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Purgatory Reign, by L.M. Preston, is an explosion of paranormal imagination clothed as a YA conspiracy thriller.
Peter Saints isn’t a saint. He’s a tough orphan—who saw his parents killed—living in a crazy preacher’s not-too-official orphanage. A strange girl puts a mark in his hand before she dies, and the preacher tells him to go on the run to a Sanctuary. Peter is supposed to go alone, but he picks up others in his travels. Angel is a pint-size fighter with amazing skills, and Kyle just seems to become part of the team, but can he be trusted?
Together, they uncover amazing secrets: about themselves, about the Sanctuaries, and about clandestine societies that promote Good and Evil. Evil is after them…and their blood.
L.M. Preston is an interesting writer. Her stories are inventive, lively, and action-packed, still remembering the power of young love.
Peter is a refreshing change, an African-American action hero who is too young to vote, but not too young to care about others who are abused by bullies. He has a temper, he doesn’t always know what he’s doing, but he will do anything in his power to protect the woman he loves…and he does have powers. The baddies are demonically bad, driven by a love of evil and a desire for power.
There are some wild settings that teeter between alien tech and steampunk. The secret conspiracies (on the side of the angels and on another side) are convoluted, powerful, and under seriously-deep cover. It’s hard to imagine teenagers surviving some of these adventures, and there is teen language, along with sexual references and experiences that try to make things grittier to attract the young adult audience. Preston lays out the conspiracies, and the methods they use to achieve their goals. It’s scarily convincing. I remember receiving this book in the mail, several months ago. I remember reading it. I remember writing a review and saying nice things about this book. KRL’s editor doesn’t have my review. It isn’t on my computer, and the review isn’t on any of my flash drives. I have no idea what happened to my review. Could it be...A CONSPIRACY???
To enter to win a copy of Purgatory Reign, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Reign”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 4, 2013. U.S. residents only.
Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a California-born, Valley-raised librarian/entertainer/writer. He lives in Sanger, four blocks from the library, with his wife, his daughter, and a spinster cat.