Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities is a children’s fantasy book written by Shannon Messenger. The book is aimed at children from 10 years and up, but the children in the book are around 12-14 years old. Keeper of the Lost Cities is the first book in a fantasy series about Sophie Foster.

Sophie Foster is a 12 year old girl who has been a telepath since she was five. She also has a photographic memory, something which has made her excel in school. But these special abilities have always made Sophie feel alone and out of place. She doesn’t really have any friends and she is so different from her sister and parents that she sometimes wonders if she was adopted. So one day, when a boy, a little older than herself, shows up claiming he is an elf, and that so is she, Sophie is surprised, but perhaps not as shocked as she should be. The elvin boy takes her with him home to see his elvin family in a magic country where having special abilities is a very common thing. Sophie feels at home at right away, but when the elves ask her to leave her human family forever and come live with them instead, Sophie is torn. Can she really leave the only family she has ever known? But if she doesn’t, how will she ever go back to being a normal human girl again?

I loved this book to pieces! The characters are wonderful and very endearing, the language flows like a dream, and the writer takes time to describe details and scenarios that spark our imagination and make the story very atmospheric. The plot reminded me again of J.K Rowling; the elvin kids go to a magical academy and much of the story takes place there. Having said that, this was not a new storyline when J.K Rowling wrote it either, so I am definitely not saying this book copies from the Harry Potter books. Rather I would say that this book is perfect for lovers of the Harry Potter series (like me). Sophie’s world is filled with magic, but also with difficult decisions, dilemmas and trials. What is different in this story is that it is more realistic in a way, I mean, the writer talks about some of the issues that we face today, of course in a symbolic way, and how those who often feel like misfits, are the ones who will have to step up and be the heroes.

I will heartily recommend this book to all lovers of the fantasy genre, children and adults alike, but perhaps especially to those who feel different, like many of the children we call “Star children” do.

Of course five beautiful golden stars to this magical book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Storybound

Storybound is a children’s fantasy book written by Marissa Burt. It is a part of a duology about Una Fairchild and her adventures in Story. This book is aimed at children 10-13 years old, but I think even younger kids might like it. Even though the heroine of the book is twelve years old.

This is one of those novels where the heroine disappears into a book where she finds a magical land where all the characters she always thought were only fictional prove to be real. Una Fairchild falls into Story in the middle of Peter’s practical examination where he has to fight a dragon in order to save a lady in distress. When he discovers Una in the cave he thinks she might be another maiden in need of a knight so he tries to save her too. But Una is not brought up to be a lady and she is more than ready to try to save herself. Later, Peter and Una become friends and Una joins him in the school where he is training to become a storybook character. But why has Una really come to Story? Will she ever get back to her real world? And who is the mysterious lady in red lurking around talking about Write-Ins?

I loved this story, and the plot, even though it has been told many times before, is original and creative. This book reminded me a lot of Chris Colfer’s “The Land of Stories” series, which has much of the same storyline. This book however, is a richer, but also more demanding read. It took me a long time to get into the story, and much of the plot is revealed through dialogue (there is a lot of eavesdropping) and reading of passages in books. The action part comes at the end of the book, something that can require too much patience for a young child. I found that the language didn’t flow as easily as I would have liked in a children’s book, but having said that, the book is very popular, so it might just be a personal preference thing.

I would definitely recommend this book, but for children who are a little impatient and like more action-driven books I would rather suggest checking out Chris Colfer’s “The Land of Stories” series.

Dealing with Dragons

By Patricia C. Wrede

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Do all princesses who are captured by dragons really want to be rescued by a brave and handsome prince? And do all princes really want to fight dragons and rescue princesses?

The heroine of this book, Cimorene, is one of those princesses who really does not want to be rescued by any knight or prince. In fact, after a couple of days with her boss, the dragon Kazul, she find the Knights to be a bit of a nuisance, and after consulting with a witch, she decides to put up a sign claiming that the road leading to Kazul’s cave is broken and that hikers should choose an alternative route. But will this be enough to fool the Knights? And who is that bothersome wizard poking around Kazul’s cave?

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This book is so delicious I didn’t want it to end! It is utterly hilarious, original and sooo well written! It gives a wonderful message to girls, telling them that they are themselves in charge of their life and destiny, and that their happily-ever-after does not have to include a man. Cimorene is smart, resourceful, funny and clever, in fact much much cleverer than the men who try to rescue her, and it is often she who ends up helping them out of scrapes.

This is the kind of book that can be enjoyed by all! No matter what age! I will especially recommend reading this book to young girls with Cinderella dreams 😄😄.

Obviously, five of five stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading!

Note: This is the first book in the ” Enchanted Forest ” Chronicles.

Serafina and the black cloak

By Robert Beatty

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This fantastical and mysterious tale is about a wild girl who hunts rats and who can see in the dark, a man with a black cloak gobbling up children at night, and an aristocratic boy who can talk to animals and whose only friend is a fierce Doberman.

Before you read on……have you ever heard of someone who’s got two souls? One wild and one tame?

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I loved this fantastical and imaginative book! I loved all the beautiful characters, I loved the way the story unfolded, and I loved the ending! It almost reads like a fairy tale, but only with a lot more details, characterization and dialogue.

My favorite character was that of the heroine, 12 years old Serafina, and boy is she a heroine! She is brave, strong, fierce, and selfless when it comes to the people she loves. And most importantly, she is wild!

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The book is a bit scary, especially for little kids, but I think it is meant for children from 10 years and up, and when I mean up, I mean waaaay up, because adults will love this book too!

I would probably have enjoyed this book as young as 6-7 years old, but I was a very brave child when it came to the supernatural, and I was a big fan of ghost stories!
This book is kind of a ghost story, but it does, like most books for children, have a sweet ending that had me in tears.

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I strongly recommend this wonderful book to children and adults alike, especially to those who love a bit of thrill and mystery!

Five of five stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading!

Charmed Life

By Diana Wynne Jones

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Perhaps there really are parallel worlds? And perhaps, in one of them,another version of you is a witch or a wizard with magic so powerful it could be dangerous…

Cat and his big sister Gwendolen live in a big castle with the Chrestomanci and his family. Chrestomanci is a magician with powerful magical abilities. Gwendolen desperately wants him to teach her, but Chrestomanci declines, something which angers Gwendolen so much that her magic takes a turn for the darker side. Cat is caught in the middle, with no particular magical talents of his own, he can do nothing to stop his sister, but he is terrified of upsetting the mysterious Chrestomanci . Then one day Gwendolen disappears, and in her place another girl appears, but one without any magic at all…

This is a magical book with a plot that takes you by a surprise. It has been called a Modern Classic, and I can definitely see why. Some parts of the book kind of reminds me of Harry Potter, and that, to me, is a very good thing!

It took me some time to really get into the story, but when I did I was hooked! I just couldn’t put the book down! And the ending completely caught me by surprise!
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

The book is a children’s book, but can be enjoyed equally much by adults.
I highly recommend this wonderful book!

Five out of five stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Reading!

Howl’s moving castle

By Diana Wynne Jones

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A castle that moves with changing doors, a vain wizard who gobbles young girls’heart, a turnip-faced stalker-scarecrow, an evil witch, a bargaining fire demon who dosen’t want anyone besides wizards to fry bacon and eggs on him, and a spell that needs breaking…

Sophie is the daughter of a hat maker, she works in the hat shop trimming and talking to the hats, when a witch comes along and casts a spell on her turning her into an old woman.
To break the spell Sophie decides to find the wizard Howl who lives in a moving castle. On her way to the castle she meets a scarecrow and a dog who needs her help, and she also picks up a walking stick to make her journey easier. She is an old lady after all…

I absolutely loved this book! It is funny, creative, whimsical and has amazing quirky characters with faults and strengths, humor and bad tempers. The author has created a magical universe that I sooo want to be a part of! I love all the little details, the way the castle’s interior is described, the wax fruit on the hats, Howl’s quirky suits, the little cakes in the pastry shop…this is what makes me want to read a book again and again, and I definitely want to read more books by this magical author.

I highly recommend this book to kids and adults alike!
Five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Reading!

Warriors: Into the Wild

By Erin Hunter ( pseudonym)

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Rusty is an ordinary house cat with extraordinary dreams. He dreams of the great wild, of hunting his own food and going where he wants when he wants, so when he bumps into a young warrior cat in the forest one day he grabs the opportunity offered him by the leader of a notorious clan of warrior cats living in the wild. Rusty is to join the clan and live in the wild! But the different clans in the forest are not always living harmoniously together and Rusty’s courage and warrior skills are about to be put to the ultimate test.

This book is an absolute must read for cat lovers! Here cats are brave, strong and intelligent warriors living in an organized society where the strong takes care of the weak. The story is fascinating, even for people who are not that crazy about cats. Kids will definitely love this book and become invested in the characters, especially that of Rusty and his friends.

The book was a page-turner for sure, but I am not really a cat person, so my interest was not at its peak, even though I loved the story.

The book is written by three different authors who use the pseudonym Erin Hunter. It is a part of a series of books about the cat clans, so cat lovers, buckle up for the ride of your life! 😊😊

Happy Reading!