ARC Review: The Marked Girl (Marked Girl #1) by Lindsey Klingele

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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…

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Liv Philips is filming a short for her summer class.  Her friend Shannon and classmates Jeremy and Tony are just finishing up when three strange teens show up under the bridge wearing white.  Live approaches them to claim her prop sword back.  They are confused and their questions make no sense.  Then an earthquake hits throwing the two groups into chaos.  Afterwards the strange teens run off, disappearing with the wrong sword.
Liv doesn’t know what to do with the sword she was left with.  Her caseworker, Joe, tells her to donate the sword to the museum.  To her surprise she spots one of the mysterious boys sneaking around the museum.  Her curiosity is peaked and she follows him.  When she comes face to face with the strange teens she learns more than she ever thought possible about herself.  Those she trusted have been keeping things from her.  She has to step up and save those she loves.
This book was a bit confusing at first but once I got into the story I couldn’t put it down.  I felt sorry for Liv because of what she had to live through.  She turned out pretty well considering.  The author created this story surrounding her that is fantastical.  Caelmon being a different world and she is thrust into this world learning shocking things.  I like how the author shows her in complete denial even thinking there is a bit of mental illness involved.  It is definitely a realistic reaction.

I did feel bad for her when she found out it didn’t matter what her heart wanted.  Nothing like putting yourself out there and being hurt.  I felt her sadness and acute hurt as I read the scene.  She was my favorite character in the story.  Once she believed in this new world and was immersed in the battle between Wraths and Warriors she was awesome.  It was an interesting story and I want to see what happens next.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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