The Marked Girl – Book Review


The Marked Girl

By: Lindsey Klingele

Rating: 1/5 stars

Synopsis: 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…

I am so disappointed.

This book was supposed to be awesome.

It was supposed to be funny and intriguing. It was supposed to be a fantasy novel that was simple, yet really good with lovable characters.

It was none of these things and all it resulted in was me DNF-ing it with 100 pages left (making it one of only two DNF books I’ve ever read).

When I originally read the synopsis of The Marked Girl I bought the book immediately. I was really excited because I believed it was going to be Enchanted meets a fantasy warrior novel.

It’s less Enchanted (though to be fair there are some great moments where characters are just so out of the loop on references that you can’t help but chuckle) and more fantasy-novel-takes-place-in-modern-day-America.

It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

My go-to genre is fantasy. I’m obsessed with Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series and anything and everything Sarah J. Maas, V.E. Schwab, Maggie Stiefvater and, well, so many more. I quit reading this simply because the world became too small.

Every character somehow had a role in the main characters “special” ability. Though this is Klingele’s first novel, I think she has a lot of potential as a writer and I’m hoping that she’s able to better develop this series as it goes into the second and third novels.

Klingele has the biggest key to writing a novel: a solid plot point. Now, she just has to work on getting fantasy snobs like me to commit to her and what she’s creating.

If you’ve read The Marked Girl let me know if I’m crazy and just too harsh!



6 thoughts on “The Marked Girl – Book Review

    1. You may still enjoy it. I just had moments where I was over the characters and I’m not into insta-love. I’ve seen reviews where people absolutely loved this book though, so maybe you would enjoy it! 🙂


  1. What’s really intriguing for us about your review besides the fact you mentioned some of our favourite fantasy authors, was that you said the world became too small. We’ve never actually heard someone say such a thing about a book, but it does make sense.
    Even in real life there are people we meet who ultimately play no part in our lives and if each one did we’d find ourselves more than a little annoyed.
    Really, great review 🙂

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    1. Right? And I actually make this complaint quite frequently. I don’t like when authors think every single character has to have a purpose to the story. My question is always just why can’t the main characters best friend be just their best friend? Why do they have to secretly be related and after 16 years the main character is finding out that its just their long lost sister that was kidnapped 13 years earlier or something. Life doesn’t work like that so why would we expect books to?

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