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The Marked Girl

(Marked Girl #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,442 ratings  ·  248 reviews
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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Harper Collins
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Simona B

"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

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

Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“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
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
3.5 stars... 3 stars?

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Book One of The Marked Girl trilogy
Publisher: HarperCollins
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
Nov 15, 2015 marked it as to-read
Is this me or this one sounds like 'The 10th Kingdom meets Enchanted'? If it's then...AWESOME. Cant wait to read this one! ^^ ...more
This is quite a nice fantasy and time travel read, with Cedric and his gang Kat and Merek being deported from their homeland Caelum to modern-day L.A via a magical portal in order to escape from their enemy. A chance encounter enabled them to meet with Liv, who might have a bigger role to play than we realised, and thus their journey of adventure, battling wrath demons and finding their way home begins.

As you might have guessed, being stranded on unfamiliar grounds, how bizarre everything seeme
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Marked Girl by Lindsay Klingele
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
Julie Eshbaugh
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-sweet-16s
THE MARKED GIRL is not only a super fun light fantasy, it is a compulsively readable tale. Full of twists and turns, it was next to impossible for me to set this book down and think of other things. The characters were likable and relatable, and the plot moved quickly and kept me guessing! Just when I thought I had things figured out I was thrown another curve!
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
Jul 23, 2016 added it
slow in the beginning, and kind of predictable.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book. Still gathering my thoughts though.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
It's never a good sign when the whole time you're listening, you're thinking When is this going to be over?. There was nothing inherently wrong with this novel. It was just another case of nothing really new here mixed with I'm so boooored. Which is sad when I'm essentially using an audiobook to stave off boredom while I'm working. :(
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok not going to lie. Yes this was on my TBR because I loved the cover and the synopsis sounded cute but I didn't have high hopes for it. Well my hopes should have been high! This was awesome I freaking loved every page! And Cedric *swoons* I need book 2 NOW!!!!
Thank you for the lovely Kit Kat from Let the Pages Reign for sending me this beautifulllll~ book~!

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
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

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
Right from the beginning I was hooked into the story. Starts off rather innocently because Liv is a filmmaker who is making a movie and in comes three very well spoken teenagers in their sleeping garments. Told from Liv and Cedric's point of views we get to see how each character and their world is seen from one another. My favourite parts are when the other realm teens observe our modern ways. And things like a gym where people are running but not going anywhere might seem like a waste of time. ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
Action-filled and steamy, The Marked Girl combines parallel universes and time travel, resulting in a wonderful debut novel packed with romance, adventure, and demons! It's a unique premise with characters that have intriguing, interconnecting story lines, and I can't wait to find out where the next book takes us. With all of that said, the book did slow down a bit towards the middle, and some aspects of the plot were slightly predictable. However, I still greatly enjoyed The Marked Girl, and wo ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Full review coming closer to release date - but just let me say...this needs to be on your TBR.
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OMG that was really REALLY good, I enjoyed everything about this book, Liv was just amazing and so relate-able, I liked Shannon her friend she have so much sass that I appreciated to keep me engaged in the story .. and that ending :D .. WOOOWWW I want to know what will happen ASAP
Maggie Dore
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hmmmm...... lame, yes. First of all, I apologies to all the fan girls out there. Sorry for the low rating, but let me explain why.
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
Oct 15, 2015 marked it as to-read

This sounds absolutely amazing! Can't wait!!!
Brittany S.
Nov 06, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Brittany S. by: Asma
Enchanted in a YA book. YES, please!
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a unique read! Time travel, magic, and Los Angeles combine to create a wholly unique YA read with a romance that's swoon-worthy!
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a fun read! I really loved the concept to this one. I wasn't sue what to expect when I started The Marked Girl, but after reading the blurb I knew this was a me-book and I'm glad it didn't disappoint.

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
Fictional World Dreamer
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Man, what a freakin couple of weeks. Ugh, what can I say but life blows. I couldn’t read too much stuff going on to even concentrated. So when this pretty arrived at my door step. I give it a go just like all others before and miserably fail. I just needed a GREAT fantasy to get out of my funk and go somewhere else for at least a bit.
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
Sarah Ahiers
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as an arc in return for a fair review.

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
★MC's Corner★
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

Now… the book, it was probably the most predictable thing ever.
The things/scenes I thought that will happen happened.

*MC’s Corner*
Note: Spoilers.

• 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
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh god! I wasn't expecting this. I got curious after seeing the book trailer but I didn't expect to like it this much. I shiiiiped Cedric and Liv like hell. Love Kat and Shannon, especially Shannon. Haaaaaate Emm. Peter's and idiot.

I'm dying 'cause I need the next one, so freaking much

Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it

Hooo boy.

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
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went into this book with low expectations but came out of it being pleasantly surprised. The premise of this novel sounded so promising when I first added it to my lists, and I honestly didn't know what to expect, but this was so much better than I expected it to be.

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
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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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