Neverseen by Shannon Messenger

by Shannon Messenger
Book #4 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2015
Pages: 672
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 3
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Booktopia Book Depository Dymocks

Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.

The Keeper of Lost Cities series is an utterly adorable one. Within the series we follow Sophie who discovers she is an Elf with extraordinary abilities and from book one chaos has ensued in a magical world filled with magnificent cities.

I’ve been completely enthralled with the development of these characters from their adventures at Foxfire to their abilities to see realities that some adults in the world are trying to ignore. These characters have all grown in confidence in themselves and each other and as this grows their abilities grow too.

There are some pretty important ideas explored in this point in the series. We’ve explored guilt multiple times in this series and in Neverseen we explore it again. We also explore the idea of people making choices that they believe is the best for their family even when to others it seems like a terrible decision. The importance of friendship is continually explored in the series as well as how to look at the world as grey as opposed to black and white.

I have been so engaged in this series from the get go. The settings are so magical and wondrous that all I want is more detail, more information and more exploration of these amazing cities. The description of every different location really grabs the reader and pulls them full force into this world.

I cannot wait to keep reading this expansive series. I honestly just want more and more of this world and these characters. Honestly you will both laugh out loud and cry or maybe that was just me!

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars: 4.5/5

Review: ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger


By Shannon Messenger

Book #2 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2013
Pages: 576
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 5
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle, Audible, Book Depository, Booktopia, Dymocks, QBD

Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together. 

But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger. 

As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever. 

I absolutely adore this series. Sophie as a main character is divine. She is someone that I feel many readers can find something within her to relate to as well as wanting her to get the win and prove all those non believers wrong.

I picked ‘Exile’ up right after I finished ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’. I’m glad I did out of sheer enjoyment, not so much necessity. The plot is easy enough to follow (which you would hope, being a middle grade series) and included a small recap of sorts at the beginning. This makes it almost to easy to pick up these books after not reading the one before for a while.

Within in this story we explore more of the elves and their world and get more of a look at the magical creatures within it. Specifically we meet an Alicorn. I enjoyed how this new addition played into Sophie’s already complicated story.

The plot also deals with grief, a foreign concept to the elves as people don’t pass. I think this a great concept to explore especially for a middle grade book, assisting younger readers to learn about something they may or may not of experienced yet in their life.

Overall the story was a fantastic read. I absolutely flew through it. This is definitely a series I will pick up again.

Plot: 9.5/10
Ease of reading: 8.5/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8.5/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

Review: ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger

‘Keeper of Lost Cities’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #1 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2012
Pages: 488
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 7
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

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.

‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ was such a delight to read. Sophie is a gorgeous main character and the world that is opened up to her and us as readers is beautifully magical and whimsical.

We learn a lot during this novel as as readers. I particularly enjoyed the fast pace at the beginning. It wasn’t long until Sophie was off on her magical adventure, developing the characters during the adventure instead of before we get into everything was something that I definitely enjoyed and found really increased my positive experience of the book.

We meet a plethora of characters in this speedy read, most from the elf world some from the human as well as learning about the laws that will govern the rest of the books. I really enjoyed that there is a council that makes the decisions for the elven people and not just one person. I find its easy for characters -and readers alike- to dislike a single figure head, but when there is a group, I find that I can always find someone that I like.

The plot overall was enjoyable to read and really sets the book up well for a big series. We take small steps into learning the truth and the reality that is Sophie’s world instead of huge leaps, I would say that some might find if tedious but I loved it.

‘The Keeper of Lost Cities’ is a great beginning to a series and one that I really enjoyed reading. At this moment in time I have finished the first and second novels and cannot wait to continue on with the series.

Plot: 9.5/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

Weekly Update: 9.4.19

Over the last couple of weeks I have completed 5 books!

I finished ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger, which I was 200 pages into. I then read ‘The Doughnut Kingdom’ By Gigi D.G. which is the first volume in the Cucumber Quest series of graphic novels. I also finished my audiobook, ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ By Rachel Hollis.

I then finished ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger, the second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities’ and just yesterday I completed ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell.

I have just started reading ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu.

This is the prequel to The Summoner series.

So far I am really enjoying it and I am hoping that I can finish it this week!

I am also half way through ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

I am absolutely loving it!

I decided to listen to this on Audible and I am definitely loving that decision!

Now for an update on the O.W.L.S read-a-thon.

So far I’ve completed:

  • Potions: by reading ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger
  • History of Magic: by reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell

I am currently working on:

  • Charms: Currently reading ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
  • Care of Magical Creatures: ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu

The last 2 weeks have been pretty crazy! We ended a busy first term, we finished our move out of our apartment. It is holidays which is amazing and I am so happy for! I am hoping that in this time I can get a ton of reading done and finish out the O.W.L.S with a bang!

Weekly Update: 26.2.19

This week I did end up finishing ‘The Wicked King’ By Holly Black.

I definitely really enjoyed this book.

The review for which should be up soon!

I am currently around 200 pages into ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger.

I plan to finish this book before the end of the month.

We are mostly moved in now which is amazing. We only have storage stuff left to move! Cannot wait til we are all done. We also also getting super close to my Baptism, with only 2 more classes before the big day.

I am also about to partake in the O.W.L.S readathon in April which is super exciting. There will be a full update about this coming soon!

How has your reading week gone?

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