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Provex City (Lorne Family Vault) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 15, 2012
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Now the characters, Oliver is a young boy not sure of himself at all, and being bullied isn't helping. He envies his brother without really knowing him because they are different. Jeremy is popular and confident. He is a bit bothered by his brother but when it's needed he also can be a protective older brother. This duality will be explained but that's sure that at the beginning like Desiree I didn't appreciate him.
Desiree is a girl that seems to be always happy and welcoming but when you see past the appearances you can see she is also fragile, hurt and has secrets. I liked her even if I had some difficulties to understand how she acts with her boyfriend Eli. And they are some mysteries as why is she as good as Oliver with the "other reality" things.
Anna, it's not that I dislike her but I absolutely hated how she acted with Oliver and at the shopping mall.
So the beginning of the book is more mystery than fantasy for me but the plot is interesting when you get over the confusing part. I will be waiting for book 2 because the end is a small cliff-hanger and you want the answers to "why". At the end of the book, you understand the base of the story but it's really a series and not a stand alone. Many questions are left unanswered. Now that we have some knowledge about the universe, it will be easier to immerse ourselves in it I think. So i want more^^.
I loved this book but I admit that I had to go past my first impression; it's really in the end that you enjoy it the most. It's an interesting and intriguing first book. A good book to recommend to the ones who like: science fiction, fantasy and of course YA.
A warning: there are mentions of adolescent's suicide and abuses of alcohol.
Oliver Grain starts school as a new student. Immediately, he meets a girl named Desiree and is picked on by the school bullies. After a fight between Oliver and the bullies, Mr. Gordon, one of Oliver's teachers, miraculously heals Oliver's injuries. Oliver wants to learn how Mr. Gordon was able to perform that kind of healing. He tells him to open his mind. It's when Oliver's mind is open that he discovers the alternate world of Provex City. From the outside, it is gorgeous, but its what's on the inside that could potentially hurt Oliver.
I wouldn't say that the title caught my attention because it didn't, not one bit. It's a bit of a boring title even though Provex City is mentioned in the book. Don't let the title put you off because this is actually quite a good book!
As for the cover, I love it, and I hate it. I hate that it just seems a bit too...cartoonish, but I love how it shows Provex City from beyond Los Angeles. I do love the colors, but I didn't really take this book too seriously when I first looked at the book. This is definitely one of those books that you shouldn't judge it by its cover.
I enjoyed the world building! I love how the author was able to take his readers from one world to the next. I found the transitioning between the world as we know it to this other city that is on a different plane to be done really well. I felt like I was part of these different planes. I also found Provex City to be absolutely breathtaking!
I liked the pacing in this book. The pacing starts off at a decent pace, but it isn't long before you have to strap yourself in because this book really takes off! I don't mean that it goes way too fast that you can't really understand what's going on, but I mean that it becomes one of those books that's hard to put down because it is just so awesome!
I definitely enjoyed the plot. I liked how Oliver was told to clear his mind and try to see beyond what's around him. I also liked that he was told to believe that he could actually see and do whatever he wanted as long as he put his mind to it. In fact, the plot seems so believable, that there were times I was actually trying to see beyond what was around me in case there was some other plane of existence that I wasn't aware of. (True story)! Sadly, I didn't find anything.
I thought the characters were written really well! I loved how down to Earth Oliver seemed to be. Some may think he was a bit too gullible with everything he was being told, but I didn't think he was. I think if someone created a door out of nothing and could do miraculous healing, I'd pretty much believe anything was possible as well. Desiree was my favorite character, and I found her to be down to Earth as well. I loved how sweet she came across to be. I didn't like Eli, but that's only because I wanted Desiree and Oliver to be together. I also felt this way with Anna. Oh, and I also liked how Oliver's parents were written into the story. They actually seemed like caring parents, and they seemed like real parents of a young teenage boy! For example, Oliver wasn't allowed to have girls in his room. It was nice to see parents in a YA novel that cared.
The dialogue was very interesting, and I couldn't get enough of it! It flows very smoothly and is consistent with a YA novel featuring 15 year olds. There are a few swear words, but nothing major.
Overall, Provex City by Michael Pierce is an extremely interesting journey, and I use the word journey because that's what it feels like. This book makes different planes of existence feel like they could exist.
I'd recommend this book to those aged 14+ who are after a book that can make them feel as if there's something more out there.
I'd give Provex City (Lorne Family Vault #1) by Michael Pierce a 4.5 out of 5.
(I was provided with a free ecopy of this book from the tour host in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review can also be found on my blog).
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