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. – Goodreads
This is one of those books I was really excited to get at ALA. I quickly made friends at the Scholastic table (so nice!), and this is one of the books that they were really excited for. That was one of my favorite parts of ALA, how much the book people loved being there and discussing books and this is one of the books they were like “EXCELLENT! YOU WILL LOVE IT!”
Sadly, and please don’t hate me Scholastic, but there was never a point when I was like THIS BOOK IS AWESOME EVERYONE WILL LOVE IT. Collette, the main character, and her friends are an unlikeable cast. I found the whole group to be annoying and wanted to slap them most of them time. There were little to no redeeming characters or moments. No really, I think that the end there was a moment with Collette that I was like FINALLY WOMAN. FINALLY. But there was a lot of sludge to get there, sadly.
Thankfully, there was a saving grace in this book. Thy name is Jules. Jules, the charming French boy. The one normal character throughout the entire novel I didn’t want to slap or shake. Now, I know, you’re like “but Ashley, what about the string of murders?!”
Yeah, the title of the novel is “Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer.” SPOILER ALERT RIGHT THERE. I love and adore craptastic things. I have never once hidden this from anyone. I mean, I recently watched a TV show and was like “I LOVE THIS AND NOT EVEN IN THE CRAPTASTIC WAY IT WAS INTENDED.” The bad history didn’t affect me. What did affect me was, ultimately, I just didn’t care.
I’m going to be honest with you, if I was not “book clubbing” this with my friend, I would have probably not finished this book. It fell very, very flat for me. France! History! YA! I should have loved it, but my friend and I for the life of us couldn’t get into it. I sent her a Taylor Swift rolling her eyes gif because that summed up my feelings on this book.