Review and Giveaway ~ Curse Of The Boggin ~ The Library #1 by D.J. MacHale

Posted: October 24, 2016 in Children's books, Fantasy, giveaways, horror
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Looking for your next scary read? Look no further.

Curse of the Boggin is a good one for all ages. I sure enjoyed it.

Check out my review.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Genre: Children’s Fantasy / Horror

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My Review

A mysterious library. Ghosts. A curse. And whatever a Boggin is. Sounds like quite the adventure.

Meet Marcus. A thirteen year old boy. He’s too young to have memories of the parents he lost. And he’s having problems with his adoptive family. He feels he’s a disappointment to them. His relationship with them gets more strained when weird things start happening to him.

Marcus confides in his best friends, Lu and Theo. He’ll need their help to protect those he loves and defeat the boggin.

It was especially fun to have a story featuring a haunted library. Wait until you find out what goes on there. Such an ingenious idea.

This was a fast, fun read. There are some harrowing scenes and some sad ones, with humor mingled throughout to lighten things up. I feel a point was being made with this tale. Communication. You need to talk, to express your thoughts and fears, in order to rid yourself of doubts and misconceptions.

The creepy parts are just that, creepy, not gory. Nothing young readers can’t handle. I loved stories like this growing up, and would recommend this book to all kids, young and young at heart, who like a little scare with their fun.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

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.

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About The Author
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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.

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Comments
  1. Okay, so I added it to my books bought instead of just wishlist now. I have heard good things about this author but for some reason never tried his books so now I have one. :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Stormi. This is the beginning of what could be a really fun series:)

  2. Great review! This sounds really cool!

  3. I sooooo wanted to read this. Such a fabulous cover. Guess I’ll have to win it. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. B.B. Toady says:

    I love these creepy sort of books for younger readers! They are often the ones that I think about when reflecting on my favorite books as a kid, and I still enjoy them. Recently I have revisited some RL Stine and some Nancy Drew. Thank you for the review.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I have a huge bin full of Stine’s books. I even have some of his where you choose the direction of the story. I enjoy his movies too!