Reign of Blood by Alexa Purdy

reignMy 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.

review

It seems like, every time I turn around, there is another dystopian or post-apocalyptic young adult or new adult novel on the market. And if it’s not that, there is yet another novel about vampires. As a result, I’ve found that many of these books become somewhat interchangeable. That is not the case with this novel. Ms. Purdy has taken the post-apocalyptic genre, tossed in vampires, seasoned it with zombie-like, “feral” vampires, wrapped it in a romance novel, and has delivered an excellent beginning to this series. Truly, the only reason I did not give the book a five rating was due to the rushed and rather abrupt ending. I’m not even entirely sure that one could say that the romance aspect of the novel is 100% HEA. But, I suppose that it is as happy an ending as one might expect in the genre. There is nothing more explicit than PG-13 in the novel, so I feel comfortable recommending this novel to fans of the Divergent novels. I do look forward to future outings in this world and hope those allow me to learn more about some of the side characters in this installment. 

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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