If you like history, mixed in with budding romance, a foreign country, art and a murder mystery then "Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer" is your perfect read.
"Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer" brings in France's history with Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution, and how 'The Order of the Key' was a secret society that was supposed to protect the royal family, but instead betraying them. How true the secret society is, is up for debate, but it's definitely one of the most important elements of this book. For history lovers, its what will get you interested in this book.
The budding romance in this book, thankfully isn't too mushy gushy, which is nice. In fact, the relationship between Jules and Colette is quite sweet in fact. Alender didn't push their feelings too far too soon, which is nice. After all, this book isn't about the romance, it's about the serial killer that is Marie Antoinette. Oh and it's about life.
Reader's will love Alender's descriptions of Paris. They were so detailed that one could imagine them visually in their mind as they read the pages of this book. Alender's descriptions are sure to spark the wanderlust in you!
ART. ART. ART. Alender obviously couldn't write a story about Paris and NOT talk about the art. Readers will be happy that she mentioned the museums Champs-Elysee and Muse d'Orsay. Alender also talks about Marie Antoinette's palacial home and private quarters.
For a 'murder mystery' Alender did an interesting job in trying to take a very famous historical and controversial character and utilize them in a different way. However, readers may feel that in a way Marie Antoinette wouldn't be very happy to know that teenagers are reading a story about her coming back as a murderous ghost. On the other hand, she may relish the idea of Alender trying to villify those who betrayed her and murdered her family, giving her a reason to want revenge. Either way, it was an interesting story. It will keep readers' attentions from cover to cover and it's a fast read. And it certainly is a great read for anyone who wants to get into the mood for Halloween.
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