Stellarlune: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 9

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
Stellarlune book cover with Sophie, Maruca, Marella

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age 9+

Cosmic battle, romance fill thrilling elf saga installment.

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age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 13+

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First things first: This review has spoilers. Second things second: This will be a rather lengthy review. Characters: Sophie Foster: 4.8 stars. I absolutely loved her in this installment. She’s becoming more headstrong, and, while I know that many people disliked her new attitude, I agree with Ro, that Feisty Foster is WAY better than Sulky Sophie. Her relationship dynamic with Keefe is changing, and I’m pretty sure that almost every Keeper fan is rejoicing about Chapter 42 ;) But overall, Sophie was just wonderfully sassy and snarky in this book. Keefe Sencen: 5 stars. I’ve always adored this character shamelessly, but in this installment he officially wins the prize for Best YA Book Boyfriend. His chemistry with Sophie is absolutely priceless, since so many YA book couples have zero chemistry. His character has always been the comic relief, the swoon-worthy moments creator, and I just love him so much. He’s been through more than almost any other character, but he’s still the same lovable bad-boy we all fell in love with in Exile. Sokeefe 4Eva Fitzroy Vacker: 1.1 star. I don’t know why, but something about this character has just always set my teeth on edge. And his serious anger management issues don’t help my dislike for his aggravating personality. The way he treats Sophie and Keefe is abominable, and I hate every one of his comments on their relationship. I thought he was getting better in Unlocked, but NOPE! He’s still the same spoiled brat that he always was. The worst part about him is how perfect everyone thinks he is. Linh, Marella, and Stina all swoon over him for a few books, and thankfully Sophie is now realizing the person he actually is and not the person she always saw through rose-colored glasses. However, I still think that he has tons of potential as a character, I just think that his relationship with Sophie tainted my view of his character. :) Edaline/Grady: 4.5 stars. I love these two as adoptive parents to Sophie. Most book parents are portrayed as close minded and overprotective, but these two aren’t at all. Yes, Grady is protective. Yes, Edaline’s a bit nosy. But overall these two are the poster couple for offsetting bad parent stereotypes. Tam Song (Shady McSilverbangs) : 4.5 stars. I love this guy! His feud with Keefe is hilarious, and his platonic friendship with Sophie is very well written. But seriously: Does he like Glimmer or Biana? I’m rooting for Glimmer… Dex Dizznee: 4 stars. Great guy, just… kinda the exact same person he was in KotLC. He hasn’t really changed. Like, at all. He’s still adorably sweet and dorky, but he’s not super mature. And… I kinda love that about him. It’s why I think Biana and his work as a couple. Biana Vacker: 4.5 stars. Adore this gal! She’s the girly-girl of the group, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fight like a tiger! Gotta say, I like her more and more with every installment! Wylie Endal: 2.3 stars. He’s just never been my fav, I guess. I mean, it’s not that I don’t like him, it’s just that he’s never really been that big of a deal. Like, it feels like the books try to showcase him well, but it feels like we still know barely anything about Wylie, even after ten books. Also, what the heck happened to the Prentice plot line? Linh Song: 3 stars. This is a character that I’m liking less and less with every book, and I don’t know why. Seriously though, does she like Wylie or not? Stina Heks: 4 stars. I’ve always had a soft spot for this character, to be honest. Yes, she’s a jerk. Yes, she’s rude. But she keeps the group real. She’s not a sugar-coater, and that’s why I love her. Marella Redek: 3.8 stars. Really like this character. I’d love to see more of her. Jensi Babblos: 3.8 stars. Really like this character. I’d love to see more of him. Maruca Chebota: 3.8 stars. Enjoyable, also very helpful to the group. Rayni Aria: 4.8 stars. I ADORE this character so so much. Ro: 5 stars. She’s awesomesauce. Enough said, period. Relationships: (ships) Sokeefe: Never thought I’d say this, (about a couple) but this couple deserves 5 stars and more. I love their interactions, each and every one of them is just so sweet. They’re truly perfect for one another. Fitzphie: -10000. Hate this couple. He’s a jerk, she’s too stubborn. They just don’t work. Content: Kissing, declarations of affection ( if this can really be counted as content) that’s pretty much it. Plot: Very good, I loved how it wasn’t all focusing on a few big events, but rather on several small events that added up to make a wonderfully told story all the more worthwhile. Conclusion: Great book, great plot, great ships, great story= An extremely fun rollercoaster of a book. That’s what Stellarlune was. Now, if you’re wondering if Stellarlune is worth reading, GO BUY THE BOOK. As a matter of fact, why are you still here? What are you waiting for? Stellarlune’s one of the best Keeper books yet!
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