Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

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21st century girl. 18th century ghost. Heads will roll!

The city of light just got a little darker. . . .

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...

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Overview


21st century girl. 18th century ghost. Heads will roll!

The city of light just got a little darker. . . .

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 in danger. . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this tale of revenge, betrayal, intrigue -- and one killer queen.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Alender (the Bad Girls Don’t Die series) blends contemporary fantasy with historical detail in this atmospheric story of a high school junior who travels to Paris on a school trip and gets swept up in a centuries-old mystery involving a secret society and a vengeful ghost. Colette Iselin feels like she’s come home when she gets to France, eager to see the historical landmarks. But soon she has to juggle her growing affection for the handsome tour guide with her increasingly high-maintenance friends, all while dodging the attentions of the alluring Armand, who’s convinced Colette is connected to the long-forgotten Order of the Key. When a spirit targets the Order’s descendants for death, Colette tries to save her friends and herself. Alender skillfully weaves together the novel’s disparate elements to create a story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life in the process. While some plot points never quite get off the ground, it’s an otherwise strong effort. Ages 12–up. Agent: Matthew Elblonk, DeFiore and Company. (Oct.)
VOYA - Stephanie Wilkes
Colette Iselin is heading to Paris for a school trip with her French class and ready to be immersed in the exquisite French culture. While packing for her trip, she discovers a key medallion with her last name inscribed on the back and dreams that it holds the "key" to discovering her French roots while abroad. Upon arrival, Colette and her friends discover that a series of grisly murders have been taking place in which beautiful, famous young adults are being decapitated. While trying to find out more about her family's past, Colette stumbles upon the missing link, tying the murders together, and figures out that she is next. Part ghost story and part mystery, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is far from original. While the ghost-murderer story has been told before, the background of French history will capture attention and many teens will still be drawn by the amazing cover art. Readers of paranormal chick lit and fans of Maureen Johnson's The Name Of The Star (Penguin, 2011/Voya October 2011) series will like this addition to the genre but Alender's attempt at a historical murder mystery still falls flat and is entirely too predictable for voracious readers. Reviewer: Stephanie Wilkes
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
A family trinket leads an American student in Paris to an undercurrent of ancestral deceit and supernatural murder. Colette Iselin is about to leave on a nine-day school trip to Paris. She summers in New York City. And her best girlfriends are two very rich queen bees. A perfect life--except that Colette's parents are divorced, and Colette is too terrified (and shallow) to tell her besties she shops secondhand. On the eve of her departure, she finds a family heirloom necklace. What initially seems just a pretty accessory proves to be a link to a secret society sworn to protect Marie Antoinette--and its heirs are being mysteriously decapitated. Even as Colette explores this grisly, dangerous puzzle, she plays an emotional tug of war, torn between wanting to be herself and wanting to fit in. From sweet and fickle Colette to a consummate mean girl to an unassuming heartthrob, archetypes of chick-lit abound, along with supernatural chills and well-researched accuracy. Though Alender's heroine might be too shaky to stand on her own feet at times, the descriptions of Parisian streets, bistros, monuments and meals are sturdy. Colette is likable, but her temperament is as bumpy as the ancient, cobbled streets she explores; though sometimes frustrating, it makes her all the more genuine. All the flavor of a macaron, bound by a ganache of sweet, supernatural grit. (Supernatural chick-lit. 13 & up)
From the Publisher

Praise for Katie Alender:

"In the classic tradition of Stephen King, Alender will have you sleeping with the lights on." -- Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, NYT Bestselling authors of the Beautiful Creatures series

Praise for MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER

"A story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life in the process." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"All the flavor of a macaron, bound by a ganache of sweet, supernatural grit." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 7–10—All Colette Iselin wants is to be accepted by perfect, icy Hannah and her slightly sweeter sidekick, Pilar. This means pretending that her family still has money and being mean to her brother, her mother, her unpopular classmates, her teacher, and pretty much anyone else who crosses her path. However, on a class trip to France, Colette gets distracted from her quest to be cool. First, she starts seeing Marie Antoinette's ghost (which would distract most people) and begins to fall for her nerdy-cute French tour guide. Colette realizes that the ghost is killing people and that she is next on the list, due to her family's heretofore secret role in the French Revolution. None of this is very believable, and even the realistic elements don't always ring true, as Colette and her classmates rarely step out of their stereotypes. The plot strands come together, complete with an Eiffel Tower kiss and a party held at Versailles. That said, the story moves along at a steady clip and every so often devolves into delicious, campy mayhem. This is a good choice for teens who want to dip their toes into historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction) without giving up cinematic pacing or romance. Colette transforms through the course of the novel, realizing the value of loyalty over prestige, and though that process might not be believable, many readers will find her story enjoyable.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545468091
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 335,818
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Katie Alender is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including Bad Girls Don’t Die and From Bad to Cursed. A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Katie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter, and her very spoiled dog, Winston. She enjoys reading, sewing, and eating delicious high-calorie foods. To find out more about Katie, visit www.katiealender.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Fantastic

    Best book I have read in a while I loved her bad girls dont die series and now I love this I highly recomend it!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    This is an amazing book!!!!!!!!!

    I read this book and it has been the best book I have read in a long time! Oh, and as for those people who say the book is "cheesy" or whatever, it definently isn't. The book has a wonderful hook and kept me on the edge of my seat for several days. Also the story line is strong and fast-paced, nearly one event after another. The whole book is a wonderful combination of dropping hints, but not giving it away right away and pure suspense when you know what't gonna happen. Overall, totally recommend it for people who want a good suspenseful murder mystery book.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    I just wrote the previous reveiw and read the others

    I told you in my previous reveiw that this is the greatest book ever. I read over the review of the book being "a bunch of lies" and i promise you that whoever wrote that obviously didnt finish the book or something because Colette changed and it does use show dont tell. This person is either a tremendous idiot or THEY are the pile full of lies.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Omg amazing!

    I just finished this book and I now have post book depression because it was that amazing. I cannot wait for Alender to write another book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    HEADS WILL ROLL! Katie Alender has crafted an exceptionally ente

    HEADS WILL ROLL!
    Katie Alender has crafted an exceptionally entertaining and engrossing novel combining the Paris landscape, an intriguing and fascinating historical twist and oh yeah the presence of  a ghostly, serial killing Marie Antoinette!




    Colette is traveling with her French class to Paris, bunking with her friends Hannah and Pilar  (the most popular girls in school) in the penthouse, she has been keeping the truth from them about her current wealth status after her parents divorce afraid that she will be cut off by Hannah who is all about appearances.




    On their travels around Paris, Colette begins to see the ghost of a woman dressed up in attire from the 18th century, knowing that no one would believe her she doesn't say a word to anybody thinking that they'll believe she's crazy, and then she realises that the ghost haunting her is none other than Marie Antoinette, the famous Queen who was beheaded alongside her King, many years ago.




    In-between all of this Colette is trying to investigate the meaning of an image that is displayed all over the palace Versailles the former residence of Marie Antoinette, an image that is on a medallion she found amongst her ancestors belongings, she discovers that it is from a secret society called the Order Of The Key, loyal to Marie Antoinette and her family brought together to protect her, even creating a blood oath, and Colette's descendants were one of six families that betrayed her in the end.




    From the day of her arrival, a series of murders have all been committed with the victims all having been beheaded, once Colette, fellow traveler Audrey and tour guide Jules put together the pieces of the murders, the Order Of The Key society and the ghostly apparitions that keep appearing more and more to Colette they'll be shocked with what they discover once it's all put together.




    I loved the historical aspects scattered throughout the book, the concept of the infamous Marie Antoinette and her tragic death becoming quite a big plotline to this story had me glued to the pages, and of course having any book set in Paris is a bonus as well, I really enjoyed the writing style, it made this a quick and addictive read, I ended up starting and finishing this book in the space of nine hours I found it that enjoyable.
    I will definitely be picking up Katie Alender's other books at some point in the future.
    Highly recommended!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Soooooo good

    This book is very interesting. Recomended for ages 12 to 18

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Anonomis

    This book rocks i could not put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    I love thiboo s O This is a

    This is an awesome book i would sooo recomend it. Anyone know what this book is about

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Loved it!

    So intense i couldn't lay it down.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    This book is a prettily packaged liar. It had a great premise, o

    This book is a prettily packaged liar. It had a great premise, one that had me expecting a creepy tale of dead queens and a murder mystery with a tinge of buried family legacies. Plus, you know, PARIS. Sadly the execution just didn’t work for me, as the story ended up being more of a morality tale about embracing yourself and being a good person than the creepfest the blurb suggests.

    Alender’s writing style is simplistic at best. I’ve never read any of her previous books, but her work in this one gives me the impression that she hasn’t quite grasped on to the golden rule of show, don’t tell. The plot itself was inconsistent and even boring at times. The murder mystery, featuring the ghost of Marie Antoinette and a secret order made up of French nobility, wasn’t even a tiny bit scary. It was predictable, boring and It served more as a backdrop to the story of Colette embracing her true personality, becoming a better person and finding real friends who aren’t as selfish as Hannah, right down to the fact that the only people the Queen’s ghost kills are people with personalities similar to Hannah’s. The book would have been much more enjoyable if the it had been focused on the history of Colette’s family, her current family dynamics, the secret order, and of course the serial killer ghost.

    The biggest reason this book didn’t work for me was Colette herself. Her backstory and personality are, to put it simply, poorly built. Colette used to be one of the wealthy girls at her private girls, until her parents divorced. Although it’s never outright stated, if you read between the lines you are led to believe that Colette’s father was her families primary source of income and once he and her mother divorced he suddenly stopped helping them financially. Apparently Colette lives in a world where child support “doesn’t exist. Colette is also the kind of girl who believes that one only does nice things so that people will like you or so that they will “owe” you.  She is the kind of person who says things like “It’s not my fault that I want to spend the summer and senior year in New York with my dad, just likes it’s not my moms fault that my dad left her.” I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the gist. In short Colette is a shallow, vain, self-absorbed, one-dimensional character who is wholly unlikable throughout the book, despite the fact that the author makes several attempts to make it seem as if this isn’t really the case at all, that Colette isn’t anything like the friends she is glued to. One glaring example of this is the frequent mentions that are made of Colette being mistaken as a French native, because she doesn’t where a lot of makeup or dress over the top like Hannah and Pilar. It’s tedious, to say the least, and failed to accomplish what Alender was obviously attempting to do.

    The poorly built characterization is consistent throughout the book. The supporting characters are all cookie-cutter cliché’s. Colette is “best friends” with the two richest and most popular girls in school, Pilar and Hannah. Hannah rules the group with an iron tongue and Colette and Pilar spend most of the book sacrificing their wants to keep her happy so that she doesn’t defriend them, right down to a scene where the girls are picking out dresses for a costume party and Pilar picks one that makes her look ugly because Hannah doesn’t want anyone to look pretty, besides herself of course. Hannah, and the shallow popularity she represents, are obviously the big obstacle that Colette has to overcome.

    Much of this book was also highly unrealistic, and I’m not even talking about the serial-killer ghost.  What bothered me particularly is that we are expected to believe that Colette is on a school-trip to France, with only one chaperon, who rarely appears and allows Colette to go off on her own at night, with their unknown tour guide, while there is a serial killer on the loose in the city. On top of that, she later tells Colette that she allowed it because she knew Colette wouldn’t have done anything inappropriate with Jules because her friends would never approve of somebody like him (again, paraphrasing).

    The only parts of the book that I truly enjoyed were Colette’s interactions with her love-interest and tour guide, Jules. Jules was easily the most likable, enjoyable character in the story, and his scenes were a refreshing change of pace from the dryness of the rest of the characters.

    Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer had all the right ingredients to be a fun and creepy paranormal read, with just the right amount of romance, but the sloppy execution and flat, unlikable characters made this an unenjoyable read for me.

    I received my copy of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer free from the publisher via Goodreads First Reads program.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer did a really great job of gettin

    Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer did a really great job of getting me out of a book funk.

    Though this book is, technically, a ghost story about a vengeful queen of France, I wouldn’t necessarily consider this horror. Sure, there are some creepy parts (beheadings! hauntings! catacombs!) that are pretty detailed, but, if you’ve ever seen Law & Order (and let’s be honest, you have.), you can handle this.

    At its core, this is a book about self-discovery. Collette, the protagonist, is having a rough time with her family—her parents have divorced leaving her mom in a financial bind, she and her brother fight constantly, and she feels as though her wealthy mean girl-style “friends” would never understand her problems. When she attends a class trip to Paris over spring break, she’s hoping for an actual break from her life. She wants to take in Paris and feel transported to another place, where she doesn’t have to worry about her family issues or money.

    But what she ends up discovering are deep familial secrets that date back to the time of the French Revolution. And that French boys are good at kissing.

    Overall, this book has it all—a great hook, (very) high stakes, some armchair traveling, just enough flirting and snogging to keep you smiling, and the discovery of what it means to be a real friend. It’s fast-paced enough to keep you speeding through the book, but a good enough story to make you want to slow yourself down to savor it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Disappointing

    I loved her other series but this book was horrible. Don't waste your money. It was incredibly cheesy and slow-paced.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    it is a great book i couldn't stop reading

    it is a great book i couldn't stop reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Diagreement

    Dear person from October 18 2013 im sorry but you go way to far with this and it is a book. Books are meant to be read and enjoyed, not judged badly because of some technical errors YOU think is wrong other people dont really read these types of books to judge badly. Last thing you cant go behind an authors back and talk badly about their writing style. Alenders other books are really well and interesting. Thank you for your time. And i hope you takebthis all under consideration. Once again thank you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    Great book!!!

    I love to read but only certain books books make me want to read... endlessly... forever... not kidding. Marie Antoinette had action to keep even the most easily distracted readers intrested and wanting more. Romance shows up in this book too and the romance is not awkard (for younger readers) the romance in this book is very mild but its sure to keeo you reading. Even though this book is filled with action the authour addd humor, and a much need humor at that. This books is hands down one of the greatest books in the world. I recomend it to anybody who loves amazing books, but all kidding aside I recomend this to anyone who likes mysterys throught the story with added romance and action to keep even the most easily bored readers hoocked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    this is a really mysterious story that you just want to skip ahe

    this is a really mysterious story that you just want to skip ahead. I really liked this book I hope  you will read it soon it is very intresting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Hmmmmmmm

    Is it good cause i like the cover but it sounds so weird

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    What age would you recommend this book to?

    What age??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Beds Best book i've read

    Really good book u wont be dissapointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Amazing

    This book blew me away. If u like romance and mystery I recomend this book for you.

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