Wednesday, July 25, 2012

REVIEW: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto


Ivy MacTavish is a sixteen (almost seventeen) year old witch living in the shadow of her father’s heinous reputation. When she turns her friend’s lizard into a date for a Halloween party ending in chaos, she finds herself developing a similar reputation as a dark witch, especially when no one else seems to be strong enough to change him back. Things go from bad to worse when bad things start happening around town and she finds herself in possession of a dark spell book. Complicating matters, she’s torn between the demon, Nick who’s got a psychotic ex and bad rep, and the guy she’s always had a crush on, Dean who’s attached at the hip to a ditzy and shallow girlfriend. In her attempts to clear her name with the help of her friends, she’ll find nothing is what it seems and sometimes what you never expected is exactly what you need.

Title:  The Book of Lost Souls
Series:  Ivy MacTavish
Book #: 1
Author:  Michelle Muto
Approximate Book Length:  288 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild


We start off just as Ivy is turning her friend’s lizard into her date, and judging from how well that went, I feared the story would have too juvenile of a feel. I shouldn’t have doubted! Michelle Muto walks the line between YA and just plain juvenile enough to keep things light hearted and fun, but still suspenseful and exciting!

The premise for the book is also unique and lends itself to plenty of potential stories for a series. I don’t want to give too much away as I’d rather you go read to see what I mean, but while the book is obviously bad, it’s also kind of neat. The way the characters behave because of it also feels well balanced between too easy and too dark. It makes for a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat to see how Ivy might get out of hot water without becoming exactly what everyone fears.

It was nice to see read about werewolves, vampires, and demons (and more, oh my!) and have them be average teenagers who are just different. Kindreds, as they’re called, have their abilities, which certainly come in handy, but they’re not evil by nature.

Overall the plot is full of twists and turns and never gets boring. It’s a little predictable here and there, but not in such a way as to ruin the mystery or anything, so it’s just not a big deal.

In Conclusion:

Full of teenage angst we can all relate to and exciting magical mischief, The Book of Lost Souls is a compelling YA story that will keep you up late because you can’t put it down. Go read it for a ride through a small town that’s a world apart as it’s home to a population of Kindreds and the humans that have learned to coexist!



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