But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.
Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .
Source: ARC via Scholastic
After her parents divorced Colette has been desperately trying to hold onto her status and keep up appearances, hoping her friends won’t find out that she no longer has money like them and now on a scholarship. Trying to make up for all of the changes, her mother agrees to let Colette participate in a school trip to France. While in Paris she learns of several murders that have occurred in the city and a disturbing coincidence that might mean she is in danger as well.
Colette – I’m torn. I feel bad for her because I completely get wanting to fit in and all but I think my conscience would kick in before I would sit back and watch others be bad-mouthed or treated less than. So while I liked her at times, others I hated her so much for not stepping up.
Jules – Adorable. I loved the small glimpse of his family, I would have loved more time with them.
Armand – Nope.
Hannah & Pilar – Why do I keep wanting to punch people in the throat? Not Pilar (Peely) since she is more of a Colette than like Hannah, but Hannah? Spoiled witch.
This definitely wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, it was more a mystery with a scarier title. I found the story very entertaining and I loved “seeing” part of the world that I’ve never been to but hopefully will one day. This one would definitely appeal to someone looking for a YA equivalent to romantic suspense. I look forward to starting Ms Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die series. A fun read!