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The Twelfth Keeper

(Twelfth Keeper #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  994 ratings  ·  63 reviews
When sixteen-year-old Kennedy Mitchell is proclaimed the world’s last keeper, she thinks it’s a cruel joke. Come on- her? Impossible. She’s no warrior. She isn’t wise beyond her years, or more importantly, capable of keeping Earth safe.

Except... no one will listen. And since all evidence says otherwise, the job is hers whether she likes it or not.

During the highly demandin
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published January 21st 2013
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Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I must start by saying that just because the main characters name, Kennedy, is the same as my last name that was only one small reason why I loved this book and the hot leading man being named Phoenix with a sexy British accent sure didn't hurt either. :)
I confess I have not read many books about aliens and space but I am glad I read this one. I will be continuing this series as the world created was so easy to live in
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great read by Belle Malory. I found it hard to classify it into just one genre. It was sci- fi, dystopian and even a little bit paranormal and I loved every bit of it. I liked the whole idea of the charcters living in a space station, it was fresh scenery for me lol. I felt like the author did a great job to describe the location and the events that take place in the novel but there are also a lot of unanswere
Ornella (Nyx)
2.5 Stars

So many mixed feelings about this book. I loved the concept of this one. Kids who were born from the spirit of one of the 12 constellations and carry elemental powers to help keep the world safe. That's pretty awesome. With that said I have quite few problems with the book.

First is the setting. I had no idea what the hell was going on till about halfway through. They had cars that drove themselves, bracers and fancy hospitals. I had no clue what year it is, and still don't for that matt
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Belle Mallory has a talent for taking us on fantastical journeys, whether it be into the mysterious lives of gypsies or the near future. I loved this story for its heroine in all her sweetness and faults. It was refreshing to read a story where the lead isn't already a sassy confident hero. And even more rewarding when she comes into her own in the end. The mythology of earth keepers throughout the ages is original and intriguing. Looking forward to learning more in the sequel. Great cast of cha ...more
♥ Sarah
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
2.5 - 3 stars

I'm glad I one-clicked this.

Frankly, the world building wasn’t perfect; I couldn’t clearly picture this world Kennedy was living in. But, the concept of the Twelve Keepers (or Protectors) of Earth based on their Zodiac signs, was incredibly unique, intriguing, and dare I say, original! YES! *major points for originality*

However, it would’ve been great if the characterization was fleshed out; I also would’ve preferred the multiple FIRST PERSON POVs – but that’s just a personal prefe
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to find a good sci-fi/fantasy book with ideas that haven't been done to death. ***Spoiler alerts: I really liked the whole concept of the elementals and I liked Phoenix and Kennedy too. Although, I wish she would've tried to use her gifts sooner...I think it wasn't until the book was at 80%. I would've liked to see more of her using her gift but I guess that will be in the sequels. I thought the showdown in the tunnels and her in the tank could've been stronger as far as the suspense e ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I was expecting. I was pleasently surprised.

This is more than a ''aliens fiction''. You get a dystopia, elemental magic and a underdog story.

Kennedy is a 16 years old who live on Amelia Island. She lives in futuristic world with autodriving cars and systhematic vaccination. Still her time are very simillar to our ones. Her mother works 3 job to pay the bills of their household, she goes to high school and work summer jobs. She has a overbearing older sister and a 6 years ol
CB Loves Books
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought The Twelfth Keeper was great – my kind of YA reading. This book has been out since 2013 and I’m surprised more people haven’t discovered it.
Why I loved this story:
1) It’s written in a basic way with a good flow – easy to understand and I didn’t have to keep looking back to figure out what I missed.
2) I learned about the main character in a natural way. Her past unfolded throughout the story.
3) The main character began as a shy girl with low self-esteem, but she still had the courage an
It was a very compelling read ,i was too curious that i couldnt stop reading for a whole day ,The twelve keepers has an intriguing concept ,plus an amazing mc ,honestly maybe my favorite kinda of MC so far,she was Very selfless ,kind,humble ,she did deny a lot but honestly who could blame her i would do the same & that just makes her even more realistic ,but i wish if the book was more detailed,it will help me enjoy the world the author created more but it was very limited,and the supporting cha ...more
Charles Miske
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. The story was well done and engaging. The characters were simple to empathize with and like. My only real complaint would have to be the quickness and simplicity with which the story was wrapped up.

There was a lead-in to the next book, but it wasn't a cliff-hanger. You could easily read this as a stand-alone.

My thoughts here on reviewers feeling left out of the world-building process. I prefer a world that leaves out the big picture and presents the li
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elementals, space stations, the discovery of aliens and a unique girl who sees herself as nothing special. This book contains all of that plus a bit of intrigue. I wasn't sure I wanted to like this book, but I did. There were a few minor editing issues but nothing that disturbed the flow of the story. Overall, I think it is a good beginning to a new series and I am ready to find out how things turn out.
Kimberly C. Winslow

Unique futuristic look at what integration with other species from outside our realm could look like. The visual description of one species was very sparse and no interaction occurred in the book. I would have liked to see that included in the space station as characters there possibly helping to train the keepers. Would have made sense since the belief came from this race of beings.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, I am a bit old fashioned and did not get past the third chapter. I don't care to read books that use profanity or implied profanity. I am sure Kennedy comes to the rescue but not for me. I did highlight one spot where a word was omitted.
If you don’t know how to explain a pronounciation of a german name, then don’t use a german name.
Sincerely, a german.
Ashley Lavering
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow. What a cool story. It was spell-binding! I really enjoy the characters and couldn't put the book down! I am excited to dive into book two!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and entertaining

It relies on many of the genre's standard tropes. But it's a light, fun read. Matilda is honestly my favorite of the characters.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 an easy fun YA scifi read. looking forward to book 2
Greg Dixon
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the tweelffh kepper

A adult read for people who are in to the series recommend highly can't wait for the next one of the series a really enjoyable read but slow to start but picks up towards the end
Bobbie  Alemar
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I was enthralled with the book from the beginning. a lot of reviewers were correct in the time frame in which the story takes place isn't mentioned, but that didn't bother me, it was obvious it was in the future, the exact year is irrelevant to me. Kennedy is awesome, Phoenix is a total bad ass. This series is so original and not like anything I've ever read. great job Belle.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aliens
I went into reading The Twelfth Keeper on a happy cloud of Disney induced happiness. And I’m glad to say the happiness held on...for a while

Initially I was really getting into the book, with the soundtrack of Paperman playing in the background and a funny narration, things were going good. But after the first few chapters I started to lose some of that goodness. Instead I started becoming befuddled, then flabbergasted then back to befuddled again. The reasons why are as follows:
Numero uno: T
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, romance, ya, sci-fi, alien
Review is also posted here The Book Twins

First I would like to thank Belle for giving me the opportunity to review her latest book.

At first I wasn't too sure how I feel about the book. It took a little bit to get into, but at the same time kept me interested enough to keep reading. The setting is kind of confusing. You can tell that it's set sometime in the future, but not sure exactly when. I've read books before where the first book isn't about world building. It just gives you enough informat
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The Twelfth Keeper is a new and interesting series. It proves to be promising but there are some things I did not like about the first book.

For one, it was too short. I basically read it in half a day. I also felt that there were storylines just left hanging. I don't see the connection between the world now and the future world in this book. I guess more will be explain but I still feel the author should have developed her dystopian world better.

I think a lot of the book was wasted on Kennedy's
I enjoyed this more then i thought i would, it was one of those bored at lunchtime purchases as it tickled my fancy.

First what i liked about this book is Kennedy. She isn't one of those yeah i can handle this very odd situation straight away because i'm a kick arse female. Kennedy is scared, she acts like a 16 year old girl, this i liked she felt totally believable and i liked her. Second thing i liked was that is was set in the future where space travel is possible and the way they communicate
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept of this story is actually pretty amazing. It promises so much. The problem I had with this book is that id didn't take full advantage of the concept. It mostly focuses on Kennedy, and I would've loved world-building and more fleshed-out characters.

I also wondered about why they had powers over the four elements. It would've been interesting to have their powers somehow linked with the Zodiac in some way, or something more celestial. Either way, the actual powers seemed like an odd ch
Brittany | BookRamblings
Great, unique story line. Unexpected twists and some to-die for characters. This is a must-read book that follows Kennedy as she is forced to leave her old life behind and join the keepers; a group of talented people who help save the world with their special powers. Surely Kennedy can't be one of them?? The most difficult task she will have is not fitting, but coming to terms with what she is and always has been. With the help of Pheonix, the first keeper to have been found who openly despises ...more
Sarah Waller
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story with interesting characters. Although I found the story quite slow I really love the idea. The story is set in Earth's future. I loved the descriptions and the word that Malory has created is full of technological advances that I'd really love to try out myself.

My only real qualm with this story is that to say that the keepers hold such an important part of the story, I don't think that enough attention was given to their introduction. Maybe Twelve keepers are too high a number? The i
Tatiana Paz
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alright so if you take a look at my books I give all books that I read 5 stars. If I completed the book I give it 5 stars, even if I hated it. I also don't take the time to write reviews. I'm taking the time for this one. This book put all of my favorite elements EVER and threw it together in a story that has kept me entertained. I can't wait for the sequel. Not kidding. Like. I want it now. I loved the characters I'm hoping the sequel we will get more action and more backstory, I can't wait to ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
UGH! So much more could have been done with this book. The theory was great but the execution was just so...poor. The way Phoenix and Kennedy came together was odd, Kennedy didn't accept who she was until 96% of the way through, and the scenery was not explained nor was the year the story took place in. This book felt as if the author got the idea in her head and two seconds later she wrote it all down in a rush. So much was left unexplained or painfully oversimplified, which was super disappoin ...more
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