Today I’m thrilled to have my ten-year-old join me for a review of book seven in MMGM founder Shannon Messenger’s KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES series, FLASHBACK. We were especially excited about the release of this book because Shannon visited St. Louis last week, and we got to see her in person. I met her once before, when she came through for EXILE, the second book in the series, but it was my son’s first time meeting her, and he was ecstatic. I would share a picture–because he and his friend even went in costume and it was awesome–but I don’t post pictures of my kids publicly, so sorry. However, I am going to let my son take the lead on this review, because while I love these books, he has far surpassed me, reading the earlier books at least three times now. But first, here’s the cover and description, so if you haven’t read the other books in the series, SPOILERS AHEAD!
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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.
On to the review, in the words of my ten-year-old super-fan. I did ask him to follow my five things format :).
This book is amazingly awesome, complex, and adventurously fun. But, warning: a lot of romance! Noooo! Well, it’s still really good.
Here are the things I loved most.
1. The alicorns – They are so energetic and exciting, and they’re always willing to help out Sophie and her friends just when they need them most. There’s some exciting drama with the alicorns in this book and I’m excited to see how it works out in the next book.
2. The Ballad of Bo and Ro – Once you read this book, this sentence will make a lot more sense. Keefe makes up this funny song, even though you don’t get to actually hear it, about the ogres Bo and Ro.
3. The butterbursts – Even better than custard bursts, mallowmelt, and rifflepuffs combined, found only in the secret teacher’s lounge of Foxfire, I would love to have these gooey treats and choose it over any dessert.
4. Tarina – A really cool and excellent bodyguard – a troll bodyguard – that helps Sophie with a tricky problem, Tarina is an awesome addition to FLASHBACK.
5. Meeting Shannon – Shannon Messenger is really, really nice. She loves cats and actually has a cat named Marty like Sophie in the first book. She hides cool meanings in the book, like Fitz’s name means “son of the king,” Sophie means “wisdom,” and Keefe means “good-looking.” I love what she said about how you should never let anyone tell you what you can’t read. Overall, I love her books, and I hope you read them.
So there you have it, a review from my ten-year-old. There are at least two more books expected in this series, although Shannon said at the event that a tenth is a possibility. After the cliffhanger at the end of FLASHBACK, we’re already anxious for book eight in the Mason house!
I think your son has a future as a part time reviewer. His five-part list was very informative and encourages me to hurry up and finish books 4,5, and 6 so I can jump into #7. I also met Shannon two years ago and shortly after she turned over the MMGM reigns to me. You just never know what to expect and I’m sure your son will remember his meeting for many years.
I could cover many more MG books if I let him review more often. He reads multiple books per week. And yes, he will definitely remember the experience. Even my eight-year-old, who hasn’t read the books yet, really enjoyed what Shannon had to say. I said to Shannon that my family’s obsession started because I read her books due to MMGM, and she said, “Oh, yes, all that blogging!” I know she appreciates you taking on the torch.
What a great review by your son. I met Shannon once too when she was on a panel with other authors at my library.
Impressive review! I can’t believe your son is only 10 years old. He has a future. And, he gave me enough to be excited to read Flashback. I have other books I have to review before I read it.
Thanks! He would love for me to read every book he does so he could do this more often :).
What a wonderful review. Your son has a great voice. Glad he got to meet a famous author he loves. So cool. Thanks for the post.