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 this book! A beautiful story in the genre of young adult magical realism. This story is told from multiple perspectives about things that lost and then found. The magical spell book connects the pages of the story. A truly wonderful story that I am so glad that I read. I would definitely recommend.

What we are told from a young age is to always read the full instructions before proceeding , so when three girls find a spell book and don't heed all the warnings "instructions" things don't just go sideways but become highly dangerous. This is a beautifully written, lyrical tale full of foreshadowing but be forewarned it deals with extremely dark themes. When you have to complete what you would be willing to let go of and what you absolutely can not afford to lose most people often think of the material things not the most important things in life. This is an enjoyable read full of incredible description and scenery and in-depth interesting characters that come alive in their development throughout the main story. It was a full story with a great twist but so much more. The Novel was full of diversity, self-awareness and flawlessly ties in LGBTQ themes, racism, people with disabilities, feminism and the reality of harsh topics such as rape, consensual sex, alcoholism and abuse even with the fictional idea of the magic in a spell book. This book also shows ties in generational gaps and struggles many kids face and deal with. I was drawn into this book by the characters, its eccentricities, and developmental twist. It was a thought provoking quick read and although I would not recommend it to everyone due to some of the sensitive dark themes, I would recommend it to those whom it will not trigger. It is well worth the read.

A Penguin First to Read ARC e-book in exchange for an honest review. This was a unique read for me. Told from multiple perspectives we read how each character discovers the things they have lost, and found. It was interesting to see how the characters were interlocked by the events that were unwrapping. The story remained unpredictable for me, As I thought I figured it out another thing was lost or gained.

There is something just so hauntingly beautiful about this novel. What’s so beautiful is the idea that people can become intermingled through the things that they have lost in life. That’s such a brilliant idea, and the novel itself works within that beauty to create a captivating story. There is are a range of characters in the novel that are all trying to figure out a mystery of all the things they lost and all the things they’ve found. All these small things they glance at but they impact the reader because they tie these characters together. But there’s a mystery going on here as well. And with a narrative that swaps perspective, it’s important that the focus, the mystery of the story doesn’t get lost in the middle of exploring who these characters and how they grow from what they’ve lost and what they have found not just in themselves, but in others as well. Everyone lost something, and the way the opening showed that, was short and provocatively written. It can’t be more than a page long and still, it’s haunting. With such a strong opening that haunts the reader, there’s no surprise why it grips the reader, like a spellbook itself. And let me say this, sometimes, it definitely feels like spellbook with its lyrical writing and fluidity. This is just such an effortless read, making it almost impossible to put down. There’s also a ton of inclusion in the novel. One of the main characters is bisexual, and another is a lesbian. The novel doesn’t trap them into clichés or tropes but rather explores who they are inside and out of those distinctions. This makes them vibrant characters adding depth to the novel and the characters. They are who they are without shame, and that’s how it should be. But there’s more. I don’t want to go into for fear of spoiling the novel and the enjoyment but the book also tackles disabilities, racism, and rape culture, and together, they all make the story even more of a powerful beast. At the end of the day, this is certainly one fantastic novel that leaves such a mark on the reader. It’s beautiful, lyrical and a delight to read and get lost in. (????? | A)

I really wanted to like this book. The magical aspects and Irish setting sounded appealing. I thought it would be interesting to see how everything was related and what the girls ended up losing in their quest to finding their items. It was a beautiful written story, but I was bored throughout it. There was never any character that I was particularly drawn to, so I was never really drawn into the story. Some of the magical aspects were weird to read about, even if they eventually made sense. It was a well written book, but just not for me.

This book just did not capture my attention. I got through 35% of it, and it took me a really long time to get that far, but I just could not get into it. It started to get semi-interesting after about 100 or so pages, but not enough to make me want to finish the book. I ended up DNFing this one and I don't think I will pick it up again. I was very confused in the beginning with all the switching around from character to character and I felt so lost (pun intended). I still don't think I know what was going on with Hazel, Olive and Rose and what everyone's relationship was to each other. Unfortunately this is the first book I have received from First To Read that I did not finish and did not enjoy. Well, you can't win them all I guess.

I really enjoyed this book. The magical elements were cool and the setting really fit. I liked the mystery of it and thought the POVs were easy to follow. The story kept me glued to it! Things being lost, things being found, underlying issues, there was so much to figure out. Some things still unresolved at the end which I kind of didn't like. Really good book!

I really liked this story. I read most of the book in a single day and captivated by it. I decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the blurb and I am really glad that I did. This was one of those books that made me want to keep reading "just one more chapter" until I had reached the end. This book is told from multiple points of view and it works very well for this story. Every point of view in this book really added something to the add to the overall story. I really liked each of the points of view equally which was a big plus for this book. I feel like Olive's point of view was the dominant one in the book that really pushed the story forward. Laurel and Hazel's points of view were equally important and usually gave me something to think about. I enjoyed the way the book was laid out. Some things were lost and some things were found. How did all of this happen and what does it really mean? How do you get back the things you have lost that are important to you? I found myself really thinking about these questions as the characters made their way through this story. I wasn't sure how things would end up connecting and ran into a few surprises during the story. I liked the writing. This was my first experience reading Moïra Fowley-Doyle's work and I am quite impressed. She was able to create a large cast of characters in this book that really came to life. There was just enough unknown to keep me guessing throughout the story. The descriptions were vibrant and I could really visualize what was happening at any given point. I would recommend this book to others. I think it is a unique story filled with an interesting group of characters. I plan to read more from this talented author in the future. I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Kathy Dawson Books via First to Read.

***4 STARS*** Full review can also be found on Lair Of Books: https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com... Spellbook of the Lost and Found takes place in Ireland, much of the time is spent outside in the woods, a abandoned house, and a pub with a mysterious owner whose age remains unknown. The teens in this book are pretty much left to their own devices. It’s during a bonfire party that one of the characters by the name of Laurel, wakes up inebriated to find the spellbook that would inevitably bind all of their fates together. The spellbook contains the ingredients to cast the spell that would find what you’ve lost however…for every thing found…you must be willing to lose something & the choice is not always yours to make. These characters have all lost something valuable that they are willing to take the risk in order to get it back. Spellbook of the Lost and Found was one of those books I spotted early on & just knew I wanted to read right away. I’m a lover of all things witches, spells, and mysterious atmospheres and this book delivered on all three. We follow multiple POV’s as there are three sets of friends: Rose & Olive: Best friends and polar opposites Rowan, Hazel, and Ivy: Rowan and Hazel: are fraternal twins squatting in a abandoned house after leaving a toxic home environment. Their childhood friend Ivy followed them & plays a protective role over them Laurel, Ash, & Holly: with this set of friends we only get Laurel’s POV as she tells her group of friends story Stories told in Multiple POV’s tend to be some of my most favorite because it’s a great way to have each character fleshed out, by getting in their heads. It did take me some time to get used to all of the players in this book because some shared striking character similarities with each other. I didn’t find any of these characters to have a real distinct voice but I enjoyed following the threads that connected them nonetheless. I did however, appreciate the diversity in this cast of characters with Rose being a bi-sexual POC, Olive being deaf & bi-sexual, and Hazel being gay. Friendship played a big theme in this book as well as sibling relationships. These characters for the most part are deeply flawed but what stood out most was the genuine concern for one another. Spellbook of the Lost and Found is my first read by Moira Fowley-Doyle since I haven’t yet had the chance to pick up The Accident Season. Although there were moments of confusion, I was invested in this story and seeing it all the way through. Also, I wasn’t expecting the writing to be heavy with prose & so that took some getting used to but again it still maintained my interest. This is a slow paced read but the pay off makes it all worth your time. I found myself constantly trying to connect the dots & even went as far as making a little tree chart to see how each person knew the other haha! I can tell you this much…you won’t see the ending coming! & that alone was wonderful! seeing how well constructed & detailed this story really is was a real treat & speaks to the skill our author honed with her pen. I highly recommend Spellbook of the Lost and Found to those who enjoyed the movie The Craft & for anyone who enjoys piecing together a good mystery ;) *HUGE Thanks Penguin Random House/Kathy Dawson Books & Moira Fowley-Doyle for the eGalley of Spellbook of the Lost and Found in exchange for an honest review

I've been requesting ARC's on First to Read and have never been picked, until now. I was surprised when I received an email saying I'd been selected to review it. The synopsis intrigued me, but this story was so much more than that! This story weaves together the lives of three Irish girls to the lives of three other girls and a boy. It alternates between POV's, so it took be a bit to get acclimated. But it's full of magic and mystery, plus a dash of thriller mixed in. Every body loses something in their life, right? Be it big or small, a parent, a letter, a tooth, or maybe a heart. What would you be willing to give in return for that post thing back? That's what all of these kids ask themselves when they find a Spellbook in the woods! But every lost thing found requires a sacrifice. This book sucked me in and kept it's own secrets as I read it. Each time I turned the page, I thought I'd figured a piece of the puzzle out. I love a book that isn't predictable and that's what The Spellbook of the Lost and Found is, unpredictable. I'd definitely suggest this book to my friends!

Awesome! 4.5 stars ? At first I wasn't sure that I would like this book at all but I kept reading. The story is at first just a teenage drama about girls who stay out too late and party and lose their stuff. But the story becomes more and more complex as it goes on. There are some killer twists that I didn't see coming. I really enjoyed it. The writing was strong and well done but also whimsical and mysterious. If you like a good Magical realism mystery with a few surprises, pick this up!

You have to surrender to the magic of this book. Honestly I was confused for such a large portion of the book, which is the authors intent, but I am so glad I stuck with it despite my confusion. I think the title of this one definitely hinted that it would cause the reader to be out of sorts from the outset. The setting is magical and the mystery is magical. I definitely think there were a few more loose ends than I would have liked but as will the items in the book, not everything is meant to be found and at some point you are forced to make your own conjectures. Excellent book- 4/5 stars!

"A gas leak, or visions of lost souls in a forest that wasn't there. A flame, or a spark that went out before it caught fire. A spell, or things that get lost and found every day without us realizing it, until we start to notice. Maybe a mix of both." What a fascinating book this is, straddling the line between magic and reality, between past and present, between belief and skepticism. Spellbook of the Lost and Found pulls you in with interesting characters; holds you with its mysterious, thrilling storyline; and will have you questioning your perceptions and beliefs right along with the characters. I couldn't put it down.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle Star Rating: ????? 5/5 stars Format: ebook galley Summary: In a town in Ireland, two different groups of friends discover a spellbook for lost and found things. Laurel, Holly and Ash cast the spell to recover stolen diary pages. Rose, Hazel, Ivy, Rowan and Olive cast the spell to return things lost from the first casting, neither groups offer their own sacrifices and items from around town begin to go missing. Review: I received a free copy of this book for review from First to Read. I really enjoyed this book. There was a good amount a diversity in this book. Olive is bisexual and hearing impaired, using a hearing aid, Rose is bisexual as well and Indian, Hazel is a lesbian. I think the book does a good job with these. I liked when Olive would hear people go into a trance and she would be unsure what she'd heard and chalked it up to her hearing aids acting up. There are three points of view in this book, Laurel, Olive and Hazel. It made the book really engaging. I started to guess who the first trio were as the book went on, but it was really well done. There are a lot of supernatural elements in this book and I really enjoyed it. I liked how the characters could deny that there was really magic and it wasn't a whole bunch of coincidences. I like when books are clear that there is magic but the characters are skeptical of it. The relationships in this book are really interesting and I enjoy them a lot. Not just the romantic ones, but the friendships and even family relationships are great as well. I think the book does a good job giving all the characters connections to one another. The characters are fleshed out well and they all have little quirks. There are some confusing moments in the book but I felt it works with the overall mystery around the magic. I didn't feel like unnecessary moments or that it took away from the story. I would like to read more about these characters, I think they're all really interesting and have more stories to tell. The setting is great in this book as well and it plays into the book a lot. Setting is incredibly important and it is all presented really well. I could really picture the forest and the abandoned development very well. Recommendation: I think if you're a fan of urban fantasy, such as The Raven Cycle series, this would be a good choice for you. I think it has a lot of the feelings I got from the Raven Boys when I first read it.

This is one of those books that seemed to pull me in but I was mostly just confused. I was interested in the story but I wasn't truly invested until I was 250 pages in. I devoured those last 100 pages. I'm still a bit confused though. It was a strange book and a bit creepy at times.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Davis is a magical coming of age story set in Ireland. There are a lot of characters involved in this novel and is, at times, hard to keep them all straight. Set in alternating points-of-view, the story revolves around Olive, Hazel and Laurel. These girls are all involved with an ancient spellbook and testing the limits of friendship and lovers. You are captivated by the mystery of what these children endure and the magic that surrounds them. This is the first book by Moïra Fowley-Davis I have read, but not my last.

Moira's magic, immersive writing makes you feel a little giddy, a little rebellious, and a little witchy. The characters spring from the page and the setting is just as much a character in itself.

This was literally a spell-binding book. The author creates an atmosphere of timelessness and otherworldliness. The narrators are easy to identify with and the story really draws the reader into a slightly mystical world where strange events could be coincidences or evidence of magical forces at work. Although I suspected the "twist" before it was revealed, it definitely added to the story. Although there were a couple of loose ends that never got tied up (the blonde boy with the eye brow piercing being one) I would recommend this book.

I wanted to love this book. It has a lot of the things I usually love: a strong female protagonist, magic, romance, even literary references. Unfortunately, the novel was both too much and not enough. The protagonist was too removed from the conflict (e.g. her best friend's trauma, her love interest's parental abandonment, her sister's disappearance). None of the problems are hers. There were pieces of the puzzle that were never really dealt with (e.g. the missing boy and Mags). I don't regret reading the book, and it may be life-changing for someone else, but it missed the mark with me.

One thing I can say for sure about Moira Fowley-Doyle is that she is brilliant at sucking you into a story. The first part of both this book and The Accident Season are absolutely fantastic, even the more uneventful sections are still beautifully written. However, Spellbook of the Lost and Found is different from The Accident Season in that it remains consistent in quality. What I really liked about this book was the elements of magic. All and all, I look forward to seeing Moira Fowley-Doyle to continue to improve and bless the word with her gorgeous writing style.

The past and present collide as friends begin to lose things both big and small. With secrets everywhere and an ancient spellbook, they decide to cast a spell to find what has been lost, only to discover that things that have been lost come with a cost. Switching between six different characters was confusing at first, but the lyrical writing and lush storytelling easily compelled me to read on. A magical coming of age story, full of loss, redemption and friendship. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I loved this novel. It took me a little while to get a handle on all the characters since they sounded a little bit alike, however that did not deter from the whistfulness of the story. A coming of age story that has something in it for everyone. I loved the magic, secrets and the twists the plot had. What a great read. Will definitely recommend it to a few of my friends.

This book was really beautiful, and had an intense and mysterious feel to it that kept it from getting boring, like many lyrical novels do. (I think I may have a soft side for magical realism!) This plot was REALLY well thought out. Like way more than most of the mysteries I've read. Fowley-Doyle masterfully including so many details and used mirroring so well it was mind blowing. I honestly would love to go back through and see how many things were connected. (I don't want to go too in-depth, though, because there might be some spoilers.). I also felt like the answers to the story were shown, rather than told, which is a difficult thing to do. The author also dove head-first into lots of topics that YA tends to shy away from: alcoholism, sexuality, and racism. I'm pretty sure this is the first YA book I've ever read with an openly bisexual or deaf main character. My biggest issue with this books was the insta love. I understand that some of the characters don't meet for a while and therefore, don't have a lot of time for a typical slowburn relationship, but there was just a LITTLE bit too much kissing and fun-times for me. And in reality the characters are a bit too "lost" to seem like real people, however, it doesn't damage the balance between character and plot. The Spell Book of the Lost and Found was an enchanting and haunting read about the little magic in the every day. It was super immersive and overall, just beautiful. Rating: 4.0/5.0 stars Would I recommend?: If you're looking for something that's a little creepy and a lot of enchanting with some stellar representation

I can't decide how I feel about this book. I both enjoyed it and didn't. At times, it was hard to tell which girl was narrating because they all sounded alike. I enjoyed the plot of the story, though it did get a bit slow at times. That being said, I'd never heard of a story quite like this one and all the twists kept me entertained. I would definitely read this again.

Key Points: *Magic *Friendship *Multiple POV *sexuality *loss *coming of age 'What can you not afford to lose' Wow! I loved this book, even though I did find it hard to get into, but once I did...I read it one sitting. Lovely writing, great characters there were a lot of 'main' characters in this book, but all of them well developed and nuanced, some of them were not very likeable, but then again that is what helps make story so good. It seems like there is a lot going on, but really it's all about a spell... 2 different sets of teenagers cast it and it is suppose to bring back what is lost, but your suppose to sacrifice something in return...but what if you don't? What happens then? Well these teens find out..the hard way. This story has plenty of twists and turns to keep you going. Not a thriller or mystery, it's more a coming of age story with all the poignancy of one...love, loss, betrayal, sexuality, responsibility and family. Highly recommending this one to all.

This book was really wonderfully written, and another great book by Fowley-Doyle. I think I liked this one even more than The Accident Season (which is really saying something, because I thought that book was fantastic). It was a little bit hard to get into at first, mostly because of the sheer amount of characters, but don't let that deter you! This is a wonderful book about love, friendship, coming-of-age, and loss. If you like magical realism at all, this is absolutely a book for you. There's enough twists and turns to keep any reader going, and even though there's a lot (and I mean a lot) of characters, really that just means that there's more people for the reader to fall in love with! Absolutely recommend this one.

Wow! I absolutely loved this book! I found it to be a beautifully written, fantastical, completely eerie coming of age story. It touched on so many important topics like love, loss, finding oneself, sexuality and friendship - and it did so wonderfully. Admittedly, I did have trouble keeping all the main characters straight at first, especially since all their names are trees/plants (Olive, Ivy, Hazel, Laurel, Ash, Holley, Rowan). I eventually got the hang of it and absolutely loved the twists and turns of the plot that kept me guessing. It was dark and magical and I could not put it down! One of my favorite reads of the year so far!

I really enjoyed this book. I thought Moïra did a great job of blending two groups of teenagers to create two story lines that intertwine in a way that makes you wonder if finding the spellbook was meant to be, or just coincidence. The first group of characters consist of three best friends named Laurel, Ash, and Holly. These three girls cast a spell to find the things they’ve lost and end up meeting a boy who may or may not be good for them. This friends group felt a bit more tumultuous in what they experience after casting the spell from the spellbook and their friendship gets tested in a ways that may possibly come back to haunt them in the end. The second group of teenagers consist of two best friends who happen upon a set of twins and their childhood friend. Their names are Olive, Rose, Hazel, Rowan, and Ivy. These five teenagers come together in the most unconventional of ways to cast a spell to find what they’ve lost. Instead they end up learning that maybe losing things isn’t always a bad thing, and maybe the things they want found should remain lost forever. When events start to overlap and the pieces come together in the end do these friends discover that the past may be closer to them than they could’ve imagined. I liked that the relationships in this book showed a range of sexuality which I think is important in books these days. Young Adults shouldn’t feel bad for loving who they love and that you can love multiple people in different ways. Moïra did an exceptional job of portraying the dynamic relationships found among all these friends which I really liked. This book will teach you about friendships, loss, love, and learning that home is defined by where you choose to be, not where you believe you should be.

There are a lot of characters and it took me a bit to get them straight and to follow the back and forth chapters between them. The teenagers are drawn to each other at first and then find themselves linked by secrets and magic. After a party, each teen finds they have lost special items. Then one of them finds a spellbook, they cast a spell and many items are found but many other things are lost. The characters are interesting, the story is well crafted and flows well with lots of twists as secrets, magic and personalities collide. There is a little romance and lots of mystery.

“What will you let go of? What can you not afford to lose?” I had heard literally nothing about this book or the author when I requested it from PRH's First to Read program. All I knew, going into it, was what you can read on the GR synopsis, and that it had an intriguing cover. ? PLOT When three young Irish girls find a mysterious spellbook and carry out a spell to return lost items, they don't pay enough attention to the line that warns them items must be sacrificed for those items being brought back. Without a sacrifice, the magic takes things - tangible and abstract alike - of its own accord. While Olive and her best friend begin to unknowingly lose things, Hazel and her brother and childhood friend find the spellbook, and strange forces collide to bring the five teens together. Slowly, diary pages from the trio begin to appear, leading Olive, Hazel, and their friends on an adventure to find the trio, bring back what has been stolen, and put an end to the nightmare that magic can create. ? CHARACTERS There are a lot of characters in this book. The characters are divided into 3 "groups", and as the chapters swap perspectives, each group has a singular narrator. The narrators get a great deal of development, while the side characters get a bit less. • First, there’s the original trio: Laurel, Ash, and Holly. These three are the most influential characters as they kind of started the story, but we spend the least time with them and they’re certainly the most mysterious. Laurel is a likable, sensible narrator with no frills. • Second, there’s Olive and her best friend, Rose. Olive is the narrator of this duo, and she’s a very enjoyable character. She’s a bit stubborn and headstrong, with a heart of absolute gold, and she’s incredibly concerned with the well-being of her family (including Rose). • Third, there’s Hazel, her twin brother Rowan, and their childhood friend, Ivy. Hazel is the narrator of this one, and her chapters were probably my favorite. She’s angsty, pissed off at the world, full of regret and shame, and a shameless flirt. She’s fun, but there’s always an underlying darkness beneath her mask. ? WRITING Moïra's writing is beautiful. It's lyrical and full of metaphors, while still being a quick and enjoyable read. She paints incredible scenery around the characters, and leaves so many little bread crumbs throughout the story. There's a wonderful twist to the story that I did guess about halfway through, but the way it was executed still gave me chills all over. ? REP/AWARENESS I went into this book with no idea it was an LGBTQ+ read, so you can imagine my delight when Olive mentions that she and Rose are "the only bisexual girls in town". Hazel is also a lesbian, and without any spoilers, there is a lovely f/f romance toward the last third of the book. The representation is done really flawlessly and without tropes. There's also diversity and self-awareness thrown in here and there: Rose is half Indian (a brief scene involves racism, and is addressed as problematic immediately). Olive is entirely deaf in one ear (and makes mention to her hearing aid a few times). In one scene I really loved, there's an entire conversation between Olive and her sister regarding feminism: I give my sister a baffled look and am not nearly discreet enough to hide it. It’s one thing to find out she reads poetry; it’s another to discover she identifies as a feminist. Maybe I have more in common with my little sister than I thought. The book goes on after that scene to discuss feminism a few more times, as well as the terror that is rape culture. None of it ever feels like "checking boxes on the list"; you can easily tell that Moïra writes from her heart. ? FINAL VERDICT From the characters to the plot, this book was so much more than I hoped for, and I loved every moment of it. I found myself addicted to the developing twists, and could barely bring myself to put it down. It has a solid ending that doesn't feel rushed, and the loose ends are tied by the time you close the back cover. I am so pleased to have been given the chance to read and review Spellbook, and I can't wait to see what else Moïra has in store for her readers! Content warnings: rape (mostly implied), consensual sex (f/f and m/f), alcoholism, abusive parents. ARC provided by Penguin Random House "First to Read" in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a complete disappointment. I was very excited to read this book when I received the ARC. I love all things magic, and a spellbook that makes lost things reappear sounded fascinating. I didn't have to much trouble keeping all the characters straight, but I did have trouble liking them. Maybe it's because I'm not a teenager anymore but I found these characters annoying, cliche and completely unlikable. I wanted to be interested in the mystery and the plot, but I was too annoyed by the characters. I found my self wanting to skim forward all the time to figure out the mystery, but avoid the characters dialogues and inner analyzing. All in all, it was quite a disappointment for me.

I really enjoyed The Accident Season so I was looking forward to this book. It took me awhile to get into it as I tried to keep track of the multiple characters, but after a few chapters, I was able to follow the story. I liked the mystery and the characters. There would be a lot to discuss with this book so I would consider it for a book club.

I was intrigued by the book from the beginning because the idea was great and the setting was not the US but Ireland so there was a lot to like. However.. after a few pages in I kind of knew what was coming and I knew what would be the right thing to do later on and I thought I knew exactly how to do it... And then suddenly - a plot twist! And although I wasn't that far away from what would happen, I wasn't actually very close. I'm talking about Laurel, Holly and Ash - I was just a bit sidetracked. Overal opinion - I LIKED IT!!! Recommend it, is what I'll do.

I received an ARC of this from Penguin Books First Reads. I don't want to give too much of a summary because I feel like revealing something will take away from the mysterious feeling of not being able to know if something is real or not in the book. However, I will say that at first, it was hard to distinguish between some of the characters: Olive, Rose, Hazel, Rowan, Ash, Laurel, and Holly. But I think, maybe, that was on purpose, given the way the book ended. It starts the morning after a bonfire party where Olive wakes up in a field and can't find her best friend, Rose. The whole town is abuzz with the rumors that there's a kleptomaniac about because things keep mysteriously disappearing. Meanwhile, Olive and Rose start finding things in strange places; diary pages in a bicycle basket, charms of saints found in the pocket of a found jacket, a spellbook, a set of twins and their friend in an abandoned housing development project... Things are lost and found and lost again in a whorl of magic, disbelief, and revelation. This book had a lovely writing style ingrained into it and an intriguing, mystifying plot that kept me thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. The magical realism was infused with some realistic issues that the characters have to deal with throughout the book, but it didn't take away from the fantasy aspect. If you enjoyed Bone Gap, When the Moon was Ours, or the Raven Boys series, I believe you should give this book a try.

Less creepy than the first book but with enough mystery and magic to keep me hooked.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found was more than magical, it was filled with mystery, strange happenings, friendship, and love. In the beginning, it was hard to keep track of all the characters but as you keep reading it all comes together and makes sense - just have patience. I did love how the past and the present collide and how it all ties together in the end. Unfortunately, some questions are left unanswered so maybe there will be another book in the future. All in all, this was a good book that was filled with magic, secrets, sorcery, and redemption. I would recommend this book to readers who like provocative coming-of-age novels with an added touch of magic!

This book feels more like a coming-of-age novel than a fantasy, filled with mystery and strange, unexplained events that create an enchanting atmosphere. It explores a number of important topics including loss, love, sexuality, friendship, grief, and violence. I loved the first half of this book. I found the mystery surrounding the lost items captivating and unusual, and I loved the atmosphere created. I particularly liked the subtlety of the magic and how it toed the line between the everyday and the supernatural. In my opinion the biggest problem with this book is that there are so many characters, and a lot of them don’t feel particularly fleshed out or have distinct voices. I also would have liked the book to become even darker, or for the events to escalate further and the pace to increase, as I felt a lot of potential for some really sinister goings-on.

This book is sort of hard for me to review - because I can't decide if I liked it or not. I liked parts of it. I feel maybe it wasn't fully explored. It didn't really keep my attention in the beginning. I had a hard time trying to keep track of all the characters and how they were related. I know it comes together eventually - but it takes a long time to get there. I did like the tie between the past and the present - though it was built up so much to discover what this was, once it was revealed - not a lot of time was spent on it. I don't know - as I said - it's hard for me to decide about this one.

In Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, a small town’s annual bonfire is the catalyst for some very unusual occurrences. A meandering tale with chapters alternating between three points of view, the novel has a unique premise that, unfortunately, quickly becomes repetitious and lacks any type of forward progress. The many soundalike names (Olive, Rose, Ivy, Hazel, Rowan, Laurel, Holly, Ash, etc) make is virtually impossible to tell the characters apart. The chapters are narrated in first person and with the exception of Olive, the voices are so similar, it is impossible to tell them apart. Much of the supporting cast is also somewhat bland with little to distinguish them from the other . Olive is one of the few voices that is distinct and easy to follow. Her family is also unique and their interactions are truly delightful and incredibly enjoyable. Olive’s friendship with Rose (who is rather distinctive) is quite heartwarming and their text messages are hysterical. Olive’s sister Emily is also a breath of fresh air and she is wise beyond her years. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s does have some unexpected plot twists and a wonderfully diverse cast of characters. However, readers will need plenty of patience as they work their way through this convoluted, incredibly slow- paced young adult novel. Rating: 2/5 stars

I honestly don't know how I feel about this book, other than maybe it was too long. I thought all the characters would be overwhelming, but it quickly became easier to keep track of everyone (though I still don't feel like everyone was necessary). I don't know. I guess in the end I don't feel like anything really happened. There wasn't much character development (no, "falling in love" is not character development) and the major thing that DID happen in the book was skirted around--in some ways, I thought it was handled well but overall it was disappointing. And then everything that did or did not happen was wrapped up in a tidy little bow at the end which was underwhelming. I'm glad the end was happy, but it was far too neat, even for YA.

I love love loved this book!! I was a tad bit confused at first but things definitely started to make sense the more I read. Past and present collid in this book. Magic and love. Lost and found. Beautifully written as well. I loved every character. I would love to find out more about Mags! Moira should definitely write another one about her!

This book is one that will keep you on your toes... if you have patience. There are some slow points and times when it seems nothing will make sense but it makes a little more sense towards the end. It is full of romance and diverse characters. At the same time - this story is packed with fluff words that do nothing more than pad the pages to increase the page count. The pace is inconsistent and that almost caused me to DNF. I went back and forth on this story, in the end I did like it but it was a struggle to finish.

The first half of the book seemed boring and had me wondering what the point of the story was. I was ready to stop and give up but I'm glad I didnt. The last half of the book I flew through. I loved learning who everyone was and their connections. It left me hanging though on a couple things so maybe a chance for a book 2?

All spells require a sacrifice – and those that ask for the most, pay the highest price. This magical realism story more complicated than I ever thought, but it had an eerie quality that prevailed until the very end. On the night of the town bonfire, Oliva and Rose make a commitment to get drunk and cry. But what ends up happening is something much more complicated. The whole town begins to lose things: a bracelet, or a shoe. However, it seems Rose has lost something even larger than that, something she won’t talk about, something that causes Olive to fear she may have lost her best friend. One night Olive meets three mysterious runaways, and together they all find a spellbook – one with a spell to find lost things. This is the chance they’ve all been waiting for, a moment for them to reclaim what was taken or misplaced – but they have no idea the secrets that await them or the price they must pay. I was absolutely transfixed just from the premise alone, but what ended up happening is that I too became bewitched by this book. On the surface, the book seems to go many directions, but when they all come together they combine to produce a plot that is absolutely captivating. Throughout the book there is something magical and ominous in the air and Fowley-Doyle maintains this eeriness, even building up and turning into a powerful storm. The book is told through a variety of perspectives that begin to bleed together, only increasing this burning desire to figure out the mystery beneath the pages. Olive was my favorite, not only because I could see myself in her (fellow lover of ‘The Sound of Music’ here), but because I loved the family dynamics in her backstory. Her literature obsessed parents and feminist sister have got to be some of my favorite book family members in a while. (I am in love with literature references within books and the list of all the poems at the end makes my English major heart sing). Additionally, Olive has a hearing aid and is bisexual, so what is there not to love? From a theme perspective, I love the idea of lost things and having a spellbook to retrieve them. That just gets me every time. Fowley-Doyle does an amazing job of maintaining this thriller-esque tone the entire book that ends up pulling family secrets, sorcery, and redemption together. It only seems to get better as the book continues, becoming more complex and sinister. That is why I was so disappointed in the ending. I felt there was something so deliciously menacing to the tone of the book and at the same time something so cosmically coincidental the way the book was progressing. So when the ending of the book was so abrupt and a little too neat for my liking, I was let down. It was more about a universal ending and I was displeased by the lack of resolution on some key plot points. Overall, this is such an enjoyable read and I am in love with so many aspects, except the ending. And as the ending is what you’re left with at the end of the day that has overshadowed a lot of my positive feelings. Would I recommend this? Absolutely. This is a story seeped in magic, sacrifice, and secrets that is wonderful to read. But just be prepared for some questions at the end.

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.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found has gripped me since the very beginning in the prologue so if you don't read prologues you're going to want to read this one. So as far as I gather this follows the lives of Olive and her best friend Rose, Laurel and her best friends Ash and Holly, and Hazel, her brother Rowan and their friend (mutual crush) named Ivy. I'm looking forward to finding out how all their lives intersect and what mysteries arise from the spellbook Laurel and her friends found because messing with magic can and does have it's consequences. Now there are mystery guys entering the picture could the book that is bringing forward all the lost objects be bringing out lost souls and should these lost souls be found again? Where are Hazel and Rowan's parents will they be found and is the sacrifice to find them going to be to heavy of a price to bear? What about what Rose lost at the party will she ever get it back or is it even something a silly spell can help with? All this and more will be explained in this wonderful enthralling Irish tale of magic and intrigue! I give this book 5 stars all around for it's pace, form and style. Moïra Fowley-Doyle is a new author to me and I'm going to be looking up more of her books and following her on every platform I can for new work. I high suggest you do the same.

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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