Book 2 as good as Book 1? A definite YES says our reviewer.

Summary:

Sophie Foster has turned 13 since we last saw her. She has been living with her people for a year now. With her brown eyes and special powers that seem to multiply it is hard to go unnoticed. Although Sophie still struggles to fit in. She has friends and she knows that no matter what they will be by her side. Then tragedy strikes and puts her theory to the test.

Alden. one of Sophie's closest mentors and the father of one of her friends, falls ill and is close to death. Because she was the last person to be with him, she is blamed for the tragedy by the same people she thought would never turn on her. With the help of the few allies she has left, Sophie hopes to can help Alden and restore balance to the world she knows. In the process, she uncovers more secrets of her past and put her in more danger. As Sophie works to help her mentor, she continues to discover secrets of her past, secrets that land her and those close to her in peril. Carrying the burden of secrets, helping those she loves, and trying to hold together what normalcy remains of her shattered world just may take more than what she can give.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Shannon Messenger surprised me in the first book and, she did it again. Exile is quite impressive and the character development is so beautifully written, you can’t help but fall in love with each and every one. It is even more suspenseful than the last novel, ties together the story extraordinarily well, and leaves you wanting to keep reading until you have finished the whole series. 

My only complaint (and it is a nit) is that the mystery shadowing Sophie’s existence is very drawn out. It stretches on so so long that it is infuriating that there are so many questions and so few answers. Yes, this is the secret to many successful novels, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying. Despite this though, this novel and the characters within it are absolutely amazing.

In the end, I found this novel, just like the last one, to be exhilarating with all of the plot twists and character arcs. Either way, I hope that if you choose to read this novel, that you enjoy it just as much as I did. I also hope that you continue to read the series and see where Sophie goes and all the adventures she continues to have in her life.

The Keeper of the Lost Cities series is perfect for anyone 12 and older. It works well as a gift for anyone who loves a good fantasy. It can also be found at all kinds of libraries if you just want to check it out before committing.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fantasy readers and lovers of mythical creatures (not to mention adventure and mystery) will be spellbound by Exile. Note: This is a series you have to read in order.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is part of a series where a young girl is on a quest to save the Elvin realm.
Educational Themes:

Read this for fun.

Reading Level:
5.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a fun series that can be shared aloud and then read again later.

Title Exile
About

Book 2 of 9

Author Shannon Messenger
Publisher Aladdin, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2013
ISBN 9781442445963
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Friendship
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