This is a book I bought 🙂
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Series: Marked Girl
Number in Series: Book One
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Recommended Age: 12 and up
Edition: Hard Cover
Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down. Elissa Sussman, author of Stray, calls The Marked Girl “a magical debut with a big heart.”
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day LA 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.
The Marked Girl has humor, heart, and harrowing adventures, perfect for fantasy lovers and reluctant fantasy readers alike.
This was a pretty good book! Very modern, and if you live on social media
(like I do), you will definitely find yourself relating to most of the events in this story. I say most only because it’s a fantasy book. As much as I would die for someone like Cedric to jump out of
a random magical portal, it’s just not going to happen.
Liv is a rough and tuff character, or at least she tries to be. The foster care system can seriously warp a person, but she tries to be strong. On the inside, she just wants a place to go home to like everyone else. She has dreams to enter the film industry–as the person behind the camera. Which I think tells you a lot about her personality. She is obsessed with movies, and makes references her favorites a lot; most notably Indiana Jones, E.T. and Grease.
Then we have the dashing Prince Cedric, who is all about battling, leading, and honor. He, his friend, and his fiancee *ahem*, are catapulted into LA and are forced to survive on Earth. It’s interesting reading about how they adapt, and what they think about us and our electronics.
The book wasn’t too terribly predictable; there were a few crazy twists that surprised me, which doesn’t happen often. It took me about four hours to read without a break, so it’s fast paced. As someone who works and studies a lot, I was extremely happy about it!
I decided to buy The Mark Girl because of the cover (which I find totally rad), and because I love books about different dimensions. It was a quick, quirky, and fun read!
Overall Rating: 4.6/5 hearts
Cover: 5 hearts
Characters: 5 hearts
Writing: 4 hearts
Pacing: 5 hearts
Creativity: 4 hearts
So one of my favorite book YouTubers did a book trailer for this, and I actually didn’t realize it until after I bought the book. I have been so busy with work that I actually skipped over it, and I’m sad I did! If you want a reason to read the book, checkout the trailer!
DISCUSSION: WARNING THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD // CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK//
According to the back flap Klingele has worked for show’s like ABC Family’s The Lying Game, and Twisted. Which could be why she can write teenagers like actual teens living in 2016. As far as it effecting her write, in the first few chapters I had to reread a few scenes because they jumped around a bit, I felt like they would’ve fit better if it had been in a movie. It all made since when I read the back flap, so kudos to the writer because I felt her writing improved as the book progressed.
Also, I lowkey love when honor is one of the leading conflicts, especially in terms of love. Cedric and Liv have great chemistry, but he is promised to another. Oh the angst
With effort, Liv pulled away. “I just need to know that. . . I need you to know that I want you to stay.”
Cedric’s hand remained in Liv’s hair, but his eyes were fixed on the wooden pier beneath their feet. Time ticked by for what felt like minutes, hours, even, and Liv had trouble remembering to inhale and exhale. Even though her feet were on solid ground, she felt like she’d taken a running jump off the pier, and she was falling, falling, falling into nothing. . .
Cedric stepped away, releasing Liv and tucking his hands into his pockets. He cleared his throat.
Liv landed, hard.
“I can’t,” Cedric said.
~ pg 342
Awe, the poor noodles, but
Totally live for this kind of drama. Please keep me on the edge of my seat!
I also kind of ship Merek and Shannon. I ship them harder than Cedric and Liv, and I’m really looking forward to the next book because of them. Don’t think I didn’t notice that they were left behind when Liv, Cedric and Kat wen’t back to Caelum. I hope they fall in love and he decides to stay with her in LA!!! That would be so perfect!
Speaking of Kat, I wish we had more of a chance to explore her. She has literally been betrothed to Cedric for most of her life, and personally I think he takes her for granted. So when she and Liv have that little confrontation, all I could think was, she deserves so much better!!
Kat gave a small smile. “I am not jealous. Despite what Merek might believe.”
Liv just nodded. “Okay.”
“Whatever . . . flirtations Cedric has now, they do not matter. None of that matters.” Live could hear the unspoken pronoun in Kat’s words. You don’t matter.
~ pg 208
Oh but girl it does matter, even if they did get married, it will always be there between them. Kat just deserves so much better than Cedric *sobs*
Anyway, Maisy/Daisy kind of reminds me of Kylie Jenner. I don’t follow Kylie, and Kylie has wayyyy more followers, but I couldn’t help but read her voice in a total spoiled (stoned) princess voice. I just had to put that out there.
Your thoughts? Who do you ship? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below!!