Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Author: Shannon Messenger
Series: #1 of Keeper of the Lost Cities
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. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…
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 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.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
It took me a while to decide which book to start my year with and I decided to read this one. The year is just starting but for some reason, I feel like 202o is still clinging onto me. I am a bit stressed and in a mini reading slump. I wanted something that will take me away from reality, lol.😅
This is the story of Sophie, a 12 year old prodigy as she learns of her true identity. The book started by showing how Sophie is isolated and bullied due to her being different than her peers. Then she found out that she really was different and she’s something that even she could have never thought possible.
Well the tags for this book will already tell you that this one has an element of fantasy on it. The world building is just enough for me to believe and admire the world the author is trying to build. I love how vivid the places, customs and creatures are when they are described on the book. I feel like they are real places and that this creatures truly exists.
I also love the characters. At first, Sophie kinda irritated me but then she quickly grew on me. She was very relatable and I felt very invested on her story, her life and her emotions. The secondary characters are also well written, there might have been some one dimensional ones but I’m guessing they’ll be fleshed out on the succeeding books. Also, the parents and the adults are actually active on this book. They aren’t decorations here as per usual middle grade and young adult books.😁
The one thing that made me read this quickly is the mystery. I love how the mystery kept me guessing. I love all the action packed scenes and amazingly got very emotional on some scenes. This book made me feel. It made me connected to the story, to the world and the characters of the book.❤
I’m actually scared to start the second book. The bar is high, so I might read the next one after I got over this one, lol.😂
Recommended for people who loves middle grade fantasy.👌
My first book for 2021 and it’s a 5 star read.❤
Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.