Google+ Reading Teen: Keeper Of The Lost Cities By Shannon Messenger & Giveaway of Let the Sky Fall

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Keeper Of The Lost Cities By Shannon Messenger & Giveaway of Let the Sky Fall

When we were asked to be a part of this tour, my daughter, Reagan, jumped at the chance.  She absolutely adored this book, (and refused to read anything else for days afterwards), and wanted to let the world know.  She started with her brother, who is now reading it, and loving it as well (in fact, they may have had a little tug-of-war fight over it at one worries, we now have two copies).  So, check out Reagan's review below, then enter to win Shannon's YA book, Let the Sky Fall, below!

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (October 2, 2012)
Buy The Book: Amazon
Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret—she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.
Plot Summary

Sophie is a telepathy. She's been that way since age 5. One day her class goes to a museum. Sophie is left behind and meets a boy named Fitz who is also a telepathy. He explains that she isn't human. She's an elf. Sophie enters a new place with clean fresh air and creatures that shouldn't exist and other elves with all kinds of powers. Sophie is accepted into the top elf school, Foxfire. There she meets a boy named Dex, a girl named Marella, and Bianna Fitz's sister, Fitz himself, and Keefe. And for the first time she doesn't have headaches or reading peoples thoughts without wanting to. But as the year progresses Sophie enters the memories that she shouldn't have ever had in the first place. The council grows more and more suspicious that Sophie was the Black Swans puppet and nothing more than a toy. As Sophie uncovers secret after secret she is put in more danger than ever.

Main Characters

This is in order of best to worst:
  • Dex- My favorite! He is jealous of Fitz because Sophie likes Fitz and not him. But he is smart, funny (He gave a girl two poisons, one to make he bald, and the other to make her hair grow back + a beard.) He is also Sophie's best friend 
  • Fitz- Often described by Dex as 'Wonder Boy' A lot of girls like him. Son of Alden Keefe- Fitz's best friend, also Sophie's friend. Very Hilarius. Quote, 'Hey-no secret telepathic conversations, you two-or I'll have to assume you guys are flirting!' 
  • Sophie- blonde, brown eyes. Described as very pretty. Main main character. 
  • Biana- Fitz sister, Sophie's friend. 
  • Grady- Sophie's new Elf father Alden- Fitz, and Biana's father. 
  • Elwin- the healer Marella- A friend of Sophie's 
  • Della- Alden's wife, Biana, and Fitz's mother 
  • Edaline- Sophie's new elf mother Jensi- small. Not in it much.

Personal Opinion

This book was awesome.  I really loved it. Why? Well for starters, I've always loved elves. I liked the setting too, it was like a forest with crystal buildings. The whole story was just so well written I barely went anywhere without this book. The characters are what drew me in the most. They were just so ALIVE! I just expected Dex to jump through the window and take me to Sophie! I'd suggest this book to people who like elves, (not the Lord Of The Rings or Santa Clause elves) and funny books.  It was one of my all-time favorites!

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About the Author:

SHANNON MESSENGER graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. Keeper of the Lost Cities is her first middle grade novel. Let the Sky Fall, a young adult novel, will follow in Spring 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats.

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  1. Great review! I can't wait to read this one.

  2. Great review. I really liked that this was about elves too.

  3. This sounds so so original - never read anything about elves:) Lovely cover:)

    Thank you:)

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  5. A books with elves is a nice change from most books out today. It sounds like one I would like to read. Thanks for the review & the giveaway. Shannon sounds like a fun person to know. I would love to know how many cats is an embarrassing amount? lol

  6. You don't hear about sylphs or Air Elementals very often in novels. This is a refreshing change from the usual vampires and werewolves. Sounds like an interesting approach!

  7. I love that your daughter does reviews! I wish I could get mine to do the same. lol

  8. I managed to snag an ARC at BEA, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. It keeps making googly eyes at me though :) I'll have to get to it soon! And I'm super excited about Let the Sky Fall too!

  9. Great review!! I'm so glad you loved it! Thank you for being on the tour!

  10. I think it's pretty neat that your daughter reviews books. What an inspiration - and future novel writer? ;)

    Thanks for the book info, review and opportunity to win!

  11. This sounds like a good read! :x

  12. Both books sound like great reads!!

  13. I know it's MG, but I just have to read this!

  14. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

  15. Wow, thank you so much for this amazing review! Sorry for not stopping by sooner--madness of release day set me behind!

    1. Thank you sooo much! I'm happy you liked my review

  16. These sound like fun books. :-)


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