As you might recall, one of the books of my July book haul was Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. It was also one of the options for my Milestone-giveaway, so of course I had to read it myself!
First off, I have to say that I rarely do pure cover-buys, but this book was an exception. I saw the cover, then the title and picked it up. I remember reading the blurb once before, but I couldn’t recall a thing about it at that moment.
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…
I’m going to dive right in with the one thing I didn’t like – and it’s probably my own fault – which is the confusion that tortured me during the first couple of chapters.
There was an overdose of characters and it made everything so confusing. I kept going back to be sure that I was piecing everything together correctly. It could’ve easily been me being distracted and thus getting frustrated was my own fault. Who knows..
After a while I finally had it figured out though, so the fun could begin! But the confusion kinda stuck. This time, in a good way.
None of the characters knew what was happening exactly, how things were getting lost and found and lost again. Their confusion confused me as well, up to the point that I had very weird theories completely thought out – detective-mode activated, haha!
I honestly love it when a book grabs me like that; getting me that invested and without frustrating the hell out of me? Even when I turn out to be wrong, several times? Kathy = happy!
“Here you go, Dobby,” I tell her. “You’re free.”
Oh, yes, Harry Potter-reference!
A fun and nice touch to this book are the chapters.
For starters, each chapter has a different POV – and, remember, there are a lot of those – but they also all start with saying what was lost and/or found during that chapter.
Just reading that little part alone made you wonder how they lost or found those items. So instead of a chapter ending with a cliffhanger, you get another way to motivate – more like tempt – you to keep reading.
As for the characters themselves.. For some reason I couldn’t really connect with any of them. I understood them, their thoughts and actions. I just couldn’t feel them. Maybe the overload of characters made them all a little bland for me, even though they all have their distinct characteristics.. But it didn’t bother me at all – honestly, I’m just realizing this while writing out my review so it couldn’t have been that bad!
All in all I loved the story, the originality, the way all the twists and turns came perfectly together at the end and – this has to be mentioned! – the presence of bisexual characters!
For this, I’m giving Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle 4 / 5!
When it comes to munches, I didn’t have to think hard – like at all. In Dutch – my mother tongue – it’s called ‘verloren brood’, in French it’s called ‘pain perdu’ and in English, French toast or Gypsy toast.
I never made it before and I didn’t want to risk a burnt one, so you can admire my boyfriend’s cooking this time, haha!
“Embrace the magic.”
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