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Reign of Blood (Reign of Blood #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,895 Ratings  ·  351 Reviews
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 Veg
Paperback, First Edition, 305 pages
Published April 29th 2012 by Lyrical Lit. Publishing (first published April 27th 2012)
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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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 differ
June Luu
Jun 16, 2012 June Luu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
I finished this in one day and it is sooo good....I HAVE NEVER ENJOYED A BOOK THAT HAS VAMPIRES IN IT THIS MUCH!!! I usually hate reading vampire books but this one is soo different than others vampire books... THIS IS A MUST READ..!!!!! 1000/100
Ari Bergras
Mar 28, 2015 Ari Bergras rated it did not like it
I was really excited about this book. Because there was so many that said it was really good. And I'm here to tell you this: Their damn wrong! This book was so fucking awful! I couldn't even read trough half the book!

At first I thought that it wasn't too bad. But then she joined the vampire colony in the tunnels and began crying in front of the leader, and I was like "girl! What the hell are you doing! You don't cry in front of leaders, let alone VAMPIRE leaders!".
And then a boy she has looked
Jacquie Talento
Apr 13, 2012 Jacquie Talento rated it it was amazing
How lucky can one girl be to get an ARC copy of Alexia Purdy’s book? Whenever I get word that Ms. Purdy is releasing another book, my heart starts beating fast because I know I’m going on a pleasure cruise when her book is released. I have never seen an author put so much detailed description in a book where you can see all the characters and have your own vision of what that character looks like. She never fails me nor does she ever cease to amaze me. I am worse than a little kid in a candy sto ...more
Peggy Martinez
Apr 27, 2012 Peggy Martinez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, favorites
I was honored to receive an ARC for review from the Author!

The cover of Reign of Blood drew my eye, the first sentence- "Never tease anything that wants to eat you." snagged my attention, and the book itself kept me glued to my kindle clicking pages, on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next.

There is just something about a strong young female lead character that never fails to interest me more than a weak, helpless one. April definitely fits into the strong female charact
Susan Griscom
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, t
Carly Wallace
Apr 30, 2012 Carly Wallace rated it it was amazing
Hi y'all Anne here to give my review for Reign Of Blood by Alexia Purdy and I only hope that my review is thrill inducing and shocking as this book was for me. Push back Resident Evil and I Am Legend because Alexia is bringing her Wildlings and Hybrids to the party and you might wanna stay in the sun for this show. April Tate, her mother and 6 year old brother are the only humans left in what is now the desolate city of Las Vegas. Traveling fro their mountain hide out is becoming more and more d ...more
Brianna Lee
Aug 13, 2012 Brianna Lee rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Alexia Purdy is AWESOME! She wrote an incredible 5 STAR book! I loved the characters, the setting, the action, the romance, the TWISTS! Wow, this book just has so much everything. I always wanted to check out Alexia Purdy’s work, and let’s just say…I am totally glad I did! I will most definitely check out her other books – they are all going to be on my TBR (to be read) list! So, if you enjoy reading post-apocalyptic books, “R
Mandy Buchanan
Apr 17, 2012 Mandy Buchanan rated it it was amazing
I was a littel concerned to sit down and write a review for this book. I was honored to receive an ARC of it from Alexia. I loved Evershade and thought why not. I like her and her writing I will give it a shot. The first few chapters I kept asking myself, why am I reading this book. This isnt like the books I normally read nor like. I am not an end of days type of person. I want to see all the happy frills, not the doom and gloom. I owed it to Alexia to continue to read the book and not give up ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Ren rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at A Little Bit of R&R Reviews
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.

Paranormal Reads
Jun 25, 2012 Paranormal Reads rated it it was amazing
Wow what a ride. In a genre filled with zombie apocalypse having a book about a vampire apocalypse is so refreshing. I got sucked in from the first line. “Never tease anything that wants to eat you.” If that doesn’t draw you in I don’t know what will.

April, her mom, and her six year old brother are all that is left of the human race living everyday not knowing if it’s their last in the fight with the wildlings. While out one day to get more supplies her mom and brother go missing. April goes cra
K.B. Miller
Aug 05, 2012 K.B. Miller rated it it was amazing
I want to start off by saying, in order for a book right now to garner 5 moons from me, it has to "Wow" me. I'm a writer, and as such, I don't have as much time as I'd truly like for reading. And I've read too many books recently that all start to run together. BUT, Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy was NO such book! I absolutely fell in love with this innovative, and unique story. The writing style is simple, yet packs a punch for the reader. I felt everything that our main character, April felt. ...more
First paragraph:
NEVER TEASE ANYTHING that wants to eat you. The ravenous eyes that bled death all around and peered from their window, drooling at the sight of us. The buildings loomed above as we rushed across the concrete and asphalt, hurrying to beat the sun as it set. They lurked in every window, shrouded by the shadow from the searing sun. The east sides of the buildings were crawling with vampires. They smirked and sneered their inhuman growls, hissing right at us as we jumped from sunbea
Rhiannon Frater

This is a 3.75 for me. I debated the rating until I realized I do like this quite a bit, but it falls short of wowing me.


The Premise

I realize there are a lot of post-apocalyptic vampire stories out there right now, but something about the setup in this book just really worked for me. I liked the idea of a young woman facing the end of the world with her mom and her younger brother. I also liked the setting being in Las Vegas. I've been there a few times and I think it's a great set
May 22, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
This review may contain spoilers

This was given to me in ebook form from Confessions of a Bookaholic for review


"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 su
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
!!!!Possible Spoilers!!!!

How awesome is the name of this book?? Reign Of Blood, doesnt that just sound super badass!

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
Melissa Simmons
May 29, 2012 Melissa Simmons rated it it was amazing
Reign of Blood, the first book in a new series by Alexia Purdy, takes place in a dystopian future Las Vegas where vampirism is a sickness that has ravaged the world and mutated all its inhabitants in some way. A new and interesting take on the vampire genre, this book was phenomenal. I read it in one evening.

The story is told from the point of view of our main character, April, a kick-ass girl with a determination to survive and save her family in a world gone crazy. It's a fast-paced thrill rid
Jul 11, 2012 ReadingDiva rated it it was amazing
** Originally Posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog Rating 5 of 5

**Contains Minor Spoilers**

Review: Whoa, talk about non-stop action and great characters. I came across this book recently and decided to give it a try to make it part of my July Dystopia Month, I am quite happy I did. The result is this review. I struggled a bit trying to come up with the right words to describe how much I enjoyed it.

The post apocalyptic America that Alexia Purdy has created is different from any other dystopia/post-apocaly
Sep 14, 2012 Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I’ll be the first to admit that one theme I’m growing continuously tired of reading is vampires. Yes, you heard me right. Vampires. I’ve read countless books this year built around the vampire theme and it’s becoming monotonous, predictable, and draining (no pun intended). So along comes Alexia Purdy with “Reign of Blood”, and she completely blows me away with this action-packed, post-apocalyptic novel centered on the vampire theme, but so uniquely different it left me giddy with delight.

I’m ab
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 bec
Lisa Markson
Apr 12, 2012 Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing
Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy

I was really lucky to receive a ARC of the book Reign Of Blood by Alexia Purdy. Let me tell you it was a absolutely AMAZING book. A vampire epidemic has hit Sin City, Las Vegas and April, her mother, and 6 year old brother seem to be the only humans left????
April is one kick ass teenager who fights zombie like vampires instead of planning her next date or picking a dress for prom. After a unfortunate incident she meets with Miranda, Blaze, and Rye. Together they lea
J.T. Lewis
Apr 15, 2012 J.T. Lewis rated it it was amazing
Reign of Blood
Alexia Purdy

Never tease anything that wants to eat you!

I have told Alexia Purdy that in my estimation, that was perhaps the most compelling first line in the history of literature.

And then, the book REALLY gets going!

Reign of Blood is Ms. Purdy's first foray into the realm of urban fantasy, but you would never know that from reading this awesome story. Alexia’s already proven ability to create forceful new worlds for her books is again proven without a doubt.

Alexia has created
Devon Ashley

"Never tease anything that wants to eat you." Words to live by if you wanna survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Besides her mother and little brother, April Tate seems to be the last human left in Las Vegas after a virus caused serious mutations worldwide, turning humans into vampires. Her family seems to be immune, and being the last ones in the city makes it easy to raid the city for supplies during the daytime. That is until the day April went off to the drugstore alone, and came back to fin
Apr 14, 2012 Bella rated it really liked it
I was so happy I got a chance to get an ARC of this one, lets say it was such a page turner. I fell in love with April from the start and the fight she struggled with every day to stay alive and find her family. She was such a unique girl and someone I have to say I envy. She was so strong for a girl who lived every day not knowing if she will make it because of the crazy vampires that lived in the city below. She would searched for her family everyday, till one day she encounters a new group t ...more
Lavinia Urban
Aug 06, 2013 Lavinia Urban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book.
The whole story was so refreshing and gives you a complete different outlook on vampires and how the became to be.
The story is about a girl called April and her mother and brother who seem to be the only survivors of some sort of Epidemic that has turned the entire population into vampires.
One day whilst April and her family are out scavenging her mother and brother are kidnapped and this causes April to go on a rampage killing vampires.
But then she come across a va
Claire Taylor
Aug 19, 2012 Claire Taylor rated it it was amazing
I received this book on a read to review basis.

When I first started reading this book my initial thoughts were “this all sounds pretty familiar, just with vampires instead of zombies”, that was until the story got going – then I couldn’t stop reading.

Reign of Blood is an action packed, fast paced post-apocalyptic story full of unique twists and turns that will leave you hooked. The character development grows throughout the entire story, and the descriptions used leave little to the imagination.
May 06, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rose Glammoon
Jan 26, 2014 Rose Glammoon rated it it was amazing
Wow, Reign of Blood was just in a few simple words: Mind blowing, intense, amazing & impressive!

A review as honest as I can be, I won't give away much but enough so the curious wouldn't feel too much was given away. & really, there's so much that even if a little something is given away, there is still too much inside it & a depth that keeps the reader going.

I rarely read books that have 'Zombies' in the genre & truthfully, I wasn't at all looking for a book like Reign of Blood w
This was a good book. The first 10% is a little slow moving as we get to know April. The rest of the book is gripping as April fights off rabid vampires or Zompires as they seem to be a mix of both. When she meets the hybrid vampires she learns more about herself and learns that not all vampires are evil.
What I liked:
April was a good lead character. She was tough but had enough vulnerability to be believable. Rye was a good match for her and although the suffer from what Author Rhiannon Frater c
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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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