Title : Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Author : Moïra Fowley-Doyle
First published in : 2017
Genre : fantasy
Edition : Corgi Books
Pages : 380
Status : read from 11/20/18 to 11/26/18
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Synopsis : One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger, something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realize it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found…
Review : I wanted to read Spellbook of the Lost and Found since the day it was released. I was lucky enough to win it on Twitter thanks to YA Love Magazine. As the title and the cover suggest, the novel is about spells and magic. I thought it was perfect to read it in November as the atmosphere is kind of spooky outside and the colors of the cover made me think of the Fall season.
At the very beginning of the book, I had some difficulties to go deep into the story. There were lots of characters which were introduced to me and the point of view changed with every new chapter. I was a little bit lost, I have to say. I tried to focus more on details and finally loved what I was reading! The plot is complicated but in a positive way. There is a twist I couldn’t imagine and which gives another point of view of the whole story. From that part of the book, I couldn’t help reading the last chapters. I needed to know what would happen after this revealing. I can tell you now, I really enjoyed the end of the novel even if there are still some details which seem to be vague to me, but maybe this is because english is not my mother tongue and I missed some shades of meaning. Nonetheless, this is still a great story to read!
Now if I talk about the characters, I really liked them. First of all, I loved all the names. This is like the story was created with all the names I love and characters were here for me. This is the first time it happens and I wanted to emphasize this. About their personalities, they are very different ones from others and have a specific role to play in the story. I especially liked Olive and Rowan because they have something which moved me. Their background stories are strong, just as the others’, but these two characters had something more to convince me.
I also appreciated the writing of the author. There are beautiful sentences which could be used as quotes on goodies or for everyday situations. The story is beautiful, so is the author’s style.
To conclude, I highly encourage you to read Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. This is a novel which will certainly change your mind about lost and found things, in a good way. I am sure you will fall in love with the characters, as I did, and won’t want to finish this beautiful book because it means you leave them.