Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle had such a strong magical atmosphere that I thought it’d be fun to share some of my ideal bookish spells for today’s stop on the blog tour. I’ll leave the author bio and book description first (so the whole spell idea will make more sense). Make sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom!
Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, their young daughters, and their old cat. Moïra’s French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings. Moïra started a PhD on vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight, when she was told that if she wrote a story about spiders she wouldn’t be afraid of them anymore. Moïra is still afraid of spiders, but has never stopped writing stories. She is the author of The Accident Season and Spellbook of the Lost and Found.
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it’s full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…
My Bookish Spells
If I could create/find/somehow use any 7 bookish spells, I’d go with:
- Pronunciation guides. I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of fantasy characters whose names I just garble in my mind. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m not saying half of the authors names correctly either… good thing I don’t actually go to bookish events in real life or that could be all sorts of hilarious. Anyways, I know pronunciation guides exist online, but it would be super neat to be able to just tap on Celaena Elentiya Aelin Ashryver Galathynius Sardothien’s name in the physical book and keep reading.
- Some kind of search feature for a physical book. Does anyone else find their fingers twitching automatically to hit “command + F” when they’re scanning the pages trying to find that one tiny quote they remember reading SOMEWHERE? This would be pretty handy for school, too. (And I know kindles have most of this magic already, but there’s something nice about reading a physical book sometimes).
- One for books to re-shelve themselves. Bookstagram is awesome, buuuut also tends to make my room look like an earthquake just happened. Books are absolutely EVERYWHERE (except for where they’re meant to be). Wouldn’t it be grand if they could just Mary Poppins themselves back onto the shelf?
- One to make the spines a nice, solid color that looks good on a shelf. (Ok, major first world problem, I know, but roll with it). I organize by color, so one of my biggest bookish pet peeves is when the spine is a super chaotic, multicolored mess. Where am I supposed to put that?! I currently have a “whatever” section in the far bottom corner where the ugly spines can go to be ignored…
- Automatic fan art. Sometimes I read a really neat scene and wish the next page had some gorgeous illustration of it. I really like Alan Lee’s illustrated Tolkien books! It would be fun to be able to get an illustration for any scene or world you wanted. Ok, wait – this just gave me an even better idea:
- A book-to-movie spell! Yessss. I want to watch all the movies of my favorite stories (and the translations could actually be done properly).
- BRING CHARACTERS TO LIFE. LET ME GO TO THOSE WORLDS. Ok, this one obviously had to happen. And we all know Nikolai Lantsov would be first on my list…
Let me know in the comments which bookish spells you’d choose!
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