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Lodestar

(Keeper of the Lost Cities #5)

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Dark schemes unfold--and Sophie's loyalty is pushed to the limit--in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities--but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and S
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Hardcover, 688 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Aladdin
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Shannon Messenger
Oct 25, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: read-in-2016
WOO HOO--the book is DONE. I can't WAIT for you guys to read--I hope you love it as much as I do.

Coming 11/1/16!
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Looove it!
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A school isn’t a school until Sophie tries to destroy it. (c)
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Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. (c)
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Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reason. And bad can be misunderstood. (c)
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It's all a rather dark shade of gray. But that's a color all of us are familiar with, aren't we? (c)
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She wasn't the same girl she'd been the year before, who though failing out of Foxfire would be the end of the world. Now she'd been kidnapped, presu
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Thalia Grace
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
11/12/15:
I need this book so badly. The cliffhanger from Neverseen is driving me crazy. I need Keefe and I need to know about Prentice.



So, Shannon, I'll just be waiting patiently for you to crush my soul again, even though I'm still not recovered from Nerverseen.




EDIT: 3/2/16

OMG WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL COVER AND IM DYING THIS NEEDS TO COME OUT NOW!


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Mariam
Reread: 1/6/18

Hey, all the cool kids are sleeping with stuffed animals these days.


Once again, Shannon Messenger has left me staring at the cover of her book, astonished. One surprise after another. That's what Lodestar was about. Not one character in this book hasn't changed in some way. I'm beginning to enjoy Linh's quiet personality, but Tam reminds me a bit too much of Keefe. And...I'm not a huge fan of Keefe. Especially now. As for Fitz, I never cared too much about him- until now, where
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Mossring
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reason. And bad can be misunderstood.

I've been a fan of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series for nearly two years now. I know all the books by heart. I know what I expect from each passing book. And yet, the fifth book might be my least favourite of the series.

Let's start off with the things I found pleasant in Lodestar. One good thing I really admire in the series is the incredible world building and the slowly escalating p
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BrooKe
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.4/5 | In which everyone knows wassup between Sophie and Keefe except Sophie (and Fitz, poor boy).

It’s hard to believe that this is only the fifth instalment out of, what, ten planned books? That’s only halfway through (behold my mathematic genius) and already so much has happened! And that’s only all we know of; Shannon Messenger stated she’d put out Keeper books for as long as she could. Part of me is worried that the quality might deteriorate if the series goes on too long but another part
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Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars

I promise someday to read a book that is not from this series. (Today is not that day.) Apologies to all of my Goodreads friends for just endlessly blasting these stories in your feed. I can’t stop reading them. This one was also great.

Lodestar is the fifth book in Sophie Foster's adventures in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, and in my opinion it just keeps upping the ante. At this point, I'm honestly in awe of Shannon Messenger's relentless imagination. What can possibly happen ne
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Lila
Dec 04, 2015 added it
Just asked Shannon Messenger in a book fair next to Paris :
She said that we musn't lose hope for Keefe, he will be okay
She also said that she doesn't know with who Sophie is going to end ...
She is the most beautiful and absolutely amazing author on earth !
Excuse my english :/
*ratherbereading*
I HAVE NO WORDS FOR HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS...... I HAVE ABSOULOUTLY NO IDEA HOW IM GOING TO SURVIVE ANOTHER YEAR OF WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!!!!!

LODESTAR SPOILERS:

(view spoiler)
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tappkalina
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
"He does need to make it up to you. Haven’t you realized that yet? That’s why you and Mr. Sencen work so well together. You both push each other to believe in yourselves. Don’t go easy on him now because you’re afraid he’s too fragile. The more you let him prove himself, the more he’ll realize he’s still worthy."

Buddy read with Rue.
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Madame Reads
Dearest Shannon Messenger,

I desperately need this book to be released as soon as possible. Preferably right now, because I'm not entirely sure my poor heart can stand the wait. I'm sure I speak for every Keeper fan when I say:

WE'RE DYING, PLEASE GIVE IT TO US NOW!!

Awesome title by the way.

Sincerely,
YOUR INSANELY LOYAL FAN WHO IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE DUE TO AN ABUNDANCE OF FEELS AND AN ACUTE LACK OF PATIENCE. (aka Madame Reads)

Update 3/2/16 - AAAAAAAAAAH! THERE'S A COVER THERE'S A COVER THERE'S
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sasha soomneck
I JUST CANT


(3/3/16)
omg just look at that BEAUTIFUL COVER OMG OMG OMG OMG
AND WOOOOWWW TAM LOOKS TOO CUTE FOR ME ISHH AND FITZ LOOKS READY TO EXPLODE whereas Sophie seems SO grown up already!!! Go Sophie!!!!
I.CANT.WAIT.FOR.THIS.COUNTINGDOWN 242 days people!!!


(31/1/16)
Soooooo,Lodestar huh?I was expecting "Moonlark" though,but meh,atleast there's the title!!!!EEEEPPPPPP THIS IS SO EXITING LIKE ERHMAGAWD..AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HAVE FITZ ON THE COVER...Preferably holding Sophie's hands or just hav
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VGA
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Don't talk to me. I need to cry. And rage.
Shannon Messenger, you are my least favorite person right now.
Review to come, when it isn't, oh, 3 AM ON A SCHOOL NIGHT.
Shannon Messenger, what do you do to me.
(But I DEVOURED this. I started at about midnight and ended at three. Pretty good, if I do say so myself.)
Faith M:)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh❤ SO GOOD.

Here are the stats:)

Content/Language- Mentions of characters cursing under their breath (They don't say anything though) No bad language.

Violence- People die; there are several intense fight scenes; etc.

Romance- Hand-Holding, hugging, crushes, etc. No kissing.

I LOVED THIS BOOK❤ As soon as I finish the series, I plan on starting them again:) Favorite book series EVER!!!

This book messed with my emotions in the best possible way, and I need the next book PRONTO! :)))

Also- I a
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R.F. Gammon
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
KEEFE MY CHILD STOP DOING THIS TO ME THAT IS ALL.
Liz F.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
WOWWWW. This was GOOD. I need the next one SOON!
4.5 stars.
Franz
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites, cute
I wanted more Keefe and instead of the dude dying it could of just been Fitz. I’m just saying....
Caitlyn
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is going to seem like a rant
I have to say I am team Sophitz
I hope she won't end up with keefe
I mean he gives her a necklace that says trust her after he just goes and betrays her
I'm also afraid that he is going to the neverseen only to get information and that he will come back to the lost cities and he and Sophie will fall in love
It is obvious that keefee likes her from the necklace to the jokes to holding on to each other when they flooded ravog
But Bianca likes keefee so it would make thi
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Beth
5 Stars!

This SERIES! My god, I can't even begin to explain how unexpected this is. Honestly it's such a whirlwind of emotions, and by far, this book made me the most emotional!

Some points;
- Keefe and Sandor remain strong favourites.
- Sophie is becoming such a stronger character in the sense that I'm beginning to like her a lot more
- We see more of Tam in this book and THAT is something that liked, his ability is SO interesting and I need more please
- All of the unraveling, I've said before I fo
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 Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
Counting the days until I can read this book and enjoy it!


UPDATE: 11/9/2017

Agh! I'm afraid that cliff hanger will always leave me hanging! XD A truly masterful Read and one which I think is my favorite from the series. But we shall see if Nightfall can become my favorite as well. ;-) Since, ya know, that cover is gorgeous and I have a feeling loads will be revealed. . .
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Matilda
This was one of my highly anticipated books of this year. I loved every second. This series is one of my favourites and knowing that there is not one but two more books (definitely) is making me all the more excited to continue on.



Before reading:
THE COVER. WOW. MUCH LOVE
THESE are some of my favourite covers ever.

WHO wants to join me with selling their soul? For the book now
David R.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't even read the book. I know it's going to be good that's why i already rated it five stars
Sokooky
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Waiting...waiting...waiting *sigh* it's going to be a while. You can do it Shannon!


UPDATE #1 BECAUSE I'M DYING HERE

'The lines between friend and enemy have blurred' lololololololol *laughs hysterically* *is in the middle of a mental breakdown because it isn't out yet* *passes out from overdose of crazy fangirl feels* KEEEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEEE MY CHILD WHY!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

UPDATE #2 WWWWWHHHYYYY I HAVE TO AVOID ALL KOTLC NOW BC PEOPLE ALREADY HAVE THE BOOK. HHHHHHEEEEEEEEELLLPPPPPP
MEEEEEE

UPDA
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*Ramya*
I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot express how much I love Keeper through simple words.

I love all the characters--especially Sophie! And, like always, the books keep getting continuously better.

But there was one problem...

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SIXTH BOOK!

Why?
Why?
WHY?

I have, once again, begun waiting for the sixth book's title, cover, and description to come out!

Either way,

SOPHITZ FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!

(When I say I love ALL the characters, I mean it)

Here is how the Keeper series has made me feel. (I
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Alana
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wait ok, like, hang on. Is this...the last book....? Please! Just say no. I mean, I read in the authors blog that she originally was supposed to be a trilogy and she's now planned to only make it five books. So make the story longer! Pretty please? I beg of youuuu!
*screaming because she sees a cover, description and sales date*

(The book has officially been read) I'm dying inside
malayna
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
UPDATED REVIEW

MY OPINION: *****

This is my second time reading this book (the newest one just came out and I'm trying to reread the series to mentally prepare myself).

I've been reading this series since I was in fifth grade (I'm not in high school). Although this series is a mix of Middle Grade and Young Adult, it holds a lot of sentimentality and emotional memories. I mean, this used to be my life. I wrote fanfiction on this series, I was (and still am) a diehard Sophitz shipper, and I was in e
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Kristen Kooistra
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I unashamedly LOVE KotLC. All of my friends are probably sick of hearing me say it by now. Reading this series is like coming home on a cold winter night and climbing into your nice toasty bed under piles of blankets. It's what I look forward too, it's familiar, it never disappoints.

Full review on my blog.

I bought Lodestar because I couldn't stand waiting in the massive line to check it out at the library(it took me forever to get Neverseen) and because at this stage, it'd take a miracle for Sh
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Sage Elizabeth
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mark Baker
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2016
When the Neverseen make a startling move just as Sophie’s term break is beginning, she decides she needs to press for everyone to take action against them. But what are their plans? What do the strange symbols she keeps seeing mean? And what is the Lodestar Initiative she keeps hearing mentioned?

Once again, we are off on a fantastic adventure in this fun fantasy series. Sophie and her friends and family may be elves, but they are fully real characters, and I love spending time with them. The sto
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Haddie
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!!!
*SPOILER ALERT! do not read on if you haven't finished the book!*
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Anyway, this book is one of the best books in the world! And that's saying a lot! In the end the cliff hanger is so tense! It ends with Sophie's little human sister saying, "Sophie?" And then it ends. During the whole book the emotion and feeling are super descriptive and it's amazing how well I felt into the book. Keefe, I knew he would come back. One of the best scenes int he book is when Keefe asks Sophie i
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