Monday, June 3, 2019

Keeper of the Lost Cities Series Feature & Giveaway

Simon & Schuster is partnering with me for a giveaway!


Series by Shannon Messenger

Published by Simon & Schuster
Recommended for ages 8 -12

This magical series is PERFECT for summer reading!

About the Author
SHANNON MESSENGER graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but she realized her real passion was writing for children. She’s the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at

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Sophie Foster is a brave and complicated heroine similar to Hermione from Harry PotterThe story is extremely girl and boy friendly—Sophie has a big group of friends, making this fantasy series accessible and fun for both boys and girls.  A highly competitive love triangle: Sophie has two main love interests and many fans root for one or the other, considering themselves either “Team Keefe” or “Team Fitz.”
Kids who love fantasy series like The School of Good and Evil, The Unwanteds, and The Land of Stories will devour Keeper of the Lost Cities.  Author Shannon Messenger has a rabid fanbase on Instagram where she reveals character art, teasers for upcoming installments, answers to fan questions, and more.   Over 1 million books in print worldwide!  Book 8: Legacy comes out November 5th, 2019

Summer Read-Along

Shannon Messenger is hosting a summer series read-along from June 10th – July 29th with the designated hashtag #KeeperReadAlong. Each of the 7 weeks will be dedicated to a book (in series order) with a kickoff from Shannon on Mondays plus a post answering a fan’s question about that book the following Sunday. Additional activations will come throughout the week.

Bonus Content
Check out the Reading Guides for teachers and librarians.

Series Order
Book 1: 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.

Book 2: Exile

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.

In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must journey to the darkest corners of her luminous world in a sequel that will leave you breathless for more.

Book 3: Everblaze

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

Book 4: Neverseen

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.

Book 5: Lodestar

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.

Book 6: Nightfall

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

Book 7: Flashback

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.

Watch the trailer for Book 7: Flashback.

Book 8: Legacy – Releases November 5th, 2019

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.

A Little More Weird!
One (1) US winner receives:

Books 1-3 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series,
Exclusive branded pins and art prints,
plus a “We could all use a little more weird in our lives” quote t-shirt!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Simon & Schuster.


  1. I would like to get my hands on the Dessen - The Rest of the Story.

  2. On my summer reading list is the book - Gone with the Wind.

  3. I have several books on my summer reading list. Just got the new Hell Divers book!

  4. "What's on your summer reading list?" I am reading Cornelia Funke's "Ghost Knight" and it's quite delightful!

  5. there is a lot on my list....anthologies are coming

  6. I am going to read the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis this summer. I haven't read the series since I was kid. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. I hope to read Nalini Singh's Wolf Rain this summer.

  8. Not really sure, since it depends on my mood.

  9. My list includes the Boy Who Stole Houses, Wicked Fox, and Truthwitch.

  10. Well I just added these Keep of the Lost Cities books.

  11. Many books on my shelf. Not sure where to start yet. 🙂

  12. I think my summer reading list is pretty much anything that I can get my hands on haha. I'm really excited to be finished with school and have the opportunity to read anything and everything.

  13. A lot of ya fantasy!


  14. I have a long list. I want to read Mister and A Man Called Ove.

  15. I've actually been pretty sick and don't currently have a reading list for the summer. A friend has suggested some of the books on Oprah's reading recommendations so I may take a looksie there.