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Gr 7-10-All Colette Iselin wants is to be accepted by perfect, icy Hannah and her slightly sweeter sidekick, Pilar. This means pretending that her family still has money and being mean to her brother, her mother, her unpopular classmates, her teacher, and pretty much anyone else who crosses her path. However, on a class trip to France, Colette gets distracted from her quest to be cool. First, she starts seeing Marie Antoinette's ghost (which would distract most people) and begins to fall for her nerdy-cute French tour guide. Colette realizes that the ghost is killing people and that she is next on the list, due to her family's heretofore secret role in the French Revolution. None of this is very believable, and even the realistic elements don't always ring true, as Colette and her classmates rarely step out of their stereotypes. The plot strands come together, complete with an Eiffel Tower kiss and a party held at Versailles. That said, the story moves along at a steady clip and every so often devolves into delicious, campy mayhem. This is a good choice for teens who want to dip their toes into historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction) without giving up cinematic pacing or romance. Colette transforms through the course of the novel, realizing the value of loyalty over prestige, and though that process might not be believable, many readers will find her story enjoyable.-Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Point (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545468094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545468091
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Alender was born and raised in Florida with her three siblings. She attended an arts high school, focusing on writing and video production, and continued her education at Florida State University, majoring in Film. She currently lives with her husband (her college sweetheart) and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Winston, in Los Angeles, CA, where she works as a freelance producer/writer. For several years, she produced televised dog shows, and she can probably tell you more about dogs than you would ever want to know. When she's not working, she can usually be found at her sewing machine, making quilts and other gifts for friends and readers.

Katie's first brush with publication came in 1991, when her article "So You Want to Live On Mars?" was published in Sassy Magazine's Reader Produced Issue. She loves dogs, the color red, good food, practicing yoga (emphasis on "practicing"), hanging out with her friends, and (of course) reading. She is a Gemini and would probably be a Ravenclaw if she went to Hogwarts. Her favorite authors include Amy Tan, Paula Danziger, Jane Austen, and Stephen King.

"Bad Girls Don't Die" is her first book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie on October 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a light and fun book and should be read as such. Don't expect too much world building. When I picked it up, I just wanted a ffast and light read. That's exactly what I got.

I especially enjoyed the scenes that the people gets killed in. There is no way to say it and have it sound not creepy. But I'll try. I really like how the author described those scenes. They are very different from the rest of the novel. While the book is written in a very casual way, the death chapters are written in a very beautiful prose. It made the deaths beautiful yet chilling.

I loved everything about this book. Except for one thing: why does Marie Antoinette decide to hunt the people now, after so many generations?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zapkode Marie on September 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
{my thoughts} - I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced, romance, engaging, had a bit of mystery, history and teenage drama.

Colette is apparently an a middle class teenager that is taking her first trip to Paris for a class field trip. She has two best friends Hannah and Pilar that fall on the rich scale. It has been months since Colette shared the same status and was only allowed to continue attending her school with her friends because she was accepted for a scholarship. This also makes things difficult for her when they go shopping together because she can't just spend what she'd like, in most cases she doesn't have the funds to waste.

When they get to Paris with their class they learn that there has been a murder in which a teen had been beheaded. This murder advances into a string of serial killings in which the killer has been unable to be identified. The string of murders start to lead Colette and a classmate Audrey as well as their tour guide on a mission to find out exactly what is going to be taking place and why things are taking place.

This book was a very nice read. If you'd like to know what takes place inside it's pages: I'd suggest reading it. A lot happens in such a short amount of time a lot of things that you wouldn't ordinarily think would take place.

{reason for reading} - I obtained a copy of this book from a fellow blogger in exchange for a review and I was accepted to review it through netgalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy F. Gilman on October 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
So I think I had really high expectations when I read the synopsis for Marie Antoinette Serial Killer. This book in the, for me, ended up as nothing special. It was an ok read that in end all it left me with was a really strong desire to visit Paris. I liked the beautiful descriptions of the city but the story was bit boring. It took too long to get to the climactic ending that it felt rushed in the end.
The story is about a ghost out for revenge and she is killing the decedents of the people who betrayed her. Colette is excited about her trip to Paris and is very excited to be going to Paris for the first time. In Paris she finds out that her ancestor is one the people who betrayed Marie Antoinette and that now she has to fight for her life and the life of her friends. Meanwhile, she is investigating, getting involved with cute boys and finding herself in Paris. I liked the concept of the story it was very interesting but I don't know it just wasn't very spooky. I hate to say this but if I am being honest it felt like one of those Mary Kate and Ashley travel movies but add in ghosts to make it a Halloween special. Teenagers in a foreign country sightseeing, kissing, and finding themselves for me it was nothing new and I expected that it. It was the concept of Marie Antoinette as a vengeful serial killing ghost that was supposed to be intriguing but it fell flat me. The story kind of dragged in parts for me. It felt more like a travel guide to Paris and the life and times of the Paris elite than a bone chilling ghost story. I felt like it was easy to skim read to get to the more exciting parts. I kind of had the mystery of motive figured out way before Collette ever got there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Disquietus on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is a prettily packaged liar. It had a great premise, one that had me expecting a creepy tale of dead queens and a murder mystery with a tinge of buried family legacies. Plus, you know, PARIS. Sadly the execution just didn’t work for me, as the story ended up being more of a morality tale about embracing yourself and being a good person than the creepfest the blurb suggests.

Alender’s writing style is simplistic at best. I’ve never read any of her previous books, but her work in this one gives me the impression that she hasn’t quite grasped on to the golden rule of show, don’t tell. The plot itself was inconsistent and even boring at times. The murder mystery, featuring the ghost of Marie Antoinette and a secret order made up of French nobility, wasn’t even a tiny bit scary. It was predictable, boring and It served more as a backdrop to the story of Colette embracing her true personality, becoming a better person and finding real friends who aren’t as selfish as Hannah, right down to the fact that the only people the Queen’s ghost kills are people with personalities similar to Hannah’s. The book would have been much more enjoyable if the it had been focused on the history of Colette’s family, her current family dynamics, the secret order, and of course the serial killer ghost.

The biggest reason this book didn’t work for me was Colette herself. Her backstory and personality are, to put it simply, poorly built. Colette used to be one of the wealthy girls at her private girls, until her parents divorced. Although it’s never outright stated, if you read between the lines you are led to believe that Colette’s father was her families primary source of income and once he and her mother divorced he suddenly stopped helping them financially.
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