The Marked Girl
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 ...more
"This wasn't home."
•Since I first heard of The Marked Girl, it became one of the priorities in my wishlist. I'm not sure what exactly in the blurb caught my attention so much, the thing is that I almost couldn't wait for it. I didn't even expect that much: I thought (hoped) it could be entertaining and well-written at most, but doubted it would sweep me off my feet. Honestly, it worked out better than I expected (just ignore my being skeptical, distrutful and cautios by nature), so if I or an ...more
DNF at about 50%
“I’m saying that you’re special. You were born with a type of . . . ability. A strange and rare ability. But one that could attract dangerous people . . .”
This was an average story with average characters I felt nothing for or cared about. This book felt utterly generic. I am sure everyone of you already read a story about a special girl whose destiny is something mooooore. And then one day strange teenagers appear out of the blue and voilà, it...more
“They had no backup, no weapons, no knowledge of anything around them.
They were entirely alone.”
This was a YA fantasy story set in LA.
I quite liked Liv as a character, but I wasn’t quite so keen on Cedric. Liv seemed quite focused on her goals, and quite set on protecting those she loved, which Cedric seemed a bit torn at times.
The storyline in this was about Ced ...more
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The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Book One of The Marked Girl trilogy
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 n ...more
As you might have guessed, being stranded on unfamiliar grounds, how bizarre everything seeme ...more
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 mor ...more
There is action, there is romance, but what really sets this book apart is its humor and heart. There were so many funny moments, mostly ...more
3.5 -> 3 stars because it was a good read! I may have expected a bit too much though.
After reading thoughts:
- 110% sure there's a sequel for this. You CAN'T end a book like that. :00
- It kind of fell short... Like I LOVE this idea, don't get me wrong. But as interesting as the story was, I felt a little bit disconnected from the characters.
- The romance? Usually I'm all about that stuff, but thi ...more
One thing you should know about me is that I am a hardcore contemporary girl, and as a hardcore contemporary girl, I don't usually read fantasy book. However, when the book is an urban fantasy, I am usually game. This is why I was super excited to read this book! Right from the start, I was really interested in the concept.
The Marked Girl is a really interesting book. People from another world called Caelum went through a portal escaping an enemy, only to land in LA. It ...more
First of all, those who know me, I literally judge a book by its cover. And this cover, pleased me, oh yes. But the story was just so flat. I could not understand the characters, and just the writing,
But the plot, the idea, was GOOD. I liked the idea a lot. I just wish that the author would have written it a bit better.
This book was a disappointment, and I wish ...more
I really got a kick of this story line. It's such a light, enjoyable and imaginative escape that combines other-world fantasy that collides with the modern world of today. I loved the concept of wraiths, magical transporting portals and hidden scrolls, only to watch with pure amusement how ...more
Well, that book was The Marked Girl. From the beginning I liked where this was going. I mean just read the beginning, it grabs you by the damn balls! Right from the ...more
Portal fantasy! Well, more of a reverse portal fantasy, really, because the fantasy realm people come to the modern world and not the other way around, and that's my favorite kind of portal fantasy. I love to see characters outside of our world or time reacting to our world. It's always fun when they see cars for the first time, or taste waffles and syrup.
Liv is an aspiring film director, living in foster homes in LA.
Cedric is a prince from ...more
Now… the book, it was probably the most predictable thing ever.
The things/scenes I thought that will happen happened.
• The concept was very unoriginal, I’m sorry.
I mean, if you want to write a book with the concept that has been done many times, you gotta stand out. Sadly this one failed.
• I see a bit of potential with the way the scenes were put together and the way it ended. I gave it 4 stars and finished this thing.
• I am the kind o ...more
I'm dying 'cause I need the next one, so freaking much
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 ...more
All of the characters are really well-written and well-developed, and there's so much action. It was all so much fun to read and it's exactly what I'd expect, and love, out of a YA fantasy. This novel was really fast-paced and real ...more