Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: Provex City

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Provex City
Author: Michael Pierce
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Paperback; 324
Release Date: April 14, 2012
Source: Blog Tour
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Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Mild Violence
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HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who like a mix of magic, growing up, and mystery in their reading.

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Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?

Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.

I'm going to admit straight out that when I first started Provex City I was utterly confused. This book somehow manages to have a fantasy/sci fi feel while still walking in the contemporary genre. It's odd at first. Still, the more I read, the deeper I was pulled in. It was amazing.

As a very character driven reader, I really appreciated Pierce's writing style. Oliver is the main character and he is so beautifully built, so wholly fleshed out, that it's hard not to like him. His life is what you'd expect a normal teenage boy's to be. Family, friends, and of course girl problems. That is, until he finds out just how extraordinary he really is.

Which brings me to the one area I had a bit if issue with. Although I totally understand the need to suspend disbelief in a story like this, I still had so many unanswered questions after finishing. I would love to know more about Oliver's ability and definitely about the other world! Here's hoping for another book so I can sate my curiousity.

Despite any small issues I may have had though, Provex City ultimately ended as an enjoyable read for me. A bit of magic and a touch of romance, this kept me immersed. I definitely recommend you give it a shot.


FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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