Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,686 ratings  ·  391 reviews
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 powder...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
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...more
Cora Linn
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 clichés 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...more
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's more of a whimper. The fatal flaw of MA:SK is its utter inabili...more
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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a book that I was looking forward to ever since I first heard of it. I absolutely loved the cover and I was convinced that MA,SK was going to become one of my favorite books of 2013. Once I start MA,SK I realized this is not the book I was looking forward to at all, this book was nothing like I imagined. I expected a mix of historical fiction and mystery, but instead I read a mediocre contemporary...more
Luiza Salazar
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Angie at Disquietus Reads
Originally posted at Disquietus Reads

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.

The writing style is simplistic at best. There is a lot of telling, but not a...more
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...more
Cait Grace
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...more
So far I have some serious issues with this book. It pits woman against woman in a competition for men that is cut throat and vicious. When will women learn to stand together if the books they read perpetuate the ideology that women are competitors? In addition, I think this book is giving girls a wrong image of weight and thinness. Pillar is the token "fat girl" but really she is described as being a size 10 which is the average size of women in the United States. Also, check out this passage.....more
When I came across this book, I was intrigued as to why Miley Cyrus had grown her hair and made someone photoshop blood across her cheek... I guess you can only make so much money swinging on a wrecking ball. However, after reading this book, I fully believed that she had wrecked a book that had a lot more potential.

This book is about a girl with French heritage who goes on a school trip to France with her Mean Girl- esque friends. She finds out she's related to a group of French nobles who wer...more
It was supposed to be creepy. It was supposed to be a paranormal read with some romance/thriller characteristics in it. It was supposed to be better.

Okay, to be fair, this wasn't the worst book I've ever read. But I expected so much more out of it. We meet Colette, a once rich, but now poor girl from America who goes to an educational trip to Paris along with her "best" friends, Hannah, a snobby and spoiled rich girl (someone like Regina from the movie "Mean Girls") and Pilar, the ordinary I'm-n...more
This book had it's moments. It's set in Paris so of course that's ALWAYS a bonus. And I liked the character of Jules (love interest) but many of the other characters were stereotypical and the big mystery wasn't so mysterious in the end. But It does go through some cool history regarding Marie Antoinette and The French Revolution so that was good. All in all it was ok, not brilliant, but not terrible, just predictable and light (lighter than I expected with the title being what it is.) Full revi...more
Lexie Robinson Austin
This review is of the Advanced Reader’s Copy of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer which will be published September 24, 2013.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. Paris! Cute Boys! Ghosts! Serial Killers! What’s not to like right? Well, unfortunately, author Katie Alender never quite gets to that “this is a really awesome read” point.

There are a string of serial killings taking place in Paris, France just as Collette Iselin visits the city of lights with her classmates. Who could possibly be r...more
Hunger For Knowledge
Sep 19, 2014 Hunger For Knowledge rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not for the old farts like me
Every now and then I come across a book I know I shouldn't read. Not because it would be a bad book but because I am too old for it. Too old to understand it. Too old to let my brain rest and go with the flow. Too old to actually enjoy it and forget the rest. And every now and then, I find myself doing exactly what I shouldn't be doing. Reading the book that is not for me. Unfortunately, Katie Alender's Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is one of those books.

After the divorce of her parents, Cole...more
This book was good, even if it was kind of a chick-book. It had suspense and mystery in the theme and I thought that was very intresting. This book is about how a girl, named Collete, that goes to Paris. And what was to be a field trip ends up being an attempt to save her life for something (can't tell) that her family did to "someone". Helping her achieving this almost impossible mission is Jules, the tour guide who she likes, and few more friends. But the person who's holding them back, even f...more
Lady Leal

“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...more
So I went in to this with low expectations and came out of it fairly entertained.

The plot is utterly ridiculous. The majority of the characters are spoiled and selfish which I realise was the authors attempt at giving us a moral lessen but it was so over the top that the character development felt forced and artificial. The supernatural elements of the book are just ... well funny! (which I'm sure is not really the response the author was looking for).

However despite all the above I actually e...more
Kipling Callaway
This was an amazing book! It wasn't that exciting at first, but most books aren't. I have recently read another book (Blonde Ops) about a girl in Paris, and although that one was good, this book is far better. At first I wasn't sure I would like it. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer? What? But it turned out to be an awesome, suspenseful, moderately scary story with just the right amount of romance and plenty of humor. If you love a good mystery, especially one involving Paris and a muderous ghost,...more
Awesome story!
This book was rated 2.5 stars

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was so bad i wanted to vomit alright. Wasn't fantastic, but alright.
This book is a rough fiction history book surrounding Marie Antoinette's death.

First of all, Colette Iselin (Main/Heroine) was an upright (view spoiler) She was rude, and a wannabe Mean Girl. I get that all she wants is to 'fit in' but she has just chosen the wrong crowd to fit in with. Her friends reputation is truly shown when (view spoiler)...more
I fancied something non-demanding to read one afternoon this week and this fit the bill. It turned out to be pretty much what I expected from the title, a rather fluffy story of a young American girl in Paris dealing with a vengeful ghost and discovering along the way important lessons about being true to yourself and the value of friendship.

Colette starts as something of a 'Heather'; she is trying to fit into a Mean Girl clique with mixed results. Yet the other two girls are so self-absorbed t...more
Kirsty-Marie Jones
With her French class on their way to France, Colette Iselin knows somehow that this trip will change her. After going from being secure to a small cramped apartment and shopping for clothes in thrift stores, she just wants to go away and forget about all of that, with her friends by her side. What she didn't bargain was getting tangled within a gruesome string of murders of prestigious kids with rich blood, with more than their decapitated heads in common.

And Colette being next on the list.

Christy (Christy's Book Addiction)
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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was one of my most highly anticipated fall books and I was so excited when I got approved for an e-ARC through Netgalley. I couldn’t wait to get started on it. Unfortunately, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer didn’t live up to my expectations.

Colette Iselin is excited when she gets the chance to go to Paris, France for nine days with her French class. She has this fantasy that the trip will change h...more
Colette is a junior in high school, and this school trip to Paris is just what she needs after her dad leaves her mother and family behind. She'll be there with her popular girl friends, and knows that she'll have a blast. That is, until murders start popping up all over Paris. Colette keeps spying a costumed woman who resembles the title royalty, and she, alongside a boy that she meets, must try to halt the danger.


I was so excited when I received this title through Netgalley, but unfortuna...more
After reading this novel, you may want to re-think they way you treat people and also if you really want to eat that next slice of brioche…

Despite my initial hesitance to read this book – what with it’s strange title and cheesy jacket quotes (“21st century girl. 18th century ghost. Heads will roll.” & “Let them eat cake… and die!”) – I am very very glad I read this novel by Katie Alender.

Lately, I’ve been on an ‘everything French’ kick. Yes, yes, I know it’s probably not the best idea to buy...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
Other reviews at The Book Babe's Reads.

Before you read this review, I want you to read the synopsis. Breathe it in, think about the awesome premise and the possibilities of Marie Antoinette as a ghostly killer. Then imagine all of those hopes dashed. These are the feelings that I had coming out ofMarie Antoinette, Serial Killer.
Colette didn't really have any personality to speak of. She upset me with her constant snobbiness, and her apparent lack of kindness. Shallow doesn't even begin to descr...more
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

Just look at that title and that cover. If you're expecting a book that is going to make you sleep with the lights on for a week or a book that has extreme depth, you should look somewhere else. However if you're looking for a book that will make you feel like you've just watched a Disney horror flick mixed with Final Destination, then this is the book for you! Honestly, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was just what I...more
Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Katie Alender is an good read that has a lot of depth and character development. Colette Iselin is exited to be spending a week in Paris for a school trip with her two "best friends" Hanna and Pilar, and getting away from her parents divorce. However, once she gets to Paris, she finds that there are series of murders going on, and finds that she has somthing to do with it. Collete sees the ghost of Marie Antoinette in many parts of Paris, eventually figuring out...more
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Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida, which probably explains the recurring alligator dreams (one of which is documented in Bad Girls Don’t Die). She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.

She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there...more
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“Ce n'est seulement le cou — elle veut briser le coeur.” 0 likes
“I know where they are.'
'Why should I tell you?'
'Because, if I don't have a suitcase, I can't go to Paris tomorrow, and then you're stuck with me for all of Spring Break instead of having a nine-day sister-free bonanza.'
'Good point.”
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