June 3, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Book one in
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: June 7th, 2016
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: 4 hearts
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…
Worlds collide in The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down.
I was excited for this book, 2016 has a lot of debut author who are really talented and Lindsey Klingele is one of them. I like the story and I like the fact that she takes place in Los Angeles and not in Caelum. It’s not that I don’t want to know more about Caelum but a lot of fantasy book happened in “other world” and this one is original has it happened in “our world”.
Liv is a good character but the author focused only on the foster part and not so much on the Filmmaker, so don’t be disappointed if you’re not seeing her with a camera during the book. She’s nice and in the beginning of the book, she’s a little naïve, she’s not a heroin like Aelin from ToG, she’s more common. She doesn’t talk about her past or her guilt with Joe or Shannon, she keeps a lot of things for herself and in the end it’s not a good thing for her. She’s attracted by Cedric because he’s hot but also because of magic. I was sad for her because Cedric is betrothed and he doesn’t take lightly his responsibilities.
Shannon is a good friend, she was fun but not so present except in the end and that’s sad because she has a great potential.
Cedric is a prince in Caelum, it’s an interesting character but not original at all. He’s a prince who doesn’t want the responsibilities for now. I like the fact that even if he is attracted by Liv, he can have a little control because of his relation with Kat. I want him with Liv because I don’t trust Kat, I don’t know why so I can’t explain but the fact that he doesn’t let his feelings play a big role in his life is a nice change. He will do a lot of thing to protect Liv and his people and it’s nice to see him fall for Liv.
Kat is a strong person, she can fight and defend herself, she doesn’t need Cedric for that and she’s the one he called when he need reinforcement. They relation is based on trust and they are betrothed since their birth. She doesn’t Liv and we all know why, but she doesn’t fear her because she knows that in the end, Cedric will come to Caelum with her and only her. She’s arrogant like that.
Merek is the last one of the group from Caelum, he’s irritating, never happy, and he doesn’t like Cedric and never stop telling him that all that’s happened is his fault. I don’t like this kind of character because man, if you’re not happy, why did you went through the portal, nobody forces you, takes some responsibilities for your act. In the end of the book he is less irritating and I have hope for him.
Lindsey Klingele has written a nice book who begins slowly but it’s the first book and there are a lot of bad people in the world, so they aren’t safe. I will read the next book because I want to know what will happen; I want to know a lot of things I can’t tell you because I don’t want to spoil you. This book was fun because Cedric, Kat and Merek are really ignorant about the earth and its movie, food, music, cars and all the technological things. Cedric could run very fast but he is afraid in a car.
Quick word: a nice read, not the best fantasy ever but definitely a book you can read and enjoy.
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.