Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Lindsey Klingele
Cedric, heir to the throne, is trained to fight the wrath. The wrath are large beasts of brutal strength, black eyes, and no mercy. Everything changes when Cedric and his royal friends flee from the wrath and stumble through a portal to present-day L.A. They meet Liv, a foster child with a mysterious tattoo. With the help of her long-lost siblings, her case worker, and her best friend, Liv helps the royals back into their own world. Dodging police, case workers, the Knights of Valere, and the wrath, the group are able to reopen a portal back to the realm of Caelum, but Liv must accompany them if she is to find her brother.
Overall, this book is well-written, though it is rather slow in the beginning. The book deals with some more mature themes like foster care, drinking problems, abuse, and overly religious zealots, but there is nothing graphic, nor is cursing prevalent. The characters are well-developed throughout the book, giving each one a little more depth and human appeal. Dialogue flows well and Klingele does a good job capturing the embarrassment, infatuation, and rather impulsive behavior of teenagers. The story looks at the logic of past reasoning—betrothal, born to greatness, and the American ideal of achieving greatness regardless of birthright. Overall, The Marked Girl is a compelling read and a great start to a series.