Purgatory Reign

Purgatory Reign

by LM Preston


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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. Peter carries within him the one gift or curse that could unlock a secret to destroy the human race. On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It is the one treasure 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. Purgatory Reign is Book 1 in the series including Deviant Storm, Fierce Tides and Kindle World novella Colliding Souls from Runes World.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985025137
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Publication date: 05/18/2013
Series: Purgatory Reign Series
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 4 - 12 Years

About the Author

LM. Preston was born in Washington, DC. She loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. 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. She has an 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. In addition to being an author, she's also a Moderator for Yalitchat in 2011, 2012 Vice President of Mid Atlantic Book Association and 2012 co-chair for the Maryland Writer's Conference.

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Purgatory Reign 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I debated when it came to reviewing this book. But, the description got the best of me and I decided to give it a shot. The idea behind this was interesting. I couldn't quite pin down what these kids have in common despite parents who were murdered or disappeared. I knew there had to be a connections between all of them and whatever has lead Peter to a life on the run. The person in charge of that was down right creepy. The book doesn't shy away from the details concerning the actions this person will take to get exactly what he wants. He's been planning this for years. Despite liking the plot line, I had a really hard time with the characters. Peter really drove me crazy. I expected him to be angry because of the life he has lead, but he would jump back and worth so much. I liked Angel a little bit, but his connections to Peter were just not flowing with me. The romance felt thrown in there. The story doesn't feel finished, so I'm sure this will be a series. I'm not sure I will read the next one.
GReba More than 1 year ago
Don't worry non-religious fans, it's not all "holier-than-thou" and heralding angels...in fact, it's more run-for-your-life-and-the-sake-of-those-around-you with a hidden reason behind all the downward spirals that will shock and amaze. First off, we have Peter Saints who hasn't had the easiest of lives.  His parents died in a car crash as they were running from someone or something and so most of his time was spent growing up in an orphanage run by Pastor Finn. The story kicks into high gear early on and sets Peter on the wild ride that's been written in his stars.  He's set to serve a bigger purpose in this life, one he'd never imagine for himself and all the heartache and hardship he's faced until now...is nothing compared to what's still to come.   If you like books with secret societies protecting the knowledge of ages, characters that can kick your butt around the pages, danger with a touch of romance, and friendships that are anything but conventional...this is TOTALLY the book for you.  Recommended read for YA lit fans of all ages; teens through adults will be able to enjoy this read as the questionable content only extends to mentions of some religious figures, a bit of violence and ill intentions...nothing over the top that made my eyebrow raise in the least. **this book was received courtesy of the author for a blog tour post and honest review, the complete content of which can be viewed on my site**
HilyBee More than 1 year ago
Purgatory Reign is a very creative novel. Peter, a young teen who lives in an orphanage, believes he is cursed. He saw his parents die when he was very young and it has plagued him ever since. He was taken in by Pastor Finn at the orphanage - but little did he know it wasn't because his parents were dead, it's because the Pastor is protecting him from something evil. When Peter witnesses the death of a young girl named Hanna, she gives him a mark on his hand that will change his entire life. Pastor Finn send Peter away to another hidden church so he can be safe. While at the new church Peter discovers a map of other places with strange symbols on them - and the ghost of his Mom.... The story gets even more thrilling and is filled with plot twists (which I absolutely loved). L.M. Preston took a typical coming-of-age story and gave it a whole new fantasy/sci-fi twist. I loved the creativity put into this novel. I never fully knew what was going to happen until the very end. An incredible novel that keeps your interest the entire time. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves a good thriller, fantasy, YA novel. So... L.M. when is the sequel coming out?! :D ~HilyBee from Novel d'Tales
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
From having read Bandits, I knew LM Preston could nail male POV, and she does exactly that in Purgatory Reign. Peter is a character that you root for right from the start. He's had a really tough life, and just about everyone around him winds up dead. But then he's given a gift, although he sees it as a curse, at least a first, and it sends him running for his life. The action scenes are really well done, keeping tensions high and the pace quick. Peter's relationships with Angel and later Kyle are fully developed with lots of twists. While I did predict one big twist, it didn't take away from the story at all.  The books does stand on its own, but it definitely implies there will be a sequel, one I'm looking forward to reading.
B_Morrison More than 1 year ago
While paranormal is not a genre I usually read, I enjoyed this book. Purgatory Reign took me on an exciting and satisfying ride. It starts with a jolt that leaves orphaned Peter Saints wondering why the people around him have to die. Then his guardian advises him to go on the run. Racing through the pages, we learn along with Peter what forces are driving these events. He recognises that he must discover his own powers in order to protect the woman he has come to love. Secrets are unearthed and mysteries revealed at a pace that leaves the reader wanting more, right up to the last page. The world of Purgatory Reign is both complex and consistent, making it completely believable. Peter himself and the other characters come alive as they rise to the monstrous challenge they face, a challenge Peter for one never expected, making him revise his ideas about the world, his parents and himself. His adventures as he pursues his quest make this coming-of-age story a thrill to read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Kindred_Dreamheart More than 1 year ago
Peter Saint! "Saint" is in his name....not so saintly personality. Peter is an orphan, but he's not your musical singing, high hopes, looking for a new family type of guy. He is parentless and mad as hell. He's forced from yet another home (the orphanage) after the death of a street kid and it on the run with no apparent mission. While wondering aimlessly, he meets up with teens of similar misfortune and embark on a journey with unimaginable evil nipping at their heels. On first introduction Peter intimidated me tremendously. I mean there was absolutely no ray of hope for this kid. He's seen death far too many times and is convinced he's a bad omen. He's sullen and pushes everyone away with this temper and constant rage. Then slowly but surely his sensitive side peaks in small bursts until it's overflowing. The object of his affection and romance wasn't very surprising. I have to admit I sort of predicted and anticipated the moment. What I did enjoy, however is how the pawns were played. It wasn't intense to the point of obviation to the dangers around them. The mystery and suspense of Purgatory Reign was well drawn out. Not even the characters realized the extent of the dangers they faced or even the reasons. The reader discovers the intricate plot piece by excruciating piece. Without giving too much away, I'll say Purgatory Reign is a story about good and evil....demons and angels....physical realm and spiritual realm. I've read many novels concerning these points but has never seen it portrayed quite like it is here. Purgatory Reign is a highly original story. Science Fiction fans will just eat this up! Big thanks to the author for entrusting me with an honest review!
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books with a lot of twists and turns that I did not expect. The main character Peter Saint watched his parents die.  He was taken in by Pastor Finn who took care of him like a son.  He had a rule that Peter was to stay in all the time for his protection.  Peter didn’t know what he was being protected from.  He had terrible visions and nightmares that were increasing. Peter would sneak out at night.  He was followed around by a girl named Hannah. He sees her get hit by a car. Before she dies she gives him a “gift”, a mark in his hand.  He rushes home and tells Pastor Finn what has happened and shows him the mark.  Pastor Finn tells him he must leave and search for a safe place.  Peter learns that his parents were part of an organization called The Order of Grace.  They held a secret and gave their life protecting Peter and others like him. Peter’s blood is desired by an Evil that can use it to bring their evil to life.  Peter joins Angel and Kyle on the run.  The three of them must find a way to stay out of harms way and protect and save the world.  I really wish I could say more but that would really spoil it.  This is definitely a must read for all fantasy lovers.
Nook_Users_Book_Club More than 1 year ago
Peter Saints is a 17 year old boy.  His parents were both killed (protecting him) when he was very young.  He is currently living in an orphanage outside of Washington, D.C. run by Pastor Flinn.  Pastor Flinn has become Peter’s father figure.  All of the children at the orphanage are home schooled and never leave the compound…well, all except for Peter.  He is the resident Robin Hood of the orphanage.  He is the good big brother to the younger kids and he takes care of bullies and puts the newcomers in their place. Peter is also a typical rebellious boy and sneaks out of the orphanage on a regular bases and heads into town to hit up night clubs and partake in what most people would call a relatively normal social life of a teenage boy.  However, one night everything changes.  Peter runs into Hannah, a homeless girl living on the streets of DC.  On a previous trip, Peter gives her a large amount of money to help her out and in the her eyes, becomes a great “friend”.  On this evening she runs into him just before sneaking his way into a night club and ruins his chances of entry.  He tries to run from her and darts into traffic only to hear and see her being stuck by a car that runs off.  Peter runs back to get her, but she’s is past the point of help.  He scoops her up and takes her to a nearby empty house, he tried to comfort her and asks  her why she followed him.  Her response,  “To give you this…my gift.”  She proceeds to draw a symbol (in her own blood) on Peter’s palm.  We quickly learn this orphanage is to protect the children of the members of THE ORDER and Pastor Flinn has been teaching them more than reading, writing and arithmetic, he has been teaching them how to survive. From the first page, this book had us hooked.  We were immediately drawn into the life of Peter Saints.  This book is filled with action, adventure, mystery, murder and general mayhem.  LM Preston’s storytelling abilities are wonderful.  The chapters/scenes were so realistic that we felt like we were with Peter all along the way.  We had a hard time putting this book down once we started.  While we had a general idea where the story line was headed, there were so many twists and turns that we couldn’t have predicted the details, characters or imagination it took to get to the last page. If a second book is in the works, it will make it to the top of our To Be Read list!
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Peter Saints life is a complete mess and only getting worse. After his parents die he ends up at a orphanage. The father there ends up timing out Peter time and again after Peter gets into fights which is Peter's mind is better than getting picked on. He also finds a way to sneak out at night and go around town where he meets a girl who he helped one day. Then to make things more interesting Peter gets marked by the girl he thought he was helping when he tried to get away and she was run over. Peter ends up on the run via the Father of the orphanage who tells Peter where to go next. He meets Angel a tuff kid who follows Peter and is afraid to be alone together they head to the next sanctuary. Definitely a great book with incredible bad guys that really creep you out and interesting characters along the way! Definitely a good one to check out!
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says "great read for young adults" Peter Saint sneaks out of the group home he has been living in since his parents died. On his way to an underage dance club, a girl named Hannah calls out to him. Ever since he gave her a handout because he saw that she was homeless, she has been following him around. To get away from her quickly, Peter dodges traffic to cross the street. He never thought that with her cripple leg, Hannah would try to follow. But she did and she is struck by a car. Before she dies in Peter's arms, Hannah tells him that she followed him because they told her to protect him, to give him a gift. She takes his hand and draws a circle with a squiggle of lines in it; it becomes burned into his hand. Peter runs back to Pastor Finn and tells him what happened and shows him the symbol. "It is time." Pastor Finn loads Peter with false documents and protective gear and tells him to just run. Confused by what just happened, Peter sees the ghost of his mother. She tells him that his name has been called and he is in real danger. Leaving Peter with the words, "seek the signs expelled from your heart and you will know what to do." Peter's confusion increases and continues to run. I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 out of 5 stars I have to stop my synopsis there because there is so much information and I do not want to accidentally give any important details away.  This author weaves a tale of mystery and suspense with love and adventure. I could not put this book down. While a bit confusing in the beginning and hard to imagine some of the descriptions, everything is easily answered. The book is mainly the adventure to get to the climax and the climax is shallow. No hoopla. I believe that when you work so hard to make an intricate story, do not run out of gas at the best part. It fizzled. But it is still good. The story is great. Possibility for sequels and I would continue to read where this story! Until next time, live life one page at a time!
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
“I love you. So much, I feel like I’m on fire when you touch me,” she whispered. “I feel like I can live through anything with you. As long as you are with me.” -L.M. Preston, Purgatory Reign Peter Saints never really questioned his lot in life. He was an orphan raised by a Pastor and taught things that normal kids weren’t. He had a constant need to fight and ignore his studies. Then one day everything changed. He learned that his family were part of the The Order of Grace. There was a prophecy that the children in Peter’s generation would gain special powers to help them fight The Order of the Dragon. On the run from the evil that is chasing him. Peter wished he would have paid more attention to Pastor Finn. He is caught in a whirlwind with a scrappy runaway named Angel and a sarcastic prep school kid named Kyle. The fate of the world rests in their hands. Will the quench the fire or will they be scorched by the flames. L.M Preston weaves a story that combines religious teachings with action packed thrills and unexpected romance. This Dystopian tale will have you rooting for Peter and Angel, and wondering which side Kyle is really on. Sit back and hang on, this electrifying story is a race against time. Will good triumph over evil, or will the world be plunged into darkness?
VampireVixen More than 1 year ago
    Peter Saints does not have a lot going for him. His parents are killed in front of him and then a young girl dies in his arms. He has lived for years with Pastor Finn in an orphanage of sorts.   He has visions and dreams that scare him to death. Peter is unsure as to their cause; but Pastor Finn is well aware of what is happening and  makes him go on the run to help save his life.     In his travels, he meets up with Angel and Kyle, and his life is never the same. In an attempt to unravel the mystery of what is happening, a great evil that the heavens attempted to hide has been unleashed. Will Peter be able to save the world from the terrible horrors that await or will it be too late?    This is an awesome young adult read that will surely please those who are into the fantasy with a touch of paranormal, horror, and mystery. The story is well written and flows smoothly from the beginning to the conclusion. I was not ready for it to end, but realized that this was just the beginning and will be anxiously awaiting the next one. Peter is my favorite character and he keeps the story moving. I have some misgivings about Angel, but will hold for further consideration. Kyle fits right in and compliments Peter nicely.     I have read several of this author's books and have to say this is my favorite one thus far. She has a way with words and draws you into the story line from the beginning. Her characters are real and personable with all the flaws that go along with being human. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. It is a fast read and will keep your interest.     I was provided a paperback copy from the publisher for reviewing purposes.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
Peter Saints parents were killed and now he's living in an orphanage under the care of Paster Finn who is trying to teach Peter about religion, and being a better person. Only, he isn't succeeding very well. Peter is constantly beating up bully's who are picking on the weak.  Initially, I thought there was no hope for Peter, and he might have too much evil inside him, but later on in the book, I learn there is so much more beneath his tough exterior.  Peter meets Hannah who dies quickly after they meet, and she gives him a gift that will come in great use in the near future.  Paster Finn advises Peter to run from the people who killed his parents, and do everything he can to not get caught. While on the run, he meets another run away named Angel. While on the run, they come close to getting caught in Georgia, but are fortunately saved by Kyle. Soon, they have formed a small group of runaways until they find a safehouse.  All throughout this book, I was a bit confused as to who they were running from, someone who is so evil, and I didn't get my answer until the near end, which was frustrating. I almost felt lied to by the author, lying by omission of the evil characters. Preston does a great job at using exceptional descriptive words that really put the pictures in your head almost like a movie. I found some parts to be a little bit to drawn out with descriptions, but overall it balanced itself out pretty well. Overall I give this book 4.5/5. I only leave .5 off for the lengthly parts in the book that seemed to drag on a bit too long for me. 
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tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
 Purgatory Reign, by LM Preston, is a YA book that had my attention from the first page!  The story follows a teenage boy named Peter Saints.  Peter was orphaned when his parents were murdered in front of him, and he now lives in an orphanage that is ran by a man named Pastor Finn.  Finn tries to teach Peter about life, religion, fighting, and the order of the grace.  Peter understands that he is in hiding, but as any teenager would, Peter wants to experience life as it should be for a boy his age, so he sneaks out occasionally.  Peter ends up meeting a girl named Hannah and they become friends quickly.  Hannah gifts Peter with something he will need in the future, and then all too quickly she is killed and taken from Peter's life.  This event forces Peter to be put out on the run.  Throughout his adventure, Peter meets Angel, also on the run, and Kyle.  The three continue their journey together running from place to place, hiding from the people that killed Peter's parents.  An evil group that is led by brothers Gavin and Lucien, are able to search for secrets through the use of blood, but the blood has to be from that families line, which Peter, Kyle and Angel fall into.  Gavin makes it his life's purpose to track and capture the three boys so that he can drain them of their blood and use it for this purpose.        I absolutely loved this book and it's a great fit into the popular YA genre.  It is an amazing start to a new series that I can't wait to continue reading.  The author does an amazing job at introducing the story and all the powers that lye within each of the characters.  I couldn't put the book down, as it's such a page turner.  Every sentence has you dying for the next!  I would highly recommend this book to readers of the YA genre and will be looking for the next installment to the series.  It's definitely worth the read! 
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
I’m an avid reader of YA fantasy novels, and I can say that “Purgatory Reign” does not disappoint in that category! Or in any category—it’s a good book regardless. The novel’s protagonist, Peter Saints, is a tough teenager who lives in an orphanage with the demanding Pastor Finn, who loves him as a father even if Peter can’t quite see it. Peter’s parents are both dead, and though he’s a loner, he’s a loner with morals: he spends his time beating up bullies who pick on the weak. At first glance he seems like the typical tough-guy teenager who might go bad, but as the story progresses we see that not only is he a good, caring person, but also might be the key to saving humanity from a great and dangerous evil. When a girl named Hanna is hit by a car, she dies in his arms—but not before drawing a mysterious symbol upon him that will not wash off. It’s a sign, when Pastor Finn learns what has happened, he sends Peter off on a suspenseful journey to find sanctuary and the truth about himself. Along the way, Peter picks up Angel, a smart alec with a surprising secret that will deepen their relationship in ways Peter doesn’t originally suspect. As I indicated above, I really enjoyed this novel! Peter and Angel are well-developed, interesting characters the reader comes to care about, and the Decretum Venia and the evil forces out to destroy Peter captured my attention. I don’t want to say too much more, because there are a lot of interesting twists and originality in this novel, but I wholeheartedly recommend it for fans of YA fantasy novels.
KenishaP More than 1 year ago
Peter Saints is a teenage boy who lives at an orphanage. When he was young his parents were murdered right in front of him and he was taken in by the pastor. One day a girl he knows dies, muttering things he cannot understand. This tragic event marks another turning point in Peter's life, as it seems certain people are now after him. The reader is immediately left with questions that propel them to keep turning pages. Why is Peter so important? Who was he being hidden from his entire life? Why have strange things started happening to him? I've read one of LM Preston's books before. I am left with the impression that her books have really nice concepts and interesting worlds to explore. This book is no different, and I was interested in seeing where it would go. It is pretty slowly paced, I guess to set things up for sequels, so I would have liked things to move swifter, especially in the later half of the story. Despite this, the ending was pretty good. The writing felt choppy and uneven for the first few chapters. Eventually the prose evens out and becomes better, but it never becomes great. Peter, Angel, and Kyle each have had hard lives and bad histories, but their strength makes them admirable characters. Peter is sort of a trouble-maker/rule breaker, but he has a good heart. Angel and Kyle are great, dependable friends to Peter. There is also a hint of romance in the story, but I thought it should have been spread out over other novels or developed a bit more, as it ends up feeling rushed. Overall this is a fairly good story; far from perfect but entertaining enough to give a shot.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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.
beanieboo78 More than 1 year ago
When I agreed to read this book I knew nothing about it. I literally gave the synopsis a quick peek but I didn't really take it in. Can I just say that this has to be my most favourite way to read books, I seem to find the best books this way. Preston's world building is fantastic and it draws you in from the first page, I seriously struggled to put this book down and when I had to put it down I struggled to keep my mind off it. Once this book starts up the action doesn't stop until the very end. Peter is understandably confused when his guardian Pastor Finn sends him on the run after Hanna's death, he has no idea who he is running from or where he is running to. Peter believes that anyone who gets too close to him will also die, but he doesn't understand why. He just tries to keep people away from him. Until he meets Angel. While searching for the answers to his questions Peter makes a few friends, friends who will save his life, give him purpose and stop him from feeling alone in the world. And unlike in plenty of other books it isn't an insta-friendship. These friendships take building, take earning of trust and is believable. The book built towards this big climax which seemed to be over really quickly, almost too quickly really. So I re-read it. Only to find that I had in actual fact skimmed some of it to find out what happened next as it was so gripping. Put this on your TBR list because you will not be disappointed, this book has it all: Secret societies, demons, romance, friendship, danger, blood and sacrifice. You will not be disappointed. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Paranormal_Dream_Writer More than 1 year ago
This is a YA paranormal adventure. I was lucky to have the opportunity to receive an ARC copy of this book. There were a lot of great things happening in this book. Along with the exciting adventure that Peter Saints there are many young adult issues that we have all faced. The issues are subtle but make the characters easy to relate to. This was one of those books that I went into reading with no expectations and came out loving it. The book was action packed from beginning to end. Peter thinks that he just brings death to those around him. He finds himself in a situation where he needs to journey to secret locations. His intention is to go on his own but can’t help but make some powerful connections along the way. Searching for the truth about whom he is and what has happened to those he cares about he finds himself caught up in the world of secret orders and bad guys galore. Or should I say gore? There is enough blood, murder, and action to keep even the busiest of teenage boys interested in this story. You’re not a teenage boy you say? There is just enough romance in this book to hook any avid YA romance reader. How long will I have to wait for the next installment of this book? At least it will be worth waiting for!
Ema-Volf More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure where to begin! I adored this book! It had everything I look for! I was blessed to be given an ARC copy for review, and I have to say, it makes me a bit sad that a lot of people couldn't read this book yet. Yes! It was that good! When a girl dies in his arms, Peter Saints's life is really thrown through a loop. He is immediately sent on a journey that seems a bit impossible, but he is strong and determined. Peter might be young, but he has a past that makes him seem so much older. People seem to die all around him, and like anyone else would, he fully blames himself for it. He's a bit jaded and can be a bit of a jerk at times, but you know what? I probably would be too if I were in his shoes. The best way to keep people from falling into the death trap that seems to surround you would be to scare them the heck away! The important thing is that we always know that underneath all the anger, fear, and pain, he is a great guy and a fascinating character.  Along the way, he meets a few friends, and many, MANY foes. His friends, while weak in some ways, have definite strengths, both in their actions in the book and as characters from a reader's standpoint. They are realistic enough that I could even see pieces of them in my own friends. They pull him through even though toughest scrapes. Most importantly, they both teach him things about himself and everything around him. When I pick up a book of any kind, I'm all about the life lessons! I look for these! I truly enjoyed the development of Peter's character once his friends were brought into the picture. The world that LM Preston created is terrifying! Why? Because it's just like ours. I'm probably going to be looking at people a bit funny for a week, wondering if there's a creepy demon riding on their shoulders. I particularly enjoyed learning about the secret societies. They were well-thought out and well-rounded. I was given enough information to not be completely lost, but not so much that I'm not genuinely curious. I finished the book hours ago, and I already want to know more. I truly enjoyed this story. It has everything. Action that kept me on the edge of my seat, love that I found believably flawed and yet beautiful at the same time, loss that really tore at my heart, lessons that keep me thinking after I put it down, friendships that only added to the character development, and tons of intriguing paranormal story line woven in to keep me wanting more. I seriously can't wait until the next one! The wait is going to be torture!
HeatherMuzz More than 1 year ago
Peter was orphaned when his family was murdered. He lives in an orphanage run by an ex-cop named Pastor Finn. Peter sneaks out whenever possible even though he has been strictly forbidden from leaving the grounds. On one such excursion, Peter is running from a homeless girl that he gave money to once. When she is hit by a car and transfers something to him, his adventure begins. Pastor Finn quickly gets him out of the orphanage and tells him to find a sanctuary where he will be protected and hidden, trust no one, there are people after him. Peter doesn't understand what is going on, but he does what the Pastor says anyways. On his journey he picks up a stray kid named Angel against his better judgement. Somehow he feels like he is supposed to protect him. They get to a sanctuary and get some info, discover some secrets, and find out they need to leave and find another. There is a society of good and one of bad. The bad is run by a man named Gavin who works for The Master. They are slowly killing off the other group and using their children's blood for evil purposes. What the Master really wants is Peter's blood, Peter is special, his blood is the key to everything. Along his journey, Peter will discover things about himself and Angel that will shock him to the core. He will have to make a decision, does the good of one outweigh the good of many? What lengths will he go to to protect the ones he loves? This book is a definite must read. Crazy twists and turns and nonstop action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PURGATORY REIGN by LM Preston is a must-read for young adult fans.  I really enjoy LM's books. The characters are three-dimensional, each with a unique personality. You feel as if you know them in real life. The dialogue is realistic, the adventures breathtaking. This book doesn't fail to live up to its expectations and go beyond. The story blew me away and I couldn't wait to see what happened in the next chapter. The ebook is out now and the print copy comes out May 18th.  
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Purgatory Reign is a supernatural thriller written by L.M. Preston. It’s supposed to be a fast-paced action adventure with some romance thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately the book really didn’t come into its own until a little over half way into it. Peter Saint, an orphan, takes off to have some fun one night when he comes across a young girl he slightly knows. When tragedy strikes her, Peter is left with a burning scar on his hand and lots of questions. On a search for a sanctuary to keep him safe from those chasing him as well as to find out what has happened to him, he is joined by Angel (a love interest) and Kyle. All three are chased by two ruthless brothers and their henchmen. The first half of the book spent a lot of time being cryptic and trying to keep the reader guessing as to what is happening to Peter. It jumped around so much that I found it hard to keep up. Poor paragraph layout didn’t help as I never knew who was speaking which dialogue as often two characters spoke in the same paragraph. The characters are hard to become interested in. The back story for each one is given but in a very detached way that doesn’t elicit much sympathy. Even the villains are fairly ho-hum. At around the half-way point when explanations are starting to be given about what is going on the book finally picks up speed and becomes enjoyable. It’s just too bad the first half wasn’t as good as the last half.
Sue_in_CT More than 1 year ago
Purgatory Reign by L.M. Preston is a Young Adult Fiction book but I would go further and say it is a Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense with some Action and Adventure thrown in for good measure. I was in no hurry to read the book but once I started reading the first page I was hooked and finished the book the next day. I just didn't want to put it down because there was something always happening and I was dying to find out what.  The story starts with the main character Peter Saints who is a sixteen year old that lives in an orphanage since his parents death some years before. As the story progresses we learn quite a bit about Peter as a person. He has issues trusting people, he doesn't want to get close to anyone because he thinks they will be taken from him just as his parents were, he even admits to doing things just to get the attention of  Pastor Finnegan (Finn) who runs the orphanage and who he looks at as a father figure. All of these add to his character and the believability of his character since they seem to be 'normal' for what he went through. What wasn't normal about this well developed character is that he was always protected and when he snuck away from the orphanage a 'gift' was given to him from a dying friend. This gift is like no other and he often wondered if it was a curse. Peter is told to leave the orphanage by Pastor Finn since he can't protect him any longer. He meets up with Angel and then later on with Kyle. Kyle was the least developed but it seems to me the author did this intentionally. She wanted a bit of mystery around him so the reader would not know who's side he is on for sure.  Angel also had a secret that is eventually discovered. It was an interesting twist I didn't see coming. Another interesting thing is all three of them discovered that none of them have parents that are alive and they all were treated like there was something 'off' about them. Things they overheard their parents say even made them wonder if their parents were crazy. They also found out they had other things in common too, right down to the blood in their veins.  On their journey they discover the when, where, and why they are running from others who want to kill them. I was at the edge of my seat when the enemy was close or when there was the discovery of some new information or place. The imagination and all the details with their twists and turns really kept me glued to the book. There was something going on all the time but in order for you to understand it, I would have to explain it which means "a spoiler". I don't want to do that and ruin it for you so you will have to take my word for it, it was full of things happening, people trying to kidnap the main characters (in fact, they did kidnap one of them), new secret places and artifacts being discovered that were hidden many years ago by their ancestors, and the ever present danger of the Extraho of Obscurum being rebuilt and their "Master" bonding with a human to enact his reign of terror here on earth and beyond.  There is a lot of fighting and people dying but there really is nothing detailed where it would cause concern and the fighting for the most part was justified by a ' it's either you or me' (good vs evil) scenario. I absolutely enjoyed this story. In fact, I loved the story!