I featured THE MARKED GIRL back on August 3, and as soon as I got a copy, I devoured it. It's a unique take on a portal story that offers superb writing, a page-turning plot, and a beautifully layered tale with amazing characters.
Here's the book cover and blurb:
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…
This book blew me away from the first page, and had a great first chapter title: The Night that Started Out Normal. The writing was not only beautifully descriptive, but also clear, and the character building and world development was effortlessly sprinkled onto the pages. Liv was fully-fleshed out and had a clear voice, and the way she grew during the course of her adventures was both realistic and easy to sympathize with. Her dynamic with Cedric, the warrior from Caelum, was not only endearing, but poignant in this gentleness. The battles with the enemies weren't repetitive, and each story development opened a new layer of complexity without being overwhelming. When I was finished with this book, I held it to my chest and sighed, sad that it was over. I'll definitely be getting the sequel, and re-reading this book to study its flawless use of craft.
To grab a copy of THE MARKED GIRL for yourself, feel free to click the links below:
BookPassage ~ Amazon.com ~ Barnes & Noble ~ IndieBound