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!