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Keeper of the Lost Cities, 1 Hardcover – 2 October 2012
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A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal-winning series
In this riveting series opener, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first.
Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She's skipped multiple grades and doesn't really connect with the older kids at school, but she's not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret--she's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she's not alone. He's a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well...she isn't. Fitz opens Sophie's eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.
But Sophie still has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death--and time is running out.
"Keeper of the Lost Cities is a little bit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a little bit Lord of the Rings, and a little bit Harry Potter. And it's all fun!"--New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley
"A large and varied cast of supporting characters and an intriguing premise contribute to make this an exciting start to a promising series." --Booklist
"A slew of interesting and well-drawn characters, careful plotting, and just plain good storytelling will have readers racing through the pages." --School Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Aladdin Paperbacks (2 October 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442445939
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442445932
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 5.08 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 388,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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from her adorable pet - sorry no spoilers- and awsume animals. to prattle's pins. NOTE: if those are really somthing i can collect, I'm in!
this series is what I'v been serching for since I fell in love with reading and became a bookworm.
This is a series in the highest place of honour in my favorites book shelf.
sorry but I can not write any more about how much you NEED to read this series, i have to go buy book two for my e-book. + the rest of the series. and all the other books by Shannon Messanger.
1. A massive rip-off of Harry Potter
3. Very heteronormative
Lets start with our main character, a #specialsnowflake named Sophie! A super-genius, photographic memory, very skinny, blonde, white girl who doesnt fit in :(((( WhAT a tradgedy.
And guess what? She has MagICAl PoWeRs. *coughcoughHaryPottercough* Also, she's an elf. But OH NO! She doesnt fit in with ELVES either? Could it be that her EYES ARE THE WRONG COLOUR??!!?!! OH NO!!!!!
Sophie goes on to figure out that not only does she have multiple powers; but theyre SUPER STRONG AND DID I MENTION SHES SUPER TALENTED AT... E V E R Y T H I N G?
The plot is everywhere and you literlly dont give a crap about it until the end, and even then its somewhat sketchy and you just want to finish the friggin book already arghh.
Next we have Sophies cruuuuuushes.
Sophie: *sees white male that is slightly attractive to heterosexual females*
White Male: *says max. three words to S*
Sophie *twilight levels of pining*
Not to mention EVERYONE has a crush on Sophie. And obviously someone's out to get sophie.
AND she doesnt listen to any authorities and gets away with literally anything. So yeah, would definitely not reccomend this crap of a book..
by Shannon Messenger
i have never read any thing like this out of this world book before, and may i just say, i loved it to bits.
i mean what a great book, if you haven't read it, i say READ IT and believe me when i say you'll find it above any expectations and beyond.
five big shining stars to the Keeper of the Lost Cities.
were adventures await
by Eleanor M. Eckert
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most of the characters Messenger puts in the book are totally realistic. Keefe in particular was my favorite character (along with sophie and biana) he would sometimes make you want to smack him so hard you'd leave a mark and sometimes his sarcastic comments would make you
throw your head back and laugh.
i recomend it to anyone that is reading this review.
The story of Sophie Foster discovering who she is and getting into crazy hijinks throughout the school year as friendships form and her life is inevitably put in danger. A classic story with added interest and fun thrown in, making it a truly wonderful book to read.
The world building is incredible and the idea of a series of hidden cities intrigues me immensely and I cannot wait to see how Shannon Messenger continues this lovely, whimsical series because I for one need to know what happens to Sophie and Dex and all the other students at Foxfire!
Ok, I'm not really the target audience but, I really like this book, I don't give out four star ratings if I'm not going to carry on with the series. The world building worked for me, it wasn't overly descriptive. I enjoyed the many varied personalities you get to see in this book. Some characters happily reminded me from other books I've read, Fitz - Edward Cullen, Dex - Ron Weasley, Keefe - Adrian Ivashkov. It did remind me a little of Harry Potter but not so much that I enjoyed it any less, there are always going to be similarities because Harry Potter came first, but Keeper Of the Lost Cities is definetly original and stands out on its own two feet.
Now for the reason of the one less star, the instant crush! When I opened this book I wasn't expecting any love, I know it's not love, but there were so many heart flutterings! I'm so worried because I can predict who Sophie is going to end up with, I hope I'm wrong! Or just keep'er single (sorry couldn't resist) Just wish it hadn't happened so fast (compared to Harry Potter where there are no crushes for the first couple of books) this is only the first book and the second and third are already out, I've started this series late and there are probably so many relationship developments in the following books that I have to wait for till I get my hands on them!
Overall, a fun story, with a cute cover.
The rest of the books continue at this high standard, and this is perfect for anyone who likes Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Artemis Fowl.