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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

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by Katie Alender

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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


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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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


"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

Publishers Weekly
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
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
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)

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12 Years

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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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. Recomended for ages 12 to 18
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks i could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
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!
mikesbabygurl More than 1 year ago
it is a great book i couldn't stop reading
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was the best book i ever read!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I got this book, I thought it would be kinda boring and slow. When I started reading it, oh man was i wrong! This boot has a pretty fast pace and super exciting. Im 12 and i think that this is a great read for anyone who loves action, mystery, and history.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it good cause i like the cover but it sounds so weird
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What age??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book u wont be dissapointed
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This book blew me away. If u like romance and mystery I recomend this book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is a work of art and something that is truely amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so want to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i read in my 200 years of life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best novel i have ever read. I love the mystery , also the setting is devine. I would recommend this book to everybody