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A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

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 visio
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)
DNF 25%, no rating. I think this one is just not for me. Murder mystery in which a teenage girl discovers she has the paranormal ability to witness a serial killer's murders backwards after she sees the bodies in the morgue. It takes place in 1800s Paris. I am not connecting with Nathalie. The writing is good and I am sure others will like it.

Release date is February 12, 2019.

I received a copy of this from the publisher through Netgalley. Thank you very much!
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Little surprised this wasn’t a higher rating for me but I had some major issues with the pacing. I liked it well enough but it just didn’t wow me. Rtc
Kaya
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Loved this! That cliffhanger was SO cruel though...

Full RTC to come!
Kaya
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

This was spectacular. YA mysteries are far too often filled with petty drama, unlikable characters, and predictable twists. Spectacle, however, was none of these things. The author did a beautiful job of balancing gorgeous French phrases and historical buildings with just a touch of magic.

This follows a reporter named Nathalie, who, while visiting the morgue for an article, touches the viewin
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
May 13, 2017 marked it as releases-2019
1887 historical fantasy. Paris. magic caused by pseudoscience. weirdness. I'm fucking ready.
Nadhira Satria
Jan 08, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: contemporary
ohh this is giving me stalking jack the ripper vibes
Chelsea
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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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

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.

My bigges
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Heather
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
The Book Valkyrie
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
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Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
Dec 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
thanks for being nice to me for once, netgalley
julia
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG HERE

My initial interest for this book spiked because the premise reminded me a lot of one of my 2018 favorites, Stalking Jack the Ripper. Upon reading this, I realized the two are actually quite different!

What is this book about?
Spectacle centers around the young reporter Nathalie, who writes for the Parisian newspaper. Her job requires her to make continuous visits to the morque. Nathalie discovers that she has the ability to see visions about the victim's death, and is
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Emily
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sixteen year old Nathalie writes the daily morgue column for a newspaper in 1887 Paris. Everyday she goes to the public morgue and describes the anonymous bodies on display, hoping to sate the public want for the macabre. One day while she is there, Nathalie touches the glass as she looks at the mutilated body of a young woman - and is promptly thrown into a vision. She watches the murder occur, through the eyes of the killer. As more bodies accumulate, Paris is thrown into a panic with the real ...more
Brooke Lorren
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Spectacle was a thrilling journey through 19th century France that I didn't want to put down.

The main character, Nathalie, just got a job reporting on the daily goings-on at the public morgue (people used to visit a public morgue for entertainment? Gruesome!). When Paris is struck with a series of murders, she discovers that she has a gift that allows her to see the murders through the eyes of the murderer.

She discovers that this gift doesn't come without consequenc
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Samantha
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I received this book for review through NetGalley and I was so excited to read it. I loved a lot about this book: the history, the location, and the mystery of it and I was not disappointed. As a fan of historical fiction and fantasy, this book satisfied all of my cravings regarding both genres. My favorite part about this book was the realistic way that Nathalie's powers could have arrived, it made it that much more easy to comprehend and digest with the relatively realistic setting. The one th ...more
Helenasghost
Jan 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Review incoming in next 10 days
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
Full RTC in the new year

*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

12/30-- Idk, murder mysteries make me feel smarter
Stephanie
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Spectacle is a YA debut that actually follows through on the horror and thrills it promises; set in 1887 Paris, we begin the story following Nathalie, a 16-year-old burgeoning reporter, to her duty of visiting the morgue, which is available for public viewing. While visiting the morgue to research her article, Nathalie finds herself entangled in a mystery of a serial killer and discovers that she may possess a unique gift that could help unmask the murderer. Zdrok does an excellent job
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Jennifer
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier

Nathalie’s job as the morgue reporter for the local Paris newspaper brings her into daily contact with those who die in the city’s streets. But, one day, she touches the glass that separates observers from the deceased and she relives the murder – in reverse through the eyes of the killer. As rumors spread that this is the start of a spree of murders, Nathalie struggles to understand what is happening to her and wh
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Kaitlyn
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Full review can be found here.

This book was different from what I was expecting! I admit I only added this to my TBR after seeing the similarity of the cover and the summary to Kerri Manniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, but despite my issues with Spectacle, it was nonetheless a quick and enjoyable read.

Personally, I believe this book deserved a higher rating. I would have given it a solid four stars had the murder-mystery plot actually stayed a plot, and not end up becoming a secondar
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Amanda
Nathalie writes columns summarizing the cause of deaths for the newest arrivals at the morgue. Nathalie has a special ability that shows her visions of how the victim died. When a killer is on the loose Nathalie uses her ability to track down the murderer. Set in 1887 Paris you go on a dangerous journey.

Nathalie was an interesting character and I enjoyed reading about her ability and all that it entails. I enjoyed seeing the sights around Paris in 1887 as Nathalie works her way around the city t
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Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spectacle was a well-written and engaging novel. I was thoroughly invested while reading and the author does a fantastic job of making the reader feel enveloped in the setting. The characters were well done and complex in their own ways and I thoroughly enjoyed each type of relationship presented. I was on the edge of my seat wondering just who the killer could be, and I will say there were may times that I thought I had it all figured out! I am pleased to say that the author did not take any ch ...more
Alyssa
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Paris, 1887. Nathalie Baudin is a young journalist for a local newspaper assigned to the morgue reports. When she visits the morgue one day she sees the mutilated body of a young woman and has a strange vision of the girl's last moments, played out in reverse and from the perspective of the killer. As the bodies begin to pile up and a serial killer known only as the Dark Artist terrorizes Paris, Nathalie uses her newfound powers to assist the police in their investigation. But soon Nathalie find ...more
Kalyn Josephson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book SO much!

One part crime mystery, one part French historical, one part fantasy, it's a potent combination that drew me in from the first page. As a morgue reporter, the MC, Nathalie, sees a lot of death, and that's exactly where the book opens, setting a dark tone carried throughout as she hunts down a killer terrorizing Paris.

The mystery of the person behind the killings is incredibly well planned out. I suspected absolutely everyone, and Jodie does a fantastic job of droppin
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Claire Bartlett
Spectacle has a lot of the elements of pulp and noir, combined with a protagonist who won't give up and a Jack-the-Ripper-esque killer.

Camille works for a newspaper, covering deaths by going to the city morgue. When trying to report on a murder victim, she accidentally activates a power she never knew she had - a vision of the victim, right before she died. From the killer's point of view.

As the killer goes on a spree through Paris, Camille's attempts to uncover him become increasingly dangerou
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Samantha Hastings
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hauntingly fabulous historical debut set in Paris. What I loved:

1. Nathalie is a smart, talented, and capable heroine who discovers that she has the power to see/relive a murdered victims last moments. But no power is without its consequence.
2. She has strong friendships with other capable young women. I adored Simone and I liked Agnes.
3. All of the mystery. Who the murder is and what her parents haven't told her about her own family secrets.
4. The setting: the public morgue in Paris in 188
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Meghan
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Spectacle was very surprising at many chapters of the story because it was totally unexpected. Throughout reading the book, I was expecting the story to go in one direction but when identifying the woman murdered, the story just took another turn that totally changed the course of the plot. Our readers are in search of more mystery book
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USOM
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Spectacle is one of those historical fantasy books that is able to serve up the right story with all the flairs of the past. If you've been searching for a book that is full of mystery, mysterious powers, and power that can be both a blessing and curse. I knew I was going to really enjoy Spectacle from the beginning. What I wasn't counting on, is how obsessed I would be. Whether y
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Cassie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I flew through the first third of this book.

It was paced and interesting. Sadly, it then really slowed down

Spectacle is set in the summer of 1887 in Paris where we have Nathalie who is a 16 year old who has been given the opportunity of writing the Morgue Column for the local newspaper. Every day she attends the morgue to write about the bodies that have been found for the Parisians to read about.
Until one day, Nathalie has a vision of one of the anonymous bodies final moments from the perspe
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Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History and an MBA. In addition to being an author, she's a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. Spectacle is her debut.
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