How would you handle the dead?
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.
Having lost his dad and been forced to move house, Marvin is understandably distraught. With his new start, he wants to ‘fit in’ just like any other teenager. Wants however aren’t always achieved and Marvin discovers he can see and talk to the dead. After befriending a ghost called Stella, Marvin has to travel to hell to get the answers he’s seeking.
Marvin’s Curse by Debra Edwards is unique, creative story; I’ve never read anything like it. I really loved the idea of the plot and the relationship between the characters. It was well written and the characters were well built and allow us as readers to feel different emotions towards them. Marvin’s annoyance was completely understandable and his want to fit it is completely relatable to most teenagers. I felt sympathy for Stella and her situation and a lot of hatred towards Old Kendigan.
Sometimes I found it difficult to pick up but once I did pick it up, I wanted to know what was going to happen. Overall, it was a good read with unexpected twists and I personally loved the ending.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I originally read it a couple of years ago and posted a 4 star review on Amazon where you can also buy an e-copy.