Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 296 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon Canada | Amazon

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 . . .

Some of you may know this about me, but I am a Marie Antoinette/French Revolution Junkie. I have always had a fascination about Marie Antoinette and that era. So, when I had a bit of a mysterious craving and saw Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer sitting on my bookshelf, how could I say no? After all, the blurb promises "heart stopping-suspense".

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer definitely quenched my suspenseful thirst. I was wanting something that would have me flying through the pages; Something that would give me a thrilling ride, and this novel gave me all 3 plus more!

Let me start by saying that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is very character driven. In fact, it is probably mostly character driven. Yes, there is a wonderful, fast-paced storyline that teams up with it, but if not for these strong, perfectly crafted character, the story would have flopped. This was definitely one of the cases where I didn't that those qualities were unbalanced.

The authors writing style takes you from your couch, workplace lunch room, gym or wherever you may be, and places you right in the streets of Paris, where you can almost see the cobblestone roads and smell the sweet, pastry air! Katie Alender penned characters that you will like, love and hate:

My Love List:
  1. Colette
  2. Jules
  3. Audrey
My Like List:
  1. Pillar
  2. Jule's entire family!
My Hate Dislike List:
  1. Armand
  2. Hannah
Okay, maybe Hate is a tad strong, so we'll go with dislike. I loved that the author gives you such a stunning character cast, and makes them realistic. We don't like everyone we meet, so why should a book be any different, right?

I was totally on board the Jules train! He was such an awesome character. He was sweet, kind and generous; That added to the swoon factor BIG TIME!

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is the perfect book to curl up to by a fire during the cold days that are coming.  You will devour this murderous, ghostly tale! And I promise you, you will be on the edge of your seat until the very last page!

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