Raise your hand if you are in need of a story that absolutely sucks you in from page one?
Good, now put it down because I have one for you and you look silly raising your hand in your cubicle when you absolutely should be working.
Purgatory Reign - L.M. Preston
Peter Saint’s life stinks. But things are about to get much worst. 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’s the one treasure the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer that he hopes will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.
I am not joking when I say this book starts on page one and does not quit. It starts with Peter, hating his life and seemingly alone in the world. His parents have died, he lives in a boys home and is somewhat of a trouble maker, down on life, and he doesn't understand why he isn't able to venture out into the world.
Until one day, he accidentally gets a girl killed and he's literally forced out in the middle of the night with little to no information or resources and that's that. It starts an adventure where he meets Angel, and then the girl he falls in love with. He has dreams about something really awful, but doesn't really know why he's essentially being targeted. As the reader, you're able to figure out that everyone who has died around him has died knowing why he's being targeted.
The book flip flops from Peter, trying to figure it all out, and Gavin (along with his brother Lucien) who are the bad guys. They are desperate to find Peter because his blood holds the answers they need for their sinister plans. *insert cackle here* I will say that Gavin and Lucien are written really well because every page with them it feels evil, nothing non-evil about them is shown and you worry for Peter because he literally has no idea what he's basically racing towards or why.
It's got to be a series because while the book finishes... it really doesn't. It feels like there is more story to be told and I'll be interested to finish the series out. The story does have some slow spots and while I understand that Peter's upbringing would make you an unhappy/grouchy person, he's kind of got too much attitude. But that's just me. Overall I think you'll like this book. I did. I started it and finished it in one evening because it keeps you involved, something is always happening to poor Peter.