2017 New England Book Festival Runner-Up, Young Adult Category!
Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.
Viktor Castle also has a secret. He's tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana's life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.
As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.
MARKED BEAUTY was a fabulous read. It's a YA contemporary fantasy with tons of exciting and dangerous otherworldly happenings, romance, and a large cast of varied and interesting characters. Ana, the main character, can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. This gift is not only powerful, but it's overwhelmingly difficult for her to live with. Her situation becomes even more difficult after the mysterious Viktor saves her life. As they are drawn together romantically, powerful forces threaten to destroy not only their relationship, but the lives of their friends and the world as they know it.
Simply put, MARKED BEAUTY is beautifully written and compulsively readable. Perfect for readers who love YA fantasy and paranormal romance. - Pat Esden, author of the DARK HEART series
Larsen's MARKED BEAUTY is a lovely story with magic, mystery, and love. I found myself lost in the wonder of the world she created existing within our own. Lots of lush imagery, well-rounded characters (I just love Viktor.), and plenty of danger to keep you turning the pages. Keep an eye out for this author--I really think she's one to watch. - Danielle DeVor, author of the MARKER CHRONICLES
MARKED BEAUTY is a compelling, magical masterpiece that hooks you from page one and doesn't let go. Ana and Viktor's story is a timeless tale you'll want to read over and over. - Natalie Decker bestselling author of the YA romance series RIVAL LOVE
"With some of the best imagery I've ever read, MARKED BEAUTY will have you desperately flipping pages to find out what happens with Ana and Viktor--who are both mysteriously endearing and an absolute delight to cheer for." - Elana Johnson, author of the POSSESSION trilogy & co-founder of the Querytracker blog