Thursday, June 16, 2016

ARC Review: The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

The Marked Girl
Author: Lindsey Klingele
Publication: HarperTeen (June 7, 2016)

Description: Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down. Elissa Sussman, author of Stray, calls The Marked Girl “a magical debut with a big heart.”

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day LA 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.

The Marked Girl has humor, heart, and harrowing adventures, perfect for fantasy lovers and reluctant fantasy readers alike.

My Thoughts: Liv is busy with her friends making a movie in downtown LA when three strangers in nightclothes and with a sword suddenly appear during an earthquake. Cedric, Merek and Kat escaped through a portal from their home on Caelum when the castle was invaded by wraths. Cedric is Crown Prince and Kat is his betrothed.

In the confusion of the earthquake, Liv's prop sword is switched for Cedric's sword. A couple of months pass before Liv decides to donate the sword to a museum. She has an appointment with a curator who keeps her waiting. While she is exploring the museum, she catches sight of Cedric and follows him into the depths of the museum. When he shows her the way out, they are attacked by wraths.

Since Liv's foster mother had a medical problem, she is without a foster home and the refugees from Caelum need a better place to live too. They find themselves in an abandoned house while they try to piece together the whole story. Cedric needs to find some scrolls to open a new portal back home. Their research leads them to a university professor who just happens to be a member of the group of knights who are determined to keep the portal closed so that neither wraths nor guardians can come to Earth.

Now the kids, who now include Liv's best friend Shannon, are on the run from both the knights and the wraths. This was an exciting adventure story that is clearly the first book in a trilogy. It has danger. It has romance. It has a search for family and home. I enjoyed it very much.

Favorite Quote:
"I truly am sorry," he said.

"It was a long time ago," Liv said, breathing in deep. The lump in her throat was almost gone now. "Besides, I just lost my family. You lost your whole world."

Cedric looked down at their hands, pressed together in the darkness. "Seems like the same thing to me."
I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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