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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Spectacle: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
Sensational: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The main character, Nathalie, is a very realistic female lead for the book. She ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more