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Keeper of the Lost Cities Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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A name that you should get familiar with. She is an author, and a damn good one.
Her first book - Keeper of the Lost Cities, published by Aladdin on 10/2/2012, is quite a wonderful debut. Chronicling the adventures of young Sophie Foster, whose world is turned upside-down in the Natural History museum, the book is a magical romp through a world of Ms. Messenger's imagination.
No, no spoilers here - that's not fair. But I will say a few things. First, though this is aimed squarely at the YA market, I had NO issues with the writing style at all. It is, simply, well-written. It romps, it rolls, and it pulls you in in about three pages. Look, I'm a quick reader, but I finished this nearly-500 page book in less than two days (during which time I also did.. well, lots of other stuff). Second, the characters feel real. They are unique voices, consistent, and well-defined. And they don't read as 'stock' characters - although Elwin does remind me quite a bit of McCoy (though that could be my background bleeding through).
Finally, and this is the big one for me - the dialogue WORKS. You have read my stuff - I do dialogue instead of narrative. It's how I write. And it's what I like to read. Well, I LOVE what Shannon did with her dialogue. It isn't forced, it isn't stilted - it flows and moves as real speech should and does.
My ONLY quibble with the book is the setting of the academy for the world's kids. It feels too much like Hogwarts. Now, that isn't a terrible thing, and, given the heroine is a 13-year-old girl, I'm not sure HOW you could do a book without incorporating SOME kind of school, but it's the one bit that required a little extra 'suspension of disbelief.' That being said...
Go get this book. And hope that she decides to write another (and another, and another...).
I really enjoyed the book. I love how suspenseful it is. I loved how all the elves had cool powers. At first, I thought the book wouldn't be very interesting at all. However, it turned out to be the best book I ever read!!!
Beyond any enjoyment I got out of this, though, is one more - probably the most important - reason for me to love this book. My eleven year old son is required by his school to read for an hour a day - pretty much anything he wants, within reason - and although he is a great kid and a great student, he hates to read anything he doesn't HAVE to read. I've tried every book I enjoyed as a kid, begged other parents to let me now about stories their kids enjoyed, bought him boatloads of books that have gotten great reviews from others, all to no avail. For most books, he keeps a timer set to go off after exactly 60 minutes! This book, though? He actually ignored the timer, and kept going, reading an hour and a half to two hours every day.
so this is a book that both kids and adults can read and enjoy, and for me, that is the greatest thing about this book. I will definitely be looking for more stories in this universe, and other books written by the author.
The cover reeks (in a good way) of middle grade adventure, swirling in mist from the two characters' expressions to the vintage-looking lamp sprinkling them in light. Just, love LUV this illustration. Kudos to the artist. Here, have some chocolate...seriously.
Sophie is one of the most likable middle grade characters I've ever read. She's wholesome, but real, and holds a sense of adventure just waiting to burst from the pages. But saying that, she also shows a keen aptitude to do what is right and good. Fitz was the same: caring and wanting to do right by Sophie. They're developing relationship is sweet, yet filled with enough spark to give you a chuckle or two or three...
The writing is alive on the page. From a sea scorpion that carriages Sophie around to Fitz teaching her how to travel on a beam of light, this world is the ultimate middle grade playland. It's almost as if Messenger peeked into the head of the average MGer. There were moments, while reading, that I couldn't help but think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Messenger created inventive scenes and stumbling blocks for both characters and story. So creative.
At every turn, the closer Sophie moves to finding her true purpose, her past, and where her future should lead, new obstacles lie in wait. Scenes play out in full view, like sitting in a movie theater. The more I read the more my mind's eye saw and wanted to see more.
Although MG in nature, a few characters have distinct maturity that, I believe, gives this tale a broader audience, appealing to kids and adults alike.Read more ›
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Great book. Bought it for my son's school summer project and he was reluctant to read it but after two chapters he was hook and read it twice.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked how it made me think about the fantasy world in a different way.Published 7 days ago by no name
I just read what it is about,and it sounds amazing. I am probaly going to buy it. If you love reading as much as I do you should try this book.Published 18 days ago by Lulu
Favorite. Great writing style and plot. Best series ever! I LOVE it and can't get enough of it. Must read.Published 24 days ago by Butterflychai
While the book is exciting, it's like the "adults" are pettish children and the book has a feel to it like it was written by someone who hasn't been in the world long... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Elizabeth
This book was really interesting! The plot was really intriguing, bound to hook the most reluctant reader. It gets exciting right away but I think it keeps a steady pace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kayleigh Norris
this book is one of the best books I've ever read can't wait to read the rest you should really read and rate this seriesPublished 1 month ago by dror baalhaness
I have gotten a free copy of the 5th book 4 months before it came out, because me and Shannon are friends. Keepers of the Lost Cities book 5 does not disapoint! Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Krenzin
My 10 year old loves this series, she's been going back and rereading each book!Published 2 months ago by M Ali