Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Teen Reviewer: Nanditha Prashanth
Rating: 4/5 Stars
The Spellbook of the Lost and Found revolves around a spellbook. A spellbook which will change everything for Olive and those close to her. All of this started on a stormy summer night after a drunk obnoxious party which may not have been so much as useless after all. After this party is when Olive and her best friend, Rose, began to lose things. Not much more than small clips and jewelry, but there wasn't much time until Rose lost something big, something worth looking for and thinking about over sleepless nights. Something that makes her slip away from the grasp of her best friend Olive. Just when things couldn’t get worse seductive pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. That’s when Olive’s simple thoughts become reality. Meeting the strangers Ivy, Hazel and her twin brother Rowan in a housing estate where the spellbook is found. Olive soon comes to realize that these three are no different than Rose and herself-- lost and holding painful secrets. The spellbook seems to bring back the smallest courage into these lost eyes. The spellbook, tattered and torn, holds charms which will supposedly bring back things which could only be dreamed of. Olive and the three others could only think of this as a gift, a chance to help themselves. But little did they know that some secrets are never meant to be found.
Olive is a character who binds the story together much like the spellbook binds the characters together. This is a book that kept me reading and wondering. I constantly was in suspense and surprise which is what made this book the most enjoyable. It may be hard at first to understand the setting and characters but it's sure to get better as the book progresses.
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