Published by Harper Collins on June 7th 2016
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…
When I sat down to read The Marked Girl I was ecstatic! The description sounded just up my alley with magic, mayhem, and other shenanigans. Overall, The Marked Girl was an interesting read and I am glad that I got the opportunity to read it. I am a sucker for the types of books that involve time travel and magic and The Marked Girl definitely delivered on these categories.
The story follows Liv, who meets three mysterious strangers while filming one night on a river. These strangers are Cedric, his fiancée Kat, and his best friend Merek who have been transported from their world of Caelum into our world L.A by some magical mayhem. The interaction between the two – especially when Liv had to describe things that we personally take for granted was hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud and wondering how I would describe these things!
I loved the fact that it was a fantasy light novel based in our world instead of having the main protagonist get transported to another world and the story played off in this new world. Not to say that I don’t like those types of books, because I do, but I feel like there have been a lot of books that have that and I’m happy that this one was set in familiar territory. Once upon a time I went through a serious urban fantasy kick and this book definitely gives nods to that genre of story which I couldn’t help but love purely for that fact!
With that being said there were some things that brought down the book for me and ultimately gave it its 3 star rating in my mind. I was not a fan of the romance between Cedric and Liv. While I was reading I didn’t feel convinced that there was any reason that Cedric should abandon his fiancée for this new love interest. I didn’t necessarily like Kat but I feel like that was more to do with the fact that she was MADE to not like and to make people root for Liv and Cedric. This tactic of making one love interest unlikeable/do something unlikable throughout the majority of the story to help along the romance of the other part of the triangle is one of the sloppiest ways of writing a love triangle. I have absolutely no problem with love triangles, in my opinion they are realistic in some aspects, but there has to be a REASON behind them. I love the tension between loving both characters and not knowing which one to root for and unfortunately The Marked Girl failed in this aspect which was very disappointing.
Would I recommend and to whom:
I would say for those of you who love urban fantasy and want something light and doesn’t take itself too seriously! It is a quick read (even for me who is a meritoriously slow reader). This is a excellent books for those who might prefer contemporary and want a book as a bridge between contemporary and fantasy. Overall, this book was entertaining and I enjoyed it, just don’t do what I did and leave all expectations out the door and just allow the story to be what it is and you’ll definitely enjoy it!
About the Author
Lindsey Klingele grew up in Western Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on. She eventually moved to Los Angeles (the real land of make believe) and worked as a writers’ assistant for TV shows such as THE LYING GAME and TWISTED. She still loves living in LA, especially since it’s home to great television shows, truly excellent cheeseburgers, and her pitbull, Bighead.
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