11 February 2014

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

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.

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...


5 Words: Creepy, mysterious, ghost, Paris, friendship.

I have to be totally honest - this isn't the best book in the world. In fact, I probably wouldn't have liked it at all if I'd read it at any other time. But right now, it was exactly what I needed. And because I am completely inconsistent in my ratings it gets four stars out of five.

It's full of clich├ęs and spoiled brats and trips around Paris and hidden histories and an evil ghost. Usually this sort of crap makes me rage. But I found that I could completely fall into this story, become completely immersed and suspend disbelief. The evil murderous ghost on top of the ever so slightly over-the-top plot probably helped a lot.

What drew me to this book was the cover and the title. I mean, look at those pretty colours and that killer title. I'm like a freaking magpie, I pick up anything pretty.

Hannah is the biggest bitch to have graced the earth and Colette is a very close second. The two of them are so shallow, so spoiled. Even now that Colette is a "poor" scholarship student she is still so up herself. But not so up herself and self important as Hannah. Jeez, that bitch deserved to be played.

I liked how Colette changed and did some much needed growing up. I even liked how terribly predictable the whole story is.

This books is as fun and fluffy and teenteenteen as it looks. Don't take it seriously and don't expect to read the best thing ever and you won't be disappointed. You might even have fun. Perfect for a rainy day when you need to rage a little to cheer yourself up.

3 comments:

  1. I've been so hesitant to start this one. I actually have the eARC and the audio, and still I haven't been in the mood to start it yet. I agree, the cover is awesome! I like the idea of it being fun and not too realistic... probably something I could really enjoy. Great review!

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  2. I am not sure this is my kind of book, but I did enjoy your review. I really dislike spoiled characters who have a sense of entitlement about them. I always feel like smacking them.

    I will admit I am curious about the outcome of this story though. SO maybe I will give it a go someday.

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  3. Oh, yay! I was drawn to this book for the exact same reasons you were, but the middling reviews kind of made me nervous. Sounds like a fun and fluffy book if you aren't expecting anything too heavy, though. Appreciate the review, I'll have to pick it up sometime when I need something that's lighthearted.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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