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Katie Alender
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6 Feb 2014
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.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407140418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407140414
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Alender is the author of the Bad Girls Don't Die series from Disney-Hyperion. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles. When she's not writing novels, she can usually be found in her sewing room, making things for her friends or her dog (or her friends' dogs). She enjoys reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her husband and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Winston.

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Collette is a teenage, American student who goes to Paris on a school trip. She’s excited about going because she’s had a tough time following her parents divorce and her subsequent change in lifestyle. Going to Paris, for her, is a way to get back in touch with her ancestry and admire the European fashions.

When you buy a book with a title like this, it’s safe to say that you don’t expect historical accuracy or a work of great fiction. However, I was expecting a decent pulp-style novel with a fair amount of melodrama. Sadly, it fell short of all my expectations. The book takes itself far too seriously to be effective and the ghost, who could have been terrifying, was a bit of a damp squib; turn up, lop off head, disappear. There was no build-up, no suspense and so no real fear.

I hadn’t really realised that this was intended to be YA fiction until I started it, and I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more if I’d still been in my teens. It does deal with bullying girl friendships and young romance, which might appeal to some younger (probably female) readers.

Not one for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!! 3 April 2014
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I loved this book couldn't put it down!
Was so addictive just sucks you in would love a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quick Read 7 Oct 2013
By Annie - Published on
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This is a light and fun book and should be read as such. Don't expect too much world building. When I picked it up, I just wanted a ffast and light read. That's exactly what I got.

I especially enjoyed the scenes that the people gets killed in. There is no way to say it and have it sound not creepy. But I'll try. I really like how the author described those scenes. They are very different from the rest of the novel. While the book is written in a very casual way, the death chapters are written in a very beautiful prose. It made the deaths beautiful yet chilling.

I loved everything about this book. Except for one thing: why does Marie Antoinette decide to hunt the people now, after so many generations?
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5.0 out of 5 stars {review} 1 Oct 2013
By Zapkode Marie - Published on
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{my thoughts} - I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced, romance, engaging, had a bit of mystery, history and teenage drama.

Colette is apparently an a middle class teenager that is taking her first trip to Paris for a class field trip. She has two best friends Hannah and Pilar that fall on the rich scale. It has been months since Colette shared the same status and was only allowed to continue attending her school with her friends because she was accepted for a scholarship. This also makes things difficult for her when they go shopping together because she can't just spend what she'd like, in most cases she doesn't have the funds to waste.

When they get to Paris with their class they learn that there has been a murder in which a teen had been beheaded. This murder advances into a string of serial killings in which the killer has been unable to be identified. The string of murders start to lead Colette and a classmate Audrey as well as their tour guide on a mission to find out exactly what is going to be taking place and why things are taking place.

This book was a very nice read. If you'd like to know what takes place inside it's pages: I'd suggest reading it. A lot happens in such a short amount of time a lot of things that you wouldn't ordinarily think would take place.

{reason for reading} - I obtained a copy of this book from a fellow blogger in exchange for a review and I was accepted to review it through netgalley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read 11 Jun 2014
By Jump Into Books - Published on
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor's Notes Review 19 Dec 2013
By shieka - Published on
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This book starts out with us meeting Colette who is about to travel to Paris on a school field trip. I have to say that the character of Colette didn't work for me in the beginning because she was too passive and soft. She let her friends treat her however they wanted because she didn't want them to not want to be friends with her. I was waiting on her to learn how to stand up for herself and to not allow it and also to learn how to treat her brother better.She was basically a typical teen and there was nothing special about her that made me want to like her. Once Colette gets to Paris she starts having some weird things happen to her and she thinks it is connected to a mysterious coin she found in her grandmother's old things.

I have to say that my whole reason for wanting to read this book was that the mystery that needed to be solved was really cool and unique. It was really different making Marie Antoinette out to me a serial killer and once you learn why she was killing people it became more interesting. I also liked how the author added in a little bit of history through the eyes of the girls tour guide. I loved how he told them more about who Marie Antoinette was and how she lived when they stopped at all the places while in Paris. As this story continues we finally have Colette learning to take care of herself and becoming her own person. I was so happy to see this happen. The final outcome of this story was one that was full of action and tied everything up nicely.

Overall this was a quick and easy read with a nice pace to it so I finished it very quickly. The characters were ok as they were just the average teens so there wasn't anything special about them. I was hoping they would be fleshed out a little more but that's ok. I think the main thing I liked about this book is because it was set in Paris and they saw such amazing places and history was displayed throughout the book. I think I would probably recommend this one to middle school grade readers as it tended to lean more towards that age range for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a quick read, nothing too heavy 27 Aug 2014
By lady angelica - Published on
“I think, whoever’s doing this is trying to kill us off because we didn’t die during the revolution”.

Marie Antoinette serial killer is a catchy title right? The book cover is really intriguing as well. Don’t expect a hard and deep reading for this book. This is a quick read and the targeted readers are teens. It’s a story about Collette and the ghost of Marie Antoinette the dead duchess of France. Who is famous for the line “Let them eat cake”. Hmm.. Okay so Colette is from an all-girls catholic school and she is friends with Hannah and Pilar, they are the richest girls in school and also the snobbiest. Colette’s family was rich before, but her parents got divorced and they were forced to move to a small apartment and still she pretends that she can still keep up with her rich friends. Because she’s scared that she will be banished from the group when she told them the truth.

Anyway here’s the gist of the story, her school has a 9 days trip to Paris. She’s really excited to go because her family from her dad’s side is from France. While she was packing she found her grandmas jewelry box and there she found a necklace with a key medallion and she decided to wear it because it looks “Parisian”. Apparently the necklace that that she found was from an elite group of families that were close friends with the Duchess Marie Antoinette and they were the families that betrayed the duchess during the revolution. And one by one the descendants from the said families are being murdered by the ghost of Marie Antoinette. And Collette is on the list..

“As the queen hovered over me, seething, her skin turned from rosy pink to pale gray, as if death were overtaking her. Her teeth rotted and fell out of her mouth, disintegrating in the air just like the drops of blood. Eventually her hair grew stringy and came out in clumps, and her flesh decayed and flaked off in small pieces, which disappeared in midair.”

All in all it’s a good book, light humor, there’s a story about friendship and yessss! There’s also romance in Paris. Reading this book is like reading a little history and travel book about France. There’s also the typical mean girl story and the girl meets boy while in Paris and of course the Ghost of the Duchess seeking revenge by murdering the family of those who betrayed her. It’s a fun book nothing too heavy.
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