The Marked Girlby Lindsey Klingele
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
I think I’m batting about 50% this month on books I’m reading. I’ve had a few lately that I’ve wanted to DNF but I managed to stick it out and finish them. Unfortunately, this particular book was one that actually made me more mad by the end. Would you DNF at 95%? Yeah, I thought it was a dumb idea, too. But I considered it for half a second.
But back to my book review….
The Marked Girl is Ms. Klingele’s debut novel. It’s being described as a fun, light, young adult fantasy novel.
When Liv is out by the L.A. River filming her class movie with a few friends, they are all startled by the sudden appearance of three teenagers dressed in what appear to be renaissance costumes. I mean, these three kids popped up out thin air. And they are acting super weird. Like they’ve never been on Earth before. Which is what is really happening!
Told in dual POV most of the time, although not consistently, we learn through Cedric, the Prince and heir to the throne of Caelum, that he, his betrothed, and a mutual friend are those three teens and they’ve just come through a magic portal from an alternate dimension. Their kingdom is under attack from a deadly race of wraiths and their only chance of escaping capture is through this portal.
I liked the basic premise of the story and the mystery behind the “magic” being used in both Caelum and on Earth. I also liked some of the surprising reveals towards the end of the book.
Unfortunately, I felt not a hint of chemistry between Liv and Cedric. Their relationship beyond friendship seemed forced to me. Toss in a love triangle to the mix and I outwardly groaned.
Finally, what had me almost tossing my precious iPad across the living room is this one character “flaw” that is quite often written into a story, but isn’t all that noticeable most of time. Bear with me as I try and explain. I absolutely loathe when a person (character in this instance) thinks they know better than any another person and tries to tell everyone what to do. They go into overprotective mode. They then start to “rescue” a person who really doesn’t need rescuing; the person made a choice, they need to live with it. It’s like this overprotective character knows better than anyone else. AHHHHHH! I want to bang my head when I read this crap!
Let’s just say, I hated the ending of this book. Sorry. It’s probably me, not the book. Perhaps it’s my advanced age and wisdom that’s clouding my judgement of a story targeted to a teen audience.
Yep, I’m going with that.