bestselling author who currently lives in Las Vegas and loves spending every free moment writing or hanging out with her four rambunctious kids. Writing is the ultimate getaway for her since she's always lost in her head. She is best known for her award-winning Reign of Blood series, and A Dark Faerie Tale Series.

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"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..."

About the Series: The Vampires of Vegas
"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..."

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Sairaika reviewed on on July 17, 2016

An highly entertaining and addicting read!

This book kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting more and more. I was anxiously waiting for the next page, next chapter and then it ended - leaving me sad and depressed. I cannot wait to read the next book in the Reign of Blood series!

Full of feral vampires, hybrids, lonelinesses, romance, hope and uncertainty.

Perfect for readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic novels and paranormal romances.
(review of free book)
Alysa H reviewed on on June 23, 2015

A few good ideas, but pretty generic overall. The book starts out with unsatisfying info dumps and too-convenient explanations for, say, how April's family found their bunker. (There's no dialogue until the beginning of Chapter 3, and the lack of it until that point is due to the info dumps as opposed to narrative tension or good atmosphere.)

When April finds herself alone and encounters a more... unusual vampire, there sure is dialogue, but it sure is not good. It's wooden and formal and unrealistic. I more or less gave up after that.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Jeann W reviewed on on Nov. 9, 2012

April Tate is a survivor amongst the post-apocalyptic world with a single goal that keeps her breathing – to find her brother and mother. A viral epidemic has sweeped the nations and turned the population into feral, mindless vampires who are solely out for feeding on humans. The feral vampires are very zombie-like in their demeanour, in fact throughout the first half of the novel I had a hard time differentiating them from actual zombies, except for the fact that they are repelled by sunlight.

Reign of Blood is pretty much I Am Legend in the first half of the book. April is a kick-ass, badass lone survivor who decapitates vampires with her machete. I absolutely loved the action and the tense, heart-pounding action here. Like the movie, the author creates a sense of building tension and horror that the zombies/vampires could jump out at you at any time, and that totally resonates with me.

The plot thickens as April discovers a new breed of vampire hybrids who are very human-like in their behaviour and are not affected by bloodlust, like the ferals. She discovers that everything she knew is not as it seems.

While I did love the premise of Reign of Blood, it was the insta-love later that made me grumble. It’s a pet peeve of mine, where there’s absolutely no build up or relationship building whatsoever. Luckily, it wasn’t enough of a focus to detract from the story.

Reign of Blood is not the most original story out there and it doesn’t try and be too complicated. It’s pretty much a survival horror with a twist on the zombie/vampire genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend that you read it if you love the sound of it!

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I look forward to reading your other work Alexia!

This has also been posted on my blog at http://happyindulgence.wordpress.com
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
shona lawrence reviewed on on Oct. 28, 2012

I’m actually struggling to write this review without leaving spoilers.. so I think this may be my shortest one yet.

This book starts straight in at the action, searching for supplies in the middle of Las Vegas, where feral vampires could be lurking in the dark waiting to turn you into a snack. When April’s mum and younger brother go missing April takes to blowing up vampire hives in Casino’s to try to find them. This is when she comes across this new breed of vampire. If she wants to find her family she needs to trust them.

This book is filled with action, from start to (nearly) finish. The ending was the only thing that disappointed me. Yes there was the final confrontation, but the story didn’t resolve, there was a lot left unsaid, so I’m hoping this means there will be a follow-up book.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Ambyr Lix reviewed on on Aug. 25, 2012

Reign of Blood was a fun read. For most all of it, I really enjoyed the path that the writer took us on. April is a strong character. Her motivations, personality, and actions are all lined up. That is to say, you feel like you understand her, like you know her. Some writers have a hard time with contenuity in the characters that they write about. April is a badass, bitter, ignorate but willing to expand her knowledge.
The only part of the book that I felt was weaker was April and Rye's relationship. It was written that they had spark and instantly feelings, but the actual spark and feelings were not conveyed in the writing. The details were missing, I guess you could say.

Otherwise, I have to say that the scenes and imagry was very well done.

That was my favorite part about this book; the mental picture painted by Purdy. She had her work cut out for her on this one. The story, as you can see in the description, is about April being a bad-assed vampire killer, who meets up with mutated vampires. This is like a mix between Van Helsing and I Am Legend.
And of that, when Purdy writes the action scenes, they are very well done. Too many books try to write in the action, and it's just... not a pretty picture. The landscape isn't described well or the combat seems forced or vague. That is not the case with Reign of Blood.

I do hope there is a sequel to this coming soon!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Mackenzie Mensching reviewed on on Aug. 15, 2012

"Reign of Blood" took me by surprise. I usually don't read these kinds of books but I took a chance on this one and I am glad I did. This book was awesome. I love the story line. If that was me I would do the same thing that April did. I was rooting for her the entire book. Thank you Alexia for a wonderful read.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
Leigh reviewed on on Aug. 14, 2012

"Reign of Blood" is a gritty post-apocalyptic story that will have you on the edge of your seat. It is packed with action and full of twists and turns you didn't see coming.

April Tate, her mother ,and brother are the only humans to survive in Las Vegas after the viral epidemic that transformed humans into feral animals who survive on blood. April and her family struggle to live in a new bleak and desolate world. While on a hunt for supplies, April's mother and brother were taken. She will do everything in her power to find them. What will the future hold for her?

The author was able to draw me into this story through her descriptive details. I liked April. She was definitely a kick-ass heroine. If you are looking for a book that is fast paced and full of action, then this is the book for you. I enjoyed this story, and I am looking forward to reading more from Aexia Purdy.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Tiffany reviewed on on Aug. 11, 2012

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

2.5 Stars
This book was kind of so so for me. I can't say I didn't like it because I did but it didn't elicit strong feelings from me either. I think the biggest reason I didn't love it was that I had a really hard time connecting with the main character.

The Good:
- The opening line!
"Never tease anything that wants to eat you"
How amazing is that?
- The concept was great! I loved that it was a dystopian-vampire mix because you don't get that very often.
- The feral vampires. I really liked that they were portrayed as "zombie-like" ie: as mindless eating machines because, again, that is not very common.
- The description. The author is very detailed and paints a vivid mental picture of the "apocalyptic Las Vegas"

The Not So Good:
-Introduction of the "not so mindless" vampires..then it becomes more of your typical young adult novel with good(ish)vampires vs evil(ish) vampires.
-The repetition of certain phrases. If I had heard "Blood and Ichor" ONE more time I may have screamed.

Overall, it was a decent read and I recommend you give it a try for yourself. It has gotten some rave reviews so don't let one opinion stop you.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Christina Smith reviewed on on Aug. 6, 2012

This book started out great and then faded a little when there wasn't really any dialogue for almost seventy pages. Honestly I was a little bored and found myself skipping ahead, hoping she could eventually find people to talk to.

Once she did, it definitely got better, but I just felt like it was missing something, what? I don't know.

I felt there could have been more interaction between April and Rye, to make their connection more believable. And there was no mention of Rye's age. If he had been married, and in the military, wouldn't he be too old for a seventeen year old girl?

The story seemed to take forever to start, and once it did, the ending seemed rushed. We were told in an overview what happened after the fight. I would have liked it to be part of the story, and to see more of April and Rye.

Over all it was good, lots of action to keep you reading.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
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