Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
By: Katie Alender
Pub. Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Colette Iselin is excited to go to
Parison 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 . . .
Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.
Colette is so excited to go to
Paris on a school trip. She's even more
excited that she gets to go with her two best friends, popular girls Hannah and
Pilar. We get a first hand view of their friendship and it isn't pretty. Hannah
is clearly your stereotypical, rich girl. She's mean and manipulative and she
thinks she is the only one that matters. There were so many times that I wanted
to shake Colette for being friends with Hannah. The friendship was very
realistic though. As teenagers, we don't always do what is right. We want to
fit in above everything else. So while I couldn't stand that Colette and Hannah
was friends, I understood why Colette maintained that friendship.
I wasn't a huge fan of Colette. She annoyed me throughout the entire book. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that she finally started to grow up a little. My favorite characters were Jules, their tour guide while in Paris and Audrey, the "unpopular" girl. The two of them definitely jumped off the page much more than Colette did.
My favorite aspect of the story was the rich and detailed
Paris setting. Everything
was described so beautifully, I felt like I was on the trip experiencing
everything right along with Colette. I've never been to Paris, but I always wanted to go. I
especially want to visit the Eiffel Tower and Versailles,
and this story has made me even more excited to finally get there.
The ghost story aspect was a little disappointing, though the murder scenes were pretty cool. You can figure out the reason behind the murders fairly quickly and it wasn't as epic I was hoping it would be. Though the twist at the end was very interesting.
I think this story is better for MG, or on the younger spectrum of YA. I think those age groups would definitely enjoy this story!