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(Spectacle #2)

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Jodie Lynn Zdrok's Sensational is the thrilling follow-up to Spectacle in which a killer haunts the Paris World's Fair of 1889.

The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris is full of innovations, cultural displays, and inventions. Millions of visitors attend over the course of several months...so no one would notice if a few were missing, right? Maybe—but someone is celebratin
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Tor Teen
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Linda This series is going to be a duology. Which neans a two book series. Hopefully she will expand the series

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Andi
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, on-kindle
Goodness what on earth happened with this book?

So, we ended book one with some interesting ideas but I feel the author just got bored of the world/characters/the story she wanted to tell and just ended it on Book 2.

The characters took a step backward in terms of development. Our focus has now obtained a boyfriend in the two year jump between book one and this book. He is an Insightful too and his power is to recall a person's noises/thoughts? He makes a crap mistake at one point of the book and
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Melissa
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like when magic happens in a known period of time and environment. I liked how I could live the Exposition Universelle throughout Nathalie experience, discover the Eiffel Tower when it was built, and live with her the challenges of her gift.

Even if I predicted half of the intrigue, I was really surprised by the ending of the book.

Many thanks to Tor Books for the complimentary e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
USOM
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Sensational is....truly sensational. I love the world building which combines historical fiction, magic, and sights of the Eiffel Tour. Zdrok has created a world of Insightfuls - those gifted with magic which comes at a cost. For Nathalie she can see murder scenes, but it always takes her own memories away. In Sensational she is struggling with these consequences more than ever befor
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Bon
Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy for review purposes.

I thought I’d give the end of this duology a shot, since I didn’t particularly enjoy the first one, but the premise was intriguing enough that I wanted to try again. To my dismay, the same thing happened. Others seem to have genuinely enjoyed the series, so this was probably a just-me situation.

I think the biggest issue with this particular protagonist, plot and setting is that it could have been executed really well, with a chang
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Jessica | Booked J
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spectacle Series :
Spectacle: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
Sensational: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Wow. Sensational is truly an accurate title for the second installment in Spectacle. This series is so enjoyable and undeniably sensational! Fully compelling in its plots, action packed and engaging. If yo
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Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
5 stars for Stanley, Max, and Lucy. Because cats.
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sensational is the sequel to Spectacle and its advisable to read that first. The series follows Nathalie Baudin who is an Insightful meaning that she has a psychic/paranormal gift which allows her to assist the police with solving murders; Natalie is able to put her hands on a dead body and then have a vision of the murder from the perspective of the killer!!

A few weeks after the events of the first book a new killer is terrorising Paris, murdering people by decapitating them in the style of th
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Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I won an ARC of this book from a giveaway by the author herself. But all thoughts and opinions are my own*
This was a fun sequel to Spectacle! This gets to the action with a bang and I kept turning the pages to see what happened. I also like seeing how Nathalie grew from the first book and I liked how things turned out for her. I did like the mystery much better in tht first book, but this is a fun series that people need to pick up if you like historical fiction and murder mysteries. An author
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The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This second book in the series is so good! I knew it was part of a series but this one stands alone just fine!
There are some nicely creepy moments and I really liked Nathalie.
Natalia
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Let it be known that I absolutely loved Spectacle but I really wish I would have loved Sensational more.
I really enjoyed hanging out with Nathalie, Simone, Louis, and Jules again but that was really it. It might be a case of the sophomore blues but I felt the book was a bit slow and choppy like it would really get me invested and then pull me out of the story because something out of place happened. Specifically one main problem with Nathalie's character,

She was depicted as a strong woman in t
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Jessica
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this so much more then the first book. First of all *spoiler* we know the killer. I hated that about the first book. I want to guess.. to be able to piece it all together. I disliked that the killer was a random stranger. The author including a mysterious killer that was never introduced until he was found out bothered me far more then it should have. The fact alone that we know the killer helped me enjoy this book more. Silly.. I know, but why have a mystery book if you are unable res ...more
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

I quite enjoyed Spectacle last year, and found Sensational to be a good follow up. It takes place a couple years after book one ended, which I think was a brilliant choice for the sake of realism.

What I Liked:

• Still wonderfully dark! The funny part is, it's taking place during the world's fair, which you'd expect to be an upbeat atmosphere (and it was!) all while trying to find a re
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club and Tor Teen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Okay now, can I just say that Tor Teen has been giving me so many amazing books to try out that I don’t think I’ve been disappointed by any of them so far? And this book is no exception! So thank you to Tor Teen
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Lauren Stoolfire
I won an ARC from the author via Twitter.

The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris is full of innovations, cultural displays, and inventions. Millions of visitors attend over the course of several months...so no one would notice if a few were missing, right? Maybe—but someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Exposition's most popular exhibits. Nathalie Baudin’s ability to see murder scenes should help, but she's su
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Stephanie Ward
'Sensational' is the second installment in a taut young adult historical mystery that blends both thrills and the supernatural to create something fresh for the YA genre. I read the first book in the series and really liked it, so I was super excited when this finally released. I have to admit that my expectations and hopes for the book were pretty high due to the first one, but this novel held its own and then some.

The main character, Nathalie, is a very realistic female lead for the book. She
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Stacey
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really liked the first book in this duology "Spectacle". So I was eager to dive into the follow up "Sensational". Its a couple years after the first book. Nathalie is still writing her column for La Petit Journal and helping the morgue with her gift of being able to see the deceased last moment's alive. She is now dating another Insightful named Jules who also helps at the morgue. He can hear the person' ...more
Becca Mee
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Sensational was, well, in a word. sensational. Zdrok capitalizes on what she created with Spectacle and took it to a whole new level. It's been two years since the Dark Artist fiasco, and much has changed for Nathalie Baudin. She still writes for the newspaper, uses her Insightful ability to help Christophe solve murder cases, but she also has a new beau. Zdrok doesn't waste any time plunging the reader into a new, enticing mystery when severed heads begin turning u ...more
Beck
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 ⭐️, rounded up mostly due to nostalgia for the first book in the series.
Joanna Bennett
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

I put this off for a long time because I didn’t want this duology to end. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the first book and it’s always sad to have to say goodbye. I went into this with high expectations and in some ways it lived up to that and in other ways it didn’t.

One of the reasons I love this author is because of the settings she gives us. I have enjoyed each one and this Paris/Exposition setting
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Ashley
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
See the full review (with plenty of gifs!) on my dumb blog here.

Paris! June, 1889! The same year as The Gilded Wolves! The year of the Exposition Universelle! It’s almost time for the 100th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille! The Eiffel Tower makes it’s grand debut! Vincent Van Gogh paints The Starry Night! The Wall Street Journal is established! Seattle, in spite of the incessant rain, somehow manages to catch fire! Bustles are slowly on their way out, but weighty ornaments added to dr
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Jess Combs

Ugh. I hate it when I go into a book expecting a standalone or first in a series only to find out pages in that it's the 2nd or 3rd book! That's what happened to me with Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok though. So it automatically had points against it when I figured this out (I was only on page 3).









The Story:



The story begins with Nathalie meeting her two friends, Simone and Louis at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It's there that a decapitated head is discovered among the exhib

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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of Sensational through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sensational is the second novel in Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s Spectacle series. And dare I say that it surpasses the first novel? Set in an alternate version of Paris in 1889, this novel infuses fantasy elements with detailed character development, creating a thrilling tale.

Nathalie Baudin has come to terms with her being an Insightful. At times she may not love her gift, but who can blame her? For you see, N
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Anne
Oct 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: reviews
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge -Tor Teen for letting me read and review this book. I enjoyed it and could follow along easily with the same characters and such from having read the first book, Spectacle, which if you haven't read that one - you should go get it and read it now to get ready for this one!
This was another engrossing, fun and delightful read by Jodi Lynn Zdrok - I enjoyed the first book and this one was awesome too.
In this sequel to Spectacle, Nathalie is still using
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gwendalyn _books_
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the author for providing me a review copy of this book in exchange for this honest review!
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When I come across an exceptionally well written series, I can’t stop talking about it! Jodie Lynn Zdrok, is one master storyteller,
Sensational, is the second novel in Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s Spectacle series. The spectacular time of 1889 comes riveting to life in this stunning, impressive next installment!
Paris in the Belle Époque in 1 ...more
Aly
3.25/5 stars

I'm actually quite sad i didn't like this as much as I thought I would.

If I'm being honest, I'm in the mindset that Spectacle didn't need a sequel. I liked how it ended, and it was actually one of my favorite books I read in 2018 (I got an ARC for that too). I liked how it was conclusive and yet open-ended at the same time. I also didn't expect there to be a sequel until I received this ARC, so imagine my surprise when I read it was still following Nathalie.

The book was still an enj
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Monica
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, mysteries, france
**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. Please also note, the below post contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Spectacle.**

Title Sensational (Spectacle #2)

Author Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Release Date February 11, 2020

Publisher Tor Teen

Description from Amazon

The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris is full of innovations, cultural displays, and inventions. Millions of visitors attend over the course of several months…so no one would notice if
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Becky
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

This is the second book in a duology that follows our main character Nathalie. Nathalie inherited her power from her father and it manifests itself when she touches a body or glass infant of one so she can determine if they were murdered or not. Her power works as a vision from the killers perspective right before the victim dies. This book follows Nathalie and her friends as she tries to find the killer who is beheading his victims in the fashion of the French Revolution including using a gu
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Ursula
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have a new book review to share with you today. Sensational is the second book in the Spectacle Series by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I love this murder mystery set in 1880's Paris in the midst of the Exposition Universelle. Like the first book, this story is full of historical accuracies, intrigue, murder and mayhem with supernatural twists.

Sensational is a historical fiction mixed with murder and the paranormal. It is more of a slow burn than Spectacle, but entertaining none the less. Sensational is
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Lauren
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Brooke Lorren
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sensational was a satisfying end to the Spectacle duology. I didn't find it as heart-pounding and exciting as the first book in the series, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I especially enjoyed the way the book ended, wrapping up the loose ends that I had hoped for when I finished reading Spectacle a year ago.

Nathalie now knows that she's an Insightful. She has the ability to see a vision when she touches a corpse (or a glass next to a corpse) of a murder victim, which shows her what happened from
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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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