Flashback (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #7)

Flashback (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #7)

by Shannon Messenger

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In this unforgettable seventh book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534440333
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 11/23/2018
Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities Series , #7
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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 stories 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 ShannonMessenger.com.

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Flashback 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So Excited!!!! Team Foster-Keefe forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in a day! Really love/hate the cliffhanger at the end. Really Shannon messenger did you have to do that?!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the Keeper books have been amazing so far, but this one has to be one of the best. The world Shannon Messenger has built is truly one of a kind, and this series has moved far, far out of the conventions of children's fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of the keeper books. This one did not disappoint. But i really hate/love the cliffhanger endings. Having to wait for the next book is almost painful, but it also builds anticipation for the next wild ride. All the twist and turns and emotional ups and downs flow at a pace that never leaves you bored. All of the characters are so well developed i wish i could meet them in real life. A really excellent series!
Autumn_Wren More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!! I finished it last night, and holy cow it was quite the rollercoaster of emotion. I love this book with all my heart, and while I'm dying to read the next one, I think I'm one of the few people who actually CAN wait because I trust Shannon Messenger to make it good! No revenge necessary! The cliffhanger is awesome, the Fitz story is awesome, the whole freakin' story is awesome. I fell in love with this series because Fitz and I are basically the same person (the short story only served to confirm that), and this book made me want to laugh, cry, squeal, and punch something all within 845 pages. If you haven't read this series, you need to. I personally love it more than anything, including Harry Potter. Outstanding job. The book wasn't at all like what I was expecting, but I love it all the same. Now I get to spend the next year rereading it a million times :)
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Anonymous 6 months ago
1000 stars
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is so good. Ends wih such a good cliff hanger(s)
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
As this book opens, Alvar's sentencing for his betrayal is about to happen. The entire Vacker family has assembled in the senate chambers, and Sophie and Keefe have been invited to be there as well. It becomes clear why when the sentence is read, and Alvar is sent to live with his parents and siblings, Sophie's friends Fitz and Biana. Both of Sophie's friends, but Fitz especially, don't trust their older brother and suspect a trick of some sort. But before Alvar's dwelling is even ready for him, Fitz and Sophie are attacked by the Neverseen, barely escaping with their lives. As they spend time recovering, they begin to wonder what their attack means in the group's long term plans. Can they figure it out? I waited longer than I wished to read this book because I needed to find time to read the 850 pages we get here. I did feel the pacing was a bit off at times, especially early on, but overall this is another strong book. We learn some things that will definitely advance the story in future books, and we get some great twists before we reach the climax. Plus, we are left with some nasty cliffhangers. Flashback comes to mean something else by the end of the book, so don't go into this expecting lots of time spent in the past, although the past does come into play as the book progresses. Once again, the characters are fun, and they provided some great laughs along the way. I felt like this was funnier than the last couple of books have been, and I enjoyed that aspect as well. Fans will definitely be glad they picked up the book. If you aren't a fan yet, it's best to go back to the beginning to fully understand everything that is happening here.
LeahsMama More than 1 year ago
Best. Author. Ever. My daughter was had been waiting for this book to be released, and it did not disappoint. In fact, she's ready reread the entire series. Shannon Messenger is her favorite author, and I love how this series has cemented her love for reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of this series, and this book was pretty much the best one. It had action, friendship, and romance, and left me very upset (in a good way, if that’s possible ;P) at the end. MUST HAVE MORE! Can’t wait for book 8! P.S, Dex is the best (? ?? ?)
Sherrythebunny More than 1 year ago
I very much love this book. Personally, there's nothing in the book that bothers me per se, however I did notice a couple problems. Although I understand why, most of the book takes place in one setting without a lot of action. That being said, despite the lack of action and scenery change, I think that Shannon Messenger did an excellent job at still making the story interesting. Shannon somehow made a very boring thing not boring, and managed to keep it connected to the rest of the story. The other problem I saw, which to me isn't a big deal at all, is that there were noticeably moments in the book where a chunk of time was just skipped and I wish there had been a bit more detail for those gaps of time that were skipped over, but it's also understandable why Shannon did that--Flashback is LONG! It's the longest book in the series so far, and if she detailed anymore than she already had, I'm not quite sure the book could hold together! Jokes aside, I believe this book is amazing, and I would give it 5 stars, but nothing is perfect, so to give a more accurate answer I'm giving the book 5 stars. Everybody makes mistakes, and depending on the person viewing them, the problems can be seen as huge or minimal. I'm leaving that last star up to you to judge if the mistakes bother you or not (and because I believe Shannon will just keep impressing us with new amazing content). Side note, some people also had problems with the ship moments. Again, those personally didn't bother me (I love romance, and I love the ship), but that might also be a factor if you don't want gushy cute stuff-- or if you do. I think most of the people who had a problem with it just had a problem with it because they didn't like the ship. Or they were upset with some of the actions of one the characters, but that's not bad writing that's just the character.
Irishdance113 More than 1 year ago
I finished reading Flashback yesterday, and I have to say I was very disappointed, especially since I liked the other books so well. Which is unfortunate because I REALLY tried and wanted to like this book. SPOILERS AHEAD! One thing that I liked was that the beginning immediately addressed the cliffhanger from Nightfall, which was a good start. But after that I instantly became bored when Sophie and Fitz ended up in the Healing Center for the following 300 pages after they got seriously injured in the fight with the Neverseen. It was a super slow start and not a very good way to set up the rest of the book. A lot of the stuff that happened in there could have easily been addressed while they were attending Foxfire or at Havenfield. Another thing I did't like was how little attention some of the other characters gt throughout the book. We barely saw Biana, Dex, Linh, and Marella at all. We did get to see more of Wylie and Tam, but their interactions with Sophie were limited and it felt like they were more part of the background. Although we saw Keefe more than the others, Sophie mostly forgot about him after she and Fitz became a thing, which was incredibly frustrating considering the solid relationship the two had built up over the previous books. Fitz was the only one we saw a lot of, and though I was happy to see more of his character, I didn't like that Messenger felt like she had to put significantly less focus on the other characters in order for that to happen. The plot with this book was also an issue, I still have no idea where this series is going and nothing big seemed to be accomplished in the 842 pages of the book. I'm becoming increasingly bored with the series because of the fact that we still don't know the Neverseen's motivation after SEVEN LONG BOOKS, and we don't know the purpose of the Black Swan either, plus another thousand little plot holes that need to be addressed at some point. The final thing that I'm going to mention is my frustration about Sophie's obliviousness to Keefe's feelings for her. With Dex she ignored his feelings because she didn't want to ruin their friendship, with Fitz she talked herself out of him liking her because she didn't want to get her hopes up. With Keefe she genuinely noticed nothing, even though she should have at least picked up that something wasn't right with him when he found out Sophie and Fitz became an actual thing. Especially since her character is supposed to be super perceptive and she know Keefe hides behind jokes and teasing when something's up with him. Plus, the way Sophitz happened just seemed weird to me. Like, they almost kiss and now suddenly they're a thing? I think it could have been handled much better, especially since we haven't really seen much relationship growth between the two of them since Neverseen. There should have been more build up for them, even though I think, (and hope) that Sokeefe will end up being canon, Messenger should have made the build up for Sophie and Fitz more solid, and made the part where they unofficially/officially became a thing a bit clearer and better. I really hope book 8 gives us a LOT more answers than this one did and I hope its much better than this.
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-Ally- More than 1 year ago
Total letdown! "Flashback" was one of the books I looked forward to reading the most. I had high expectations for this story and I was eager to read what would happen next to Sophie and her friends. The plot development was slow and repetitive. There was no clear climax in the story. I felt as though there were many unnecessary tiny conflicts. I was not sure what to feel at the end of the book. For most of the book, Sophie and Fitz were healing while in the infirmary. Nothing happens in this period of time. The readers are forced to sit through around 400 plus pages of awkward conversations between Sophie and the other characters. There is little to nothing that indicates movement in the story. All conversations revert back to the fact that they have no clue how to stop the enemy. All of the work that they did in the previous books turns out to be useless. Total letdown! "Flashback" was one of the books I looked forward to reading the most. I had high expectations for this story and I was eager to read what would happen next to Sophie and her friends. However, the plot development was slow and repetitive. Disappointingly, there was no clear climax in the story. I felt as though there were many unnecessary tiny conflicts. There were so many ups and down that I was not sure what to feel at the end of the book. For most of the book, Sophie and Fitz were healing while in the infirmary. The readers are forced to sit through around 400 plus pages of awkward conversations between Sophie and the other characters. The main characters the book is focused on are Sophie and Fitz. The other characters are faded into the background of the story. When they are brought into the focus, they don't have a significant role and seem to be unnecessary fillers. The plot seems stagnant and lacks movement or flow in the story. All conversations revert back to the fact that they cannot fathom a way to stop the enemy. All of the progress accomplished in the previous books becomes useless. Based off of the past books in the series, I expected this to be in the genres of adventure, fiction, and romance. The author is normally very good at balancing out all aspects of the genres. Thus, making it a series that anyone can read. However, this book changes all of that. The book "Flashback" can still be categorized as fiction, adventure, and romance. Unfortunately, all the elements of the genres remain unbalanced. I felt as though the adventure and fiction parts of the book were overpowered by the attempt to include romance. An example of this is when Sophie and Fitz are in the infirmary, they are so focused on their feelings towards one another, that they ignore the real problem ahead of them. This causes their enemies to be able to get the upper hand. The author was too focused on Sophie and Fitz. By doing this, the other characters had little to no meaningful role in the book. Overall, I thought the book was a disappointment compared to the rest of the series. If only the book was shorter and faster paced, then it could have been much more enjoyable. It was tedious and repetitive. I hope that book 8 answers all of the unanswered points that this book has left.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
weiner More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series. Can't wait for the next one. Always kept me reading for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book series I know of and will probably be my fave even when I'm older. I am just so excited about it. I can't wait to hear if makes another one after this one. I hope she does. Also go Team Foster-Keefe!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book for so long and it FINALLY CAME OUT!!! I preordered the book and knew i was not the only one, so I did NOT expect to get the book so soon after its release. THE BOOK GOT ME WORKED UP! I went through an extensive and scary rollercoaster and UGH the cliff hangers make me want to SCREAM! This book series is definitely one of my favorites and if you're a fan, you'll love it. Sophie is so grown up and the entire story in general has surely grown more mature from the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter, now 13, has been hooked (dare I say, obsessed) on the entire KOTLC Series for several years. She has turned countless friends into big fans as well. She loved this latest book and devoured it quickly. She is already dying for the next book... gonna be a long year of waiting!!! Kudos to the author. Been a great ride. Don't want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this book was just wow. I’ve been reading KLC since it first came out and I’m still obsessed with it. First let me say that if you haven’t read this series you must!!! It’s incredible, both character devoloment and plot are well thought through, and the character development is just amazing, you see this girl Sophie and her friends just grow through out this series, especially Sophie. She grows a tremendous amount from start to present and I could say a lot more but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. It’s action packed and a lot of fun. In Flashback a lot happens, especially with team Fitzphie... you know what I mean. Honestly I wasn’t expecting that. I always felt like the Keefster would tell Sophie first, I wasn’t at all expecting Fitz. Also if you read the Keefe POV compared to the Fitz POV it’s defenate point for team Foster-Keefe. I’m pretty sure I know how this may end, but what I learned about this series is nothing is as it seems, so it may end well or really badly. Also the ending in this book that was just wow, totally not marking my calendar or anything for the next book hehe. *marks all of November for possible release dates for book 8* Oh and I’m also not for team Fitzphie I’m all for team Foster-Keefe! Long live Lord FunkyHair! And for those of you reading this you have no idea what I’m talking about, read it, you won’t be sorry :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Four stars for the cliff hanger at the end
Heidi Brown More than 1 year ago
The two most important aspects of a book or movie for me are: an awesome plot and well developed, Likable characters. Ms. Messenger has created this amazing world with both plot and characters that are not only believable, but down to earth and inspiring. I'm still piecing together certain aspects of the overall plot...she hints at the Neverseen's motives and goals throughout the series, but I LOVE a challenge so I'm excited to see if what I've been thinking are accurate. Since Ms. Messenger is able to tell her story through a series instead of one book, she can use more time to develop her characters and the relationships between them, making them more of a team than a random bunch of characters thrown together, while still moving the plot along. I love this book because it is clean, yes there is some romance, but it's age appropriate for middle grades. Also she might hint that the characters are swearing, but she doesn't include swear words in her writing, which I LOVE because it's hard to find books for my children to read that are this clean. Sophie, the main character is what every strong willed girl could use as a role model. She's smart and is in control of herself and the choices that she makes, but she's not perfect. She makes mistakes and learns from them. She tries her best to do the right thing even when her choices seem daunting. She cares about others more than she cares about herself, which isn't very popular in society right now. She surrounds herself with friends that help rather than hinder her self esteem, an excellent thing for girls to think about considering how catty girls can be. Overall Flashback is a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and can't wait to share with my kids. There is action, friendship, teamwork, drama, and an overall sense of staying true to yourself and choosing to do the right thing over what is deemed popular. I can't wait for the next one.