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. And Stella is DEAD! She just doesn't
know it... yet!
‘This is a teen novel like none you’ve ever read before — unusual, archetypal, compelling,
thrilling, action-packed, satisfying, and, if you’ll pardon the pun, haunting. A
marvellous book full of unexpected twists, turns and high imagination. I couldn’t
put it down.’
Another review in, and it's not bad, from the Online Book Club.
Reviewer Casper says,
'The book alternates between a full blown horror story and black humour: more than
a few of the characters are obvious comedians, or even caricatures, and some of the
dialogue and Marvin's asides can be quite amusing. There are times when Ms Edwards
creates real edge-of-the-seat suspense and she follows this up with vivid descriptions
of the nauseating conditions that Marvin encounters which are quite repulsive - in
the nicest possible way.
The author is certainly not afraid to touch on some pretty profound subjects on the
way: life, death, loss, grief, and different ways of dealing with bereavement feature
in the first few chapters. A strong secondary theme in the book is the relationship
between step-parent and step-child, and the pressures this puts on the family, especially
when mixed up with the usual teenage angst. Poor Marvin certainly has more than his
fair share of problems to work his way through, but, as the adventure forces him
to mature and take on responsibilities, some of his fondly held illusions are shattered
and he realises the truth about many things including his own faults.'
*****Absolutely incredible.... so gripping - 13 June 2013 - Emily27 on Amazon
I decided to not read this book until after I finished my exams, because after having
a free preview of the first 5 chapters, I knew that I wouldn't be able to stop reading
it. I felt in the mood to read a good book however, as a break from revision, so
I went for it. Having read other books by the author I knew I was in for a treat.
I was unable to put it down. It was so gripping I read all of it in one sitting.
The book is such an original story. Though there are thousands of books in the same
sort of genre, I have never heard of anything like this book. It was so unpredictable
the whole time, and I love that in a book. Every time I turned a page, I found something
new which allowed me to piece more of the story together.
I really connected with the main characters, and actually sobbed at some points.
The book was just so good I cannot describe to you how pleased I am that I read it.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to any one. I think it would be impossible
to read the book and not be extremely pleased that you did so! It's quite rare to
find a book that grips you so much that you can't put it down until you finish it
but that is what this book did to me!
It was incredible.
*****Incredible! - 5 July 2013 - Geneva on Amazon
When I got this book I have never been so excited to read new pages once again.
I loved the main character Marvin and Stella, the story line is so beautiful and
seat gripping until the last page.
It was hard to put this down, but when I did I still felt drawn to reading just one
more chapter which ended
up being the rest of the book.
The characters have their own personality which seems so realistic that you can relate
to them as being real
and as if you have known them for ever.
"Marvin a teenager with the gift of seeing spirits, moves to a new town with his
mother and step-dad after his father's death,
tormented by spirits ever lasting requests he finds himself troubled when he moved
next to a graveyard, where he meets Stella
a confused and eccentric teenage girl who seemed to have lost her memories, from
which Marving makes a plan to help this mysterious girl.
Which leads Marvin into a world of mystery and adventure."
I love the way it was written it gave the reader a good sense of detail and realistic
views, I loved this book until the very last page,
every chapter opened up a new adventure and an unexptected journey with the most
adorable characters, and will put this in my top 10 best books ever read.
150% recommend ths to anyone who likes supernatural stories.
*****Marvin's Curse is taking the YA Paranormal World by Storm! - 16 July 2013
Lorraine Carey on Amazon
Marvin's Curse will surely take the Young Adult world by storm! It truly is a whirlwind
of intriguing adventure at every turn. You can't but help fall in love with Marvin,
the young teen psychic who has all the makings of an abnormal teen, and although
he suffers from a family tragedy he is deeply disturbed by his gift. He is deeply
drawn into a very strange world of the Paranormal by a mysterious girl who leads
him to find an amazing discovery of a dark underworld.With great vivid descriptions
you feel as though you are right there in this dark and evil town. Here he will become
a hero and find love with a very special ghost.
Debra Edwards knows how to capture the eerie tale of the Paranormal and entwine great
heart warming scenes here. I felt myself, laughing, crying and not being able to
put this one down. She's got lots of tricks up her sleeve in this one.This was a
very smooth read, and as a Children's Reading Specialist, this would be at the top
of my list.I hated to see this one end, and I hope to see Marvin continue on in a
****An enjoyable read - 20 July 2013 - Ami Champlain on Amazon
Marvin is 17. His Dad is dead, but still hangs around. He likes to pester him to
learn to use his gift of talking to the dead in order to help people.
Marvin calls it a curse and just wants to avoid talking to any dead people, other
than his dad, sometimes.
I read it in one day, and thoroughly enjoyed it!
*****Un-put-downable! - 19 July 2013 - Mrs. Jackie E. Hancock “Jaxx” on Amazon
Wow, Debra J Edwards does it again!
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
Debra J Edwards writing continues to impress me and I am very much looking forward
to what ever she has planned next...
****Very Good Young Adult Book - 19 July 2013 - Xeia "Maureen McDermott-Marella"
In general I do not read YA books, but I did read Marvin's Curse as I am a ghost
junkie and well, I like the author. This book is geared as a Young Adult book and
it's written very well. The storyline is awesome and although I had some problems
(mostly little things like why she couldn't remember her name but could remember
the name of the Ivy on the headstone, and the fact it was written with English (European)
colloquialisms and being American I had to look words up - ha.) I have to say this
author has a wonderful way of writing and I'd recommend this book, to both YA and
adults (even if I found some fault of my own). I think all in all I'd love to see
this character evolve, grow up, not have so much anger and perhaps come into his
own as a spirit medium. This book certainly has the potential for the character to
do so. I would like to see the idea behind the city in the book explored more, why,
where, who, how, etc. The character I didn't care for though was Stella, I just simply
didn't like her. But then as I stated I'm not a young adult, so perhaps that's why.
Marvin sort of grated a bit as well in the beginning but was much better toward the
end. I'd highly recommend this read to any YA, and to those of us who are older and
into the ghost genre, but I caution here, this is written for young adults, remember
****Not just another "I see dead people" story !- 24 July 2013 - Babs Z. (Oklahoma)
A teenage girl who has no memories and does not know she's a ghost. Row after row
of little wooden drawers filled with jars of memories, dreams, nightmares or a lost
soul's very essence kept by the pawnbroker in a gateway to Hell. A teenage ghost
whisperer who leads an army of spirits to the rescue. These are the features of this
really good scary story !
The author provided me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I can
truly say that I enjoyed this book and will be looking for her next one.
I will never look at "Press here" in the same way again
*****Interesting - 21 May 2014 - minde1397 on Amazon
In this story we follow Marvin a young man who has a special gift. He can see and
talk to spirits. I could relate to Marvin with some of the emotions he deals with
after losing his father. With each turn of the page we watch Marvin grow from a boy
into a young man. The characters and story are all very well developed and believable.
The only downfall for me was it was over too quickly. I look forward to reading more
****GIFT? CURSE? - 1 August 2013 - Lorac5 (Cordova,TN USA) on Amazon
The family of a rebellious teenaged boy moves to a less expensive home. The only
problem is that the boy can see, hear, and converse with the dead -- and the new
house is right next door to a cemetery. And so his troubles begin. Toss into the
mix the pesky ghost of his father, a girl who confuses her name with a brand name,
and a pawnbroker who collects memories and souls, and you have a YA paranormal book
filled with twists and turns.
In Marvin's Curse, Deborah J. Edwards has created a fun read with a most satisfactory
*****Great Read!!! - 10 September 2013 - BookNerd1980 "Billie Jo" (Wagener Sc) on
Marvin's Curse is a terrific read from start to finish. I liked that the author mixed
a great ghost story with the hardships of being a teenager. With this story you get
tons of suspense, mystery and a touch of romance that keeps you interested throughout
the course of the story. This will be a great addition to anyone's reading list teen
or adult. The characters are all very well developed and the story line is true to
life and believable.Marvin's character just pulled at my heart-strings. He's dealing
with the loss of his father and is angry and hurt,then on top of everything else
he finds out he can see and hear ghosts, which he hates at first but comes to accept
eventually.Overall this was a very well written story and I enjoyed reading it. I
would love to see more of Marvin in the near future and hoping for another installment.
Job well done Ms.Edwards!!!!
****A fun tale - 8 September 2013 - Amazon Customer
Marvin hates that his gift in life is to commune with and help the dead; a gift that
passes from father to son for generations. His dad is forced to stay in spirit form
to teach his son how to use his gift....though Marvin belies its a curse....before
he can move on to the afterlife. Marvin misses his dad terribly and doesnt get along
with his stepdad. Like any normal teenager he rebels, runs off and refuses to use
his gift to help people. Marvin has had a rough life.
Everything changes whem he meets Stella McCartney, a young female ghost who has lost
her memories and adds many humourous moments to the book. Marvin wants to help her,
but it means using his a Gift he has been trying to ignore for a long time. Seeking
her memories from a ghostly market situated beneath an Angel in a graveyard, marvin
and stella are thrown in to an adventure of evil spirits, demonic encounters and
a twisted tale of murder, lies, secrets and slavery.
I really felt for Marvin when he was rebelling and missing his dad and seeking peace
from ghosts who needed him to finish their business so they could 'cross-over'. Not
only does he lose a dad but gains an unwanted gift. When he starts caring for Stella
and helping her, Marvin really begins to grow up and see the good he can do for those
who cant move on. The ending of this book was emotional and sweet.
All in all a very good read and an enjoyable storyline.
*****A Gripping Read - 6 September 2013 - Robo on Amazon
I loved the characters that the author has created. A gripping read that was so tense
as the plot unravelled. Kept me from going to sleep.
****Good Read- 30 August 2013 - Maria Miller, Author "Maria" (Ohio) on Amazon
Upset with his father's death and his mum's remarriage to a man he doesn't care for,
Marvin feels that the whole world has turned against him. Even worse is the fact
that Marvin has inherited his father's gift, the ability to see spirits. With the
help of a lost spirit, Marvin must learn to appreciate what he has.
****Good Paranormal Read - 23 August 2013 - SGrass222 on Amazon
I really did enjoy this book since I do love the paranormal genre. This book was
a little different for me because I've never read about ghosts or spirits. It was
different for me therefore enjoyable since it took me outside the norm. If you want
to get away from real life for awhile, this is a book to read.
How does a 17 year old boy cope with the fact that he can see spirits? He feels its
a curse that was handed down to him when his father died. His father tries to assure
him its a gift, but Marvin feels otherwise. This is a gift that has been handed down
from generations. The book doesn't go into any detail on how their family got the
His mum and step dad move into this house, and behind the house is a cemetery. He
visits the graveyard and is surprised when he is not bombarded by spirits. There
is 1 spirit, a girl named Stella. She has no memory of her life and she doesn't know
she is even dead. Marvin treads lightly when speaking with her. He normally doesn't
go out of his way to help spirits, but he feels differently towards Stella.
This story brings you to another realm to the gateway to hell to try and find Stella's
I loved how the book ends, but I won't spoil it for you.
This book is good for YA who enjoy paranormal stories.
I give this book 4 stars and I look forward to reading future books from this author.
****Out of this World Story!!! - 11August 2013 - Johnnie-Marie Howard on Amazon
I've seen the show Ghost whispers lol and this was my first time reading a book about
ghost whispers well besides the shadow falls series. It was nice to just read about
one thing. I really liked how Marvin finally decided to change, he didn't think of
his gift as a curse anymore which was kinda sweet. Sucks that he did fall for a ghost
girl, but he did get to hang out with her and his father again which was really awesome.
It was a very quick read it was good, some parts i though were some what confusing
like how Marvin's dad died? what happened to have Marvin get the gift in the the
first place ,we all know he got it from his dad but how did the family get it? Also
what was his dad's name I looked back and looked back in the book trying to figure
it out he became a huge part in the story and I didn't have a name just Marvin's
I really enjoyed that it all happened in a graveyard gave it a more spiritual feel
to it, also the fact that it was about the in between place what goes on there. I
enjoyed the story!! Was well written, kept the pace really good, didn't slow down
or go to fast was just right.
****Original and captivating - 9 August 2013 - Tammie on Amazon
Even though this book isn't very long, just over 200 pages, I was impressed with
how the author was able to make me feel a connection to Marvin and the rest of the
characters. I knew who they were with very little description. The story was original
and captivating and I was sucked into it pretty much from the beginning. I'm not
sure if this is a stand alone or if there will be a sequel. It would work either
way, but I would love to read more about Marvin and Stella.
****Sixth Sense + Graveyard = Fun Times - 6 August 2013 - Amazon Customer
Seventeen year old Marvin discovers after his father's death that he has an inherited
sixth sense. This intrusion of his privacy by spirits is seen as a curse and a painful
reminder of the loss of his father. His family, now complete with a new step-dad,
tries to make a new fresh start by moving into the country; however, the graveyard
outside their backyard does not bode well for Marvin who's trying to ignore his ability
to see and speak with the dead...until he meets teen love, Stella.
MARVIN'S CURSE is an interesting paranormal-twisted tale of a teenage boy dealing
with the angst of death (both for the living and dead), the awkwardness of being
different, the annoyance at his new step-dad, and the move out of the city. Marvin
is ungainly, but he is a character the reader can relate to and empathize with on
many levels. I felt this heartfelt story of embracing one's true self and the growing
pains of maturity was a bit rushed towards the end without fully developing several
characters, but I'm hoping the book's last sentence is a segue for a sequel. Debra
J. Edwards's articulation in MARVIN'S CURSE is fashionably suitable for the YA audience
and full of imagination.
*****Great YA Paranormal Fiction - 8 August 2013 - Book Worm on Amazon
I thoroughly enjoyed Marvin's Curse and struggled to put the book down.
The story line wasn't predictable and kept you guessing right to the end. I loved
Stella and Marvin from almost the start.