Published by Scholastic Pages: 296
Source: ARC, BEA13
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, YA
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.Goodreads
But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.
Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .
Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen
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“Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer” has what the French call “Je ne sais quoi”. I knew from the beginning of the first chapter this “YA” book would be magical and fun. I knew not to count on it to be to historically accurate, but as you read historical accuracy, and its importance becomes a moot point. Colette (our main character) is your typical, jaded, spoiled, teen girl. You love to hate her and her antics. I loved how terribly fabulous and glamorous she was, yet the sparks of humanity that shone through endeared her to me.
The fun part was all about the beautiful Marie Antoinette. Somehow Colette has come into possession of an very important necklace. A family heirloom, one that tells a tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal. Colette considers it another accessory. Colette is a distant relative of the L’Ordre de la Cle, members of French society who were supposed to protect Marie Antoinette, but who instead betrayed her. Marie not to happy about this has come to exact her revenge. In the manner she was killed. As these gruesome and mysterious be-headings start happening all around her, Colette starts investigating the necklace, Marie, and her own connection to the killings.
The author knew how to draw the reigns in when it came to the scary, murderous parts, without making it snoozeville. I was worried it would be too watered down to be enjoyable to adults who read YA. You always knew when something ghosty & paranormal was happening because the author changed the font and chapters were dedicated to it.
This book had the perfect amounts of suspense and fright, teenaged drama and romance, what I call the “Scooby Ganging”: the characters that investigate and solve the paranormal ghostly happenings, and a character having an epiphany, and learning a valuable life lesson. Honestly, the book was fun and enjoyable. Quite delightful actually. I enjoyed not having to take a story too seriously. I loved the Costume Ball, watching Colette grow up a bit, enjoyed her friends and their typical teen behavior, Especially the Marie Antoinette scenes. They were bittersweet and intense, if not a bit scary. To me the cover was pretty, but others were not overly enthused by it. C’est la vie as the French say!