Monday, November 5, 2012

The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy MacTavish #1) by Michelle Muto


Title:  The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy MacTavish #1)
Author:  Michelle Muto
Publisher:  Dreamscapes, Ink
Published:  March 6, 2011

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

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.


When Ivy, a very talented young witch, uses a spell to transform her friend’s lizard Spike into a date for the school dance, things don’t go exactly as planned and hilarity ensues! As punishment, she and her friends have to clean up an old section of the cemetery. But things go from funny to pretty serious when Ivy discovers that someone has left two books in the cemetery, one being The Rise of the Dark Curse (a book that is pure black magic), and she’s pretty sure they were intended for her. But who would want her to have these books, and does the fact that she’s so drawn to this book mean she truly is her father’s daughter? Even more important, why is the most dangerous book of all, The Book of Lost Souls, missing? When a gruesome murder occurs in town, Ivy realizes she has much more crucial things to worry about than her missing lizard date… like finding out who is behind the killings and trying to stop them before they can kill again.

The Book of Lost Souls is a fantastic read! It’s funny, exciting, sweet, and mysterious. I really enjoyed reading about Ivy and her equally fascinating, sleuthing group of friends, which happens to include vampires, werewolves, and Nick… one deliciously handsome demon.

“‘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.”

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

Holy charming, swoon-worthy demon! That boy is yummy!

While The Book of Lost Souls is the big baddie that holds the group’s focus, it was The Rise of The Dark Curse that gave me the heebie-jeebies. Any book that whispers to me is going straight into the freezer, Joey Tribbiani-style.

“‘Rejoice! She’s back. Little one loves us.’
The voices murmur.
‘Little one is starting to see, just like her father.’”

Can Ivy fight the pull of these voices and the temptation of dark magic? Or will she succumb to it much like her father did?

My favorite character in The Book of Lost Souls had to be… (you think I’m going to mention a hot guy, don’t you? Well, I could… Nick and Bane are smokin’...but...) Devlin. Devlin is Ivy’s adorable Beezlepup, a rare Kindred breed that is a fox-dog-coyote hybrid known for their mischievous ways. Ms. Muto definitely must be a dog owner and lover, because she captured the relationship between a girl and her dog perfectly! While my pugs don’t look like a Beezlepup, they definitely share the same mannerisms and snorts. Even though my pugs won’t shoot flames from their nostrils if they get hiccups from having ice cream… they will produce certain fumes that will burn your eyes and singe your nose hairs. Just sayin’.
Just look at those guilty pug mugs!
On a personal note, it's no secret that I love sharing books with my daughter, but since she’s only thirteen, a lot of YA books still contain content that I consider inappropriate for her age. One of my favorite aspects of The Book of Lost Souls is that it’s not too mature for her, but mature enough for me to enjoy. This truly is a book for all ages! Combine that with the fact that my kiddo is a huge lizard aficionado (shudders), and I know she is going to adore Spike and all of his shenanigans.

Michelle Muto is an amazingly talented author, and I can’t wait to read more of her work.  



  1. Great review, i actually have this on my nook somewhere *scratches head* this author joined a reading group i am in on GR and I grabbed it to support her..but you know how the tbr pile goes. Your delightful review has me eager to give it a try. Ivy sounds interesting and I love mysteries.

    1. Thank you, Kimba! I hope you love it :)

  2. I was so happy to see this book on your blog! I absolutely adored Book of Lost Souls. I'm so happy you enjoyed it, too. Great review!

    1. I'm thrilled you loved it, too! It was such a fun book! Thank you, Andrea :D

  3. This sounds like a great book and what a fun cover! I am glad to hear it is a good book for all ages. I look forward to reading it and I loved your review. :)

    1. Isn't the cover just beautiful? Thanks so much, Stephanie - I hope you get a chance to read it :)

  4. I'm so glad to hear this is a good one. I have it, but haven't read it yet. And omg, the pups are adorable.

  5. Anonymous11/05/2012

    Awwww *melts into a puddle of mush* Those pugs are SO adorable! *fans self* And beautiful review, darling. :) I remember you spotlighted this book in a Teaser Tuesday post and I absolutely LOVED the quote you posted. There's no question now that I'm adding this book to my TBR pile- it sounds brilliant :)

    1. Awwww, thank you! We think they're pretty cute ;)
      I did spotlight it - Great memory! Thanks so much, love! I hope you will enjoy this one :D

  6. Awesome review. I haven't read this book yet, but have heard good things, and now I really want to. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Ellen! I think you will love this one! :D

  7. the joey line made me WAFFLE. and simply reading your review, I can totally understand how this one is the crossroads between fun and scary but not too mature! (have I told you how amazing your reviews are? seriously, your ability to capture each book's essence blows my mind!)

    1. I forgot to mention THE PUGGIES. PURE LOVE.

  8. Lovely review, and your dogs are so flipping cute :) This sounds like my kind of read and I love that you found a good one for katertot to read also. YA has definitely matured the content over the years and it is scary to let your kid loose in that section now :/


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