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February 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Purgatory Reign by L.M. Preston – Review, Guest Post and Excerpt

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by for our Tour stop for

Purgatory Reign by L.M. Preston

presented by Sizzling PR!

At our stop we’ve got our thoughts on the book, a fantastic
Guest Post from author, L.M. Preston, and an Excerpt for your
viewing pleasure!

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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.

add to goodreadsPurgatory Reign by L.M. Preston
Publication Date:  May 18, 2013
Publisher:  Phenomenal One Press

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby NewThe 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.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Excerpt

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.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Guest-Post

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 bullyi