Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Moïra Fowley-Doyle

A stunning YA talent in contemporary magical realism: Captures the everyday moments of teens' lives and then sets fire to those moments, heightening them until they become metaphor.

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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...

Advance Galley Reviews

I loved the author's first book and was excited to receive this second book offered from Penguin's First to Read Program. Sadly I found the first half incredibly slow and the multiple characters interchangeable. Since the POV supposedly kept shifting this was awkward because they all sounded the same to me. If I didn't look closely at the beginning of the chapter, I wouldn't notice that the POV had changed for the author. For me, the reader, there was no discernible difference, so obviously I was missing a big part of the tale. The last several pages are very good. Do they make up for the first half? You'll have to decide on your own. I remain ambivalent.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle is an enchanting story about items that get lost and found. Three different friend groups all notice items getting lost and find a Spellbook, which has a spell to return the items they lost. These girls and boys find out that magic isn't what it seems, and become connected to each other in mysterious ways. The characters were all individual in their own ways, but it turns out that I kept getting them all confused until about halfway through the book. The story itself seemed to drag on. It WAS an interesting story, I promise! I just felt like I was reading the same stuff over and over again each time I picked it up and read a little more. The writing was definitely different and full of adjectives and the word "lost." I can't even tell you how many times that word appears. I tried counting, but got too tired after the first 50 pages. The pace is slow but rewarding. All the events slowly unfold and new layers of depth and mystery are revealed with each chapter. Everything's all connected in a way that has you screaming and kicking yourself for not figuring out what's going on, even though it's pretty hard to guess what's going on. I would recommend this to anyone who has the patience for a slow, mystical mystery.

Loved this book. It was absolutely magical! Moira Fowley-Doyle does a great job of weaving a captivating tale of friendship, lost things, and new-found love. The story starts of slowly with one too many drawn out descriptions of the town and several characters to keep track of but once their arcs begin to collide, you won't be able to stop reading. I'm hoping there is a sequel on the horizon because there were a few questions left unanswered. If so, I'll definitely read it. I highly recommend this book and will keep my eye for more from MFD.

This book actually cast a spell on me. Too much? Well, it did. I've read a few magical realism books this summer and have been quite surprised at how much I loved them. This one was no different. The story is told from the perspective of three different girls whose stories converge in way that I both expected and did not expect. Olive is a normal girl with a normal best friend, Rose, who goes to a party and starts to lose things. Hazel is a runaway living in an abandoned house with her twin brother and their friend. Laurel has cast a spell with her friends to find their diaries that have been stolen. When Olive and Hazel start to find pages of Laurel's diary, they begin to think that what she's writing about is real. They are desperate to find out who Laurel is and, though they live in a small town, they can't seem to find her anywhere. What I loved most about this book was how the author wove these three girls' stories together so well. It's magic and friendship and love, but each of the girls learn something along the way. Each character plays an important part to the story and each page kept me guessing about what was going to happen and how it was all happening. I also enjoyed the innocence of first loves and the beauty of these characters' friendships. They loved each other so much that they were willing to cast spells and take huge risks for each other. The way everything came together in the end felt natural and even though I had a feeling that's the way it would happen, I still enjoyed it. This book was actually enchanting. Check it out.

I liked this book. The plot was really unique and interesting, and I really liked how it was written, with some diary entries interspersed throughout the narrative. There were definitely some parts that were a little confusing, and there were a few loose ends and questions without answers at the end of the story. But I think that actually really worked with this book. The fact that there were still some little mysteries at the end added to the atmosphere of the story. I'm trying not to give anything away, but I also have to say that I really loved the part towards the end when Ivy explained the magic of everyday life. All in all, I really liked this book and I would recommend it.

I started this book last night and could not put it down. I really enjoyed the plot and that each entry was either a diary entry, or relating to an event. It took me a little bit to catch on that the original coven did not live in the same time period as Hazel, Rowan, Ivy, Olive, and Rose. The family dynamics really made me feel for the characters in this book. The characters were engaging, bright, and dynamic. I will be looking into more books from this author in the future.

This novel truly surprised me with how addicting and enchanting it was. It explores the fine line between coincidence and fate, between reality and magic. It's an enthralling novel and if you enjoyed the author's debut novel "The Accident Season" you're sure to love this. It's one of the most sophisticated works I've read this year and it will drown you, until you don't know which way is up, even if it's staring you right in the face. If you like fantasy, with an aura of mystery, coupled with alluring characters, this is the novel for you. But don't pick this book up if you don't have a few hours on hand, because I promise you won't want to put it down.

Holy excessive writing, Batman. Drowning in a sea of adjectives and adverbs, I could hardly keep all the characters straight. The narrator points of view were also indistinguishable. At times the pace almost stopped. Despite a wonderful cover, I can't recommend SPELLBOOK OF THE LOST AND FOUND.


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