Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Book of Lost Souls

 
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.




Completely amazed once again at another book by Michelle Muto! I swear she has this way with words and this book left me wanting more. The Book of Lost Souls is about magic, shifters, vamps, demons…basically all the things paranormal. Most would consider this book DARK because of what it’s about but I guess that makes me a little dark too because I absolutely LOVED it!
I have to admit this review has taken me hours to write. Not because it sucked, far from it in fact. It was so good that I’m actually speechless. I read this book a few weeks ago and then again right before this post. Why you ask? Well other than it being that good, I’m finding it hard to form words to describe how awesome it is without revealing too much. I don’t like giving away too much because well, it spoils the book.

So there is this girl, her name is Ivy. She lives in Northwick which is a small town with more kindred’s then regulars. Kindred’s are people of the supernatural flavor like witches, demons, vamps, and werewolf. Regulars are humans. They coexist with each other out of convenience.  Ivy is kindred and so are her friends: Shayde and Bane (their twins), Raven and Gareth, and Nick. There are other kindred’s that you will be introduced to like Dean, Tara, Phoebe but I’m not a fan of any of them. LoL
Magic. I absolutely love magic and Ivy is a teen witch that packs some oomph!  Her two best friends Shayde, the cautious one, and Raven the adventurous one are a prime example of having an angel and devil on your shoulder.  You learn that in chapter one with the spell Ivy is performing. A no no spell that needs the kindred’s councils approval, but what mom and the council doesn’t know won’t hurt them right?
Well that starts a series of events that places two books in Ivy’s hands. What books are they you ask? Well one isn’t that important and the other one… dark magic. However there is one book missing… The Book of Lost Souls contains spells that can bring back the ugliest of souls to unleash death upon Northwick and the outside world.
Like a normal teenager Ivy is into Dean, the good guy. The guys she thinks she needs. The guy that’s not like who she thinks her father became. Then there’s Nick. I absolutely adore Nick but he has a past, a past that Ivy doesn’t seem to look past because it reminds her of her father. But looks are deceiving and what she thinks is black and white might not be that easy. Her friends try to dissuade her from Dean and get her to go with Nick.

“He’s really hot. Sorry, bad demon pun.”

As you can see with that quote Nick is a demon, a hot one at that, but aren’t they all? Nick knows things about the books, but can Ivy trust him enough to listen and believe what he says? Could he be genuine with what he is saying or is it a rouse to get his hands on the book she has in her possession?

“Look, Ivy. I might not be who you end up with I’m not even who you think you want… But Ives…We both know that right now, I’m just what you need.”

Taking a chance Ivy decides to hear what Nick has to say. Things are getting crazy though. Murders are taking place, which is very uncommon….Someone has the other book and their using it. Banding together with her friends and Nick can they stop whoever it is who has the book and whatever souls have been released? 

A mystery man comes in to help Ivy and gives her exactly what she needs to defeat those souls but at what cost? Sending away her friends and Nick will Ivy embrace the dark magic to survive? Will Nick turn his head and believe she’s already lost to darkness? Read The Book of Lost Souls to find out what happens. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, the end will leave you craving more!

“See you took my heart and I never saw it coming.”

-Dani

 

The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto was so different than any book I've ever read. I enjoyed it. Friends that are witches, vampires, werewolves and demons, made and interesting twist on the "teen friend" type books.

Ivy changes her friend Gareth's lizard into a boy for a date to a dance, causing issues within the community they live. Now Ivy and her friends have to find "spike" and get him back. Thrown into this adventure is the fact Ivy found these books that are used for dark magic. Only one important one is missing, The book of Lost souls.

Nick, a demon, really likes Ivy. But for some reason she's stuck on a jerk named Dean. When she figured out Dean is not who she wants, what will she and Nick become? Can Ivy and her friends find who is using the book of lost souls? And who is this mystery person helping them along the way?  There isn't really a restful minute in this book. It slows a little but then flies into a great ending. I don't want to say toooooooooo much about the story. I really feel you need to read it for yourself. I will say that Michelle Muto created a book that you won't be bored of.

-Christina

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