Book Review, Books

The Lost Boys – Lilian Carmine

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Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart?

Having moved to a strange town, seventeen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.

But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard…

Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magical, romantic tale of girl meets ghost.

I have read this many years ago, I first read this story when it was posted on Wattpad chapter by chapter and I’ve re-read it many years since it’s got published. I think I reread this series every year at least but I’ve never written a review on this book or this series so I thought maybe I should now. As I have read this book so many times and I love this book I am pretty oblivious to some of it’s issues. This will always be a 5 star rated book for me just because of what it means to me but also the issues are fairly minor at least that’s how I feel.

So The Lost Boys focuses on Joe Gray and Tristan Halloway, they first meet in a graveyard and not knowing that Tristan is a ghost Joey befriends him. On New Years’ Eve a powerful spell is cast and Joey accidently brings Tristan back from the dead and our story rockets from there. This story had many aspects and for someone who hasn’t read this many times or the other books in its series will think it’s too many. We have the witch aspect, we have boarding school, we have death and then we have the band. We have many aspects, the witches aspect of the novel isn’t fully explored in this novel, it’s Joey finding out about her magic and most importantly how she can keep Tristan at her side but it’s never fully explored (although it is in later novels). The boarding school and the band are worked into well and that is explored well and I loved that we have a setting in a boarding school. The band added an extra little thing to this novel and I liked the bond that it created for all the characters in this book.

Joey is super stubborn, she doesn’t like giving up, she isn’t a girly girl and she’s kick ass. I loved her character and even though she was all those things she still could be a teenage girl too. I loved her personality and that she was always willing to fight for what she believed in.

Tristan, oh my baby Tristan. I love his character from the moment he is introduced he was my favourite. His old fashioned ways and gentleman ways are just so cute, I always think it’s amusing when he scolds Joey for swearing in front of him. You could see at times how much he struggled to adjust to the 21st century, there is a scene in the book where Joey is acquainting him with all the new technology and they were really cute and sweet scenes.

I loved Joey and Tristan’s relationship although a lot of their issues especially in the middle of this book could have been solved by communicating as with all YA novels if they sat down and talked it wouldn’t be an issue. That being said of course I loved all the angst and when they had their mini break up god it broke my heart, and that scene always gives me chills. I don’t know what it is but the scene gives me chills. I loved how much they loved each other and was willing to go to protect each other, and Tristan willing to die again so Joey would be safe from the hooded ones. You could tell they cared for each other.

The side characters that were just as amazing and still waiting for that spin off (HEY LILIAN CARMINE, I WOULD STILL LIKE THE SPIN OFF PLEASE?). Seth, Harry, Sam and Josh the boys known as The Lost Boys. These boys were the best friends that you could ever ask for. They were understanding and willing to do anything for Joe and Tristan and even accepted their relationship and the truth when they finally told them about the ghost spell story. Each of the boys had their own separate personalities and they really felt a presence in the book of the boys. Then we have Tiffany, she is the rich girl with the twist, she first plays a test on Joe to see if she’ll be fake and once the test has passed Tiffany becomes one of the group and down to earth, we really see it when Tristan, Joey, Sam, Seth, Josh and Harry refuse to ask her for help or any favours. You can tell that between them all that they have a true friendship between them.

The plot was fabulous I loved the idea of a ghost coming back to life and being hunted by the hooded one it was definitely different and I liked the added aspect of Joey’s little emotion gift in this story and you could see how much she struggled with the fact she could see everybody’s emotion. I loved that despite all the craziness of the magic and everything they had going off they still managed to do the normal thing of going to class.

This story will always be nostalgic for me and will always be one of my favourites. I love being back in the world and back with these characters it feels like home and I always love going back to old favourites.

5 stars

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