February 5, 2013
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Purgatory Reign by L.M. Preston
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Guest Post from author, L.M. Preston, and an Excerpt for your
Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it, Peter Saints is waiting.
Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints’ life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.
Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give – his blood.
On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It’s the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.
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The premise of author LM Preston’s novel Purgatory Reign sounded really interesting and I was excited to begin reading the novel. I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant seeing as how I hadn’t seen the novel around online much, but once I began reading I was quite pleased with what I found in the novel. The plot was fun, the characters were interesting and the world that the novel is set in is one that is straight up thrilling. Plus there was a ton of romance which is always nice to read about.
Purgatory Reign revolves around the adventure that main character Peter Saints embarks on when he is forced to flee by the only man he can think of as a father, Pastor Finn. Being an orphan Peter has nowhere to go and after finding out that something evil and twisted is after him, he finds himself on the road in hopes of finding the sanctuary that Pastor Finn told him about. While on his journey to find this supposedly safe haven, Peter picks up Angel, a dirty kid who has a secret that literally steal Peter’s heart: Angel isn’t really a boy, he is a girl and it doesn’t take long for Peter to fall in love with her.
Being in love does lift Peter’s spirits a little, but what quickly brings him down is the fact that the Order that had been protecting him since his mother was killed has an enemy. Not just any random enemy either, it’s a group hell-bent on summoning supernatural forces that they can only barely control and craves the one thing that Peter will not let it have: His blood. Something about Peter isn’t all that human and it brings him to meet a few characters along the way who aren’t as normal as he is. Peter faces monsters pulled straight out from people’s nightmares, learns the truth about who he is and faces the fact that if he isn’t a hero the people closest to him will suffer terribly.
The first thing that I want to talk about when it comes to Purgatory Reign is the two main characters Angel and Peter. When it came to Peter, I was actually pretty pleased with him. He wasn’t a wimp and whenever he fought, he fought in a way that was realistic to me. Peter has a short fuse, a bad attitude and a heart that feels way too much. But it’s those traits that create his character and make him one of the most unique characters I have seen as of late in YA. Angel is a lot more different than Peter since she not only is a character who turns out to be a girl (and when that was revealed, my mind was blown) but she’s also a mix of badass and the innocent love interest. She is witty, feisty and at the same time she’s still a damsel in distress. Personally, I liked Angel’s character because it’s seldom that you have female characters who are able to fight and end up needing assistance from the person they’re in love with. The damsel in distress scenario is what really had me when it came to her.
Purgatory Reign is a novel that was written in a way that I’ve never seen before, I don’t know how to put it into words, but everything is detailed in a way that made me think of Purgatory Reign as a graphic novel. I could imagine the setting, the characters and situations with such ease and found that really refreshing and for that I give Preston a high five. The novel is written with such a fast pace that you can get through it without even realising just how much you have read. I found that I loved the fact that the novel had chapters in the POV (point of view) of the villain Gavin. He was the perfect type of antagonist; sick, twisted and absolutely evil.
I would recommend Purgatory Reign to fans of the YA supernatural scene, romances and readers who are looking for a quick and fun read.
A sickening thump made Peter jerk around. His face crinkled with fury. The car threw the sparse girl’s body upwards into the air, and sped off down the street. She bounced several times on the pavement. Peter ran and knelt beside her. Blood dribbled from her lip. And he felt like garbage, being the cause of her injury.
She smiled at him. “Petah. I…knew you would come.” Her dazed eyes never left his face. “Take me home, Petah.”
He shook his head and searched around. Surprised the street was now deserted. Tendrils of guilt filled his chest. Another one…my damn fault. My fault.
TEASING VS BULLYING
I did a recent middle school visit at a school and found that a child committed suicide in the school. Sadness. My heart broke for the school and the child. During my visit on the STOP THE VIOLENCE panel the kids asked all kinds of questions, but most of them focused around bullying.
This one question stuck firmly in my mind and made me remember something my grandmother used to tell me.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DON’T SAY NOTHING AT ALL!
I used to hate when she reminded me of that considering I was a snarky teen who thought she knew it all. I had an opinion on everything and didn’t have a problem telling it the way I saw it – especially because people didn’t have a problem reminding me that I was “short”, a “four eyes”, a “square”, a “bastard”, had a uni-brow and much more.
TEASING CAN LEAD TO BULLYING
Although it may seem innocent, teasing can stir the beginnings of bullying. I’ll take my own childhood example.
I was constantly teased for having a uni-brow and being fat. I mean, I was teased about this by my family, by friends, by teachers, heck even people I didn’t know.
My response usually was to just laugh it off. So those perpetrators thought that their teasing didn’t mean anything to me and that I Was In On Their Joke….but deep down inside, with all those people saying the same thing over and over to me – well, I started to think that what they said was true.
HOW TEASING TURNS TO BULLYING
So, since so many people were ‘teasing’ me about my uni-brow and my weight, I started to hate those things about myself, because…THEY DIDN’T CHOSE TO SAY SOMETHING NICE – WHAT THEY SAID WAS MEAN, and even now as a writer – I have to fight the negativity and let only the positivity in. But at that time, I was a kid, and all any kid wants to do is – be accepted.
I figured I could change those things about myself, and the first thing I did was shave my eyebrows. Let me tell you – that didn’t go over too well. Everyone noticed and I got teased worst for it. I let them grow back.
My weight, well, I wasn’t fat, but I was chunky and at 14yrs old when I wanted a boyfriend like my friends had, I thought I could set off to drop some weight. Then the ‘teasing’ changed and people started giving me compliments, only thing was, I was losing weight to the point of near starvation, fainting, and anorexia. Thankfully I had a very aware grandmother, who stepped in, talked to me, explained to me how beautiful I was inside, that I had to eat and she made sure I did. She told me NO ONE WILL LOVE YOU IF YOU DON’T LOVE YOURSELF FIRST.
Wow – and she told me to LOOK IN THE MIRROR to REMIND MYSELF I AM LOVED. You know what, she did it with me that first day, and even more so after that, until one day – I started to do it for myself.
SO SHARE WITH ME HOW YOU HAVE OVERCOME BULLYING. How you don’t let negativity from nasty words affect you.
by: LM Preston, YA Author, www.lmpreston.com
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About the Author:
LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.