Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy Mac Tavish #1) by Michelle Muto

The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy MacTavish, #1) 

Book: The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy Mac Tavish #1)
Author: Michelle Muto
Publisher: Dreamscapes, Ink
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
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. 

My Review: 
The Book of Lost Souls is an exciting, humorous read with great characters and lots of laugh out loud moments. I'm giving it 4.5 stars!

Ivy, the main character is a witch who lives in Northwick where Regulars (humans) and Kindreds (supernaturals) live. Ivy has a major crush on Dean, popular guy in school, who seems to not know that Ivy exists. Ivy decides to change her friends pet lizard Spike into a human date, hoping Dean will finally notice her. Things start to go wrong from here. Ivy and her friends get into trouble when Spike goes missing. Their punishment is cleaning up the graveyard. This is where Ivy sees a mysterious man who seems to disappear into thin air. She also comes across two books and finds out there is a third book missing. Someone has the missing book that is pure black magic. Ivy has the other one. The book is spooky and full of black magic spells. Will Ivy turn to black magic like her father? Will they find Spike? You'll have to read The Book of Lost Souls to find out!

I could not and did not want to put this down. I was drawn in right from the beginning. If I was a Kindred I would love to have been a witch like Ivy. She has unique, interesting and fun friends. There is Raven and her brother Gareth, they are vampires. Shayde and Bane, twin werewolves and Nick, a totally hot demon. These characters and this entire story felt like it could be reality. I loved how Ivy and Nick could just send off spells quickly, sometimes with just one word. The lizard turned human, Spike, I really liked this character. He made me laugh a lot. Raven, love her name, is the kind of friend that you get into trouble with. Nick is just a complete hottie and a demon. I love the bad boys in books. These were my favorites in the book. I felt connected to these characters and this story, it just felt like I was right there, not reading about it.

There is always something happening. You won't get bored and will not want to put it down. Like I said it is humorous with lots of action and some romance. The ending was great but leaves it open so I'm hoping there will be a sequel. This was such a fun read, I was sad when I finished it. I will definitely read more from this author in the future. This e-book was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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