The Promise of Lost Things by Helene Dunbar


The Promise of Lost Things by Helene Dunbar. Sourcebooks Fire, 2022. 9781492667407 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Paperback

Genre:  Supernatural

What did you like about the book? Getting through high school can be tough, especially when you’re a medium and your snarky ex-boyfriend, Ian, is a ghost. Russ, a senior, is dealing with his position in his town, relationships, and his mother’s abandonment.  Dunbar sets her story in St. Hildare, NY, a quiet town with one population: people with the gift of communicating with the spirit world. Willow, Russ’ mentor, has her own agenda, taking over the Guild to gain ghost power and little time to be bothered with her mentee.  The Guild, a powerful group of elders oversees everything in the town of St. Hilaire and will do anything to keep their power, including hiding its nefarious past.  Add in Asher, a boy from Buchanan (the next town over), who likes Russ but is conflicted as his parents are producing a TV show in the hopes of discrediting St. Hilaire and all its inhabitants.  Can Russ, with the help of Ian, stop any more transgressions and overthrow their corrupt regime?  Readers who enjoy romance and intrigue will be hard pressed to put down this title.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? Asher obsesses a great amount about doing the right thing, and his role in hurting Russ’ town; it is a little over the top.  There is some drug use by the main character used to help him relax. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers, in grades 8 and up, who enjoy supernatural themed books, such as The Summoning or The Immortals series, would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for high schools or public libraries that cannot get enough supernatural/romance novels based in a high school setting.

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: May 15, 2022

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