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Sensational

(Spectacle #2)
by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 11, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
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Synopsis: 

Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s Sensational is the thrilling follow-up to Spectacle in which a killer haunts the Paris World’s Fair of 1889.

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 suffering the effects of her magic more than ever before. Fortunately she has other Insightfuls to team up with—if they can be trusted.

Book 1

Spectacle (#1)

by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 12, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
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Synopsis: 

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the author for providing me a review copy of this book in exchange for this honest review!

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When I come across an exceptionally well written series, I can’t stop talking about it! Jodie Lynn Zdrok, is one master storyteller,

Sensational, is the second novel in Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s Spectacle series. The spectacular time of 1889 comes riveting to life in this stunning, impressive next installment!

Paris in the Belle Époque in 1889, is the year of the Exposition Universelle.The Eiffel Tower, debuted and the Exposition was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Storming of the Basilica, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

Set to the backdrop of a provocative, harsh and vibrant atmospheric richly detailed setting of Paris during this incredible exposition. The narration will completely catapulted into this immersive, Parisian, Ya historical fantasy.

Nathalie Baudin, is a French girl with an incredible gifted insight, she and other like her are known as an insightfuls. This allows her to witness an atmospheric scene of how one has died if she is placed in front of a dead body, or touches the departed. She sees completely through the murderer’s eyes, but like all gifts this one come with a dire cost.

She still writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals. Nathalie is still using her powers as an Insightful to help out at the morgue with murder investigations.

When outing with her friends, Simone, and Louis to the The Palis des Beaux Arts, at the worlds expo, and a detached head is cleverly placed on displays, among the sculptures of the Galerie Rapp. This is just a a start to a series of violent beheading. that will grip the city.

This is a wonderful thrilling read, and at times you will forget you are reading a young adult novel. The historical elements are impeccable, the writing flows perfectly. The romance is depicted well balanced. The author allows our delightful, heroine, Nathalie growth and she is easily relatable to. This one spectacular, splendidly written book that I am so glad to have had the chance to read.

The ending tied up nicely for me, I definitely could see this as a series instead of a dualogy.

Both books Spectacle (#1), and Sensational (#2) are some of the best Tor Teen has published in a long while.

 

“This wasn’t having a vision or reading a book. This wasn’t attending an execution. This was seeing something appalling and uncomfortably compelling.”

Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History and an MBA. She enjoys rooting for Boston sports teams, traveling, doing races (to offset being a foodie), and posting cat photos to Instagram. She works in technology and lives in North Carolina by way of Massachusetts.

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