“If you’re not careful you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost.”
This book was equal parts haunting and beautiful. The writing feels so lush and magical and is absolutely transportive. The story was so expertly and intelligently crafted. Seriously, this entire book feels like a work of art. But for some reason, I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Instead of it feeling like a treat to read, I really had to force myself to focus. I still really recommend this, and I think so many of my friends would enjoy, but for some reason I could never truly be immersed and in turn I could never fully fall in love.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found surrounds three young girls in Ireland who find a book that can help them reclaim things that they have lost.
And this tale is split into three different points of view, where we get to see how these girl’s stories intertwine:
➽ Olive – A young girl who wakes up in a barn after a night of partying. And she soon realizes that things all over town are coming up missing. Some more dear than others.
➽ Hazel – A young girl who ran away with her brother and best friend and are currently living in an abandoned house. Also, my fav.
➽ Laurel – A young girl whose diary pages have gone missing, and her and her friends are willing to do anything to get them back, including casting an unknown spell.
But there are so many side characters, too. Rose is everything. Ivy is a gem. Rowan is amazing. Jude’s scenes were my favorite. Holly, Ash, and Mags were great! Hell, I was even in love with Olive’s dad for Pete’s sake! This book has a full and great cast of characters. And I also loved the representation so much. I mean, we follow an indigenous lesbian, a hearing impaired bisexual girl, and another bisexual girl that is dealing with trauma (TW/CW: talk of past rape and bullying). Like, what a blessing. And we get to see some of these w/w romances on page even. My heart is still so full.
My absolute favorite part of this book (which makes me want to give this book all the stars in the universe) was the entire page of 228 where this author abolished the pedestal we put girls “needing” to keep their virginity on. Like, I wish I could get this single page into everyone in the world’s hands. I wish I could go back in time and give a younger version of myself that page. So powerful, so important, and so worth the purchase and reading of this book for that page alone. Praise/bless Moïra Fowley-Doyle! Thank you.
And the last 20% of this book is honestly perfection. Spellbook of the Lost and Found has one of the best twists I’ve ever read in my entire life. I was dumbfounded and left in so much awe.
“Be careful what you wish for; not all lost things should be found.”
Overall, this is a book I won’t forget anytime soon. And I know a three star rating probably seems low for how hard I just gushed, but this is the highest three star rating I’ve ever given. The prose is beautiful, the atmosphere is haunting, the characters leave you wanting so much more, and the story is so phenomenally told. If you’re looking for something gorgeous and unique, please pick this one up.
And this book is extra special to me, because I received it at The Goodreads Power User Summit last fall! *heart eyes forever* Thank you, Goodreads, I love you! ❤