Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review: Keepers of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities #1
Author: Shannon Messenger
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Aladdin
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known. Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

I feel like most recently I have been reading books by authors who are new to me and am so far loving everyone of them, including this one. These books have been on the shelves for years but I finally made time to read them. I was recommended this series by a good friend of mine and was lucky to snag a signed copy of the book, so reading it seemed the best option. 

In Keepers, the first in a middle-grade fantasy series, we follow Sophie Foster a girl with the power of telepathy. She knows she is not normal but the reality of how un-normal she is doesn't sink in until a mysterious boy finds her one day during a school trip. Taking a risk, she spends the day with him traveling to the "forbidden cities," while learning a little bit about who she is. However, when she must choose to leave the life she has known for a new adventure, what will she choose? 

Sophie is a brillant girl with an unknown power. It is always an adventure with her every day she spends. She doesn't know what she is capable of and the impact she has on both her old and new home. She possess this fighting spirit that shines through her actions but on the flip side, we see this humble side that allows her to be seen as more believable. 

The secondary characters all play a key role in this debut novel and there are a few I would love to know more about, which I am sure I will find as I continue reading. I just have to say that I am unsure of Finch and am loving Dex. I just feel you can never trust a pretty face. Am I wrong?

Shannon Messenger debuts a powerful book to a series I plan on continue reading. If you have read this series, let me know your thoughts? 

I give this book 4 souls!

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