Marcus had a relatively normal life until he starts seeing some strange hallucinations. While at detention he hears a crash and sees a strange man with a key. When he goes to check it out he sees a bull and it starts to chase him but nobody else sees it. He tells his two friends and they don’t think he is crazy but they don’t know how to explain it.
Then more crazy stuff happens and he finds out who the ghost man in and goes to his wife’s house and finds out a few things like there is a key that his biological father wanted him to have and she gives it to him. This opens up a whole new world because when you put the key close to a door it opens up a different door and that is how he enters The Library.
The Library is pretty cool as it’s a library that holds unfinished books and it has agents who go about trying to finish them so the spirits can rest. So basically if someone is murdered and nobody figured out who did it then that book is still open until someone can figure out. Everyone has a book and spirits are always there taking down the notes that make up your book.
Marcus doesn’t really want anything to do with this Library but he really has no choice because a boggin is on the loose and it wants the key so it can destroy the library and it could be going after his family or friends. So Marcus, Lu and Theo have to try and figure out how to trap the boggin.
I really liked the characters and they were really an oddball sort of pairing which reminded me of my friend when I was young. Marcus is cool and he doesn’t let anything bother him. He stood up to a teacher for bullying and got detention and he thought it rocked. Lu is a rollerskater who loves doing the roller derby, and Theo is the smart and analytical one of the group. Theo has a hard time believing in the supernatural even when he sees it with his own eyes, I really like him.
This was a really good introduction to this series about this fun and interesting library. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and following the adventure. I think this one is great for young readers who like fantasy adventure reads and for adults too.
I was disappointed in this book. Amelia was driving me bananas with her constant second guessing, telling herself not to second guess, and then doing it anyway. And Devlin with his cryptic remarks - I just wanted to smash him in the face with my huge purse. I would have just walked away and said "Never mind asshole." But then I have a potty mouth and I get frustrated with idiots who think they're too smart.
And then the ending! What the heck! Another reviewer had said everything was wrapped up but is it? [Has the relationship changed? Has the "door" really closed? For everybody or just her? (hide spoiler)] I don't know! Will all of my complaining stop me from reading the next book, if there is a next book? No. But still 3 out of 5 stars.
I wrote the below complaints as I was reading the book. I love this series but, here are some things that drive me crazy:
1. Amelia keeps second guessing herself, even with her abilities and her feelings being proven right, every single book. Either she's really stupid or she's really stupid.
2. Amelia constantly stalking Devlin such as her morning walks taking her to his neighborhood and then not acting like any self-respecting woman and just looking forward like you didn't notice where you were walking. No, she stops and even shields her eyes to get a clearer view of his house. The word pathetic is at the front of my brain.
3. I hate cryptic comments and this book is chock full of them. Okay, say one thing cryptic and then move on but no, we have pages and pages of dialogue that is so cryptic I want to scream, "Just tell her!!". Whatever is not being said is important enough that if you keep cryptically commenting on it, then just say what the freak is up!
There's a book within a book here which at first I liked and then because the main story was so good, I started skipping those parts of the book. I loved the story of the siblings and of her dog in the afterlife. This book was sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes scary and sometimes romantic. Very good book.
I actually didn't finish this book. Marya Hornbacher writes well, and goes into depth about what depression and bipolar, but after the first 3rd of the book, it seemed long. I could feel her pain dealing with her mental illness. I don't think I was ready to read the whole book. I've not really ever been a strong non fiction reader so i'm not sure if it were that or the subject matter.