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The Book of Lost Souls by [Muto, Michelle]
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From the Author

If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and are fond of more humorous than dark young adult paranormal novels, I think you'll enjoy The Book of Lost Souls. 
Appropriate for teens, tweens, and anyone who is fun at heart.

About the Author

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season. Currently, she is hard at work on her next novel.

The Haunting Season 
Don't Fear the Reaper 

Product Details

  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Autumn Hill Press (January 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ8LO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit to being from the "Buffy" school of the paranormal rather than the "Twilight" one. There was always something so much more accessible about the Scoobie Gang in that former franchise that appealed to me and I'm almost ashamed to say that I stuck it out with them for the series entire run. I've not encountered anything that has captured a spirit of fun and grit the way Buffy has...that is until now.

The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto is a totally original take on the paranormal genre that - similar to "Buffy" - captures a spirit of hip 'now'-ness that is engaging from the very first page. I've got to stress here that I was only subtly reminded of Buffy whilst reading "The Book Of Lost Souls". This is very much it's own story, which is an absorbing read that has comedy and wit, but also a more serious and perhaps sinister undercurrent running through it's narrative. There is action and mystery, romance and tenderness. It draws on classic archetypes and reworks them in a refreshing way and you actually enjoy the way Michelle weaves them into her tome. It's cleverly subtle - it doesn't belt you in the head.

Her cast too, are a vivid collection of characters, lead by the precocious and worldy Ivy, who reflect contemporary teens dealing with all the trials of growing up and dealing with peer groups, high school, difficult parents whilst dealing with the additional burdens of fangs, aversions to sunlight, wolf-like tendencies and the like. Muto's affection for her characters is clear and she imbues them with a rich realism and enthusiasm that make them leap off the page.

Muto's story craft is well honed. There is nothing contrived or superfluous and she has balanced the tension and excitement well with the lighter moments and the laughs too.
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What I love about novels such as The Book of Lost Souls is how easily I lose myself in the story. Who wouldn't want to live in Northwick, a small American town where Regulars (humans) live semi-peacefully with Kindreds (witches, vampires, werewolves, zombies, trolls and everything in between). Even the high school sounds cool!

The author's love for her characters is palpable; they come alive on the page as they struggle to right their wrongs. And the best part? The teens go through the same angst as any other teen in any other town; their problems stay real and are easy to identify with. Teenage witch Ivy needs a date for the high school dance to make her main squeeze jealous and she changes a lizard into a top model to take her. The set-up is perfect for anything and everything to go wrong... and it does. Deliciously!

At first glance, TBoLS seems like just another fun ride in a supernatural world, but upon closer inspection, we discover that Ivy's struggle in fact feels very personal. Her father left her and her mother years ago and the cut runs deep, and the bitter betrayal turns trust into quite a challenge for the girl. Friendship and love are tested and a good dose of magic, tipping between black and white, is used to save the people she loves, even at the risk of consuming her.
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This is a lighthearted and fun book that still manages to deal with some very serious themes about good and evil and growing up. Ivy MacTavish is a likeable and very believable main character. She's a teenage witch who wants to be good, but on the other hand, what can it hurt to walk a little on the dark side? Especially when getting a date for the big dance is at stake. Priorities, people!! And speaking of the dark side, there's the temptation of bad boy Nick, who just happens to be a demon. There are also vampires, werewolves and bloody killers from the past as Ivy tries to return her date to the terrarium where he belongs, while solving the mystery of who's really doing dark magic in NorthWicke. The writing is excellent and Muto keeps the story moving forward, so there's no time to get bored, or even to put the book down. This is a good story for teens, but also for older middle grade. There's flirting, but no sex and no bad language.
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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.
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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