One stormy summer in a small Irish town, things begin to disappear. It starts with trivial stuff—hair clips, house keys, socks—but soon it escalates to bigger things: a memory, a heart, a classmate.
Olive can tell that her best friend, Rose, is different all of a sudden. Rose isn’t talking, and Olive starts to worry she’s losing her. Then diary pages written by someone 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 development. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tightly to painful secrets.
When a tattered handwritten spellbook falls into the lives of these six teenagers, it changes everything. The spellbook is full of charms to conjure back that which has been lost, and it lists a part for each of them to play in the calling. It might be their best chance to set everything back to rights, but only if they’re willing to pay the price.
I have to start off by admitting that I almost unhauled this book several times. I also have to say that I am so so glad that I didn’t. Someone on twitter mentioned that this has a bisexual main character and that’s what made me hold onto it and finally pick it up.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found follows several different characters. There are two trios. The first is Laurel, Ash, and Holly. I was honestly so confused by these girls. I liked them. They’re seen as ‘other’ by everyone in their lives. But they find one another and I really liked their friendship (for the most part). As the story goes on, it’s clear that their friendship isn’t the healthiest. They meet a boy named Jude and all three of them love him. But Jude isn’t the best influence. I didn’t like how he got in between the friends. I really thought it was fascinating (but also enjoyable confusing) how the story of these three girls intertwined with the story of the others.
The second group is Olive, her best friend Rose, then the twins, Hazel and Rowan, and their closest friend, Ivy. In the beginning, we get a bit of how close Olive and Rose are, but they grow distant for a while. I liked their friendship. Rose distanced herself from Olive because she’s dealing with something very difficult. I thought Rose’s story was dealt with thoughtfully. I really liked Rose. I also liked Olive. She has a younger sister and brother. I liked how Olive grew closer with her sister toward the end of the story. I’m a sucker for sibling relationships. When Rose and Olive meet the twins and Ivy they start to put the pieces together. Everyone is losing things. But then they find the spellbook that the trio used to find their diaries. But when they cast that spell they didn’t realize it would cause others to lose things. The second group starts finding the trio’s diary pages and are realizing they cast the spell to find lost things.
Honestly, this book was really confusing in the best way possible. Once the second group starts putting the pieces together the story really came together. I spend entirely too long guessing who the trio was from the people that the second group met in their perspectives. I did not predict at all who they really were, but I really enjoyed this twist and how the truth was revealed. I loved the relationships, all of them. This story was full of emotion and I thought the author did such a great job bringing the characters to life.
I also just have to say this book is perfect for the spooky season. It’s full of questions and magic and is a little creepy at times. I think the suspense and confusion really set the tone. I was at the edge of my seat (literally, I read this in the car and I was so tense the whole time.) The mystery of what’s going on combined with the magical elements really makes this book great for the fall.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.