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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Summary: 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 danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.
 Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

 In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Thoughts: I feel much the same way about this book as I did about The School for Good and Evil. In other words, I'm not sure what I think. I was bored out of my mind for the first half (or two-thirds) of the book and didn't like characters or plot. Things started to become semi-interesting and then I found two characters I liked. And then it ended. First off, let my say this: I'm pretty sick of modern romance. I mean, for goodness sake, the main character is twelve! But when it comes to boys she acts like a sixteen year old! I really wouldn't have disliked the main character so much if her heart didn't do that 'stupid fluttery thing' every time she meets a new 'cute' boy. many of us haven't already read the common trope of I-hate-my-life-Mr.-Perfect-has-come-to-take-me-to-where-I-belong-at-last? (Sigh) And then she just let's herself get bullied out of home and family...out of her own world! I would've asked a few more questions before running off to another world no matter how handsome the fellow whisking me off! And can I just say that I'm absolutely sick of people trying to claim mythological creatures as their own! Elves were not invented by the author for her story so she doesn't get to rewrite her culture and bash the commonly known tales where the elven folk came from! If you want a new species to work with, make up you're own! (I'm sorry, didn't mean to rant there, personal peeve, feel free to ignore). As things progressed I did come to almost enjoy the story...about ten chapters from the end things got interesting. I did my best to like it but this book just annoyed me mostly. Of course, because I found minute enjoyment my curiosity is piqued. I'll probably try to read the rest of the series to see where this goes. After all, a good ending can make even a bad beginning something to remember fondly. 

Content: Clean so long as you don't mind a twelve year old diving head first into a love triangle.

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