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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Review: Curse of the Boggin (The Library #1) by DJ MacHale

Curse of the Boggin
(The Library #1)
By DJ MacHale
September 6, 2016
Random House BFYR
Source: from pub for review
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 thislibrary, 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.


Thirteen year old Marcus O’Mara is a good guy who more than occasionally finds himself in trouble with his parents, his friends, and especially at school...and now he’s found himself in BIG trouble, the supernatural kind. Marcus starts to see and experience strange things, then a ghost gives him a key to a mysterious place called The Library. The Library is home to unfinished stories being finished by ghosts. But there’s an evil presence that wants to destroy The Library and may just destroy Marcus and his friends in the process.

Curse of the Boggin, the first book in D.J. MacHale’s newest middle-grade series, is a fast-paced adventure full of thrills and chills. Bursting with imagination and creativity, Curse of the Boggin has a lot of intriguing and unique supernatural elements, amusing storytelling, and likable characters. MacHale creates a spooktacular, yet fun, atmosphere and world. The Library, with its exciting unfinished stories, irresistible secrets, and resident ghost, make for a captivating and whimsical setting. Young readers will love exploring this mysterious place with Marcus and be delighted by all its surprises and information it has to offer.

Marcus and his two best friends make for a quirky and eclectic trio. Each young character has an enjoyable and unique personality that readers will find relatable and likable. And, of course, MacHale offers readers a thoroughly spine-tingling and devious supernatural villain that will thrill and chill!

My final thoughts: Curse of the Boggin is an enthralling, humorous adventure that sets up the series nicely. I look forward to reading future books!

4/5 Cupcakes

D. J. MACHALE is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon, Morpheus Road, and the SYLO Chronicles, as well as Voyagers: Project Alpha and Black Moon Rising (The Library, Book 2). He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people, including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. He lives with his family in Southern California. Visit him at

1 comment:

Brenda said...

oh my, that synopsis sounds wonderful. Glad to see more of these creepy books coming out. Thanks for highlighting it.