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Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,783 ratings  ·  901 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
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
jv poore
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
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
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
Novels like these remind me why I keep on reading YA! Loved it

Things I liked:

The writing: The book was of a nice length and it flowed nicely.

The story: So much information about Marie Antoinette and it didn't bore one bit!

The description: The overall feel of the paris and its descriptions really makes you feel like taking a vacation there!

The characters: Even the grey shade or villanious type characters were good in their role.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, friendship, privilege, history, death.

Book Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

When 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 book more. It'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.
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’s more intimidating than the title. Anyway, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is not a particularly scary bo
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghost-stories
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.
Luiza Salazar
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Hannah M.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really good overall. I love Katie Alender's other books that I've read, and this wasn't a disappointment. The storyline was a bit confusing to me at parts, but overall, I followed it well. It wasn't as good as some of her other books, but I still liked it quite a bit. ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013, 1-star
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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cover-love
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
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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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 rom
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! I've had this book on my shelf for a while now and I wish I hadn't waited so long.

I love Marie, I love French, and there was a mention of Nancy Drew. It was just perfect. Colette is about to head to Paris! Supposed to be an amazing class trip. Her, her friends, Paris, the food, the language, and everything you can imagine about what Paris will be like.

However, when they arrive things aren't going to go exactly as planned. They learn of murders going on. The tour gu
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
a great fun creepy story. Within the first few chapters, there are multiple decapitations! I loved the adventure of the story and the humor. Loved it!
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Hidden in her compliment was a buried threat. Specialness, in Hannah's eyes, was something that could be taken away as easily as it had been granted".

"I could be in major trouble... which could seriously irritate Hannah -and possibly doom me to the social blacklist.
Peer preassure got the better of me, so I turned back".
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, arc, ala2013
Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

I remember picking this one up at ALA way back in the summer of 2013. I was immediately drawn to the cover and, of course, the title. I’d seen it around on goodreads and I knew the book was on my TBR shelf, so I took a copy for review. However, I only got around to reading it now, and...it was okay. Not the best book, but definitely not the worst. It’s a very silly book, but I would be lying if I said it bored me. I first thought this
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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
If I were to think about all the books I've read this year, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer would stand out as one of the strangest. It was incredibly weird, but also entertaining. Basically, it was like a horror B movie -- you know there's a possibility that it might be ridiculous but you'll watch it anyway, just for kicks. While it left no substantial impression on me, I can at least admit to being distracted (in a good way) by the book.

Honestly, the one thing about this book that appealed to
[I also reviewed this title on my blog: Ishari's Bookshelf]

With a title like "Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer", how can you **not** read this book?

Colette Iselin is going on the trip of a lifetime - Paris with her fellow French class francophiles. After her folks go through a nasty divorce, Colette is struggling to keep her social standing up to par by making nice with the popular (if mean) girls in the class. When the class arrives in France, Colette is confronted with the sticky dynamics of do
a majestical egg
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, own
(I fucking wrote a whole review for this and it disappeared so here is me writing it again)
I got this book a few months ago because it seemed really interesting and I was excited to read it but it was in a pile of to-read books so I only got to it now (I officially started on the 19th but I only read 2 pages and haven't touched it till today so I changed the date to today). At first I was rolling my eyes at the book because of Colette and her thoughts and her whole thing of belonging in Paris, i
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
Rose B
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
not as good as her other books
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Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida. 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, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to Los Angeles, where she worked in

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