Title: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Author: Katie Alender
Genre: YA paranormal
Length: 296 pages
Published by: Scholastic
Source: borrowed from local library
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 . . .
Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen
I was a bit unsure, going into this one. I’d heard both good and bad things about it, but it sounded cool and I don’t trust other people, so I wanted to try it myself. But still. I was prepared to not like it. WE MUST POKE IT TO SEE IF IT IS GOOD.
And you know what? I REALLY liked it.
If you liked The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, you will probably like this. It’s got ghosts. It’s got foreign travel. It’s got food (as we’ve established). It’s got…okay, really bitchy friends. These bitchy friends are my main quibble with the book. I just wanted to SHAKE Hannah, because oh my goodness, she is awful. Our main character gets like that as well sometimes. And I wish they’d been more three-dimensional, you know? Nobody is that shallow without at least having a back-story. I would have liked to see that.
But the other friends Collette makes are lovely. I just wish she could have seen that sooner and stopped being an awful person.
The plot, though a bit over-the-top, is enjoyable. Interspersed with gorgeous descriptions of Paris, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a fun, short read, and I think the length is good. Collette was a great main character – she had claustrophobia, and not many books feature characters with phobias, so that was nice.
All I’m saying is not to expect something hugely suspenseful and creepy, because this book is pretty light. There are some big issues explored here, but also a lot of cute fluffy stuff. And I loved that!
My other complaint (although I like the word quibble better, just saying…it’s a cool word) was with the ending. Maybe it’s just my inferior intellect, but it wasn’t explained that well. Marie Antoinette has weird motives, yo.
Also: the food. I could live for a week based on the food descriptions in this book. I want to go to France just to eat the food, I’m not even joking. The only reason I didn’t drool all over this book is because it’s from the library.
It was great. Really liked it. Decapitation and deliciousness. And ball gowns. And Paris. You should read this book.
Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties