Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Book - 2013
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While in Paris, France on a class trip, Colette Iselin enlists the help of her charming French tour guide to help uncover a possible connection between Marie Antoinette, a series of gruesome murders, and perhaps her own family history, and he also gives her insights into herself.
Publisher: New York, NY : Point, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545468091
0545468094
Branch Call Number: / FICTION ALENDER KATIE
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm

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sarahbru17 Jul 06, 2017

Characters: 5/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 7/10
This book definitely had a Mean Girls vibe to it. Colette was a difficult character to like at times because she fawned over unlikeable characters. I could totally see where that was headed from the beginning, so that “I don’t like the character now, but she’s going to grow and get over herself by the end” plot arc felt a little cliché. I adored Audrey, which is why I disliked Colette for being rude to her. I also liked Pilar, but it was hard to believe she’d get over Hannah so quickly at the end.
I did, however, find the plot engaging. It definitely started off as, “Wait…is this a book where ghosts are real, so it’s really a supernatural revenge thing, or is it a murder mystery where there’s a real serial killer on the loose?” I loved the whole “Order of the Key” thing. Overall, there were several clichés and predictable turns, but there were also some things that surprised and intrigued me. It kept me turning pages, and it works well as a standalone.

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MelissaYAReader
Nov 22, 2016

This is a fun light romp with a little bit of horror mixed in. While it was a fun read, I felt it lacked the depth to elicit any real fear of the ghost. People are dying, losing their heads in mysterious accidents. Colette was a hard character to like. Her taste in friends is terrible and she is so obsessed with her social status, she doesn't care who she hurts. While her character does grow throughout the novel, I still found her hard to empathize with as I felt that every situation she was in was her own fault, with the exception of her ghostly stalker.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 02, 2016

I actually read this book a while ago, but it is never a bad option for a reread. Setting its stage in the 21st century, with an incompatible 16th century ghost, readers are intrigued by an investigation of murders in France. Colette, a young tourist, uncovers more about her past heritage than she accounts for as she and her class guide unravel the mystery. The deaths are all of the young, famous and good looking class. Eerily, they all have a horrifying common tie: the victims are all beheaded. Upper class balls, fancy Parisian cafés, stunning fashion, and the elegant language all flow beautifully with the plot of this novel. Colette's self-change is actually really inspiring as well. 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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reckless_ginger
Oct 18, 2015

This book was amazing! There is great build up in this book!

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misiasio
Apr 05, 2015

I absolutely loved this book!
Great book for mystery novel lovers!

marysike May 14, 2014

AMAZING I loved this book!

I loved it! I'm really angered at the people who made negative comments on the good reads website. What did they expect? I never read the first series, but now I want to.

ChristchurchLib Mar 04, 2014

"When her exciting spring break trip to Paris is interrupted by a string of murders and visions of a woman who resembles Marie Antoinette, Colette turns for help to a charming French boy, with whom she discovers that the ghost of Marie Antoinette is targeting the descendants of those who betrayed her centuries earlier." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a2d2fecb-0036-4e36-bcd4-d3276847a40f?postId=2f01dac0-7358-4d12-879a-5d09c90eb51c

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nas99
Oct 25, 2013

i cant wait 4 this book 2 come 2 the library.
i <3 Katie Alender and her first series

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LibrarianLeanne
Jun 29, 2015

Colette Iselin is a teenage girl living with her brother and mother in a small house, having to leave their old house when her ignorant father leaves them. Once arriving in Paris with her french class from school, murders take place. with her tour guide and a friend from her class discover the secrets of Marie Antoinette. She is now the last descendant of a secret group ment to protect the last queen of france. So when that group of her closest friends betray her and leave Marie to die at the cost of their own safety, the queens spirit is furious. She wants revenge and shes almost got it. All the descendants are dead, except Colette. Finally after some talking and apoligizing, Maries spirit can finally rest in peace and she forgives her dear old friend.

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