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The Broken World (Marked Girl)

Review

The Broken World (Marked Girl)

Lindsey Klingele’s THE MARKED GIRL follows the point of view of two characters, Liv and Cedric. Liv wants to be a filmmaker. The closest she has come to a fantasy world is through CGI. This all changes once she meets Cedric. He’s the crown prince from a world called Caelum. In escaping the evil within his homeland, he jumps into a portal that takes him to Los Angeles. In order to return home, he needs to find the fabled scrolls. Liv agrees to help him, even though she doesn’t want him to leave. The conclusion to the Marked Girl duology, THE BROKEN WORLD, picks up right where the previous book left off. Its thrilling ending will keep readers hooked until the very end.

"The relationships, romantic or otherwise, in this book were incredibly well-written and developed. Every character pairing felt real and genuine....The ending of the duology was incredibly fitting."

 

I enjoyed THE MARKED GIRL back when I read it in 2016. My favorite trope is when the fictional meets reality, so naturally the premise of the book hooked me from the start. I also loved getting to see BookTubers involved in the creation of the book trailer. Despite all this, I was not sure as to whether I would want to continue on with the duology. I’m very grateful that Teenreads gave me the opportunity do so. I enjoyed the second book much more than I did the first. The stakes have dramatically risen, making for a fun, fast-paced read throughout. There are so many twists and turns that helped me to be more invested in the world, the story and the characters.

The relationships, romantic or otherwise, in this book were incredibly well-written and developed. Every character pairing felt real and genuine. I loved getting to see Liv and Cedric’s interaction in this second book because things are not exactly easy for either of them in this conclusion. Despite those characters prominence in the plot, the secondary characters are not neglected in any way. Each character is given their own arc and page time. I could clearly see a transformation take place in all the characters. Some became more confident, independent or sure-footed in their actions.

The ending of the duology was incredibly fitting. I was very pleased where all of the characters concluded their narrative. By the end, I felt like I had really grown attached to Liv, Cedric and all their friends.

I could not be happier that I took the opportunity to finish off this series. It’s such an entertaining and warm-hearted read. If you as a reader are looking for a duology with lovable characters and a fun, fast paced plot, THE MARKED GIRL and THE BROKEN WORLD are two perfect stories for you.

Reviewed by Gabby B., Teen Board Member on August 14, 2018

The Broken World (Marked Girl)
(The Marked Girl #2)
by Lindsey Klingele