The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele


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’m not sure how exactly I feel about this book. The reading experience was good, and the writing kept me going even when the storyline went cliché.
This is a portal fantasy. It’s the first portal fantasy I have read in years. Generally, because what I read affects my writing, I try to avoid portal fantasy. Another big reason I stopped reading it is because there are SO MANY portal fantasy books out there, and now every one just feels cliché to me—like it’s a forbidden genre to write. That said, I wasn’t reading this book for the plot. I did really enjoy several of the twists, but I was here for something else.
The characters, of course. Those from Caelum(Kat, Cedric, Merek) I didn’t like. They seemed a little forced. But those who were from Earth, from my world, I felt. I felt Liz’s pain of thinking she burned her house down, her pain at constantly being tossed about to different homes. Liz, Joe, Shannon—they rang true for me.
Though the overall concept of portal fantasy is inherently cliché, the portal itself was a unique twist. It could only be opened with “scrolls”, but the scrolls aren’t even what you think. It was cool.
I did not enjoy the romance aspect of this novel. It felt forced, and I also didn’t care for the love interest, Cedric. Plus, I felt like it was in there to make Kat look like a heartless freak?
Anyway, overall, okay characters, meh plot, great writing. Three stars.
FOR THE PARENTS –
Intimacy – Mild kissing.
Cussing – Maybe two or three cuss words? I don’t remember seeing any.

Violence – Low high.
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