Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ARC Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Hi Everyone!

Today I am reviewing ...

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender 
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source- Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 WHY STARS

I could not help but incorporate some enthusiasm for Alender's previous trilogy, Bad Girls Don't Die

I remember the joy and thrills I felt while reading Katie Alender’s other series, Bad Girls Don’t Die. I lost my time reading Lexi’s mind and emotions when it was over. Those times were full of splendid scares. I remember the times were I disliked but understood some of Lexi decisions, were I loved Carter, and admired Megan. I will always remember Lexi, Carter and Megan as they were extraordinary, finely flawed characters.

Sadly, Marie-Antoinette, Serial Killer does not continue with an amazing and terrifying stories with must cheer for characters. Colette is a popular girl in a group of a controlling girl with no redeeming qualities and another submissive, yet very sweet, girl. While Megan, from Alender’s previous series, challenges the popular teen stereotype, Collette and her friends match it as tightly as a magnet sticks to a piece of metal.  

Collette and the cast of characters were not a complete mess. I just wish I could find one character to love and want to live with while vicariously reading this story. If only the characters were more authentic. Instead I found a story with an interesting plot, engaging enough writing and a beautiful setting, but without a deep connection with the characters.

The plot was terrifying when it was placed during the occurring murders. The secrets of why the murders occur were well planned. I was reading in terror through the startling details brought with each death and moments of suspense. Sadly, surprises were absent in this mystery. I imagine there was not suppose to be much of a mystery to the reader, and instead the confusion was for as the characters.

In the end, “Why, why, why?” is chirping in my head as I am disappointed with how simple this book turned out to be. I still recommend Alender because her first trilogy was unforgettable, but I say this story is a miss. 
Thanks for reading!


  1. I liked Bad Girls Don't Die too! I thought the author had a great talent for mantaining the creepy factor the entire time. So when I saw this, especially that bloody cover, I was so excited.
    I'm sorry you were disappointed, Rachel, and especially that the ending was so anticlimactic. I think I'll skip this one so as not to ruin my opinion of Alender.
    Great review!

  2. It's a shame none of the characters really reached out and grabbed you, but I'm glad the plot was enjoyable for the most part. I'm definitely curious as to the "why" of the murders even though there's obviously no secret as to who's committing them given the title. I hope whatever you pick up next has outstanding characters Rachel!

  3. See if heard GREAT things about this author's previous books, but not so many great things about this one so far. Your review just reinforces that and makes me think I'd probably be better off skipping this one for now. I'll try to get my hands on Bad Girls Don't Die, though. Thanks for the helpful review, Rachel!

  4. Although you didn't care for this book too much I'm glad you liked the author's other books, which I have still yet to read. I'm not sure about this one now, as I HATE being left with questions in a book and the characters sound a little lame. Great review!

  5. I just won this from Scholastic so I'm very excited to read it. Even though you're not in love with it, I totally appreciate you honest review. It kind of helps me know what to expect.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  6. I've wanted to read the Bad Girls series for a while... didn't realize that she wrote this book too! I love the cover, it stinks that it didn't live up to expectations. I've read a few reviews that make me think it's probably not going to be something I'll love. Great review!



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