E-Arc Review: Sensational (Spectacle #2) by Jodie Lynn Zdrok


45734868Title: Sensational (Spectacle #2)
Author: Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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“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.” (Goodreads)

I put this off for a long time because I didn’t want this duology to end. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the first book and it’s always sad to have to say goodbye. I went into this with high expectations and in some ways it lived up to that and in other ways it didn’t.

One of the reasons I love this author is because of the settings she gives us. I have enjoyed each one and this Paris/Exposition setting was no different. Who doesn’t love murder and the Eiffel tower?

Another thing I loved about this book was how the murderer weaved a play as to tell the story of the deaths. It was pretty interesting and I was always looking forward to the next note that would be left behind.

I also really enjoy how the author brings historical fiction and fantasy together. They meld so nicely. I usually have a harder time with historical fiction but fantasy always has a way to my heart. She never disappoints!

One complaint I had was the relationship Nathalie found herself in. It didn’t feel authentic enough and since it wasn’t really a huge part of the plot I felt that it was a bit unnecessary since she seemed to be pining over another character from book one.

The beginning was also a bit slow at times and even the murdering didn’t grasp my attention as much as book one. It was still an interesting plot but I just needed a bit more.

Overall, I’m impartial to this one. There were some great aspects and ones that I didn’t like as much. I’m glad that I got to return and read about Nathalie and her friends once again.



Recent Arcs #2



Hello Lovely Readers!

I did a post like this at the beginning of August where I share what arcs I have recently acquired. The newest ones I have all come from NetGalley minus one that I received from the authors. They also all came in at the same time which always happens! (I’ll never get caught up, haha.)

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1.) Scammed (Vale Hall #2) (No Cover Yet/Will be added)

2.) Don’t Read the Comments

3.) Knight of the Silver Circle

4.) Sensational (Spectacle #2)

5.) Echoes Between Us

6.) The Shrike & the Shadows (Provided by authors)

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In August I manged to read everything on my last list besides two. I’d say that is pretty good. Including these, I have 10 arcs to get through. I was in the single digits but NetGalley always gets me!

Are you wanting to read any of these? Do you have one of these as well? Let me know in the comments!

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Arc Review: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok


Title: Spectacle
Author: Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Genre: YA Historical Fiction / Mystery
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Rating: 5 stars

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

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Spectacle follows a sixteen-year-old named Nathalie Baudin who writes the morgue column for a journal in Paris. Murders start happening and she soon starts seeing visions of their murder through the eyes of the killer. She can only hope that they will be enough to help catch the person responsible before its too late.

When I found out I was approved for this I literally screamed. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and needed more murder mystery in my life. This book was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Although it may be similar to the previous book mentioned, the author adds a dash of paranormal and magic that lures you in and gives it its own spin.

From the first page you are swept into this eerie plot. There were no slow spots for me as it left me engaged and guessing the whole way through. Although I had my suspects, I wasn’t expecting the outcome and its always refreshing to be surprised!

Nathalie is a wonderful character that grows a lot throughout the book and really tries to find out who she is. Some of the other characters weren’t as fleshed out as some but it didn’t deter me from enjoying the back. One thing that stood out for me was that there was no romance. Nathalie may have liked someone but they were never together and not much was said about it and its great to find a book that doesn’t need all that for a great plot.

Nathalie’s visions are a unique way at looking at the murders and add a more eerie feel to the book. There is some background to her visions and how it may be tied to her family but for the most part the magic (not sure what other word to use) is subtle with most other characters and hopefully there will be another book that delves more into it!

Overall, this was a wonderfully fantastic read and I can’t wait to see what comes next from this author!