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The marked girl, Lindsey Klingele

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The marked girl
Title
The marked girl
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Lindsey Klingele
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Language
eng
Summary
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his royal friends find themselves stranded in modern-day Los Angeles, via a magic portal and the evil traitor Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum as soon as possible. As they explore possibilities, they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the foster system and on with her life. As she and Cedric become friends, they discover that she's more connected to his world than they ever could have imagined, and that finding home is no easy task
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  • Gr 9 Up—Filmmaker Liv is working on a summer project when three mysterious teens dressed in nightgowns and carrying a sword suddenly appear. After her prop sword gets switched with the teens' real one, Liv tries to get rid of it by donating it to a museum, only to spot one of the teens in a museum security shirt. Her interest sparked, she follows and gets pulled into their quest to get home. Prince Cedric; his lethal fiancée, Kat; and his snarky cousin Merek fled through a portal between worlds when the Wraths took over their country, Caelum. The only way to get back is by finding lost scrolls before the Wraths, who are hunting them, do—and unbeknownst to Liv, her life history holds the key. Debut novelist Klingele balances high-stakes action, plot twists, and comedic scenes of the trio learning about modern L.A., while keeping the plot rolling at a fairly quick pace. Liv is a strong main character who uses realistic self-defense when appropriate and has 911 on speed dial when she does something potentially dangerously stupid. Her background as a foster kid influences her reactions, and Klingele shows the various sides of the foster care system. Liv's caseworker, Joe, is one of the few people whom she really trusts, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been in a variety of homes and hasn't run away before. By contrast, the romantic aspects of the book aren't as strong, and the descriptions of Caelum sound like a generic medieval fantasy setting. The ending clearly indicates a sequel, where hopefully these issues will be rectified. VERDICT A solid purchase for libraries where action-packed titles and urban fantasy series are popular.—Rebecca Quinones, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County --Rebecca Quinones (Reviewed 05/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 5, p114)
  • When three royal refugees from a magical realm are stranded in modern-day Los Angeles, courtesy of an uprising back home and a one-way portal, they befriend aspiring filmmaker Liv Phillips, an orphan who may be the key to finding their way back. Liv feels oddly responsible for Prince Cedric and his companions, but as she helps them search for the legendary scrolls that can open a new portal, she too is marked for death by the malevolent “wraths” tracking the prince’s party. In this ambitious yet overcomplicated debut, Klingele turns the typical portal fantasy inside out by bringing her characters to Earth; however, the complex backstory and rapidly expanding cast tend to overwhelm the sense of wonder and excitement she creates. Certain elements, such as the identity of the villain behind Cedric’s troubles, and a potential traitor in their midst, are broadly telegraphed, while the simmering romantic elements fail to light much of a spark. It all leads to an unsurprising cliffhanger that leaves much unfinished. Ages 13–up. Agent: Reiko Davis, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 03/28/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 13, p)
  • A teen girl's destiny crosses with that of a prince from another world. In the parallel world Caelum, magic and monsters are real, and physically gifted Guardians—trained to fight the evil wraths—rule and protect. Then, in the middle of the night, crown prince Cedric is woken by wraths who have infiltrated the castle, neutralized the guards, and imprisoned the rest of the royal family. Cedric, together with his betrothed and a friend, only barely escapes through a portal to present-day Los Angeles, where they briefly encounter aspiring filmmaker and foster kid Liv. Two months later, Liv spots Cedric again and is dragged into his wrath-dodging life and quest to find the legendary scrolls that will enable the return to his world (and that story-savvy Liv openly declares "the MacGuffin"). The deeper Liv becomes involved with Cedric, the more she discovers that she might have a connection to the magic between the worlds after all—and the more she puts loved ones at risk. The pacing, punctuated by effective action sequences, keeps pushing forward at a good clip, but the story itself is downright predictable, with character-developing revelations and reversals right on schedule, an anemic star-crossed love triangle, and a sequel hook inevitable from the story premise alone. That said, the world-hopping magic will surely earn some readers' loyalty. Some secondary characters aside, the cast is largely white. Fast, light, and lacking in substance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10481433
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BTCTA
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Klingele, Lindsey
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
Series statement
Marked girl
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princes
  • Foster children
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Space and time
  • Magic
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The marked girl, Lindsey Klingele
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000058543239
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
382 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780062380333
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)922910450
Label
The marked girl, Lindsey Klingele
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058543239
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
382 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780062380333
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)922910450

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