Colette is thrilled in Paris for the first time But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city The murder victims are all descendants of people who 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


10 thoughts on “Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    Let s be honest, nobody dives into a book by the name of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer expecting a masterpiece I didn t expect much, and I was let down anyway Even for purely entertainment purposes, it still failed The mystery is laughable, the character is a Speshul Mean Girl wannabe, and the attempts at character development are completely artificial and forced For a book with such a silly premise, it failed to elicit even a smile from me The entire book was absurd.Our initial meeting Let s be honest, nobody dives into a book by the name of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer expecting a masterpiece I didn t expect much, and I was let down anyway Even for purely entertainment purposes, it still failed The mystery is laughable, the character is a Speshul Mean Girl wannabe, and the attempts at character development are completely artificial and forced For a book with such a silly premise, it failed to elicit even a smile from me The entire book was absurd.Our initial meeting with Colette gave me a bad lasting impression of Colette that never entirely went away The spoiled, entitled, selfish Colette is bemoaning the loss of her family s money, her parents oh so selfish divorce, and her annoying little brother s mere presence She is now in relatively abject poverty, meaning her mother has to actually get a job working shitty shifts at the perfume department at Macy s, and she is now a scholarship student at her prestigious all girls Catholic school, where Colette has been hiding her newly poor status and still trying to maintain the fa ade within her Mean Girls clique But wait, there is one bright point in her sigh wretched existence Colette is going to Paris, France Before going, she browses through an old family suitcase and finds this awesome medallion with an engraved key, which will TOTALLY go with her new vintage Parisian trip wardrobe.That s right, her mother has been scrimping and saving every penny so that her ungrateful daughter can have her much longed for Paris school trip Oh, and Colette is going to abandon her mother to go live with her father in fa bu lous New York this summer instead of shitty Ohio , but she ll tell her mother that little detail later, after she gets back from Paris.In Paris, a crime spree has been taking place Beautiful, glamorous but really despicable, I honestly don t blame Marie Antoinette one bit people have been dying left and right Cause of death Decapitation The descriptions of the deaths which are not at all gruesome, not at all violent are interspersed through the descriptions of Colette s beautiful trip to Paris, where she has been eating delicious French pastries, visiting the Louvre, hanging out with a hot university student tour guide, and keeping up the pretense with her rich as bitches girlfriends She uncovers a family mystery, and must solve the key to the murder hint hintAnd who will unlock her heart It is the boy next door guide Jules Martin Pronounced Zhool Mar tahn , or the strikingly gorgeous, fabulously felineArmand He was strikingly, mythically gorgeous, like a lion that had been turned into a human He had sparkling golden eyes and waves of honey colored hair. Like, rawr Giggles Whoops, looks like we have a potential love triangle here The GoodThe plot and eventual investigation into the murders is utterly laughable, and secondary to the beautiful Parisian scenery, complete with visits to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Chateau Versailles The setting of Paris itself doesn t feel so much like Paris as a foreigner s idealization of it Everything is beautiful, spectacular, and so French Well, we are in France, after all Everything is adorable, quaint, right out of a traveler s guide It is pretty It doesn t feel real Even the small family dinner hosted by Jules feels too idealized, too perfect to ring true.Don t get me wrong, it s very pretty It s very romanticized But it doesn t bring the setting to life because nothing feels real The setting could have come straight out of a Rick Steves guide to Paris.The BadThe Frenchmy French is not perfect, but the insertion of French phrases in this book is so ridiculously elementary It could have come straight out of my French 101 textbookJe te supplie, Monique blubbered Je te supplie, RochelleThe mystery is laughable, how it is investigated completely violates the border of credibility I m not talking about the fact that Marie Antoinette couldn t possibly have been a serial killer, because, well, no shit, Sherlock I m not talking about that kind of credibility I m talking about how a teenager in a foreign land can wander around without supervision, whose weary teacher pretty much lets her do whatever she freaking pleases The plot itself is so secondary to the romance and Colette s desperate desire to keep up appearances The supernatural elements in this book are completely without tension, completely without intrigue I expect ludicrousness of a book in this nature, but if you re going to make it a murder mystery, fucking do it right.The UglyOne word Colette.Man, what a bitch I completely hated Colette She doesn t know what she wants to be, and honestly, her character feels like the author wrote in a Mean Girl character, but decided to randomly insert a few redeeming character traits to make herhuman and relatable, such as having her be in the Academic Games at one point in her life It doesn t work Colette is wishy washy She s a total jerk to her well meaning and eager to please mom, to her weary and sick of her bullshit little brother, to one of the nicer girls on the trip, Audrey a black girl whose Afro, according to Colette, looks like a 7 year olds.Colette hangs with two Mean Girls one is nicer than the other who are completely lacking in any dimension Her clique exists solely to make Colette look good in comparison, and it works, to an extent Hannah is probably even worse than Colette, if that s humanly possible she is a size zero, beautiful, rich, spoiled girl who is manipulative to the nth degree, and has had everything in her life handed to her on a silver platter Pilar is the prerequisite tagger on, the doormat friend, the DUFF She is the daughter of a has been Latino pop star, who struggles with her weight and is forever a Size 10 and has a tendency to stress eat Hint she hangs out with Hannah There s a reason why the scales don t budge There s a lot of weight shaming in this book, coming from Hannah Hell, I felt bad about myself and I m nowhere near fat Poor Pilar.Colette is pretty despicable There s an attempt at humanizing her in the second half of the novel, which comes on far too quickly to be a believable part of character development And let s not mention her completely pathetic effort at manipulatingbuilding friendship with the truly nice AudreyThe reason I came here I took a deep breath I have an idea You know how I said we weren t really friends Well, what if we were friends If you come hang out with me for a while, maybe we can, like, bond And then when we get back home, I ll totally be your friend But she just laughed Colette, that s the most ridiculous thing I ve ever heard Why would I want to hang out with someone who treats me like dirt So I can make people think I m cool She punctuated the word with air quotes and started to turn away, shaking her head I think spending so much time with Hannah has actually made you crazy Wait I cried Don t you wish you could improve your social status This is your chancestanding ovation Suck it, Colette


  2. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    5 Words Creepy, mysterious, ghost, Paris, friendship.I have to be totally honest this isn t the best book in the world In fact, I probably wouldn t have liked it at all if I d read it at any other time But right now, it was exactly what I needed And because I am completely inconsistent in my ratings it gets four stars.It s full of clich s and spoiled brats and trips around Paris and hidden histories and an evil ghost Usually this sort of crap makes me rage But I found that I could comple 5 Words Creepy, mysterious, ghost, Paris, friendship.I have to be totally honest this isn t the best book in the world In fact, I probably wouldn t have liked it at all if I d read it at any other time But right now, it was exactly what I needed And because I am completely inconsistent in my ratings it gets four stars.It s full of clich s and spoiled brats and trips around Paris and hidden histories and an evil ghost Usually this sort of crap makes me rage But I found that I could completely fall into this story, become completely immersed and suspend disbelief The evil murderous ghost on top of the ever so slightly over the top plot probably helped a lot.What drew me to this book was the cover and the title I mean, look at those pretty colours and that killer title I m like a freaking magpie, I pick up anything pretty.Hannah is the biggest bitch to have graced the earth and Colette is a very close second The two of them are so shallow, so spoiled Even now that Colette is a poor scholarship student she is still so up herself But not so up herself and self important as Hannah Jeez, that bitch deserved to be played.I liked how Colette changed and did some much needed growing up I even liked how terribly predictable the whole story is.This books is as fun and fluffy and teenteenteen as it looks Don t take it seriously and don t expect to read the best thing ever and you won t be disappointed You might even have fun Perfect for a rainy day when you need to rage a little to cheer yourself up


  3. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Before beginning, I d just like to point out that anyone who willingly takes home a book entitled Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer knows exactly what they re getting into Please do not bemoan the lack of historical accuracy, ridiculous plot, or poorly drawn characters this thing, with its epically awful hysterical cover art, is the pinnacle of truth in advertising I am craptastic, it proclaims Hear me roar Only, really, it sof a whimper The fatal flaw of MA SK is its utter inabili Before beginning, I d just like to point out that anyone who willingly takes home a book entitled Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer knows exactly what they re getting into Please do not bemoan the lack of historical accuracy, ridiculous plot, or poorly drawn characters this thing, with its epically awful hysterical cover art, is the pinnacle of truth in advertising I am craptastic, it proclaims Hear me roar Only, really, it sof a whimper The fatal flaw of MA SK is its utter inability to have fun with itself, its insistence on wrapping its cotton candy plotting around a moral journey that doesn t quite work, particularly given how unlikable the protagonist is, and continues to be throughout the novel When one lacks depth, the only thing to do is brazen things out with cheek, and Katie Alender seems unable to do so, falling back instead on fabulous Parisian settings and an utterly weak attempt at a love triangle It s shocking that a book full of decapitations could have this little bang for its buck, but perhaps that s not surprising in a narrative populated with Hollow Men and Women.On a slightlyserious note, it is a bit sad that Alender can t mine the French Revolution an era of history so thick with horror it still reeks of blood two centuries on for anything better But let s not fool ourselves We knew what we were getting Recommended for anyone who can enjoy a Syfy original movie, because this is pretty much the literary equivalent


  4. jv poore jv poore says:

    At the tender age of sixteen, Colette Iselin s life is ruined Her father left the family, taking his money with him The lifestyle changes that abounded devastated her Mom was forced to get a job, constantly taking on additional shifts just to make ends meet Their house lost Colette, along with her younger brother and mother, squeezed into the tiniest of apartments Colette must keep her disastrous crash from wealth to the poor house err, apartment, a secret Her friends do not hang out with At the tender age of sixteen, Colette Iselin s life is ruined Her father left the family, taking his money with him The lifestyle changes that abounded devastated her Mom was forced to get a job, constantly taking on additional shifts just to make ends meet Their house lost Colette, along with her younger brother and mother, squeezed into the tiniest of apartments Colette must keep her disastrous crash from wealth to the poor house err, apartment, a secret Her friends do not hang out with the destitute The wildly popular, beautiful and ridiculously wealthy Hannah is always quick with that reminder Rather, Colette is reduced to sneaking off to thrift stores to acquire her wardrobe for her Paris Spring Break with her friends and classmates A greater teen age tragedy is hard to imagine Wait..what You aren t really feeling her pain She seems whiny, superficial, self centered and immature Yes, I thought that too Admittedly, I found this surprising Generally speaking, these are not traits best suited to creating mass appeal for the main character of a Middle Grade mystery Interesting.The reader doesn t meet Colette first, though A spine tingling, wickedly original murder in Paris kicks this story off and it pulled this reader right on in Have I mentioned the murderer Marie Antoinette A simply fascinating woman in history the idea of her ghost committing grisly murders at an apparently obscure time is intriguing There does appear to be a method to her madness, and Ms Alender unravels this mystery beautifully While Colette and her classmates tour, and learn the history of the City of Love and Lights from their charmingly demure, remarkably learned French college student young, rich, socialites are dying in bizarre accidents that result, ultimately, in beheading As the narrative unfolds, Colette realizes that she may have something in common with the victims She begins to piece together the puzzle and focus on a much larger picture Almost as if truly opening her eyes for the first time, Colette also begins to see things about herself her choices and her friends There is a discernible shift, the pace quickens, the plot thickens I love what Ms Alender has done here In addition to giving us an enchanting, distinctively different, middle grade, ghost story murder mystery she courageously presented the most authentic representation of today s typical teen ager as our main character To me, it amplified the significance of Colette s self discovery and revised outlook Quite brilliant, I think Romance is mandatory when an adventure takes place in Paris there may even be a law Again, Ms Alender is spot on This is a fantastic book for the avid reader and it would most certainly pique the interest of a reluctant reader Yet another Middle Grade read that I hope will not have a limited, young readers only audience I know I will be readingfrom Ms Alender.This review was written for Buried Under Books Blog


  5. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    5 Words Family, friendship, privilege, history, death.Book Review Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie AlenderWhen I first read this book I was quite scathing and bitchy about the main character, and honestly Thank god I ve now worked through my internalised misogyny and can appreciate this bookIt s a fun book, easy to read, with a great thread of murder and mystery and ghosts, oh my.Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a book of pure escapism 5 Words Family, friendship, privilege, history, death.Book Review Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie AlenderWhen I first read this book I was quite scathing and bitchy about the main character, and honestly Thank god I ve now worked through my internalised misogyny and can appreciate this bookIt s a fun book, easy to read, with a great thread of murder and mystery and ghosts, oh my.Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a book of pure escapism


  6. justonemorechapter justonemorechapter says:

    Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was an interesting mix of history and reality, blended together to create a murderous and mysterious read.First things first, I would like to make it clear that this book is not a horror story From someone who absolutely hates scary books and movies, the title is the scariest thing about the book Unless you get the cover with the blood on it then maybe that sintimidating than the title Anyway, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is not a particularly scary bo Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was an interesting mix of history and reality, blended together to create a murderous and mysterious read.First things first, I would like to make it clear that this book is not a horror story From someone who absolutely hates scary books and movies, the title is the scariest thing about the book Unless you get the cover with the blood on it then maybe that sintimidating than the title Anyway, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is not a particularly scary book and doesn t contain much gore either It s just a mystery with a few beheadings along the way, nothing too extreme.One thing I didn t like in Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was that Katie Alender would have chapters that showed the murders taking place in Paris While Collette knew of these murders, as a reader you knewthan her by seeing them firsthand Whenever the reader knowsthan the main character it can be hard to relate to their problem solving because you already know what they are trying to figure out I end up feeling impatient and frustrated with the main character when they have to take time to figure out what I already know It can be a real test of patience when you re waiting on the main character to get on your level and put two and two together.The character development in Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer added a lot to the story I enjoyed reading about the progress Colette made as a protagonist Without giving too much away, Colette really became an individual as the story progressed At first she could be very frustrating and annoying but after time we began to see her change in a positive way This development helped to improve the book towards the end as it s hard to read an entire story with an annoying narrator.Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was a nice change as I don t read too many YA mysteries these days but if you re looking for a complex mystery where some serious sleuthing is required to solve it then this probably isn t the best fit Regardless it was a cool read that kept me entertained JOriginally posted at www.justonechapter.ca


  7. Shushan Shushan says:

    I m just gonna go straight to talking about what I thought of this book For sure, it wasn t as spooky and eerie as Alender s other books all of which I ve read , but it was divinely an enjoyable and fairly easy read And that s the perfect kind of book for the summertime, is it not In Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, I have not only learned about how to deal with an angry ghost who wants to kill you and everyone in your family which I m not so sure will come in handy actually , but I also le I m just gonna go straight to talking about what I thought of this book For sure, it wasn t as spooky and eerie as Alender s other books all of which I ve read , but it was divinely an enjoyable and fairly easy read And that s the perfect kind of book for the summertime, is it not In Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, I have not only learned about how to deal with an angry ghost who wants to kill you and everyone in your family which I m not so sure will come in handy actually , but I also learned about friendship and love Alender taught me what true love really is and how to tell the difference between fake friends and real friends This really was such a great book, and I think a lot of people will enjoy it


  8. Rena Rena says:

    5 stars Loved it Read it in one night Much better story than the title would suggest The characters had surprising depth to them Love this author and her previous books too.


  9. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    I was so nervous about this book Why Call me a doubter actually, don t, it s not nice , but most of my Goodreads friends had rated it 2 stars and several people told me it sucked That s not the best intro to a book BUT Look at the cover Go on Scroll up and look at it It s gorgeous Coupled with the fantastic premise I loved it I did I d happily recommend it to everyone As is, I ve shoved it in Mime s face and told her to read it or I ll chop off her head What It is about Marie I was so nervous about this book Why Call me a doubter actually, don t, it s not nice , but most of my Goodreads friends had rated it 2 stars and several people told me it sucked That s not the best intro to a book BUT Look at the cover Go on Scroll up and look at it It s gorgeous Coupled with the fantastic premise I loved it I did I d happily recommend it to everyone As is, I ve shoved it in Mime s face and told her to read it or I ll chop off her head What It is about Marie Antoinette Since the book takes place in Paris, I m doubly in love with it I want to see Paris so badly It s a quiet or loud, depending on the day and how much chocolate I ve sneaked obsession of mine Reading this was just like going to Paris The description is so sensory and detailed But not in an overloading way It s a snippet and a snatch Realistic details I approve I tasted the food Walked the uneven cobbles Tasted the food The food sounded delicious DID I MENTION THE CROISSANTS Characters Colette is a fantastic narrator I really related to her She s the a chameleon friend in a border line mean girl clique I loved how she had mean girl tendencies, but deep down inside, she was just plain nice Plus, although her friends were a waaay over the top with their fashion, Colette had a really sweet blend of caring about her appearances but not being over the top It s nice not to have Looking Nice slammed There s a bit of a mean girls clique happening Let s face it Colette s friends are awful But I understood her need to be with them Being friends with super snob Hannah made Colette cool by default Buuut, Hannah treated her like dirt I loved how the author wove in unhealthy friendships with the coolness of Paris and the horribleness of a serial killer on the loose Is that not a perfect combination Yes, yes it is Writing Very neat, very nice It s not wordy and slow Tr s bon See SEE I used French The murders were sufficiently creepy Every few chapters we get an omnipresent sneak peek at what the serial killer is doing Can I just say kind of creepy It wasn t Neal Gaiman or Dan Wells freak my brains out, but it was definitely enough to keep me turning pages Fast It s like a glitzy murder Half chick flick, half everybody is getting their heads chopped off So why d it lose a star There s no real cemented reason By all means, this is a 5 star read Personally, I didn t connect with it on an OH CHEESE AND SPRINKLES FSDJKLA D level, which is okay I also had a few problems, mainly the Bonny Sunshine and Rainbows ending It was a little too neat Real life rarely sorts out so well, unfortunately, and I felt that detracted from how realistic everything had been her French tour guide boyfriend s lectures I honestly thought he had no right to lecture her on her friends Sure he was right, but he d known her for one week Colette had known her friends for years You don t just waltz into someone s life and pretend you understand everything ASAP.This is totally a book I love owning And looking at Gorgeous cover And quoting image error


  10. Annie Annie says:

    I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads.Actual rating is 4.5 stars because of a small issue I had.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 th I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads.Actual rating is 4.5 stars because of a small issue I had.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