October 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Review ~ SUSY Asylum by Michael Pierce

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the SUSY Asylum Blog Tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions. Click here to follow along with the tour schedule. :D

Title: SUSY Asylum (Lorne Family Vault #2)
Author: Michael Pierce
Publication date: April 25th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Review copy
Blog Tour organized by: CBB Book Promotions 

~ Synopsis ~ 

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.

~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 5 / 5 

After reading SUSY Asylum, I'm still amazed how much this series affects me. This might sound crazy, but the world Michael Pierce has built seems so real that I want to stare off into the distance to try to see Provex City for myself. You feel like you could definitely move between planes of existence if you had Mr. Gordon teaching you how to tap into that ability. That's how real the story feels to me. 

In the first book, Provex City, Mr. Gordon had mentioned that perhaps some people have tragic lives because they "signed up" on purpose in order to teach or help others in some way. That idea really resounded with me and stays with me even now. I don't know whether reincarnation is a reality or not, but if it is, then understanding why tragedy occurs begins to almost make sense, especially if you forgot you had signed up for it, sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of others. 

The story of this series is complicated in the best way possible. There's so much to think about and new ways of thinking about things you already know. That's amazing to be able to do that using fiction! SUSY Asylum is a well deserving sequel to Provex City. In this installment, Oliver and Desiree return to Provex City and find out there are conspiracy theories about the Lorne family, and that everyone has a mirror image (their opposite) that wants to use their body to live forever. That really freaked me out, especially because when Oliver is in Provex City, he hears a voice that sounds like his own trying to talk him into doing certain things. 

Oliver and Desiree find out things in Provex City aren't as magical and wonderful as they seem, and that there's a lot more under the surface to be discovered than they previously thought. The problem is that the process of discovery is riddled with danger. I was happy to not only get more background with Desiree and T.J., but also that new complications have come up - is there something more than friendship blossoming between Desiree and Oliver? Is Oliver's father really fighting for the rebellion? Which Lorne family members can be trusted and which are still serving the deceased Kafka? Is Kafka truly dead? Will Oliver be reunited with his father? 

It was quite a journey finding out the answers as I read SUSY Asylum, and definitely one I won't every forget. This is a world you'll want to revisit again and again with all of its positives and negatives. 

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~ Book One ~ 


Provex City (Lorne Family Vault #1)
by Michael Pierce
Publication date: March 5th 2012

~ Synopsis ~ 

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.

* Please click here to read my review of Provex City by Michael Pierce.* 

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~ Meet the Author: Michael Pierce  ~

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.

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  1. YAY! I love this review! I'm glad that this series is working so well for you. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. Thanks so much, Jennifer! I'm absolutely thrilled you enjoyed it. Thank you for being a part of the tour. :)

    1. You're welcome, Michael! You are well on your way to realizing your dream of full-time writing - I can feel it. This series is amazing! :D


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