ARC Review: The Marked Girl

The Marked Girl
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 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 have imagined…and that finding home is no easy task.

The Marked Girl started off slow – and it is not necessarily a bad thing when you have to set up the world and all. But the story continued at its glacial pace, with not much for development and a kind of generic storyline. Caelum and this world is connected via an old magic, scrolls that let the passage of this world to Caelum open through portals. Now, if you look at the fantasy aspect, it had potential – I was waiting for more exciting things to happen. But then this book gets stuck in that old rut of developing an insta-romance where it wasn’t needed. I couldn’t even be convinced that they had some ‘bond’ that would make Cedric question his decision. Also, not much is known about his character, despite him being given a POV, which doesn’t bode well for such a storyline. Overall, it is pretty generic and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great either.

Received a free galley from HarperTeen, via Edelweiss.

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