Title: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Author: Katie Alender
Pages: 296 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her class trip. But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette. Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge. And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.
When I first started reading Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer I found that I was quite unsympathetic to the protagonist Colette. She was whiny and a bit of a flibbertigibbet; flighty and somewhat transparent. However, Alender has employed the clever bait and switch technique because as the story progresses so does our sympathy for Colette.
What I really did love about Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was how atmospheric Paris and Versaille appeared is presented. You totally believe that the spirit of Marie Antoinette has come back to right the wrongs of the past.
I think that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender is a perfect read for those who like to blend their YA with historical fiction and you would be foolish to disregard it. It is a must.
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