Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger

Welcome to the KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger blog tour! This tour is hosted by the awesome Mundie Moms. Click
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About the Author:

SHANNON MESSENGER graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. Keeper of the Lost Cities is her first middle grade novel. Let the Sky Fall, a young adult novel, will follow in Spring 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats.

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KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Simon & Schuster / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Books-A-Million / Indiebound / iTunes / The Book Depository

About the book: Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit in. She's not comfortable with her family and keeping a secret—she's a telepath. But then she meets Fitz, who tells her the reason she has never felt at home is that, well, she isn't. But Sophie still has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory for good reason: the answers are in high-demand. The truth could mean life or death, and time is running out.

My Review: Sophie Foster has a pretty abnormal life. For one thing, she's brilliant, so smart that at only twelve, she's a senior in high school. If that doesn't make you stick out like a sore thumb, I don't know what will. Plus, there's the whole reading minds thing. Both of these things make life for a pre-teen well....not all that easy. 

Then, the very cute and weird Fitz shows up. He's odd in ways that Sophie soon learns are very similar to the ways she's odd. And (I'm trying really hard not to spoil anything here!) let's just say that Fitz isn't any normal guy. He's smart like Sophie, and has talents much like hers well. So when he tells Sophie that she's not human and he's been looking for her, that there is a whole world outside of her own that's waiting for her, she really has no choice but to listen.

Soon enough Fitz has shown Sophie that everything she's ever known about the world is pretty much false. When she meets his family, and especially his powerful and kind father, Sophie learns that the parents who raised her, and the home she grew up in will no longer be hers. It's difficult for her, but Sophie realizes that in order to keep her family safe, she must leave them behind. 

Sophie has to learn a new way of life, and in doing so, she also learns quite a bit about herself and begins to put the pieces of her muddled history together. The result is a fantastic book that I never, ever wanted to put down. 

There is no way I can tell you the ways I've struggled with making this review as worthy as the book and the author deserve. The best compliment I can think of is this: As I was reading KEEPER, I became consumed with the story. So much so that I knew, just knew that my neighbor's children would love it as much as I did. And as soon as I finished KEEPER, I immediately purchased them a copy and delivered it to them in person. They received the book on Tuesday the 2nd, and on Wednesday the 3rd I was informed that they BOTH devoured the book and cannot wait for the next installment. Can there be any better compliment? 

The bottom line is this: KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is all kinds of amazing and if you haven't already, you should run (not walk) out and buy one right away. Babies and puppies will cry if you don't. This book is that good. 

(I really, really want to give KEEPER two sets of these books.)


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  1. Aw, that's great that you actually thought of your neighbours as you were reading it. I'm awfully stingy with my money so I guess I'll just have to grin and bear the babies and puppies crying. I'll be waiting for the pb release! :D

  2. I'm so glad you loved it! Thank you for being on the tour!

  3. Definitely being added to my goodreads list(:

  4. Looks like a great book. It's on my goodreads list and I'm hoping to make it tomorrow to Shannon's visit to Changing Hands bookstore event.

  5. Oh my goodness, I just saw this--what an amazing review! THANK YOU! And to know that your neighbors kids loved it too? Wow. That just made my day. Thank you so much! And thank you for being part of the tour!



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