Keeper of the Lost Cities Paperback – 9 Aug 2018
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“A delightful and dangerous adventure with complex characters and relationships you'll root for to the end of time.” —Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of THE UNWANTEDS
"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
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but she realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.
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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.
One day while on a field trip, she runs into a boy named Fitz who has a shock for her - she isn't human. He shows her a completely hidden world that she is truly part of. Joining that world means leaving her family behind. But would she be safe if she stayed in the world she knows? And why was she sent away? What secrets might her sudden return reveal?
Reading this book, I couldn't help but compare it to Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. The premise is certainly similar. But what the author does is create a completely different world with completely different rules out of the premise. It was so creative and so well done that I always had a hard time shaking it off when I had to return to our world.
What amazed me was how much and how quickly the characters grew on me. I was fully invested in Sophie's story and several events were as hard for me as they were for her. The story starts out a little slowly since the author needs time to create the world, but I was hooked by the end, reading most of the second half in a single day.
This is a wonderful debut that will capture the imagination of kids and adults alike. If you are looking for a new series to start, you must give this one a try.