While somewhat predictable, The Marked Girl definitely puts a fresh and unique spin on a classic plot. In her debut novel, Klingele brings the fantasy world into the real world—a premise I found intriguing from the first line of the synopsis.
The Marked Girl encompasses a fast paced plot with excellent world building, three-dimensional characters and exceptional dialogue. There were some plot-twists that felt a little too convenient and predictable, but fans of Urban and Epic fantasy will enjoy the more unusual aspects of Klingele’s story.
Despite some familiar YA tropes, fans shouldn’t let that deter them from what promises to be a riveting series that is only just getting started. In its final chapters, The Marked Girl comes to a supremely satisfying close with an exciting setup for the next installment of the series. Readers will anxiously await the continuation of Liv and Cedric’s story.
Overall, from the first page to the last, Lindsey Klingele has a talent for keeping her reader’s attention in this classic coming of age fantasy tale.