Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome to the Folded Pages Distillery stop of the blog tour! 

(other tour links below!)

Spellbook of the Lost and Found
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
368 pages
Kathy Dawson Books (August 8, 2017)

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...

Spellbook of the Lost and Found: 3.5/5 Stars

First off, if you’re a fan of the Raven Cycle, I think you’ll love this book and it's major creepy and magical vibes!

It all starts out at a party where everyone lost something, even if they didn’t quite realize it at the time. But not only were things lost, people found things that might have been better off staying lost. 

This book alternates narrators for each chapter, which I enjoyed, but if I wasn’t paying attention very hard, it was hard to remember who was speaking since they all could have basically been the same person with the same voice. 

It wasn’t very long before I caught on to what one of the main twists was, even though it was revealed nearly at the end of the book. I actually enjoyed figuring it out early on because for me the knowing added interest. I also liked how clever (and creepy) the hints were. While this initial twist was easy to spot, the book ended up going in a direction that I didn't anticipate and even though I wasn't sure how I felt about some of the directions, I always like it when a book has more than one or two things in it's back pocket. 

I have to say there were some really confusing parts to this story. This book is written beautifully, but some times I find beautiful writing trips readers up, especially when there are a lot of weird and hard to understand things happening all at once. You’re like “this is so beautiful, but what does it even mean?” haha. There were times when I wasn’t quite sure if I was getting what was going on. 

I think my biggest complaint is that there were some big unanswered questions at the end. In a way, I can see how it works that these things remain a mystery, but on the other hand I really wanted those answers so I could make more sense of the story.

Overall a super creeptastic book, which I think would be a perfect Halloween read. I really enjoyed the Raven Cycle and this reminded me a lot of the same creepy and magical feelings I got when I read that. This is the kind of book that I would love to do a book club with because there is so much you can talk about. 

I enjoyed this as much as someone can that is freaked out. haha. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how it all ended!

Week One: 
August 7 – ButterMyBooks – Book Photography
August 8 – Stories & Sweeties – Review & Cupcakes 
August 9 – Folded Pages Distillery
August 10 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review  
August 11 – A Page With a View – Bookish Spells
Week Two:
August 14 – Icey Books – Spotlight & Book Photography
August 15 – The Fandom – A History of Mystical Objects in YA (and whether or not they can be trusted)
August 16 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Author Q&A
August 17 – Two Chicks on Books – Excerpt 
August 18 – Ex Libris – Bookish Spells
Week Three:
August 21 – Once Upon a Twilight – Favorite Quotes
August 22 – Lost In Lit
August 23 – The Book Wars – Review 
August 24 – Fiction Fare – Author Q&A
August 25 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Bookish Spells
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  1. This does sound really great to read! I love the cluttered photo to go with the cover. I wonder if the unanswered questions you had were intentional by the author? I shall find out!