Behold--Keeper of the Lost Cities!
Just look at the cover art!
It's done by Jason Chan--who is my favorite cover illustrator *ever.*
Anyway--onto the review.
Here's the book blurb (I'm breaking out the technical terms here.):
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She is a Telepath, and has the unique ability to hear the thoughts of everyone around her--something that she's never known how to explain, and has made her an outcast, even in her own family.
But everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers that there's somewhere she does belong, and staying where she is will put 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 her own.
Sophie has new rules and skills to learn, and not everyone is thrilled with her "homecoming." There are secrets buried deep in Sophie's memory, secrets that other people desperately want.
Would even kill for . . .
Alright, so if that wasn't enough to show you the awesomeness of Keeper of the Lost Cites (and Shannon Messenger in general)--here's my review:
The entire novel moves fast--which is something that I personally like, because it means that there isn't a dull moment in the book. Every scene contributes to moving the plot along--which is extremely well planned out--might I add, not to mention the plot twists that only get better as the series goes on.
Shannon Messenger's descriptions give readers an accurate look into the world that Sophie and Fitz call home, while still allowing readers to imagine some things the way they like to. Shannon Messenger is also a GENIUS when it comes to creating dialogue--everything flows in a natural way that makes the dialogue enjoyable (and sometimes hilarious) to read. Messenger's characters are also very believable--especially the main character, Sophie Foster. Sophie is twelve years old at the start of the series, and even though she is exceedingly mature for her age, she still tries to make time for being a kid. She even sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant, dubbed Ella--a detail that I personally adore. All of the other characters are just as well developed, and intriguing to read about.
You can read the first three chapters of Keeper of the Lost Cities HERE and you can find Shannon Messenger's gorgeous new website HERE
Trust me--this book will make even the worst Mondays bearable.
Also--Keefe is mine. ;)