Title: Spellbook of the Lost and Found
By: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published: August 8th 2017
By: Kathy Dawson Books
Genre: YA-Paranormal-Magic Realism-LGBT+-Contemporary
The highly anticipated new book from the acclaimed author of The Accident Season is a gorgeous, twisty story about things gone missing, things returned from the past, and a group of teenagers, connected in ways they could never have imagined.
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it’s full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…
I want to thank NetGalley and Penguin Young Readers Group for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review
Wow, It ended up being much better than I expected! , I really enjoyed the book and all the time I felt that it reminded me of The Raven Boys since the plot has a lot of mystery, friendship and magical realism. A great book that grows a lot as you read it, it has a very interesting concept, a great diversity of characters and a very catchy writing style
The plot follows three girls, who are the main characters of the book, who begin to notice that many of their personal objects have disappeared. It all starts with an object as simple as a jewel, but it grows until they loses many more important things. One day one of them finds a Spellbook with which they think they can recover their lost objects, but this magic is much more complex than they expected so they have to sacrifice some things in order to recover others.
I decided to make this a kind of “short” review, I hope so lol, for two reasons, first I don’t have the time to write a more detailed review today and I don’t want to prolong the review for later because I really want to share my thoughts with you now, and secondly because I believe that this is a book to which everyone should enter without knowing more than necessary and so I assure you that you’ll be surprised as I’ve done it
The book starts being a bit confusing and at first I find it hard to follow but it also has a writing style that wraps you in a way that makes you want to keep reading. It’s my first time tried with the author and I’m very happy to have done it, her handling of the mystery and the suspense is very good, it makes the reading a bit creepy but that is one of the things that I’ve liked most. The diversity in content is to highlight
We have so many characters here OMG, although it’s great on the one hand it can also be somewhat confusing and I haven’t had enough time to know them deeply, even so I have several POV’s that I’ve enjoyed more than others due to the characters that appeared in them,but sometimes keeping it simple is a little better.
Even so one of the good things that brought this amount of girls, is a great variety of personalities and diversity, which is fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised that a couple of the girls proclaim themselves openly bisexual and lesbian, that makes this reading an LGBT + read and that’s really cool, I think many more people will find this as an interest reading now that you know that fact
Magic in the book plays a central role and gives an mystery aura , will also put the characters to take unexpected desissions which will give us very good and entrancing twists in the plot. This book tells about everything with a great atmosphere management, it makes you feel that you are in the place where everything is happening, which is incredible
I really wanted to finish it a couple of days ago because it was the date of its release, but I didn’t get the chance, I still enjoy it a lot and that’s what matters! , So if you liked The Raven Boys and you’re looking for something similar, I highly recommend this book, also plays important topics such as sexuality, friendship, family and how to deal with loss