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OTHER BOOKS BY MICHELLE MUTO:
- Publication Date : January 1, 2014
- File Size : 556 KB
- Print Length : 298 pages
- Publisher : Autumn Hill Press (January 1, 2014)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004QWZ8LO
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
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#834,302 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3,609 in Witch & Wizard Mysteries
- #4,807 in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy eBooks
- #21,709 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy
- Customer Reviews:
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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. The dialogue is sharp, settings are well described and visually accessible. Teens will most certainly love it and even cynics like a middle 30's parent can't help but smile.
The Book Of Lost Souls is a considerable achievement for Michelle Muto and I believe that it is a worthy addition to a genre that can perhaps, be a little too serious sometimes.
Not at all lacking in the action and nail-biting suspense department, I found this book to be a highly entertaining and relaxing read. The dialogue is stimulating and often really hilarious, and none of the descriptions are lengthy or boring. I would actually go so far as to call The Book of Lost Souls a page-turner.
The characters are well fleshed out and realistic enough. Ivy, the main character, is fighting a constant battle against being tempted by evil. Right up to the end it remains a mystery whether she will actually overcome the evil.
The supporting characters, especially the dog, Devlin, are likable and lifelike. As for Ivy's romantic interests, unfortunately I cannot let the cat out of the bag where they are concerned. The romantic side of the story is kept tasteful and sometimes, even poignant.
For a relaxing, yet exciting and often truly humorous read, I recommend The Book of Lost Souls for a pleasant reading experience. (Ellen Fritz)
But Ivy has her best friends by her side. The vampires Raven & Gareth, and the werewolves, Bane & Shayde. Together they got entangled on a web of mystery and witchcraft. Together, they had to make sure that Spike, the lizard boy, in order to bring him back to his original form. And together, they had to clean up a cemetery as part of their punishment. That's when two mysterious books appear from under a tree. The books 1001 Quick Recipes and A Botany of Spells, Magic for the Garden. Although these books seemed harmless, the other one was The Rise of the Dark Curse, by the name itself, is definitely a book of pure black magic. However, it was obvious to Ivy that there was still one book missing. And that was the most dangerous book of them all - The Book of Lost Souls.
Suddenly, a murder happened in Northwicke. And then a couple of dead people had risen, wrecking havoc and causing the murders in the once peaceful town. Soon Ivy's life has turned to worse.
However, there was one hot demon named Nick who was willing to help. Was he really into Ivy, or did he have a hidden agenda? How about Dean? Would Ivy get a chance with him?
I actually found this story fun to read. The characters' personalities were greatly detailed and the history of their names were even discussed. I love the mystery surrounding the books and the people or the supernaturals who were holding them. And the voices that we hear when the books are being opened - creepy!
Michelle Muto knows how to keep her readers interested and engaged. The story may seem a little predictable, but in a good way. I actually found myself smiling because the banter between Ivy and Nick was catchy and fun! Like this one:
Ivy asked, " What do you want, Nick?"
The corner of Nick's mouth eased into a grin that made Ivy's insides somersault unexpectedly. "You,' he said without breaking eye contact."
Oh! I feel like I'm in high school again.. Whew!
Hoping to read more about Ivy MacTavish soon!
Top reviews from other countries
Ivy is 16 going on 17 and spends her time casting spells and hanging out with her best friends from Northwick High, Shayde, a werewolf and Raven, a vampire. With her fire-breathing Beezlepup, Devlin, growling at her side and her Mom, who is also a witch too, nagging in her ear, all Ivy has to think about is who she'd rather go out with - the perfect, yet unattainable, Dean or demonic, bad boy, Nick. She even tries to make Dean jealous by transforming a pet lizard into a hunk and parading him at a Halloween party, but that all changes when Shayde's Uncle Lucas turns up with a human bone in his mouth! Kindreds (supernatural beings) and Regulars (human beings) have co-existed in relative harmony in Northwick for many years but all that is about to change.
After spotting a mysterious stranger in a black coat in the cemetery where Uncle Lucas dug up the bone, Ivy and the gang find a bundle of books at the side of the disturbed grave. Ivy quickly learns not to judge these books by their covers as their powerful black magic takes hold of her.
Dark forces are rising in Northwick and whilst Ivy and her friends investigate the mystery surrounding these books, she juggles dating, jealous girlfriends and tracking down Spike, the lizard, who has no wish to return to his terrarium, just yet.
Murder, evil spirits, weird teachers, cars fuelled by magic, walking trees with eyelids, gossip queens and trolls are just some of the highlights that Northwick offers its residents and I'd like to announce that I will be moving there shortly as it really got under my skin.
A really clever concept with engaging and humorous characters develops into a fantastic supernatural mystery-adventure. This debut novel had all the atmosphere and character of a revamped Buffy and I found its quirky sense of humour, vivid characters and absorbing relationships took me back to fond memories of Sunnydale. It's of course impossible to say that anything can compare to Joss Whedon's iconic TV series, which will always be one of my all time favourites, but Muto's Northwick managed to transport me back there somehow; with a sprinkling of Ivy's magic, perhaps?
Also available by Michelle Muto - Don't Fear the Reaper.