I would rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one for the rest of my life.Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
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.
I heard about this one through Peruse Project’s channel. And since I tend to love the books she recommends I decided to give it a try.
The story follows Sophie Foster, a 12-year-old who has been able to read people’s minds ever since she was five. Sophie kept that a secret from everyone in her life until one day when she is in a school trip she bumps into a teen stranger named Fitz, whose thoughts are a little bit harder to read when compared to other humans. Sophie then discovers that the reason for that is because he is not human at all – he is an elf from the Lost Cities. And even more shocking, so is she. Fitz then brings Sophie to the Elvish world, and she realizes that she actually does have a place where she belongs. However, secrets about why she was hidden in the human world are buried deep inside her memory; secrets that some people would kill for.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this one. I admit it’s not an immediate favorite, but the story was really action packed, and had some really enthralling mysteries which ended up being enough to make me want to keep reading it. And there is magic. I love magic.
Admittedly the writing itself is nothing extraordinary, but keep in mind that the book is for the middle grade audience, and I belief Shannon’s true talent lies in her ability to invent stories and create worlds. The world building in this was really interesting and I truly enjoyed the magic system and how the young elves go about learning. There were some really gripping plot twists that made me curious to see where the story goes from here.
The characters are really likeable. They are still pretty fresh and new and I haven’t really been able to have a bigger glance at each of them but I am excited to see how much each of them grow, and more of their back stories on the following books. I did however enjoy the fact that I liked Sophie, since she is the protagonist and it would be a real buzz-kill if she were a pain.
Overall, this book made me really happy. It transported me to a happy place filled with magic and delicious tasting foods, beautiful animals and wistful lands. I truly believe a story that is able to take us somewhere else and remind us to dream is worth the read.
I feel like the series has a lot of potential which is exactly what makes me want to keep reading it, to see how it progresses. If you are a fan of fantasy and looking for an exciting, action-packed, magic filled story than I definitely recommend this one. I’ll make sure to let you guys know what I think of the following books too!