June 11, 2014

[ARC Review] Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender + #Giveaway @Scholastic @KatieAlender

Title: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Author: Katie Alender
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Source: YA BookExchange

Summary from Goodreads:
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 . . .

Marie Antoinette was a different kind of read for me. It was a romance mixed with horror. I really enjoyed the different take on things in this one. It starts off with Colette, getting away for part of the summer and going on a school trip to Paris, France. She learns of her family's heritage on her father's side and is taken on a wild trip through the past as she uncovers a family secret and sees the ghost of Marie Antoinette. Along the way she makes new friends and a new romance.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the whole heritage thing. Colette searching for answers about her heritage (something like I have been doing for the past 4 years). The one thing that I didn't like about it was the murders. I understood why they were happening, but why wait until this point in time to do it, why not before?

I would have to recommend this to people ages 14 and above. It was a pretty great book, but it just wasn't for me.

Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida, which probably explains the recurring alligator dreams (one of which is documented in Bad Girls Don’t Die). She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.

She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to her current hometown, a tiny hamlet on the West Coast known as “Los Angeles.”

She enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), trying to grow plants, birdwatching in the backyard, photography, visiting friends’ blogs, and hanging out with her husband (known on the blog as “the husb”), her daughter, and her little brown dog, Scooter.

Her first brush with publication was the article “So You Want to Live On Mars?” published in Sassy magazine in December 1991.

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emandm said...

I don't really know much about my dad's father's side of the family, so it would be nice to know more about them.

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