Review: Provex City by Michael Pierce

Sorry, no Confident Reads feature this week.  I’ve been too busy with stuff and didn’t have time to get anything ready.  However, this is an Indie title and is one I do highly recommend!
Provex City (The Lorne Family Vault Series) by Michael Pierce
Available in paperback and ebook, 324 pages
Published March 5th, 2012
Source: Author
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.

Provex City was a fabulous read for me and that’s for several reasons.   First of all, the main character, Oliver, is a boy!  I love male POV’s and am happy to see them becoming more popular in YA.  Another thing I loved was Oliver himself and that’s because he was so real.  When I read Oliver’s story I felt like I really knew him.  He wasn’t some super stud and wasn’t some bad boy, he was just a normal teen.  He had insecurities and didn’t always know where he stood or even how he felt about things.  But that’s how boys are.  What I thought of a lot when I read this was when I was a teenager and me and my friends would make such a big deal about things, everything was drama, drama, drama.  And the boys were like ‘yeah, whatever’.  And that was Oliver.  The girls would ask him to do something and he’d say “sure, I guess so”.  And that simple saying right there is exactly what guys say.  Okay, not all guys, but you know, a lot of them.  And it made me feel like Oliver was really just an average guy.

But you know what?  He’s not just an average guy.  The thing is as we read we get hints of things from his past.  We know that there’s more to everything but we don’t know what it is.  Is it ghosts?  Is it a parallel universe kind of thing?  It’s really cool trying to figure it out by the subtle things that happen.  And we’re learning alongside Oliver cause he doesn’t know either.  But how things start out is his teacher starts teaching him to use more of his brain.  You know that theory that we only use a small portion of our brain but if we learn to use more we can do incredible things like heal ourselves and others and do miraculous and amazing things?  Well, that’s kind of what happens here but it really takes things a step further.   
The book is definitely not contemporary, but it has a lot of contemp issues in it.  Oliver is picked on really bad by a couple kids and we see that he struggles with his fear and his need/want to protect himself and others.  I liked this aspect of the story a lot.  I also liked that there was a lot of friendship as well as a different sort of unexpected romance.  It all felt real to me, there wasn’t any stretching our imagination to picture it.  It’s not exactly the way I might have *wanted* the romance to go, but there’s a bit of twist, fortunately, and I thought it made things more interesting while keeping it real.  There’s also a bit of dealing with peer pressure and with family issues, one of which is a hint at alcoholism.

I think boys and girls alike will like this book but I think it would especially appeal to boys.  I think they could really connect with Oliver and relate to the things he’s going through (the ones of the contemp variety anyway).   I most definitely recommend you pick this book up and give it a shot!

Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

I am booking a tour for this book for Jan. 3rd through 25th.  If this sounds like a book you would enjoy reading please email me at candace_redinger(at)yahoo(dot)com with your name, blog and URL.


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Comments

  1. Oh, YAY for boy povs! I absolutely love them since they’re not as common so it’s a nice refreshing change. I like the sound of the different romance. I will try and read this book since it sounds so good! Great review Candace!

  2. You’re reading all sorts of fun books I haven’t heard of before Candace! I’m loving the gradual increase in male POVs as well, it’s fun to see things through their eyes now and then:) I’m definitely curious about this romantic twist and how it made the romance go in a direction you didn’t necessarily want it to go. Thanks for the review Candace!

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