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.
First Sentence: In her apartment high above the streets of Paris, Gabrielle Roux stood in front of the bathroom mirror, still wearing her daringly short purple dress and sky-high platform heels.
Right before BEA, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Maire Antoinette, Serial Killer because of its gorgeous cover and its awesome premise. People were talking about the book and how they hope it’ll be good because hello, with a plot of Marie Antoinette’s ghost being a serial killer, chopping off people’s heads all around Paris, what could go wrong? It turns out some things can go wrong with that, as I later found out.
What I expected from Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was a book focused on the whole mystery, thriller, and suspense of Marie Antoinette going around Paris killing people for no reason, with maybe a little bit of romance added into the mix. What I got, however, was a totally different story. About 80% of the book revolved around popularity in high school and outfits (aka looks) – books I avoid reading nowadays having read tons of those kind of books when I was in middle school. A huge part of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer revolves around Colette’s struggles with being in the in-crowd and finding her true self outside of the whole popularity sphere. The whole popularity theme of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was really cliche and has been done before a billion times. Trust me, I should know. You’re talking to the girl who read the entire The Clique series by Lisa Harrison (including the summer series spin-off), the entire Gossip Girl series plus its spin-offs, The Ashleys series by Melissa de la Cruz, The It Girl series by the author of Gossip Girl, and tons of those kinds of books obsessively when I was a kid. Hey, it was a guilty pleasure of mine.
Hidden in her compliment was a buried threat. Specialness, in Hannah’s eyes, was something that could be taken away as easily as it had been granted. (49)
As for Colette, right from the start, I couldn’t stand her. You know those popularity books where the girl ditches her once true friends just to get the opportunity to be in the in-crowd? Yeah, Colette is one of those people. Colette is shallow, spoiled, and a bit slow. I was always ten steps ahead of her and figured out answers to some mysterious questions way before she finally figured things did. Also, what kind of daughter speaks so rudely to their mom? I know that we all get really mad at our parents now and then, but I’ll never talk to my mom the way Colette casually did. I was just downright aghast at her behavior. The one and only redeeming quality Colette has is that like in most popularity books, in the end, she realizes being popular isn’t all that after all.
Mom’s forehead creased. “I’m sorry, honey.”
“Don’t be sorry,” I said. “Just unhand me, woman.” (16)
The other 20% of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was about the serial killing of course. I absolutely loved that part of the story. There were short beheading scenes (I can definitely say that those people deserved what they got) and tons of suspense revolving around why Marie Antoinette was murdering certain people and not others. The conclusion to this serial killing plot ended sadly, but satisfactory. In the end, I want more of the whole serial killing plot, which was overshadowed by the popularity part of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. If Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer focused more on the serial killing instead of the whole popularity theme, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer would be a really enjoyable read.
There was some romance in Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, as hinted in the summary of the book. The love interest in this case is Jules and there isn’t really anything much I can say about him. All Jules does is unknowingly try to help Colette solve the mystery surrounding Marie Antoinette by giving her the basic tour guide information. He didn’t know about the whole ghost situation until around the last four or three chapters. In other words, Jules is forgettable and quite bland in my eyes. I’ve read about way better and more interesting love interests than him. I also didn’t feel any sort of chemistry between Colette and Jules.
She raised one eyebrow. “He’s totally infatuated with you, Colette. I think you could ask him to steal you a puppy or something and he would do it.” (233)
Overall, I’ll recommend Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer to people who love reading books about popularity, aka people in middle school or high school or something like that. It’s a good read for people even younger than that because there are absolutely no gory or bloody scenes in the book.
Was I disappointed that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer doesn’t live up to its awesome premise? Yeah, but I’m glad to have read it anyway. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a fluffy book that can definitely entertain you on dreary Sundays.