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Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2)

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  1,361 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny--the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities--her life finally seems to be coming together.

But Sophie's kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Blac...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Aladdin
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Shannon Messenger
Dec 04, 2013 Shannon Messenger added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: read-in-2012
I know it's totally geeky to review your own book--but this book is the hardest thing I have ever written. So yeah, I'm going to tell you it's awesome! (We have to believe in our own writing, don't we? And hey, I deserve SOMETHING to make up for the sleepless nights, right?) :)
Ashley Brooke
Reread: August 2013- Goodness, Book two isn't even officially out yet and I have read this twice. Book three is still so far away!

March 2013:
This sequel to 'The Keeper of the Lost Cities' is fantastic and totally unexpected. Messenger has the ability to totally surprise her readers and 'Exile' is no exception!

While the book is a little long and could have been a little shorter, I loved this read. It was completely different than what I expected and honestly, I devoured it! This series has quic...more

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

My review of book one, Keeper of the Lost Cities , aka a guided tour though my insanity with Legolas the elf

Legolas? Where are you, boyfriend? We can't do this without you.

There are elves in this book. It makes sense.

NO, handsome, we're here for the book. Exile. We return once more to the story of Sophie Foster, the magical thirteen-year-old elf with three boyfriends and four thousand super special abilities. By the end of this book, she will have four thous...more
Hey, can this come out, like, NOW, please?... Because I want it. NOW. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Okay, so I literally JUST finished it. AND finished reading the Acknowledgements, of course, because I'm just one of THOSE people.
I've never wanted to avoid finishing a book this bad. EVER. I WAS CRYING FOR IT NOT TO END.
Usually my fangirling and *dies* suffices, but I can't even try for this review, considering even I CAN'T. Doesn't cover it.
I REALLY Can't. I just.
Okay... *Deep breath*
Need I even say it? Exile was aMaZiNg! We got to know Keefe better, and I must admit, he's growing on me. In the previous book, I thought of him as a big egomaniac, but alas, I was wrong! Keefe is one of my favorite characters now. Another part I loved about this book was Silveny, I loved the alicorn character so much, Her strong will, and how much she cares about Sophie totally made her a new favorite. Heck, I even liked Sandor in all his fierceness. I would've liked more Dex in this book, but...more
I had an interesting experience with KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. That was one of the few times a reader contacted me for more detail, because they'd read a negative review, but trusted my judgment - and my review was positive. I told them that I thought the criticisms were fair, but that I'd had a more positive reaction to the book. Thus, I was definitely willing to read EXILE and see where the story went. I think Shannon Messenger is taking her series in the right direction.

EXILE is the continui...more

I'm just not sure what to say about this exactly.
Maybe it was the fact that romance is pretty much non-existent here (*sob!*).
Or maybe it's that the book kinda...well...dragged *winces but can't think of a better word exactly* a bit for half of the book.
Buuuut there's definitely some things that were awesome about this too!
Like, after (view spoiler) I was sucked in.
The way the author described everything...well, it made me feel things!

Me: description

I muttered to myself...more
So I finished this book about a week ago and I have been trying to write this review ever since but have been having trouble trying to explain it's brilliance. I am a huge fan of Shannon Messenger's work and have recommended the first Keeper to EVERYONE I know (boys, girls, adults, kids, teens) I just think it's that amazing...Let the Sky Fall completely surprised me by how different it was and I also highly recommend everyone to read it. However, despite how excited I was to read Exile I was al...more
Carina Olsen
When I read Keeper of the Lost Cities back in October I had been prepared to wait a whole year for the sequel. Then I heard of ARCs, but didn't think I would get one, and then suddenly this week it showed up on Edelweiss. I requested it right away, and to my surprise and delight I got accepted for it. And I started it right away. Exile is an amazing book. A perfect sequel. But now I must wait more than a year for book three! I'll live, because I can always re-read the first books :)

One of the th...more
Thank you Simon And Schuster for sending me this ARC! Sophie Foster feels safe. She is at Havenfield, a year after moving into the magical elf world and settling in with her adoptive parents. Then something incredible happens-Sophie finds the first female alicorn in the elven world! The alicorn, Silveny, has just been given a new home in Havenfield and it is up to Sophie to train her. Also, surprisingly, Silveny can transmit thoughts into Sophie's head. As Sophie starts receiving messages from a...more
Apr 20, 2013 Mim2000 marked it as to-read
Cross my fingers that I get a copy...
THe first book was good with frienships, crushes, sadness, and AWESOMENESS!!! WHat ewill happen to Sophie? Isnt that KEEFE on the cover? Will Fitz be on the cover with Sophie in the third book? WHat is priject Moonlark? SO many questions, hope some or all will be answered!!!
I LOVED the first book and have read it 3 times. I can't wait for the second book! I've requested an ARC 3 times and still have no response 3 weeks later but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. So excited for EXILE.

this book definitely deserves to have a five star rating. with the suspense and mysteries that were unravelled. I stayed up and was reading this book non-stop. it was the first time I got in trouble for reading. Amazing
Sophie is settling in to her life at Havenfield and even has a new project. Early in the book she discovers an Alicorn; the first female ever located! Sophie also learns that she can telepathically communicate with the creature. Therefore she is tasked with domesticating the alicorn as well. But during this time Sophie also is receiving secret messages from the elusive Black Swan. Her kidnappers haven't been caught and she is worried that they will attempt to take her again.

Alden, her mentor, is...more
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I continue to deeply enjoy this series, and to feel it's exceptionally unfortunate that it isn't better known and more read.

I wanted to note because of something I saw someone say that made me smile: "Keeper of the Lost Cities" is a fancy way of saying "Sophie of the Elf Towns". In the first book a "Keeper" was described as being a highly trained Telepath who is protecting a secret that is too important to record, and it's said repeatedly that they believe that's what Sophie is, and why her min...more
Samantha Reviews
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What I Liked About This Book:
•Almost all authors think that the middle book of a trilogy is the most challenging to write. They regularly know where a story begins and where it ends up and the middle book is really just the bridge from point A to B. I rarely enjoy the middle book as much as I enjoy the first book or the third. Exile, I believe, is one of the few exceptions. After all, you need a bridge to get from one piece of land to...more
Anna 光 Smyth
First of all: Keefe is on the cover!
*happy dance*
Moving on...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thought I really enjoyed Exile I din't like it quite as much as KoLC.
The pace was slower to begin with and only after (view spoiler) the story picks up the pace.

In KoLC Sophie was struggling to adapt to her new reality and her new family;In Exile instead she deals with guilt,she thinks she's defected and she wants to find why.I really like Sophie,at times she may seem like a...more
SophiaW CLC
This sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities is just as good, if not better, than the first book. The series is about a girl with amazing powers, who is constantly unearthing new secrets about her past and her present world. It really gives you a new view of the world and society, as well as our ideas of reality and of our knowledge of the world. The main character, Sophie Foster, is a character with a complicated past and a bright future.
Katie Grimes
This book was amazing.

Sophie feels safe. Once again settled into her home in Havenfield, she is training the very stubborn alicorn, Silveny, with telepathy. Her life seems to be piecing itself together. She was different, but she could have a life.
But her abilities have changed. Fitz now can transmit to her, looking at light hurts her, and leaping - even with a nexus - fades her. She begins to realize that she is not as impenetrable as she used to be. With prankster Keefe at her side, it's up to...more
James Tan
When one reads a sequel, one expects at least a fragment of what made the first book so darn good. Well, I'm extremely glad to say that Exile is a heck of a book and has definitely made it up there to my "Good Books" list.

Exile is everything one would expect from a sequel; further character growth, the same touch of humour and a plot that did not stray too far from the first book's plot. A feat I find absolutely amazing.

Although I have to say the relationships Sophie had in this book will cert...more
Sophia Kim
I REALLY love this book!~ I think it is better than Hunger Games, and coming from me: its a AWESOME book!! but I'm confused is it already out? I'm wondering If it is I will seriously start dancing around my house if it isn't..... well I could always re-read! :D
This book/series just makes me so ridiculously happy!
Shannon O'Donnell
So, so good--even better than the first!!! :)
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Taherah Abbas
Shannon Messenger is one of my new favorite authors <3

Caitlyn Crowe
Omg ikr! Keeper of the Lost Cities Series has got to be one of my favorites ever!

Taherah Abbas
YES I absolutely LOVELOVE it even if it isn't YA (although it technically should be)

Caitlyn Crowe
Seriously, it sure plays with emotions enough!

Taherah Abbas
What happened to Alden was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I've read!

Caitlyn Crowe
Oh my god and then when Fitz was being an asshole and UGH!

The Keeper of the Lost Cities series is one of those shining examples of why readers (especially YA readers) should not be afraid to dip their toes into Middle Grade. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, so I was all too eager to dive into Exile, and I was heavily rewarded!

On the surface, Exile (and the overall series) is a fun and light story about a young girl trying to find out who she is and where she fits among a whole world of magic that she never knew existed. It’s full of fa...more
Megan (magan bagan)
I received an ARC of this book when Shannon was on tour with a few other authors for the release of Let the Sky Fall. I was beyond excited to get my hands on a copy so early and couldn't wait to delve right in.

From the moment I started the first book, I absolutely adored Sophie. She was so cute and a lot of fun to read. And it was the exact same with this second book. I loved getting to see more of Sophie and her really getting used to being in the elf world.

The results of the events that took p...more

I just read the second book in the series Keeper of the Lost Cities and it is now probably one of my favorite books, yes its that AWESOME! This book is named Keeper of the Lost Cities Exile by Shannon Messenger. In this book its Sophie’s second year at Foxfire (a very prestigious elvin school). In the beginning of this book her best friend Dex, one of Sophie’s guardians Grady and Sophie herself are looking for a sasquatch or Bigfoot. When they are looking they never find the Sasquatch but instea...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
Sophie Foster is back, and in EXILE she's in for a world of trouble and excitement. From training a rare alicorn (essentially, a very endearing winged unicorn) to trying not to fail her classes at Foxfire, Sophie's life becomes exceedingly complicated when the mysterious Black Swan group continues to send her obscure messages. As if that's not bad enough, Sophie's become even more of a strange outcast in her society -- especially since she now has a goblin bodyguard to keep her safe -- and her e...more
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