Book seven in my reading challenge was Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. This book falls under the category “Book recommended by sibling, spouse, child, or BFF.” I don’t have children or a spouse, and my brother was busy with grad school, so I asked my friend Kristen to recommend me a book for this category, and she chose Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger.
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has always been able to hear other peoples’ thoughts. She’s never been able to explain this strange ability of hers, until she meets Fritz, a strange boy who appears out of nowhere and also has the power to read minds. He takes her to Everglade, an Elf city and says that she’s actually an Elf! If she remains with her human family, she’ll be in grave danger, so in the blink of an eye, she has to give up everything she’s ever known in the human world. But it seems as if she’s finally found somewhere she belongs, and where her power doesn’t exclude her but is accepted. But memories have been stored in her mind, and the more she remembers, the harder she must work to discover the truth about her past, before the wrong person does.
Keeper of the Lost Cities is a YA fantasy with a plucky female protagonist that I couldn’t put down. At times, I felt like there were too many characters introduced and I couldn’t keep track of them all, but I was able to relate to Sophie the most. Like her, I have always felt that I don’t fit in very well with other people, and as such, I was rooting for her the entire time.
I would give this book four out of five stars, mostly because at some points, I felt the pacing was a bit rushed and there were a lot of characters introduced, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good urban fantasy read. KotLC is the first book in a series, and I’m rather tempted to rush out to the library and find the next book in the series so I can read more.