I love Paris. I’ve been three times and being there is always so magical! This year seems to be the year of Paris in YA fiction- off the top of my head, I can think of four books set in Paris that come out in January and February. Spectacle is one of those four, and I really enjoyed reading it! Spectacle comes out on February 12th, and if you don’t already have it pre-ordered or requested at your local library, you need to get on that right now.
Spectacle, 4.5/5 Stars
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.
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.
I don’t generally read many murder mysteries, so if I hadn’t connected with Jodie on Twitter (she recently moved to the same area that I live in, so I sent her some recommendations on things to do and places to see around her), I don’t know if I would have picked up this book until well after its release. Well, I am SO GLAD I did because it was so good! On the surface, Spectacle is definitely different from the other books I read, but after getting into the book, I was able to find the elements of fantasy that I love and I think Jodie did an amazing job setting the scene for book two.
I’ve looked at other people’s reviews for Spectacle on Goodreads, and one of the biggest complaints I’ve seen from others is with the pacing of the story. I’m always very sensitive to books that don’t have the pacing correct, because I get really bored, really fast if the plot isn’t moving fast enough and really lost if the plot is moving too fast. I didn’t think that Spectacle suffered from poor pacing- I think the summary provided doesn’t really do justice to how the plot of the book actually goes.
Long story short, I would 100% recommend you reading Spectacle. Not only were there some great twists and turns (especially a little past the middle of the book when something huge happens that I really didn’t expect!), there were details about life in Paris for a sixteen year old that were so sweet and adorable and made me want to go back. I think Jodie did a really good job capturing life in Paris and what it meant to be a Parisian in the late 1800s.
Have y’all read Spectacle yet? Is it on your TBR for when it comes out? Does it sound like something you might be interested in? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!