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Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved f
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Nathalie Baudin writes the morgue column for Le Petit Journal, which is all the more impressive considering she’s a sixteen-year-old in 1887. Though she longs for a more challenging journalist position, she dutifully attends morgue viewings each day without incident. That is, until the body of a murder victim is displayed, and Nathalie has a vision of the killing in brutal detail. Soon, Paris is in a panic as more bodies are discovered and someone begins taking gleeful credit for their demise— t ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
"Nathalie was never afraid of the dark, even as a child. If anything, she wanted to know what was in it."

Oh how I wanted to love this one.  It was right up my alley - historical fiction, strong feminist character and a cool mystery.  Unfortunately, this one feel a little flat in places for me.

Spectacle starts off very intriguing.  Set in Paris, in the 1880s, there is a man running around killing young women ala Ripper style that the press have named The Dark Artist.   Our main prota
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a disappointment. The historical details of Paris were a pleasant change of scene, so I’ve rounded up from 2.5 to 3 stars, but the story seemed all over the place. It was neither a satisfying ending nor a lure to the next book (if there is one).
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2018
Hi friends! I'm posting all the main points of my review, but if you want my cheesy jokes and rambling weirdness check out my blog review (link in bio!)

This follows a reporter named Nathalie, who, while visiting the morgue for an article, touches the viewing glass and gets a glimpse of the murder. In reverse. So she’s obviously shook, and is trying to reconcile what she knows about the world around her and the secrets everyone has been keeping from her. Meanwhile, the killer? Yeah, he knows who
Sarah  Loves Books, Books and More Books
Spectacle is a fantastic historical murder mystery with elements of the paranormal set in Paris, 1887.

The main character Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes a grisly column for the local newspaper describing the unidentified bodies on display in the morgue, however one day while viewing the body of a murder victim she has a frightening and graphic vision of the girl’s murder. When a second girl is murdered Nathalie again has a vision of her death but realises her visions are from the perspe
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebk-kobo, z-2020
A murder mystery set in Paris, in 1887? I was so thrilled about this, more when I saw that Nathalie Beaudin had visions! I loved how the mystery and the supernatural were mixed, it made everything realistic and plausible. All the emotions, the responsibilities that Nathalie experienced in that whole summer, presented with the historic view of a sixteen year old girl, were very interesting and are the reason I devoured this book.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Oh, this is so delightfully messed up! I mean it, it is sometimes downright gruesome, so if you can't handle death and morgues and such... might want to skip it. But if you can handle it, this was a really good one! Let us discuss why!

•Nathalie was morbidly curious, yet still relatable. I mean, I don't frequent places of death personally, and I imagine most of you don't either. But I
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok is a pretty fantastic debut YA historical fantasy mystery set in fin de siècle Paris. I enjoyed all of the historical detail that's gone into the story, like the construction of the Eiffel Tower for example. I also particularly enjoyed getting to know Nathalie. She's a great protagonist. Her curiosity (things get a bit morbid, fair warning), determination, and dedication are quite refreshing. All that
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Another historical fiction! I never seemed to enjoy this genre much before because I felt that they were either too dense or too slow. And while this book was a tad on the slow side, it was also really interesting and quite an adventure! After falling in love with the Stalking Jack the Ripper series last year I’ve been dying for an
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Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I come away from this book with a sense of frustration; I’d like to be rating it higher. There was a lot of glimmers here and there of strong writing, a dark and tense atmosphere, and an intriguing, shadowy alternate version Paris, yet so much of this book was bogged down by things that could have been fixed easily with a stronger edit.

The story follows sixteen year old Nathalie, who writes a column for the newspaper on the bodies in the Paris morgue. Things change when Nathalie has a vision of
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Wing (bibliomeds)
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
love the narrator's voice, the kind of story telling I like the most! ...more
For fans who loved Stalking Jack the Ripper for the mystery and thrill...and also love a little of the spectacular.
Jaye Berry
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Do you ever read a book that just makes you appreciate another book so much more? Me right now thinking that huh, Stalking Jack the Ripper was actually really damn good, at least compared to this one.

Spectacle is about a teenage girl who writes a daily morgue column for a popular journal. Her job puts her in the way of dead bodies that Nathalie finds both fascinating and routine. Until while visiting the newest dead body, a young girl, Nathalie gets a vision of her death that could only have bee
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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Thank you NetGalley and Tor Teen for the opportunity to review Spectacle!

Spectacle was quite different then what I was expecting. Though I did have my issues with Spectacle, I was nonetheless blown away by Jodie's writing style and the dark themes she wrote about in her debut novel. Spectacle was a page turner with characters that were easily likable and a series of grisly murders that you couldn't help but want to know more about.

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I remember the day I started that book I was like "Let's read a few chapters there and there to at least actually be reading something". When I finished chapter one I was hooked.

It really only took me one chapter to be hooked. I needed to know more, I wanted to know more. I was in the old Paris, very dirty and kinda dark. The smelly Paris where murders were not an unusual thing, where watching bodies was normal. I loved the atmosphere so much! I love the writing style and the main character! Nat
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s novel SPECTACLE, and I still have chills! In 1887, the main character, Nathalie, is an ambitious 16-year-old journalist tasked with viewing and writing about the bodies laid out in the Paris morgue. She approaches her duties in a clear, understated manner, which lends an even more sinister air to the story when describing the murder victims on display and the injuries their bodies sustained. When she experiences a strange, seemingly unexplainable, magic ...more
Kelly Coon
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of fantasy, thrillers, and historical fantasy are going to absolutely love SPECTACLE by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I was astounded by the turn of events 75% of the way through. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. I thought I had the whole thing figured out, but Zdrok proved to be a masterful storyteller. She got me!!! Her writing is dark--the detail of the bodies in the morgue is haunting--and the descriptions of Paris in 1887 made me feel like I was right there with Nathalie running through the Catacombs or ...more
Erin A. Craig
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the extreme pleasure of reading an ARC of SPECTACLE and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world so I have more people to squeal about it with! I loved the historical details, the pseudo science, and all rollercoaster of plot twists! Such a fun book to curl up with!
Zoë ☆
*3.5 stars!
I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t mindblowing! It was fun, but I felt like it was missing something? I don’t know 😂 THE ENDING THOUGH, how can you leave it like that damn it 🙈🙈
Spectacle is really an interesting book and concept. Set in 1887 in Paris, France, Nathalie Baudin is a young girl who is given an unheard of position for women at that time: writer for the daily morgue report in prestigious newspaper, Le Petit Journal. Not only that, but she is the very first woman to ever write for the newspaper. But, in doing so, she has to make certain accommodations which I'll leave up to readers to discover.

Viewing bodies was popular at the time and because of Nathalie's
Nadhira Satria
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
ohh this is giving me stalking jack the ripper vibes
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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(3.5) I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Also found here at Booked J.

In simple terms? Spectacle was breathtaking and intriguing.

If you are a fan of main characters with strong and individual voices and questions for days, this is the book for you. Further, if you like the above to be mingling with historical settings and supernatural vibes, this is bound to be your
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that Parisian Fantasy/Historical Fiction just isn't my jam.

After the disappointment that was Grim Lovelies (a slow-paced, trope-filled book that came out last August) I was reluctant to give this genre another chance... But, I thought that perhaps Spectacle would be all the things Grim Lovelies wasn't: Engaging, interesting, and well-written.

Alas, it was not.

I have two primary issues with this book.

For starters, the characters. Nathalie, our protagon
Naomi Milliner
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a fun, fast-paced page-turner that will keep you up long after you should be asleep. Then again, you won't WANT to sleep because: a) you will want to keep reading; and b) you may have nightmares. Warning: there IS a sequel. Second warning: it's not out yet so you'll have to wait! ...more
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well well well that didn't go like I expected. This was very creative even though some of the middle was a bit stretched out. But man I need book two badly! Review is now up on the blog:
Aj Sterkel
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Spectacle is set in 1800s Paris and stars a teenage journalist who uses her psychic powers to track down a serial killer. I love the setting, and I love that the main character is interested in morbid stuff. (I am too!) There are two major storylines happening in the book. One of them is about finding the serial killer. The other is about the main character learning to accept her psychic abilities. I was way more interested in the serial killer plotline. I understand that learning to be psychic ...more
Lili  Marcus
3.5 stars.

I enjoyed reading this one, though to say I loved it and that this is highly recommended from me would be a stretch.

Nathalie is 16 and she writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal and I find that really fascinating. Our MC is really badass and I enjoyed being in her mind. I also love the friendships she has throughout the book. But I must admit sometimes I find her voice so mature. She's only 16 but that's not a major complain of mine. I just think it would be better if I ex
Kayla Gallup
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spectacle is a young adult murder mystery that takes place in 1800's Paris. Beautiful young women are being brutally murdered by a serial killer who believes the way he mutilates the bodies are a work of art. Nathalie writes a morgue column for a newspaper and when the first victim is brought to the morgue and displayed, Nathalie accidentally touches the pane of the viewing area and receives a vision of how the victim was murdered. She thinks it must have been a hallucination or some type of flu ...more
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Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History and an MBA. She enjoys rooting for Boston sports teams, traveling, doing races (to offset being a foodie), and posting cat photos to Instagram. She works in technology and lives in North Carolina by way of Massachusetts.

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