Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale

Title: Curse of the Boggin
Series: The Library #1
Author: D. J. MacHale
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers  
Source: Publisher  
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy/Horror

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. Much 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.

I know that some of you have those authors that no matter what, whenever a new book comes out by them, you buy it. D.J. MacHale is one author that I will have on auto buy.  I have to be honest, it has been a while since I have read a book by him and I was beyond excited to see where this story would take me and what adventures were ahead. 

From the very beginning this story will pull you in and put you on your toes in anticipation of what is to come. I think I have said before how I love spooky stories and the chills going up and down my back.  MacHale knows how to deliver a book that although maybe meant for kids but is perfect for even the adults. 

Marcus is what some people may call a troubled child. With back talking teachers to causing problems with friends his life can't seem to get much worse. Well, that is until he starts seeing things. Things that want to kill him. With Marcus trying to figure out why he is seeing comes a door leading to a secret library of stories both finished and unfinished. Now Marcus along with the help of some new friends must finish the story before his is finished for him. 

The only hard part with this story was that it ended too soon. I need the next installment and the next adventure. I am glad that I picked this book up and I am glad that D.J. MacHale is still writing stories that hold onto me till the very end. Who knew a library had so many stories to tell. 

I give this book 4 souls!

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