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.