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PJ's QUICKIE POV:
Michael Vey wouldn't have been something that I'd grab if I was perusing the shelves of my local book store. For one, the title and for two, the fact that it seems geared for middle grade boys. I like Percy Jackson when he's a little more grown up...and you have to admit Harry Potter got a bit more relatable just about the time he entered the TriWizard Tournament. Now – push those negative thoughts to the side, because MICHAEL VEY exceeded my expectations 100 times over. Yes, they were low expectations but really – this is a shockingly good book. Great for middle grade boys of course, but also fun, entertaining and exciting for 30+ females.
Michael Vey, what can we say about Michael? Fourteen years old, short for his age. Your typical underdog, poor and to top it off he has a slight case of Tourrette's which gives him a tick that is universally mocked by all. What Michael doesn't want you to know about him: He's deadly. Like an electric eel, Michael can shock someone into submission just by touching them. His mother is afraid for his safety and the moment someone gets even a hint of his powers, she packs them up and moves them to a new town. Michael is now attending Meridian High School, his best friend and neighbor, Ostin Liss along with super popular Taylor Ridley are the only ones he has ever told of his powers and with their help he's soon discovering he might not be alone, in fact there might be a whole group of children that all have similar powers. But, as more and more comes to light, one things becomes obvious...there is a group that knows about these children and they'll stop at nothing to get a hold of Michael, including, kidnapping Michael's mom.
This was a good story, entertaining, quick paced, good character development and an underlying mystery that had me engrossed in the story. Michael, his friends, Ostin and Taylor were well developed and I was quickly taken by all of them. The evil factors in the novel were just creepy enough to give me goosebumps. Richard Paul Evans did an excellent job and I can't wait to read more of this series, which I think it's supposed to be seven books (I could have read that wrong and I can't find where I saw this).
Being a middle grade book, though, it did have it's immature moments which can be hard for more mature readers, but they were few and far between.
Recommended for tweens and teens, 12+, more mature readers might be a little turned off by the sillier parts. For fans of I AM NUMBER FOUR, PERCY JACKSON and other supernatural themed, male leads, you should enjoy.
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