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Publisher's Summary

"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.
©2012 Alexia Purdy (P)2013 Alexia Purdy
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cyndi on 01-09-16

Great New Take on Vampires!

3.5-4 stars

This is a good beginning to what I hope will be a great series. For most of the book the main character April seems a little torn between being a tough, independent bad ass and a young confused girl who doesn't know what she is doing most of the time. Then towards the end she starts to finds her purpose but I still feel the insecurities in her actions. I would love to watch this character grow into herself!

The love story: I personally hate insta-love but can handle it in a fantasy setting. What I didn't love was that there was no build up or anything that made you understand this instant love. Neither of the characters seemed to feel a mental attraction to each other, it felt like they loved each other because the author said so more than showing us why. I would have loved to see a little more build up and another short scene or two where these characters get to know each other and we get to know their thoughts so we could feel the attraction a little more (if that makes sense).

I loved the story line, I like that it was different and almost like a zombie/vampire mix. This story doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger, more of an opening for what comes next which is a huge plus for me!

Narration.... I hate to say this but I am so confused by the way I feel about the narration! In the very beginning I thought I was going to hate it, she seemed a little high-strung and the recording seemed to have a little echo but as the story progressed it felt like she started to understand the characters more and did a much better job at hitting the right tones for the scenes. Her narrative voice was great through 90% of this book. The narration as a whole just felt a little uneven I guess.

I will be continuing on to book 2, so don't let my criticisms fool you, I generally liked this book

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nikki B. on 07-11-18

Best vampire series!

Love Ms. Purdy's take on vampires. kerps you interested and wanting to know what happens next!

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