Reign of Blood

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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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Published: April 28, 2012
Words: 73,730
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476007601
About Alexia Purdy

Alexia Purdy resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She spends every free moment writing or playing with her four rambunctious kids. She devours books daily, especially paranormal urban fantasies and finds genre books to be irresistible. Alexia has been writing since she can remember and loves creating paranormal urban fantasy and poetry. She also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food.

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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..."

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Review by: Jeann W on Nov. 09, 2012 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: shona lawrence on Oct. 28, 2012 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Ambyr Lix on Aug. 25, 2012 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Mackenzie Mensching on Aug. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
"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 long after purchase)

Review by: Leigh on Aug. 14, 2012 : star star star star
"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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany on Aug. 11, 2012 : star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Christina Smith on Aug. 06, 2012 : star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: sharon on Aug. 04, 2012 : star star star
Reign Of Blood

I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
I loved the opening line and the concept and was really looking forward to reading this book.

Never Tease Anything that wants to eat you, - What a great line

The humans are almost all gone the animals too , the vampires are starving and the teenage heroine needs to save her family.
This book has all the bones of a great story full of kick ass bloody action scenes and touch of romance.The author has created a Post apocalyptic world full of different types of Vampires "Hybrids" created from a virus. The world the author creates is rich and full of bloody action & gore, once you get into the story.

My expectations for this book were quite high, but I didn't like it as much as I expected to, editing is a bug bear of mine and there is way to much word repetition, example "Blood and Ichor" also the word "I" is used way to many times. For me I don't like books written as "Telling" or told, I like scene development where I can live through the scenes, not to be told about them I like to be there in the story, experience it with the characters, but that's just me and this book has had many many great reviews.
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lyra Zapanta on Aug. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
Reign of Blood takes place wherein the human race has gone extinct, due to the vampire virus that spread out. Ferals run loose during the nights on the once bright streets of Las Vegas and occupy the dark bowels of casinos and other buildings. Litter dead bodies are scattered everywhere, the last remnants of a once beautiful city.

The book tells the story of April Tate, a young teenager who has grown to be a warrior for her and her family's survival. During the day, they would search around supermarkets and stores to see what they could use. they live in a fortified place in the mountains to be kept away from ferals during the night. Until her mother and brother, the only family she's got, have been abducted.

April is matured and strong. I admire her strength for all times and her determination to do what she thinks is right and what she fights for. She doesn't let her hopes down, no matter how slim the chances seem to be. The post-apocalyptic world they have survived has changed her, but it doesn't make her insane. Instead, she fights to protect what she has left, and I like her for that. She doesn't let anything intimidate her, and she's the kind of girl who will kick your butt if you break her heart.

The other characters are also admirable (but a step down the main character). They don't always seem to be who they are, until they spill their beans out. Rye, who was April's love interest, was sort of a mystery to me at first. Sure, he's good-looking and all, but the characters in novels always hold some secrets of their own.

The plot was incredible. Sometimes, you'd be grossed out because of the detailed scenes, but it makes the novel much graphical than other books. It's just like watching a movie unfold in your mind. This one's a great book and I recommend it to all YA paranormal readers.

Thanks to Goodreads and the author for providing us reviewers a fun and thrilling ride yet again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Hoover on July 29, 2012 : star star star star
Reign of Blood is a post-apocalyptic world where the vampire virus has taken over, turning the human population into feral ranging beasts. April Tate, Jeremy (her brother) and April’s mother might be the only humans left. They’ve found a bunker and are living in the mountains outside Vegas. They use the day light hours to collect food and essentials for their daily living. On one such run, April finds their van empty and her mother and brother missing. Now alone April will stop at nothing to find where her mother and brother have been taken.This is a brutal and vividly descriptive post-apocalyptic world. The concept and story are extremely intriguing but even though the story is violently graphic it is pretty slow going. I found April’s romance with Rye underdeveloped and rushed which left it unbelievable for me … leaving a void for any emotional involvements in their predicaments. Reign of Blood is an engaging read and for me rates 3 ½.This copy of Reign of Blood was given to me by The Nexus Group @ Goodreads and Alexia Purdy in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shyd on July 27, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved everything about this book. Purdy has a sure fire hit on her hands and I can't wait for book 2. We start this book out with us meeting April who along with her mom and brother are the only humans left alive as far as they know. They hunt down vampires while trying to stay alive. April is my type of heroine. She is so tough and kick butt and amazing. I loved her snark and how quick on her feet she was.

There are some unforseen events that occur and April is all on her own trying to find her mom and brother. She decides to search for them and take out vampires along the way. What ensues is a rollercoaster ride that I didn't want to get off of. April finds out she is not as alone as she thinks she is. She meets some type of vampire hybrids that aren't out to kill her. In that group she meets Rye and Blade. Blade is the leader of the hybrid group and Rye is one of his crew members. I instantly liked both of them. They were just such well written characters.

The chemistry between Rye and April was something short of amazing. They just went so well together and complemented each other so well. I loved seeing them interact with each other and how in tune they were. Rye allowed April to be herself and not have to worry about what others thought. He respected that she was a strong women. I can't wait to see their story continue.

Overall I loved this book and can't wait for more of this book. Purdy has done an amazing job of creating a great story with a awesome plot. The writing flowed so well and kept me hooked from beginning to end. I loved every second of this ride and can't wait to see more from her. I highly recommend this book to readers.

I received this book for review but that in no way influnced my review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashleigh - The Book Ninja on July 27, 2012 : star star star
it took me a few days to actually finish this book but overall i really enjoyed it.

i did have a few problems with a few of the characters and their behaviour or reactions to some things, mainly with the main character April, especially when it came to Rye - i get it there got a "mate" thing going on (im not a big fan of the Mate style of realationship so this might just be me) but i thought she just accepted it and the other vampires way to quickly. also she constantly do really dumb stuff and magically get herself out of it but otherwise she was a pretty fun character to read about. the twist towards the end about her and her family was great, yea you could kinda see something might be up but it was still interesting and her "predator side" was great! super spooky! and i cant wait to see if there are any lasting affects.

the storyline in this book was great, i just loved the whole idea. there are a few books rather simular but i thought this one brang a just little extra something something to the mix.

Reign of Blood wasnt to long, which is nice but i wouldnt of minded if it was just a bit longer, sometimes i got the feeling of details being left out, but if theres a next book im deff going to check it out :)

- i just wanted to thank The Nexus group and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on July 24, 2012 : star star star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mandy sickle on July 23, 2012 : star star star star star
I received this book as part of The Nexus read and review program. A year ago a vampire outbreak wiped out most of the humans, leaving behind a savage vampire. Aprils family raced for the mountains before the outbreak got bad, while other's weren't so lucky. For the last year April has trained going from a carefree teenager to a vampire hunter. Life is simple, protect her family, train, gather supplies in Las Vegas during the day.

Over the last year April has become a lethal fighter easily wiping out all vampires she's come across, but they aren't the vampires in books and movie. These vampires have lost the intelligence in their eyes, their humanity is gone all that is left is a savage shell that hunts humans. Having long ago killed almost all the humans, they wiped out most of the animals as well, not they are withered starving creatures.

Suddenly a routine trip goes wrong, April finds herself alone, her family taken, something that the vampires she's been killing wouldn't do. Now she has to find them, before it's too late. With the setting sun she's forced back to the cabin in the woods, doomed to wait out the night before she can continue her search. April is intent on finding her family, as the last of the humans shes alone against the masses of feral vampires, but with some new friends, even a chance at love they will risk it all to save her family.

I loved this book. I feel that the book is well written and did an excellent job of drawing me in with a prefect balance between action and emotions. I've always been a sucker for vampires, but that was before the sparkly twilight vampires too. This one book has a unique twist on the vampires their are three different mutations of the vampires virus. There is a good amount of action it just draws you in right from the start, plus April is so likable that I found I wasn't reading I was thinking about April. As I read I feel like I was there too, with April and I love a book that can make me feel like I'm there, that's the best part.

I like April's character she's your girl next door who enjoys her trips to the sporting goods store in hopes of finding new weapons. She watches videos to learn new fighting styles, and trains with all her weapons, though the machetes are her preferred for vampires. Guns are out because they can draw unwanted attention from other vampires, so April is well skilled in hand to hand combat.

The book is full of descriptions giving you the feel like your almost there with April on her journey. I enjoyed reading about the characters in the book, even the new ones the hybrids held the mystery for me. April meets a Rye a vampire hybrid who she connects with along the way. I like the vampire bonding in the story it's unique, and I liked that April wasn't alone. I also want more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mandy sickle on July 23, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book as part of The Nexus read and review program. A year ago a vampire outbreak wiped out most of the humans, leaving behind a savage vampire. Aprils family raced for the mountains before the outbreak got bad, while other's weren't so lucky. For the last year April has trained going from a carefree teenager to a vampire hunter. Life is simple, protect her family, train, gather supplies in Las Vegas during the day.

Over the last year April has become a lethal fighter easily wiping out all vampires she's come across, but they aren't the vampires in books and movie. These vampires have lost the intelligence in their eyes, their humanity is gone all that is left is a savage shell that hunts humans. Having long ago killed almost all the humans, they wiped out most of the animals as well, not they are withered starving creatures.

Suddenly a routine trip goes wrong, April finds herself alone, her family taken, something that the vampires she's been killing wouldn't do. Now she has to find them, before it's too late. With the setting sun she's forced back to the cabin in the woods, doomed to wait out the night before she can continue her search. April is intent on finding her family, as the last of the humans shes alone against the masses of feral vampires, but with some new friends, even a chance at love they will risk it all to save her family.

I loved this book. I feel that the book is well written and did an excellent job of drawing me in with a prefect balance between action and emotions. I've always been a sucker for vampires, but that was before the sparkly twilight vampires too. This one book has a unique twist on the vampires their are three different mutations of the vampires virus. There is a good amount of action it just draws you in right from the start, plus April is so likable that I found I wasn't reading I was thinking about April. As I read I feel like I was there too, with April and I love a book that can make me feel like I'm there, that's the best part.

I like April's character she's your girl next door who enjoys her trips to the sporting goods store in hopes of finding new weapons. She watches videos to learn new fighting styles, and trains with all her weapons, though the machetes are her preferred for vampires. Guns are out because they can draw unwanted attention from other vampires, so April is well skilled in hand to hand combat.

The book is full of descriptions giving you the feel like your almost there with April on her journey. I enjoyed reading about the characters in the book, even the new ones the hybrids held the mystery for me. April meets a Rye a vampire hybrid who she connects with along the way. I like the vampire bonding in the story it's unique, and I liked that April wasn't alone. I also want more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jilleen Dolbeare on July 15, 2012 : star star star
Well, I just lost a huge review, because my computer is stupid, so I hope this one is just as good.
I received this book for an honest review.

Since I already wrote the fluffy stuff once, I'll just cut to the chase. Reign of Blood is a decent read. It's quick, has lots of action, is not boring, and I didn't feel like it was a chore I had to complete because I said I would like some advanced reading copies can be.

Pros: Loved the first line of the book. Wow! April, the heroine, is quite interesting. She stepped from her shallow party girl Las Vegas life right into leather wearing, dark huntress, vampire slayer without much angst. She might miss her old life, but the new one suits her. She had been lucky that her mother, brother and herself had found a survivalist's bunker outside the city so they have a safe refuge to return too after scoring the city by day in search of supplies. April is strong, her character is dynamic and she seemed real; full of uncertainty, ranging through levels of self doubt, but still strong and determined. The story, although not perfectly original (There was a chunk that sounded just like the novella "I Am Legend")was interesting. The "feral" vampires were creepy, all part zombie part vampire monster.

Cons: I wanted to say that the story wasn't orginal enough for me, but as I thought about it some more, I didn't think that detracted much. The first half of the book flowed well. It built the world nicely and seemed balanced and patient. The second half felt hurried and it lost some of the flow, world building, and well, writing style that the first half had. The only beef I had with the first half was April calling the vampires "feral vampires" at that point, she and the reader only believe there are humans and vampires period. It sort of annoyed me and gave away that something else was coming later. One more, I hated that every time April speared some vamp, they dripped "blood and ichor." Ichor's an awesome word, but repetition caused it to lose effectiveness.

(Spoilers here on...)
There were some holes in the second half of the book. Several, actually, but the one that bothered me the most was when Christian (the villain) tells April that since she was a human she was weak, and later (after she leaves him dying) that humans are strong and will end up ruling the earth. The truth is, Christian (and the reader) both know that April isn't human. There's the whole big work up how she and her family are just another type of hybrid that don't have to drink blood, but become super human if they do. There are no humans left in April's world.

Also towards the final quarter of the book, the writing sort of devolved, (I think that Ms. Purdy is a great story teller, but got rushed at the end)so maybe didn't get the proofreading needed. Here's a quote, "His wild look was gone instead the serenity of a man accepting defeat washed over him, making him look slightly gaunt but handsome once more." What? Someone accepting defeat may be resigned, but I doubt they'd be serene. Also, why slightly gaunt? If you want to say he's handsome, just say, resigned to his fate, the anger died and he was handsome once more. One of my pet peeves are writers with a thesaurus and no edit button. Sometimes the simple is the most profound! (Believe me, I'm guilty of this too.)

Overall, I'd recommend Reign of Blood to those who like YA dystopian, or YA dark fantasy. It does have scenes of gore and lots of blood, so keep that in mind. It's a fast read, entertaining and a decent story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Garza on July 06, 2012 : (no rating)
I had the privilege of receiving a free copy of this book from the author and I’m so lucky I did! Reign of Blood is an urban fantasy set in Vegas. The end of the world came in the form of a virus that killed off all the humans. All that remains are wild vampires. The only humans left are April, her mom and brother. Then April’s brother and mom dissapear and April begins her quest to find them.

I loved the way Purdy used words to set the mood for this book. It had a very dark feel to it. Her sensory details were right on and her descriptions transported me to April’s world. I’ve been to Vegas only once before but I loved how I could picture the casinos and the strip.

April was a very likeable character. Sure, she was rough around the edges and really tough, but that only made me like her more. I love female characters who don’t need a guy to rescue them. However, the guy in this book is one I would love to be rescued by! Rye is a true hero. He is sweet, yet tough and very good looking. I love the romance between the two.

Most of this book I read on the edge of my seat, scarcely able to breathe. So many fighting scenes, so much action and a lot of suspense! I loved this book. It sort of reminded me of Hollowland by Amanda Hocking which was a book I loved as well.

I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone looking for an action packed read!
Amber Garza, author of YA novel PROWL
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Reidy on June 02, 2012 : star star star star star
The story starts off with the aftermath of a viral epidemic. A virus has taken hold of the population, turning them into vampires. These aren't the glamorized kind of vampires, they are mindless blood-sucking fiends. They almost remind me of zombies except they need blood to survive, and they have a kind of hypnotic trance that can trick most humans. April is somehow immune to their tricks and is trying to survive with her mother and brother.

The first few chapters follow their journey. They live in a bunker in the mountains but venture towards the city for food and weapons. On one of their outings, April's family disappears with only one clue: tire treads. April searches Las Vegas for days with no trace of her family. On her journey, she attacks hives of the feral vampires in hopes of finding them. What she doesn't expect is to come across a hybrid vampire who is able to speak and walk in the sun.

April is introduced to the hive of hybrid vampires. She believes that they may be able to help her find her family, but not without a cost. Then there is Rye, one of the hybrid leaders, that is fascinated with April. I won't go into details on that one :-) you have to experience that for yourself.

Will April get the help she needs from the hybrids to find her family?
Or will she die trying...

My thoughts...

This book rocked my world! I have just recently started reading post-apocalyptic novels and this one tops the cake. The imagery is excellent and it felt like I was really there. I have never been to Las Vegas, but I feel like I know the places pretty well from Alexia's description. I feel like a lot of YA books nowadays have girls that are just plain annoying or whiny. This was not the case with this book. April is such a BAD ASS and I love her! She is a kick-butt, self taught warrior and I enjoyed reading about her journey. The story has a touch of romance and it's perfect given the circumstances. April was hesitant about her feelings for Rye, rightfully so, considering he's a hybrid. I'm kind of glad that this story didn't end with a huge cliff hanger because I probably would have cussed Alexia out LOL. I cannot wait for the next book in the installment. I hope it will be just as action packed as the first. Of course, I would like to have more April and Rye time :-)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Reidy on June 02, 2012 : star star star star star
The story starts off with the aftermath of a viral epidemic. A virus has taken hold of the population, turning them into vampires. These aren't the glamorized kind of vampires, they are mindless blood-sucking fiends. They almost remind me of zombies except they need blood to survive, and they have a kind of hypnotic trance that can trick most humans. April is somehow immune to their tricks and is trying to survive with her mother and brother.

The first few chapters follow their journey. They live in a bunker in the mountains but venture towards the city for food and weapons. On one of their outings, April's family disappears with only one clue: tire treads. April searches Las Vegas for days with no trace of her family. On her journey, she attacks hives of the feral vampires in hopes of finding them. What she doesn't expect is to come across a hybrid vampire who is able to speak and walk in the sun.

April is introduced to the hive of hybrid vampires. She believes that they may be able to help her find her family, but not without a cost. Then there is Rye, one of the hybrid leaders, that is fascinated with April. I won't go into details on that one :-) you have to experience that for yourself.

Will April get the help she needs from the hybrids to find her family?
Or will she die trying...

My thoughts...

This book rocked my world! I have just recently started reading post-apocalyptic novels and this one tops the cake. The imagery is excellent and it felt like I was really there. I have never been to Las Vegas, but I feel like I know the places pretty well from Alexia's description. I feel like a lot of YA books nowadays have girls that are just plain annoying or whiny. This was not the case with this book. April is such a BAD ASS and I love her! She is a kick-butt, self taught warrior and I enjoyed reading about her journey. The story has a touch of romance and it's perfect given the circumstances. April was hesitant about her feelings for Rye, rightfully so, considering he's a hybrid. I'm kind of glad that this story didn't end with a huge cliff hanger because I probably would have cussed Alexia out LOL. I cannot wait for the next book in the installment. I hope it will be just as action packed as the first. Of course, I would like to have more April and Rye time :-)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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