Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Book of Lost Souls - Review

The Book of Lost Souls is a young adult fantasy novel by author Michelle Muto.  

Here is a copy of her book summary:

When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before - that her father, who left when she was seven - was involved with the darkest of magic.

Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history's most nefarious killers. Ivy's got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she'll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school's resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick's offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book - he's offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it's going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week's end.

This book definitely had its own charm to go with a fresh new perspective!  It is a quick read, but the characters were engaging and the storyline kept me entranced from start to finish. This is a young adult novel I would definitely recommend to my 15 year old daughter and her friends and I believe it is appropriate for readers starting in middle school.

The story definitely gave closure, but left itself open to possible future books in a series.  I certainly hope that is the case, because I would love to read more of Ivy's adventures in the future.

Congratulations to Michelle Muto on her very entertaining first novel!  I hope to be seeing more from her in the future.

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