Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Provex City & Susy Asylum Book Reviews

About Provex City (Lorne Family Vault #1)
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.
  About SUSY Asylum (Lorne Family Vault #2)
In SUSY Asylum, there is no release. There is no escape. No hope.

Oliver and Desiree are introduced to the writings of a mysterious blogger, Commodore Chaos, when they return to Provex City to indulge in what the sublime city has to offer. The blogger claims the Lornes are collecting people venturing between the higher planes of awareness and locking them away in a mythical asylum. But are these legitimate concerns for inter-plane travelers or just the ramblings of an anonymous conspiracy blogger?

Oliver looks to Provex City as his only connection to his father while Desiree looks to the city as an escape from the torment of losing her best friend—again. Provex City is a wonder of beautiful treasures, entrancing them to continue returning. But behind the beauty, wolves have continued hunting Oliver, a boy who is still unaware of his importance in the rebellion.

Oliver’s belief is waning. Desiree will not always be by his side. Mr. Gordon will not always come to his aid. Oliver finds himself alone, forced to confront his biggest fears, fight his inner demons, and face the very cold reality that no one is coming to save him.

Welcome to SUSY Asylum.

I have to say these books were really interesting to read. The first one called Provex City written by Michael Pierce begins with the two brothers not knowing where they really come from. Their mother escaped this other reality and gave them pills to make them forget who they were, even she took a pill and eventually married another man. 
It becomes increasingly obvious that appearances are not what they seem and the oldest boy, Jeremy disappears one day after a fight at school. He was protecting his younger brother, Oliver from bullies but things escalated and he disappeared. Unknown to Oliver, Jeremy had made contact with one of the people from Provex City, the other reality where they used to live.
Oliver has a teacher, Mr. Gordon who helps him and his friend, Desiree, reach out and conquer their minds and this allows them to enter Provex City. But, Mr. Gordon thought he was just teaching them for when it was time for Oliver to go back. Unknown to him, Oliver & Desiree started going over long before they were suppose to!
What happens next is a serious of disasters and I was very surprised when both of them kept going back knowing how dangerous it was and that Mr. Gordon pleaded with them not to go until they were 100% ready and armed with all the information that Oliver needed. Needless to say, they cause more damage than necessary.
It's a great story and being teenagers and typical ones at that, they think they know everything and can handle anything, which is farther from the truth than they want to admit. Isn't that typical? At times I wish I could reach into the book and slap them silly. You will definitely have an opinion, one way or another.
Happy Reading!
The second book called Susy Asylum written by Michael Pierce picks up where Provex City ended. Where the first book ended with Oliver, Jeremy and Desiree coming to terms with Provex City being dangerous and needing to stay away until they were better prepared, that got blown out of the water in this book, Susy Asylum. 
Oh, Jeremy heeded the warnings, but for some stupid and crazy reason, Oliver and Desiree kept making trips back. They met a new friend in Provex City and Desiree kept flirting with him which makes Oliver mad. Of course, I don't get it because he has a girlfriend named Anna that I thought he really liked, but isn't it typical of a man to always want more?
Anyway, Desiree actually ends up being more trouble than she's worth, in my opinion. She is a trouble maker and insists on going back numerous times despite the growing danger. And the really dumb part is that Desiree is not from that world, Oliver and Jeremy are, so why she keeps butting in is beyond me.
Because of her careless nature, she gets Oliver caught by the people hunting him in Provex City. But the really awful part of the story is that Desiree's boyfriend, Eli and Oliver's girlfriend, Anna, decide to go with him when Desiree goes back to Provex City by herself and disappears. So, all three of them go over there looking for her and all three get captured and taken to the Susy Asylum.
That's a really bad place and terrible things happen, all because Desiree couldn't mind her own business! This second book only reinforced my feelings of wanting to slap that girl silly. She was reckless, cared only for herself and her feelings, not taking into account that she could get Oliver killed. I really can't tolerate stupid people, even in books.
But, both books are good stories and they are family friendly, meaning there is no bad language, no sexual revealing parts and it won't give your teens nightmares.  They are both good reads and you will definitely have opinions one way or another on how the story unfolds. Which is a good thing, because you want to be talking about the book long after you finish reading. And I would imagine that is what the author was hoping for and he definitely got his wish!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
I believe in a future where I will be able to write full-time, a picture I already hold vividly in my mind. It all starts with my debut young adult novel, Provex City. I love Harry Potter & The Marbury Lens, Tool & Elliott Smith, Dexter & Donnie Darko, bold coffee & amber ale.  
I also love dabbling with writing music and recording, with no illusions of ever making it a career. I am ecstatically married and the lucky father to a beautiful baby girl.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 


Candace said...

Thanks so much for your wonderful reviews Mary! I agree, Desiree really was a trouble maker in this one! She got me all frustrated too.

I love that these books really make you THINK. And they are very unique.

Thanks for hosting a tour stop!

Gayle Pace said...

Desiree really wasn't worth the trouble she caused. Your review was on spot. Thanks for hosting.

Ken Ohl said...

thanks for the giveaway I think this would be interesting. thankyou, ken

Kim Pinch said...

Thank you for your honest reviews Mary. I thought my daughter would like this series but she can not tolerate any stupidity in characters.

Megan Parsons said...

I'd love to read this book! Sounds interesting!
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Erika R said...

Sounds wonderful... love all that you share here.. ;)

Valerie R said...

Great review.. will add to my TBR

Laurie Nykaza said...

great giveaways and reviews thanks