There might be a rant somewhere in this review, you have been warned. 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.
I recommend it to people who enjoy reading fantasy stories, and like a good laugh now and then, but overall (I'm not a spoiler) it has a lot of unexpected twists and turns and is, hands down, the ultimate bestseller (the whole series)!!!!! (:
Sophie Foster has a secret. At five, when she hit her head in an accident, she developed telepathy. Now as a twelve-year-old genius (about to graduate from high school), she is tired of hearing everyone's thoughts. And most days, she just struggles to find a place she belongs.
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.
If I had more time in my life, I think I would enjoy reading more fantasy and science fiction. I still get the occasional dose of that thanks to some of the middle grade books I read. One of my favorite series is Keeper of the Lost Cities, and if you haven’t started it yet, this collection of the first three books is the perfect way to get lost in the world.
In the first book in the series, we meet Sophie, a not so typical twelve-year-old. She is smarter than other kids her age and even the rest of her family. She has skipped several grades, making it hard for her to fit in at school. Meanwhile, she is also a telepath, a skill she has hid for years from her family.
One day all that changes when she catches a boy her age watching her. The boy is Fitz, and he has shocking new for Sophie – she isn’t human. When Sophie makes the choice to leave her old life behind, she enters a world she never knew existed. Along with new friends and a new school, Sophie also learns she has more secrets in her – secrets that might help or hurt her new world. What is the truth of her past? Can she save her new world?
This is just the set up for the first book in the series, and I’m not going to talk about the plot of books two and three. Why? This is an ongoing story that builds on the previous books. I’m not sure how I could talk about the rest of the series without spoiling things, and I definitely don’t want to do that.
This series is a wonderful ride with twists, surprises, danger, and action. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens to Sophie and her new friends next. When we do get answers, they usually lead to more questions.
But the stories wouldn’t be anything without great characters, and we have those in abundance as well. Over the course of these three books, we’ve seen relationships grow and change, and I have grown to love this cast. Well, there are a few that I love to hate, but I’m supposed to feel that way about them.
Now if you are thinking to yourself, “I’ve read a similar premise before,” I’ll just tell you that is no reason to skip this series. There are some unique twists on the premise, and once you get into the story, you’ll find that the execution and the world that author Shannon Messenger has created is completely new.
And yes, an entire new world has been created here with some magical creatures and fun abilities that the characters have. I enjoy revisiting this world in each book as much as I do the characters and finding out what happens next to them.
What do you get in this collection? Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, and Everblaze, the first three books in the series, in paperback. These are not short novels, clocking in between 500 and 600 pages, each, but those pages fly by. I never feel like there is wasted pages in them, and I frequently find myself putting the rest of my life on hold to find out what happens next.
If you haven’t started the series yet, I’m honestly a bit jealous. Reading them straight through is a treat, and you’ll finish all three of them before you know it. Pick up the Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection today, and you’ll be lost in Sophie’s world tomorrow.