Marvin's Curse

Fiction - Paranormal
200 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2013
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Marvin has a gift: he can see dead people. He hates his new home, which is near a graveyard, and his stepfather. He considers his gift as a curse. The ghost of his dad, a dead psychic medium, still hangs around, niggling him to use his ability. Then he meets a strange girl who lost her memory and claims that her name is Stella McCartney. From that point on, Marvin has to accept his ability and his dad’s advice if he wants to help Stella. A fascinating paranormal modern tale, Marvin’s Curse is written by Debra J. Edwards.

I found Marvin’s Curse easy and enjoyable to read from start to finish. Obviously it is a YA paranormal story, but very well-crafted so that mature readers like me won’t find it hard to be drawn to it. The young protagonist, Marvin, is a 17-year-old teenager with anger and angst that is familiar to all of us. He misses his time with his dad when he was still alive, but finds his dad’s ghost annoying. This is ironically funny and a delight as I always consider humor an added bonus. Marvin progresses from an angry teenager to a young man who comes to terms with his problems. Debra J. Edwards’s writing style is simple yet deftly done and the plot is uncomplicated, but nonetheless interesting. The pacing of the story is not slow but not rushed either; perfectly balanced.

Simply put, a paranormal novel that I could easily describe with the word ‘comfortable.’ The only question I have is whether there’s going to be a sequel.


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.


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.

Tracy Langsley

I am a long way from being a young adult (and then some) but I really enjoyed this book! (Why should Young adults have all the fun) This would make for a great start to a series. I loved the description of Moghador and all the lost souls plus the relationship between Marvin and Stella. Would recommend this to any age group

Mrs Jackie E Hancock

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 alike.

Debra J Edwards writing continues to impress me and I am very much looking forward to what ever she has planned next...


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. Debbie Edwards's articulation in MARVIN'S CURSE is fashionably suitable for the YA audience and full of imagination.

Megan B

Marvin’s Curse is unique, creative story; I’ve never read anything like it. It was well written and the characters were well built creating different emotions towards them. For example, I felt bad for Stella, hatred towards Old Kendigan and understanding towards Marvin’s annoyance. Marvin is a relatable character as he is a teen who just wants to fit in (despite it not being the ‘normal’ reason why). Sometimes I found it difficult to pick up but once I had I wanted to find out what was going to happen. Overall it was a good read with unexpected twists and I personally loved the ending.

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.


really enjoyed it,perfect for young adults