The Book of Lost Souls [NOOK Book]


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 ...
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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.

Full length novel: 83,500 words/approx 324 pages.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Dean Mayes
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.
Amazon - Dee Kay
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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012239211
  • Publisher: Autumn Hill Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Series: The Ivy MacTavish Novels, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 340,023
  • File size: 710 KB

Meet the Author

Michelle lives in northeast Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She writes urban fantasy, paranormal, and all things eerie and curious.
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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Highly recommended

    Very well written - from the point that I began reading the book there was no chance that I was putting it down. I enjoyed the action and the fact that she never really gave you the option of wanting to put it down. I would love to read more books written by her.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    4.5 Stars!

    Muto has written a beautiful debut novel that will charm the hearts of readers both young and old. From the very beginning, the novel draws the reader in as Ivy's life quickly spins out of control when she changes Spike, her friend's pet lizard, into a human for what is supposed to be an evening of fun. The daughter of a dark magician, Ivy is able to delve deeper into magic than is normal for a teen her age and, therefore, is regarded as potentially dangerous by those in her town, especially after the lizard fiasco.

    I really enjoyed this book. There is mystery, intrigue, suspense, and romance all packed into this wonderful novel, gluing the reader to the pages as the non-stop action ensues. I thought the idea of regulars and kindred people living side by side was an ingenious idea and really added to the story. The fact that vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and regular everyday people all live together in the same community is enchanting and reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which I love, but Muto's novel is a much cleaner, YA friendly read.

    Muto is a very talented writer, fleshing out all her characters and their struggles as they work together to try and stop the murderers set loose upon their town by an unknown foe through a book of dark magic. Throughout the novel, Ivy continually grows, coming to terms with her fears, though she must ultimately decide between her friends and the powers of the dark arts given to her through The Book of Lost Souls. I highly recommend this novel for all ages and cannot wait for the next book in the series! Four and a half stars!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011


    I found out about this book on Twitter and decided to download it. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book! This was one of the best YA stories I've ever read. There was humor, adventure, danger, many elements that made this one of those books that I just couldn't put down. I would recommend this to young adults AND not so young adults.

    My only disappointment was that there are no more books by this author yet. I want more! Hurry! :0)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Awesome read! Cant wait for another.

    Fun,easy to read, no bad language or smut but still manages to tingle your toes! I LOVE a book like that! Great for teens looking for a book report book especially. Im gonna miss Spike. Hope to see him in future stuff.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Highly Enjoyable

    I picked this book up the other day and couldn't have been happier with my choice. The characters balance the struggles of adolescence and the wicked pain of murder and betrayal beautifully. Ms. Muto creates a fun world where the Kindred and the Regulars live together in peace. Magic, Vampires, and shape shifters are commonplace.

    One of the things that I loved about this book was that the kids felt like REAL teens. The dialog was honest and snappy. The romantic element was exciting and as realistic as it can be when involving a demon ;) And, oh boy, Nick is one serious heart throb. Very swoon worthy!

    All in all a great, fun read that houses a great plot and character development. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Awesome Book

    This book was amazing. The author may be new but she definitely knows what she's doing. Really awesome characters including Nick the demon, Devlin the beezlepup, Raven and Gareth who are vampires, and Shayde and Bane the werewolves. And of course Ivy is an awesome protagonist with badass witchy powers. Anybody would enjoy this book. There better be a sequel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    A really fun story!

    I picked this up thinking it'd be a cute read - something to pass the time. I couldn't put it down! Lots of laughs, with a serious dose of seriousness underneath. The characters were all well done and lovable, and the plot multi-layered. I especially liked Devlin the Beezlepup and Spike. The author has a great imagination when it comes to Ivy's world. Where's the sequel? Bring on the sequel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Captures your attention and won't let go! Loved it!

    What I Liked: 1) This is teen fiction at it's finest. Miz Muto knows teens well enough to have been able to write them incredible realistically. I could easily have seen these kids at my high school, or any high school, really. That was one of the first things I noticed about the story, was how realistic the characters felt. 2) There are so many books out there is seems that have these awesome paranormal characters that hate each other! You know what I'm saying, the vampires don't get along with the werewolves, and so on and so forth. Well, get ready for some old school teamwork in this book. It was great to see a story where these characters got along in this, global paranormal community. 3) I love, love, loved how some historical villains were brought into the story. In fact, I would have liked to see even more. At one point, we've got Vlad the Impaler running around with Elizabeth Bathory and it was awesome in a creepy way. 4) This book kept me hooked from beginning to end. There were interesting things happening on every single page, and I didn't want to stop reading until I knew what was going to happen! 5) I liked the concepts of the Kindreds and the Regulars. I'm not going to explain it, you'll have to read it to find out, but it intrigued me in a way few books do. 6) I guessed the ending, but it wasn't for lack of plot twists and turns. It's definitely not one of those jump out and smack you in the face kind of endings. More like one of those where you are like, "oh, man! I knew it was gonna be *so and so*." 7) I like demons. <---Nick. Heh. 8) I like to talk about how talented writers are, and Miz Muto is no exception. There was so much going on in this story that it had to potential to become disjointed and convoluted. However, the concise writing and excellent flow made everything come together very cleanly and wasn't at all confusing.

    What I Didn't Like: 1) One small thing is that it took me a while to figure out if the non-magical community knew about the magical community. It took a while for that to really become clear to me as a reader. And I'm the type of person who gets distracted by questions like that. (ooo...something shiny!)

    Overall thoughts: This is an absolute must to put on your list of Halloween reads. (Aside from the characters being witches and vampires and werewolves and so on, it's also set in the days leading up to Halloween!) There was so much going on in this story, that it just captures the imagination and runs with it. Add this one to your TBR list, stat!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    Definitely recommend this!

    This is a great YA novel!

    Michelle has crafted an intriguing world where the supernatural and normal live side-by-side, and created characters that you love from the moment you meet them. It is an intense ride from beginning to end; it kept me hooked. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    "Practically Perfect in Every Way"

    The Book of Lost Souls starts out like a great joke. A witch (Ivy), a vampire (Raven) and a werewolf (Shayde), turn a lizard into a date for the witch. Given an opening like that, I knew this was the book for me. I became instantly immersed in this cool, fun world author Michelle Muto has created.

    In the town of Northwicke, there are Regulars (humans), and Kindred (supernaturals). The Regulars and Kindred have warred in the past, but now peacefully co-exist. Their agreement is based on mutual trust. The Kindred trust the Regulars to keep their secrets. The Regulars trust the Kindred to keep them safe. The Kindred consist of a wide range of supernatural beings. There are varying from witches, to demons, to trolls. The main character, Ivy, is a witch. Her friends are Shayde and Bane, were wolf twins; Raven and Gareth, vampire siblings, Nick, a demon; Spike, who is Gareth's pet lizard-turned-hottie. And I must not forget Devlin, Ivy's Beezlepup, a fox-dog hybrid.

    Ivy and company are terrific, fun characters to read. When Muto wrote the dialogue, she was absolutely spot-on. The conversation of the characters was real, did not feel forced or awkward at all. These teens were basically good kids. They get into some , or a lot, of mischief. They aren't annoyingly perfect. There is no hand-wringing, whining or brooding. Especially Ivy. Ivy is funny, smart and is able to get herself out of trouble (with some help from her friends). One of my favorite of her friends is Nick. Michelle Muto really hit a home run creating Nick. I was so relieved to read about a really good guy. He's funny, really cool. He seems to have no secrets or agenda. He is a guy who lays it all on the line, letting Ivy know exactly who he is and what he wants. The chemistry between Nick and Ivy had me on edge. Will Ivy ever give in to Nick's charm? Will she realize he's not the bad boy she's made him out to be? Will she ever fully trust Nick? Will the finally kiss???

    The Book of Lost Souls is a funny book, yes. But it is a whole lot more than that. This is a book about friendship, trust, regret and believing in the good in one's self.

    If there was ever an "indie published" book that you should read, it is The Book of Lost Souls. To quote the movie Mary Poppins, it is "Practically perfect in every way". I wish I had a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" type of thingy to give this book. Maybe I should work on that. In the meantime, I'll go work on begging Michelle Muto for Book 2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

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    Very Awesome Read!

    One of the most adorable books I have read in a while. I read this in one day and couldn't put it down. I loved all of the characters, especially Nick . =D
    What I loved the most in this book was the nice tight-knit group of friends that Ivy had. It was very reminiscent of The Scooby Gang (in Buffy). I also loved the fact that the town they lived in consisted of Regulars (humans) & Kindreds (witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, trolls etc.) that coexisted together. I think this adds a nice dynamic to the story, you would always be wondering who's a regular? Who's a kindred?
    I felt that the story was told very well, and the essence of high school was presented wonderfully. I think this book would make a great movie. It has it all: Magic, Teen Angst, Crushes, Murder. A perfect mix.
    A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Funny, cute. Love the characters. 

    Funny, cute. Love the characters. 

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Completely amazed once again at another book by Michelle Muto! I

    Completely amazed once again at another book by Michelle Muto! I swear she has this way with words and this book left me wanting more. The Book of Lost Souls is about magic, shifters, vamps, demons…basically all the things paranormal. Most would consider this book DARK because of what it’s about but I guess that makes me a little dark too because I absolutely LOVED it!
    I have to admit this review has taken me hours to write. Not because it sucked, far from it in fact. It was so good that I’m actually speechless. I read this book a few weeks ago and then again right before this post. Why you ask? Well other than it being that good, I’m finding it hard to form words to describe how awesome it is without revealing too much. I don’t like giving away too much because well, it spoils the book.
    So there is this girl, her name is Ivy. She lives in Northwick which is a small town with more kindred’s then regulars. Kindred’s are people of the supernatural flavor like witches, demons, vamps, and werewolf. Regulars are humans. They coexist with each other out of convenience. Ivy is kindred and so are her friends: Shayde and Bane (their twins), Raven and Gareth, and Nick. There are other kindred’s that you will be introduced to like Dean, Tara, Phoebe but I’m not a fan of any of them. LoL
    Magic. I absolutely love magic and Ivy is a teen witch that packs some oomph! Her two best friends Shayde, the cautious one, and Raven the adventurous one are a prime example of having an angel and devil on your shoulder. You learn that in chapter one with the spell Ivy is performing. A no no spell that needs the kindred’s councils approval, but what mom and the council doesn’t know won’t hurt them right?
    Well that starts a series of events that places two books in Ivy’s hands. What books are they you ask? Well one isn’t that important and the other one… dark magic. However there is one book missing… The Book of Lost Souls contains spells that can bring back the ugliest of souls to unleash death upon Northwick and the outside world.
    Like a normal teenager Ivy is into Dean, the good guy. The guys she thinks she needs. The guy that’s not like who she thinks her father became. Then there’s Nick. I absolutely adore Nick but he has a past, a past that Ivy doesn’t seem to look past because it reminds her of her father. But looks are deceiving and what she thinks is black and white might not be that easy. Her friends try to dissuade her from Dean and get her to go with Nick.
    “He’s really hot. Sorry, bad demon pun.”
    As you can see with that quote Nick is a demon, a hot one at that, but aren’t they all? Nick knows things about the books, but can Ivy trust him enough to listen and believe what he says? Could he be genuine with what he is saying or is it a rouse to get his hands on the book she has in her possession?
    “Look, Ivy. I might not be who you end up with I’m not even who you think you want… But Ives…We both know that right now, I’m just what you need.”
    Taking a chance Ivy decides to hear what Nick has to say. Things are getting crazy though. Murders are taking place, which is very uncommon….Someone has the other book and their using it. Banding together with her friends and Nick can they stop whoever it is who has the book and whatever souls have been released?
    A mystery man comes in to help Ivy and gives her exactly what she needs to defeat those souls but at what cost? Sending away her friends and Nick will Ivy embrace the dark magic to survive? Will Nick turn his head and believe she’s already lost to darkness? Read The Book of Lost Souls to find out what happens. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, the end will leave you craving more!
    “See you took my heart and I never saw it coming.”

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    Fast Paced, Exciting & Humorous

    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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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    We start off just as Ivy is turning her friend’s lizard in

    We start off just as Ivy is turning her friend&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;t want to give too much away as I&rsquo;d rather you go read to see what I mean, but while the book is obviously bad, it&rsquo;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&rsquo;re called, have their abilities, which certainly come in handy, but they&rsquo;re not evil by nature.

    Overall the plot is full of twists and turns and never gets boring. It&rsquo;s a little predictable here and there, but not in such a way as to ruin the mystery or anything, so it&rsquo;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&rsquo;t put it down. Go read it for a ride through a small town that&rsquo;s a world apart as it&rsquo;s home to a population of Kindreds and the humans that have learned to coexist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012


    I luv it

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    A Wickedly Fun YA Book

    I didn't find anything that I hated. Michelle is a genius when it comes to keeping her readers entertained. I started the book late one night thinking I'll read a tiny chapter then pick it up the next day when I wasn't so groggy from lack of sleep. Wrong thing to do. I started the first chapter and ended up reading halfway through the book. I truly enjoyed the uniqueness of Ivy's predicament. Ivy, the main character, had me giggling and hurting right along with her. Ivy's story - her life that was written by Michelle was enchanting and created a tale that had the best of a normal teen and a 'kindred' teen. Kindreds were anything that was supernatural in The Book of Lost Souls. Michelle beautifully created a cast full of troubled, evil and good characters including a poor little lizard known as Spike when in human form. Beware Spike isn't a shape shifter. He's the poor thing that started a series of chain of events that changed Ivy's life forever. Spoiler Alert! Imagine if superanaturals were real but humans didn't know or pretended they weren't around. Now picture a room full of kindreds and regulars. How would you feel when you watched a senile werewolf coming through the front door at a party for kids carrying a femur bone that he dug up out of a graveyard? When the above scene happened, I knew I was in for one wild ride throughout the rest of the book.

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