Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Won in a Goodreads giveaway
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.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. After reading the description I had such high hopes for this one, I mean Marie Antoinette as a serial killer ghost. Awesome right? No. This book did not live up to any of the expectations that I had.
I'm going to start with the pro's on this one. The setting was a major plus. I love Paris and anything to do with Paris. I love that the book describes so much of the city and it's like getting to be there without actually having to leave your house. Another huge plus for me was the historical factor. I'm just going to admit it right now, I'm a history junkie. The facts about Marie Antoinette's life and the different French buildings were fantastic and really had me hooked.
The only other good thing about this book was Jules, and his family of course. Jules was just all around sweet and caring. He really tried to help Colette and went out of his way to do things with her. His family was so welcoming and I loved the part with Jules' family.
Now, while I loved Jules I hated Colette and her two best friends Hannah and Pilar. Hannah was controlling and shallow and just all around mean while Pilar had absolutely no backbone. Colette was just as shallow and only really cared about something if it concerned her. How is anybody supposed to like someone like that? I felt absolutely no connection with her.
The biggest disappointment for me has to be the ghost of Marie Antoinette. While the murders were pretty good, I felt like the ghost was kind of flat. The story behind why the murder's were happening was pretty easy to figure out and the mystery wasn't very mysterious at all.
I'd really recommend this to you if you aren't in it for the creep factor because to be honest there really wasn't any.
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program. This has not influenced this review and all opinions expressed are my own.