I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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Also by this author: Black Moon Rising
Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying. There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out. It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start a story you can’t finish. Because in this library, the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.
Marcus O’Mara is a 13 year old guy at a crossroads. He constantly finds himself in trouble at school, with his friends, and with his adoptive parents. Marcus doesn’t believe things can get any worse for him…until they get worse.
He begins seeing strange and impossible visions; gets thrown into paranormal danger and is haunted by a mysterious ghost with a singular goal: to give him a key.
It’s a key that opens the door to a mysterious library. When that door opens, the incredible adventure for Marcus and his friends begins as they learn the truth about Marcus’ past and uncover the strange world of unfinished stories that are found on the shelves of the Library.
“Use your brains, people, for a change,” Mr. Winser commanded impatiently as he prowled the aisles of third period social studies class, hunting for his next victim.
Here is what I thought
Marcus had a relatively normal life until he starts seeing some strange hallucinations. While at detention he hears a crash and sees a strange man with a key. When he goes to check it out he sees a bull and it starts to chase him but nobody else sees it. He tells his two friends and they don’t think he is crazy but they don’t know how to explain it.
Then more crazy stuff happens and he finds out who the ghost man in and goes to his wife’s house and finds out a few things like there is a key that his biological father wanted him to have and she gives it to him. This opens up a whole new world because when you put the key close to a door it opens up a different door and that is how he enters The Library.
The Library is pretty cool as it’s a library that holds unfinished books and it has agents who go about trying to finish them so the spirits can rest. So basically if someone is murdered and nobody figured out who did it then that book is still open until someone can figure out. Everyone has a book and spirits are always there taking down the notes that make up your book.
Marcus doesn’t really want anything to do with this Library but he really has no choice because a boggin is on the loose and it wants the key so it can destroy the library and it could be going after his family or friends. So Marcus, Lu and Theo have to try and figure out how to trap the boggin.
I really liked the characters and they were really an oddball sort of pairing which reminded me of my friend when I was young. Marcus is cool and he doesn’t let anything bother him. He stood up to a teacher for bullying and got detention and he thought it rocked. Lu is a rollerskater who loves doing the roller derby, and Theo is the smart and analytical one of the group. Theo has a hard time believing in the supernatural even when he sees it with his own eyes, I really like him. 🙂
This was a really good introduction to this series about this fun and interesting library. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and following the adventure. I think this one is great for young readers who like fantasy adventure reads and for adults too. 🙂Stormi thought this was a pretty cool book for young readers! Four stars come check it out! #middlegrade Click To Tweet