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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
- ASIN : B005C776A8
- Publisher : Aladdin; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
- Publication date : October 2, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4365 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 497 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,425 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I bought this book originally because I wanted to be transported to a wonderful new world. Yes I'll admit I was craving Harry Potter but couldn't muster up the strength to reread them. So right off the bat I've already set this book up for failure. Still I was hopeful.
While the fantasy concept and world building is great. The characters are terrible. These elves are incredibly racist against humans. Every single one I've met so far act high and mighty. Not a single one is down to earth and relatable. I suspect and hope this will be addressed in future books.
The main character is way to agreeable. She agrees to give up her loving family for a better one (not a great message to be sending kids). She agrees to give up on the human race for a better one (also not a great message) She agrees to letting people walk over her and ignore her questions. She is always sorry for her actions, apologizing for everytime she mess up. Plus she's a bit vain always noticing looks before personality. Overall not a great female role model. Maybe she'll grow into one, but I'm not seeing any seeds planted
I haven't totally given up on this book I'm sure I'll pick it up later. The world building is great and the author does have imagination. I just don't relate to the Elves (probably because I'm an ugly, not smart human...their words not mine) and the main character.
Sophie Foster is a child genius who’s been avoiding unwanted attention her whole life. Then, suddenly, she’s whisked away to a new land of elves, to discover where she really belongs. The plot thickens as the mysterious, unidentifiable fires around San Francisco get bigger and worse. With her elvin school’s final exams approaching, Sophie turns to a new friend for help, but the pair are kidnapped. They must then find their way back to the Lost Cities on their own, but not without help. Even when they get back, Sophie still has to deal with the dangers of being special in a special world.
Keeper of the Lost Cities will keep you on your toes, your heart beating in anticipation to see what will be revealed next!
Julia Roundtree wasn't one of the better narrators that I've listened to, and I would never purposely buy another Audible edition she narrated. I hate to be mean, because I don't read aloud terribly well myself (I am an excellent reader just not aloud, I trip over my tongue when I try)... But I just didn't enjoy her narration.
I picked up book two became I want to follow the story some more. The Audible edition of book two, _Exile_ has a different narrator and is in Audible's children's sale that ends on 11-27-17 for $3.95. Seems worth a try, although I notice books three through six don't have audio editions and text-to-speach is disabled in the Kindle editions (I just now noticed that), so that may be as far as I go. My vision isn't bad enough that I totally require text-to-speach, but shame on publishers--especially of youth-oriented books--that disable it. Text-to-speach on the Kindle Fires could open literary doors to worlds of wonder for so many, if the bigger publishing names would stop disabling the feature in Kindle books.
I can't say this was my favorite middle school series or anything but it I really think this series deserves some more publicity! Practically no one I know of has heard of it or read it but this series is just as good as the Percy Jackson series and everyone has read that! My 11-year-old brother actually says it is the best series he ever read!
I absolutely fell in love with all the characters (especially Keefe) and Shannon does a great job developing the characters throughout the series and as much as I am anticipating the 5th I don't think I could ever say good-bye to Sophie, Dex, Fitz and Biana. They are like my best friends!
Anyway, if you are looking for some decent middle school fantasy don't hesitate to purchase this book and spread the word!
Top reviews from other countries
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 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!
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 rest of the books continue at this high standard, and this is perfect for anyone who likes Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Artemis Fowl.