Jun 7th

ARC Review of The Marked Girl

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The Marked Girl

Title: The Marked Girl
Author: Lindsey Klingele
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: June 7, 2016
Where I got the book: Received in a giveaway from Sajda

Synopsis from Goodreads: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’m sorry to say this was a DNF for me. I read up until page 109 but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I should feel something about Liv and Cedric and their plight, but I don’t. I just can’t bring myself to care. The plot is something we’ve all seen before, but unfortunately it isn’t done well. Nothing flows, it’s really abrupt, and it is also really disjointed in the point of views. Cedric and Liv spend a lot of time apart in the pages I read and the POVs just don’t meld well. I’m really disappointed because this book could have been so good. It really is a straight writing problem. I’m not ashamed to say I read a bit about the author and I can see she’s done some screenwriting. I guess that just didn’t translate into novel writing very well for her. I’m not against reading her next novel, I understand this is a debut and she may improve. I wouldn’t even say this book was terrible or that I hated it. It’s just a great big unimpressive shoulder shrug for me. I hope someone out there loves this, maybe a younger reader, but it definitely wasn’t for me and I wouldn’t recommend it to any experienced reader of YA.

Did you read The Marked Girl? Did you love it/hate it? Did I miss something great in the rest of the book? Comment below and let me know what you thought!

The Marked Girl

Title: The Marked Girl
Author: Lindsey Klingele
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: June 7, 2016
Where I got the book: Received in a giveaway from Sajda

Synopsis from Goodreads: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’m sorry to say this was a DNF for me. I read up until page 109 but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I should feel something about Liv and Cedric and their plight, but I don’t. I just can’t bring myself to care. The plot is something we’ve all seen before, but unfortunately it isn’t done well. Nothing flows, it’s really abrupt, and it is also really disjointed in the point of views. Cedric and Liv spend a lot of time apart in the pages I read and the POVs just don’t meld well. I’m really disappointed because this book could have been so good. It really is a straight writing problem. I’m not ashamed to say I read a bit about the author and I can see she’s done some screenwriting. I guess that just didn’t translate into novel writing very well for her. I’m not against reading her next novel, I understand this is a debut and she may improve. I wouldn’t even say this book was terrible or that I hated it. It’s just a great big unimpressive shoulder shrug for me. I hope someone out there loves this, maybe a younger reader, but it definitely wasn’t for me and I wouldn’t recommend it to any experienced reader of YA.

Did you read The Marked Girl? Did you love it/hate it? Did I miss something great in the rest of the book? Comment below and let me know what you thought!

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