Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities 1

Author: Shannon Messenger 
Pages: 496 pgs
Genre: YA, MG, Fantasy
Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Review Source: Simon and Schuster, Aladdin

This was probably one of my favorite debuts last year! As any regular follower of this blog can tell, I don’t normally read middle grade books. Harry Potter was probably the only one I’d gotten into, but there was just something about this one that sounded interesting. And I’m so glad that I did pick this up.

Sophie Foster has never really fit in. At twelve years old she’s a child prodigy, but there’s something else about her that no one else knows. She is a Telepath. A talent she struggles with daily.

But everything for Sophie changes the day she meets Fitz, a boy who can read minds just like her. He introduces her to a whole new world, a world where she fits in and can finally be herself. But even in her new life things won’t be as easy as she imagined. The secrets of her past and finally finding a “home” are some of the things she has to face.

I just don’t even have words for how absolutely adorable this book was. Shannon did an absolutely phenomenal job with this world and these characters. Sophie was so cute and I just wanted to pick her up and hug her throughout the story. There were even times that I forgot how old she was, but I think that’s what I loved the most. And her cast of friends only added to the mix: Fitz, Dex, Keefe and more.

I don’t want to give anything away, but when Sophie is finally thrust into her new world or life, the originality Shannon used to create it was awesome! Everything from the creatures, the society, even the gifts that they possessed were wonderfully thought out and such fun to imagine. Shannon gave great descriptions and really made it seem like you were there right along with Sophie.

The best part was the story line. Not only was there this fun world that Sophie gets to discover, but there’s also a mystery and so much more to Sophie and her new home than she ever realized. It’s slowly revealed, but I can’t even imagine what else we’ll learn as the series progresses.

Now that I’ve finished with this one, I’m trying to wait patiently for book 2: Exile. After seeing the cover and the description for it I’m even more excited to find out what’s in store of Sophie and company. Keepers was so much fun, adorable and imaginative. I highly recommend it.

SHANNON MESSENGER
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