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Keeper of the Lost Cities

(Keeper of the Lost Cities #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  18,329 ratings  ·  2,252 reviews
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Aladdin
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Brittany Quarters This book is great. I'm fifteen, and I read it with an open mind. I didn't focus on the writing or the characters, I read it just to have fun.
I own…more
This book is great. I'm fifteen, and I read it with an open mind. I didn't focus on the writing or the characters, I read it just to have fun.
I own all of them so far and have loaned them to all my friends, who also loved them.

And, keep in mind, this is a book written for middle graders. Not teens. It wasn't written for people used to YA books with more complex themes.

This is a book to laugh at and have fun with, I highly recommend it.

And don't be a Rotten Egg, it wasn't for us older readers anyway. :)

Who recommended it to you? Do they own the book? If so, you could just ask to borrow it or look at it. And, you can start reading the beginning on Amazon.
I hope you do read it. :)(less)
Jordyn any time I see a book that's fantasy, I am a little apprehensive, just because a lot of books in this genre seem quite namby-pamby but I love them and…moreany time I see a book that's fantasy, I am a little apprehensive, just because a lot of books in this genre seem quite namby-pamby but I love them and I'm so hooked! not sure how I'll survive a year waiting for the next!(less)

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Shannon Messenger
Oct 10, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I may be biased here. But I think it's pretty darn awesome. :D *is an incredibly nerdy author*
Oct 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mg, terrible-books
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Thea’s Take:

There are two ends of the CG animated movie spectrum. On the one side, there are gems like Wall-E and Up and Toy Story. On the other, there are the lamentable films like Fly Me to the Moon, or Robots, or Shark Tale. Granted, many kids like all of these films and there is some entertainment value to find in each of them – but there’s a huge difference in storytelling skill and in quality.

Unfortunately, Keeper of the Lost Cities falls deep on
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
🌟Ridiculously good! I love it. And I imagine I would have been even more head-over-the-heels, had I gotten this one to read as a kid. Still, even for an adult, this is an immensely entertaining read. Complete with a new world, tidy loose endings wrapped up, likable protagonists, Harry-Potteresque schools... And Telepaths, Mesmers, Inflicters, Washers, Descryers, Atlantis, Exilium, Eternalia, Foxfire, prodigies, talent-based nobility, Dames and Sirs, society that had no death (almost!), Slurps an ...more
Riley Edgewood
ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. Seriously am in love with this book/series and its characters.

KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is a fantasy mystery of epic proportions--and it's captivating from page one.

While it's perfectly fitted for middle grade readers (even reluctant readers will burn through this and beg for more!) I have to be honest and say that I don't read very much middle grade. But I'm 31, and this book is still one of my all-time favorites. The reach of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES extends from those
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alright, I will start this off by saying that this book was written by my little sister....and for you to fully understand what this means I must explain a few things to you. Shannon has always been the over achiever in the family, she's younger than me, yet managed to graduate a couple days before me, 4.0 and valedictorian no less! She graduated college, which I never even went to, and she always manages to do things like change the lightbulbs, wear accessories and eyeliner, and bring a jacket ...more
Gillian Berry

Rating: Though I nearly DNFed in the beginning (they're ELVES?! She's HARRY FREAKING POTTER?! THEY'RE ELVES?!?!), ultimately I was charmed by this middle grade fantasy.

The cover: 99% of the reason I wanted this. LOOOOK at it! And at Sophie's oh-so-glorious middle grade hair. Let's pretend I looked like that at age 12.

The story: I came so close to giving up on this one. I thought the beginning was a MESS. Normal-but-not-normal preteen girl suddenly discovers she is part of a magical world she nev
Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
It's been a while since I've read a good MG book and I'm glad that I've started this one. This could be one of my favorite MG books given time, maybe after I've read the next few books.

What I love about this series is diving on a whole new world of fantasy and adventures. I've been through the world of wizardry, demigods, ghost hunters, fairy tales and the like. And this series is about elves but not like the LOTR ones with pointy ears, great eyesight and hearing, and clearly not the fairy tale
Amy Imogene Reads
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was so good??? I have not had a middle grade suck me in this intensely since my first time reading Harry Potter—as an actual middle grade-aged reader—so I am shook.

World: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Series potential: ★★★★★

Keeper of the Lost Cities is not your average middle grade read. This is an immersive, well-built, and well-told tale that caters to a middle grade audience mostly due to its 12-year-old protagonist, Sophie Foster. It's not overly simplified. In fact, at times it w
Faith M:)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This book was WONDERFUL!!! My favorite read of 2018.

Where to start...

Romance- Sophie did have crushes of boys; mentions of hugging, hand holding... nothing bad at all.

Violence/content- Two of the main characters get kidnapped; lots of magic, feeling severely alone; mentions of being drugged (while kidnapped), etc.

First off- Shannon Messenger is an INCREDIBLE author. I cannot wait to read more of her work.

The world-building in this book is mesmerizing. The details and choice of words
Original review:

I wish I had read more books like Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities when I was younger, but I’m so glad to be able to read this now. This book is a winning combination of excellent characters and an exciting adventure, all while also being very heartfelt and touching.

To start off with, Sophie is the best type of main character. She was so interesting (she’s twelve, but in high school...WHAT) and I really enjoyed her journey of self
This was honestly so good? I can't understand why I dnfed it the first time I tried to read it in 2017. It was just really good. I loved the magic, I loved the world, I love that we had time to get attached to Sophie and her friends, I loved the mystery and trying to find the answers. Such a good book. (4.5)
Jill Kaplan
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg, arcs, signed, favorites
Originally posted on my blog:

There are so many things that go through my mind when I think of this book. I could go on and on about character development and pacing, but that’s not what the book is all about. Since this is one of the first MGs I’ve read in awhile, I can’t compare it to anything but what I remember of those experiences. But I will do my best to explain why this book is so freaking awesome.
I had more fun reading Keeper than I have reading
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Potter and/or Percy Jackson
4.5 stars

Full disclosure: I do, in fact, know Shannon in real life and met her before I read Keeper of the Lost Cities; however this is my professional opinion of her work.

Despite the fact that I don’t read middle grade that often (I’ve only read a handful of MGs), and the fact that I don’t particularly care for third person POV, Shannon Messenger’s debut middle grade, Keeper of the Lost Cities, has been one of my favorite reads of the year. Messenger writes a story that children will find adven
I loved this story 😍
I couldn't put it down, great characters, world and plot.
I have to say I haven't met a character that could get into so much trouble as this one. No dull moment in this book lol.
Going to start the second book right now 😊
Abby ~Sign Please~
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I LOVE IT!!!!!!! It's now my #1 favourite book!!!!! Shannon Messenger did an outstanding job writing this novel. I could picture the characters so vividly, it was like I was watching a movie!

Serethiel ☽ ✨
5 stars

// k e e p e r . o f . t h e . l o s t . c i t i e s

+ a little bit of a slow beginning but I LOVE KOTLC ANYWAY
+ basically Percy Jackson meets Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings
+ Sophie is presh
+ I SHIP Sophie + Fitz
+ BUT I also ship Sophie + Keefe??
+ gaaaaah HOW DO I CHOOSE????
+ Iggy = ADORABLE little bat imp thing
+ I NEED Exile!!!!
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is why I love Middle Grade reads! Shannon Messenger's debut is fantastic! There's plenty of adventure, some snark, a lot of fun, and a mystery to be solved. Did I mention there might be a little bit of danger?

I love a middle grade book that gives me a richly detailed story, world and characters to fall in love with. This book exceeded all that, and then some. One of the things that makes KEEPER's stand out is Shannon's writing. I didn't feel like I was reading a middle grade book. I felt l
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Final count! Here's the count for ships!
Sophitz: 16
Keefoster: 7
So, as you can see, so far Sophitz has an overwhelming lead! Will Keefoster be able to catch up next book? You'll see in the nnnnnnnnnnnnext book! (I'm going to put the amount for the book, and then an overall amount)
You see, my mom had the genius idea of highlighting important stuff in yellow, funny in pink, Sophitz moments in blue (for his blue eyes that Sophie's always talking about) and orange for team Foster-Keefe (she never rea
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has fluctuated the most out of all my reads. Originally, I loved it. But thinking back.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I had some problems with this book for sure, however there were some things I really liked. I will definitely be continuing because I want to know what will happen, but I hope some of the things that I didn't like are fixed.

Thalia Grace
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a reread, but I don't remember when I read the book the first time. All I remember was that I loved it so much. And Keefe!!!

I am rereading the first three books in await for the 4th and final book in the series because I don't remember much of it, and I don't want to be confused.

When I was reading it, I caught all sorts of clever details that I missed the first time around which lead me to enjoy this much much more. And since I had already rated it 5 stars, I don't know how to increas
R.F. Gammon
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pure guilty pleasure but lots of fun.
Jillian Heise
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
SO good! Loved this middle grades fantasy novel by wonderful debut author. Will definitely appeal to fans of Harry Potter and The Unwanteds. *Full review to come*

Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

A few months from now you'll be able to get this book, and you should (especially if you live or work with middle schoolers in any capacity)! KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES blew me away. I knew I really liked Shannon Messenger from following her on twitter and on her blog, and then when
Faith Hough
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I needed a few days to write this review, because if I had written it right away, it would have been one big chunk of gushing. I haven't read a middle grade fantasy that kept me as enthralled through all its pages since Harry Potter.
KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is the story of twelve-year-old Sophie Foster, who has never quite fit into her family or her life. She has a photographic memory, is at the top of her (high school) class, and is constantly bombarded by the pounding of other people's thoug
Kate Willis
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I picked this book up on whim when I remembered hearing a friend mention the series. It was such a neat idea, and I loved the world building! The mystery element was definitely the best part of the book, and I found myself surprised every time a new clue was discovered. Brilliantly executed. And hooray for cool old neighbors! Wink, wink.

My favorite characters were Sophie, Alden, and Elwin (<3); although Grady and Edaline grew on me as the story progressed. I especially enjoyed some of the el
 Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
This book is an excellent start to a new series. For those of you who want a nice relaxing book that intoduces you to a whole entirely different world, this one's for you. When I first read the book in 2014 this was fun to read. The writing was incredibly smooth and a breath of fresh air. Not to mention that the story was a lot of fun to read. The characters were definitely different than what I read in a while which is a really good thing. I really do hope that you read this book as soon as you ...more
Shannon O'Donnell
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me say, I easily gave this book 5 STARS--I never even considered anything less. It is absolutely wonderful. I laughed, I cried (hard), I cheered and held my breath. I loved every character and think Sophie is MG heroine perfection. This is truly one of my favorite middle grade stories of the year!
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
i love this worldbuilding sm can i pls live in this world
Dana Salman
Oh my God... I bought the boxset of this series.... how could I have done this??
Ugh... I mean it's not like I haven't done this before. I bought the City Trilogy by Darren Shan all at once for around the same price and I ended up hating those books too. But at least with the first book of the City Trilogy I could see the promise in the series and could enjoy the unique vibes it gave.

With this though... I really can't see any promise for this series. At all. It just failed on every level. I just
Carina Olsen
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have waited many months for this book. Many months spent dying for it. And it was worth the wait. Totally was. But now I must wait one more year for book two! Gah. I hate waiting, lol :) But this book is amazing. First, I love the cover more than anything. It is beyond perfect. I love it so much. It is gorgeous. Characters are so pretty :) I adore middle grade book covers. And I LOVE Shannon's art work for this book! It is perfect. So stunning. And I loved the writing. And the characters. And ...more
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“Fitz pulled her forward, and the warm tingling in her hand shot through her body--like a million feathers swelling underneath her skin, tickling her from the inside out.” 65 likes
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