Title: Provex City
Author: Michael Pierce
Series: Book One in The Lorne Family Vault
Published: March 5, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
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My Thoughts and Review:
I have never been a big reader of fantasy but lately I have found myself being drawn to them more and more and *gasp* even liking them!
The fact that this story is told from the male point of view of Oliver, helps too. Oliver is so likeable. He is just your ordinary down to earth very real feeling teenage boy. He isn't a bad boy, he isn't super popular, not a jock, just...average (or so it seems) and I adore that about him. He has insecurities and fears and hopes and dreams just like the rest of us. He doesn't have everything figured out and he doesn't know what he is doing half the time, but again, that is what makes him so believable and so appealing.
When Oliver moves to a new town and into the house that may be haunted, his world really starts to change. When a new teacher takes a liking to him and starts to show him what is really possible, his world does change. Oliver learns things that he never knew, about himself and the world around him. We never get everything all at once but rather bits and pieces through resurfacing memories and through the things Mr. Gordon shows him. And it is pretty clear from the get go and his mom is hiding something. That Oliver and Jeremy are special in some way, we just don't know how yet.
I loved the Room of Enlightenment, it reminded me so much of Harry Potter and the Room of Requirements. I couldn't help it, I had to smile at some of the similarities, though they were few.
Desiree was an interesting character. I couldn't help but like her in all her eccentricities.
Really this was a great read and I like it way more than I was anticipating. I don't want to say too much more on it but, if you like fantasy, YA and a story told through the voice of a very likeable male protagonist, then please do give this one a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.