Reviews & Award Nominations


Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards

“Fowley-Doyle is herself a literary spell caster, conjuring up a suspenseful and sensual ambience in the forest on the edges of town and in the remains of bonfire revelry. […] This smart and sexy page-turner that readers will want to devour and share with their friends is a real find.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“Fowley-Doyle’s lush, atmospheric storytelling contrasts brilliantly with her characters’ teenage normalcy—drinking, skiving, and cursing while mostly loving their parents and sticking up for one another.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This complex, ambitious, magical novel is gripping and as the plot unfolds, it is unflinching in its portrayal of sexual experimentation, abuse and damaged lives. But beneath the darkness shines a life-affirming message of love and redemption.” — Daily Mail

“This is a superb book.” — The Irish Times

“Stunning and beautifully haunting. Myths, lust, magic, keys, charms and darkness all come together to create an unforgettable story.” — Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy

“Spellbook is reminiscent of a medieval tapestry in its color, complexity, and stylistic texture.” — VOYA

“This book is filled with mystery and the storytelling is as enchanting as the spell it contains.” — School Library Connection

School Library Journal — starred review

Kirkus Reviews

The Irish Times



Shift Zine

Sun Book Shop – Book of the Month July 2017

Bustle – Best YA novels coming out in August 2017