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Marvin's Curse Kindle Edition
After losing his dad, 17 year old Marvin finds he can see and talk to the dead, an inherited 'gift'. Bonus, you might think, but Marvin hates it. It makes him different and he just wants to be 'normal'. He meets Stella in the graveyard that backs onto the house he's just moved into.
'My name is Stella, Stella McCartney. It says so inside my trousers.' (!?!)
A mysterious business card reveals that Stella has lost her memories and all signs point to Moghador, a gateway to hell where a pawnbroker holds the answers.
- ASIN : B00DCDC1OA
- Publisher : PurpleRay Publishing; 1st edition (June 10, 2013)
- Publication date : June 10, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 495 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,484,135 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Marvin's father still visits him as a ghost. He encourages his son to use his inherited ability to see ghosts. Marvin just wants to be a normal boy.
Debra Edwards' Marvin's Curse is a great paranormal/horror book for young adults. The characters are engaging. Ms. Edwards captures teenage angst, and adds her own brand of the paranormal.
<b>What I liked : </b>
He was a teen who had a lot of trouble on his hands. He inherited the ability to see the dead but viewed it as a curse. His personal life was messy and he had no support system. He had the tendency to say the wrong thing at times which made him endearing.
She was suffering from amnesia, which makes both Stella and the reader clueless at first. She was funny and interesting, a great partner for Marvin. When you finally learn about who she was, its shocking and things take a dangerous turn.
The concept was interesting - where a person could get rid of his memories and nightmares. The act sounds reasonable but the consequences were horrible.
The author has described the town really well. You can picture a dark, evil town, crawling with spirits and covered in fog. The setting dominates the story, takes you into unfamiliar territory and builds tension.
<b>What I didn't like : </b>
1 Inconsistent pacing
The introduction to Marvin's world was perfect. You learn about why Marvin is the way he is, which helps you understand him. Suddenly the pace slows to such an extent, it would make a tortoise proud. After that, it's fast again, with everything falling into place conveniently.
Marvin ignores the ghosts because they need him to deal with their unfinished business. But none of the ghost characters were developed, which seemed a bit odd to me.
<b>*The Graveyard Issue* </b>
Someone would wonder why Marvin seeks refuge in the graveyard, as there are lots of spirits waiting for him there. I think Marvin used the graveyard as a safe place, where he could ignore the dead and get away from the living.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review
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I bought this on my Kindle and thought I would just read the first chapter...a wee while later and I had read the whole thing from beginning to end as I just could not put it down!
The characters have real depth and you are drawn into the world(s) of Stella and Marvin. Supernatural, teenage and adult lives are all showcased in this book, the troubles and traumas that go alongside being a teenager are all expored in a sensitive and understading way, but Ms Edwards doesn't shy away from dealing with some very sensitive, and often hard to deal with, issues.
Now I am no YA (by quite a few years) but would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the ghostly/supernatural world, I would thoroughly recommend to YA's and older alike.
Debra J Edwards writing continues to impress me and I am very much looking forward to what ever she has planned next...