Legacy by Shannon Messenger

by Shannon Messenger
#8 Keeper of Lost Cities

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2019
Pages: 3688
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 3
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

Illusions shatter—and Sophie and her friends face impossible choices—in this astonishing eighth book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery. Even the smallest secret comes with terrifying new responsibilities.

And Sophie’s not the only one with blank spots in her past, or mysteries surrounding her family. She and her friends are part of something much bigger than they imagined—and their roles have already been chosen for them.

Every clue drags them deeper into the conspiracy. Every memory forces them to question everything—especially one another. And the harder they fight, the more the lines blur between friend and enemy.

Honestly what didn’t happen in ‘Legacy’? There were so many additions to an already complex plot that I am blown away with how well the story all fits together. The world is utterly incredible.

Throughout Legacy we get so many answers. Not only to questions that readers have been wondering since the beginning of the series as well as questions we didn’t even though we had. By the end of the book too, I had even more questions.

The characters in Legacy are definitely growing up with different social issues arising that have been brewing in the other books but aren’t yet addressed until the characters are older. Now is that time. Most readers will either be a Keffie or a fitzfie shipper and at this point I’ve got to say I am all for Keefie!

I always enjoy my time reading this series. I absolutely love the world building that has occurred from book one. absolutely has be blown away. I am so invested in the outcome of this story because I feel like I understand the world so deeply as well as the sacrifices many of our characters have made thus far.

Legacy with an amazing 8th book in a long and intricate series that is perfect for readers that want to become utterly lost in a magically detailed and far reaching world.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall: 5/5

Flashback by Shannon Messenger

by Shannon Messenger
Book 7 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2018
Pages: 848
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

In this unforgettable seventh book, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

The Keeper of Lost Cities is one of the best series I have ever picked up. It’s a big series that manages to keep the reader engage throughout each tome. It is absolutely incredible. The seventh book in this series is no exception. I flew through this one with the same eagerness I’ve read the six previous.

In Flashback we get some more background into Sophie and her importance to the both the Black Swan and why the Neverseen are so interested in her. We also begin to see more of the relationships that some elves have with other intelligent species. There is a lot of development within the Vacker family alone in this book and it was interesting to see how elves with indefinite lifespans view the elven world in its current state.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character development and find that the progression of the characters occurs at at stead pace allowing the reader to see, feel and experience things and the characters themselves do.

The final few chapters of Flashback served up so much intrigue and intensity that I needed to binge that last 10 or so chapters. I needed to know what was going to happen and how everything was going to wrap up before the inevitable cliffhanger.

Flashback is another great addition to the Keeper of Lost Cities series that has added more depth to an already diverse and dimensional cast of characters. We learn even more about a world that seems to be ever expanding where the reader it taken to what feels like a different planet with all the magical detail.

I am already on to Legacy the eighth book in the series and it has me so excited to keep reading.

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

Lodestar by Shannon Messenger

by Shannon Messenger
Book #5 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2016
Pages: 688
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

Dark schemes unfold–and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit–in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities–but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key–if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

Lodestar takes the Keeper of Lost Cities to a whole new level of twists and turns. Throughout the series we have had our fair share of plot twists, but it feels like Lodestar really takes the cake (at least so far).

Everything from earlier in the series is beginning to intensify from the darkness of some of our more villainous characters, to the mysteries of our unidentified members, to the love square that has been developing since book one! Its all getting so much more intense, and I am loving it.

The progression of the characters from when we first meet them to now is a slow and even growth, so far in the series the characters are acting as would be expected as well as the love square progressing in appropriate way for the characters age., as well as that of the target audience of the story.

Lodestar’s story line really takes a turn after the events in Neverseen. We start to explore trust between characters and the lines between good and evil really begin to blur as all our main characters attempt to fit reality with what they have previously believed.

The Keeper of Lost Cities series is such a whimsical and magical series with all different species of magical creature having a hand in the story, the magic really never stops.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Stars: 4.5/5

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

Reading Vlog: N.E.W.T.S Week 3

We are back with another reading vlog this week focusing in it being week 3 of the N.E.W.T.S readathon (WHAT?!) and discussing ‘Strange the dreamer’ by Lani Taylor, ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ by Alexandra Christo and ‘Neverseen’ by Shannon Messenger.

Check it out!

Weekly Update: 27.5.19

What a crazy week it has been! Work has been crazy hectic as well as a jam packed weekend full of wedding and travel related activities, I am genuinely exhausted, and its only Monday!

I finally finished reading ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan.

I love mythology so it really didn’t take long for me to get through this read.

Hopefully I can get to the sequel soon.

This week I am reading two middle grade books, I’ve picked up ‘Everblaze’ by Shannon Messenger, the third book in the Keeper of Lost Cities series. I am about 120 pages in and really hope to finish it this week. I have also picked up ‘The Iron Trial’ By Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I am currently listening to this on the Borrow Box app after borrowing it from my local library.

What has your week been like?

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?