Spectacle (Spectacle, #1) by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Spectacle (Spectacle, #1)

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 o...

Details Spectacle (Spectacle, #1)

TitleSpectacle (Spectacle, #1)
Release DateFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy

Reviews Spectacle (Spectacle, #1)

  • Chris
    Nathalie Baudin writes the morgue column for Le Petit Journal, which is all the more impressive considering she’s a sixteen-year-old in 1887. Though she longs for a more challenging journalist position, she dutifully attends morgue viewings each day without incident. That is, until the body of a murder victim is displayed, and Nathalie has a vision of the killing in brutal detail. Soon, Paris is in a panic as more bodies are discovered and some...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    "Nathalie was never afraid of the dark, even as a child. If anything, she wanted to know what was in it." Oh how I wanted to love this one.  It was right up my alley - historical fiction, strong feminist character and a cool mystery.  Unfortunately, this one feel a little flat in places for me.Spectacle starts off very intriguing.  Set in Paris, in the 1880s, there is a man running around killing young women ala Ripper style that the press h...
  • Emma
    This was a disappointment. The historical details of Paris were a pleasant change of scene, so I’ve rounded up from 2.5 to 3 stars, but the story seemed all over the place. It was neither a satisfying ending nor a lure to the next book (if there is one).
  • Sarah Loves Books and tea
    Spectacle is a fantastic historical murder mystery with elements of the paranormal set in Paris, 1887. The main character Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes a grisly column for the local newspaper describing the unidentified bodies on display in the morgue, however one day while viewing the body of a murder victim she has a frightening and graphic vision of the girl’s murder. When a second girl is murdered Nathalie again has a vision of he...
  • Kaya
    Hi friends! I'm posting all the main points of my review, but if you want my cheesy jokes and rambling weirdness check out my blog review (link in bio!)This follows a reporter named Nathalie, who, while visiting the morgue for an article, touches the viewing glass and gets a glimpse of the murder. In reverse. So she’s obviously shook, and is trying to reconcile what she knows about the world around her and the secrets everyone has been keeping ...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Oh, this is so delightfully messed up! I mean it, it is sometimes downright gruesome, so if you can't handle death and morgues and such... might want to skip it. But if you can handle it, this was a really good one! Let us discuss why!•Nathalie was morbidly curious, yet still relatable. I mean, I don't frequent places of death personal...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok is a pretty fantastic debut YA historical fantasy mystery set in fin de siècle Paris. I enjoyed all of the historical detail that's gone into the story, like the construction of the Eiffel Tower for example. I also particularly enjoyed getting to know Nathalie. She's a great protagonist. Her curiosity (things get a bit morbid, fair warning), determina...
  • Rae
    ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest reviewYou can also find this review and others on the blog here:http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev...Another historical fiction! I never seemed to enjoy this genre much before because I felt that they were either too dense or too slow. And while this book was a tad on the slow side, it was also really interesting and quite an adventure! After falling in love with the Stalking Jack t...
  • Chelsea
    I come away from this book with a sense of frustration; I’d like to be rating it higher. There was a lot of glimmers here and there of strong writing, a dark and tense atmosphere, and an intriguing, shadowy alternate version Paris, yet so much of this book was bogged down by things that could have been fixed easily with a stronger edit.The story follows sixteen year old Nathalie, who writes a column for the newspaper on the bodies in the Paris ...
  • Zoë ☆
    *3.5 stars! I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t mindblowing! It was fun, but I felt like it was missing something? I don’t know 😂 THE ENDING THOUGH, how can you leave it like that damn it 🙈🙈
  • Sasha
    I remember the day I started that book I was like "Let's read a few chapters there and there to at least actually be reading something". When I finished chapter one I was hooked.It really only took me one chapter to be hooked. I needed to know more, I wanted to know more. I was in the old Paris, very dirty and kinda dark. The smelly Paris where murders were not an unusual thing, where watching bodies was normal. I loved the atmosphere so much! I ...
  • Jessica | Booked J
    (3.5) I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Also found here at Booked J. In simple terms? Spectacle was breathtaking and intriguing. If you are a fan of main characters with strong and individual voices and questions for days, this is the book for you. Further, if you like the above to be mingling with historical settings and supernatural vibes, t...
  • Mara
    3.5 Stars - This book gave me a lot of same vibes as YS Lee's The Agency series... historical setting (this time gilded age Paris), intrepid girl professional (this time a reporter on the morgue beat... yeah, that's a thing in this time period), and MYSTERIOUS MYSTERY (this time a serial killer). There's also an element of the supernatural, which I thought was handled well. Additionally, I appreciated that this is the rare YA novel that truly fee...
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Thank you NetGalley and Tor Teen for the opportunity to review Spectacle!Spectacle was quite different then what I was expecting. Though I did have my issues with Spectacle, I was nonetheless blown away by Jodie's writing style and the dark themes she wrote about in her debut novel. Spectacle was a page turner with characters that were easily likable and a series of grisly murders that you co...
  • Lili Marcus
    3.5 stars.I enjoyed reading this one, though to say I loved it and that this is highly recommended from me would be a stretch.Nathalie is 16 and she writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal and I find that really fascinating. Our MC is really badass and I enjoyed being in her mind. I also love the friendships she has throughout the book. But I must admit sometimes I find her voice so mature. She's only 16 but that's not a major complai...
  • The Book Valkyrie
    Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that Parisian Fantasy/Historical Fiction just isn't my jam.After the disappointment that was Grim Lovelies (a slow-paced, trope-filled book that came out last August) I was reluctant to give this genre another chance... But, I thought that perhaps Spectacle would be all the things Grim Lovelies wasn't: Engaging, interesting, and well-written.Alas, it was not. I have two primary issues with this book.Fo...
  • Heather
    I read an early copy of Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s novel SPECTACLE, and I still have chills! In 1887, the main character, Nathalie, is an ambitious 16-year-old journalist tasked with viewing and writing about the bodies laid out in the Paris morgue. She approaches her duties in a clear, understated manner, which lends an even more sinister air to the story when describing the murder victims on display and the injuries their bodies sustained. When she e...
  • Kelly Coon
    Fans of fantasy, thrillers, and historical fantasy are going to absolutely love SPECTACLE by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I was astounded by the turn of events 75% of the way through. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. I thought I had the whole thing figured out, but Zdrok proved to be a masterful storyteller. She got me!!! Her writing is dark--the detail of the bodies in the morgue is haunting--and the descriptions of Paris in 1887 made me feel like I was right th...
  • Erin A. Craig
    I had the extreme pleasure of reading an ARC of SPECTACLE and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world so I have more people to squeal about it with! I loved the historical details, the pseudo science, and all rollercoaster of plot twists! Such a fun book to curl up with!
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    Well well well that didn't go like I expected. This was very creative even though some of the middle was a bit stretched out. But man I need book two badly! Review is now up on the blog:https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress....
  • Naomi Milliner
    Wow! This is a fun, fast-paced page-turner that will keep you up long after you should be asleep. Then again, you won't WANT to sleep because: a) you will want to keep reading; and b) you may have nightmares. Warning: there IS a sequel. Second warning: it's not out yet so you'll have to wait!
  • Leah
    I think I need to adopt a Marie Kondo style to my reading. If it does not spark joy within the first quarter, quit it. And after turning the last page of Spectacle, the title feels a lot like a misnomer. This wasn't a spectacle by any means, but rather a bit of a snore. This book could have been incredible, but alas. Its biggest flaw was in its pacing. The best mystery/thriller/suspense novels I've read are fast and snappy. Before you've even rec...
  • TheYALibrarian
    Rating 3 StarsThis book gave me major Jack the Ripper vibes but I appreciate the author trying to delve away from that by creating her own serial killer the Dark Artist and having it set in France instead of England. But the ending of this book left a lot lacking and if I think it was written differently this might have had a five star rating from moi.Nathalie Baudin is a sixteen year old girl living in Paris in a time most women did not have a d...
  • Megan (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Every day, sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin visits the public morgue in Paris. She writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize the day’s new arrivals. But one day, as she touches the glass case, she has a vision of the newest body. She sees the young woman in her last moments as she is getting murdered. But one thing about the v...
  • Kayla Gallup
    Spectacle is a young adult murder mystery that takes place in 1800's Paris. Beautiful young women are being brutally murdered by a serial killer who believes the way he mutilates the bodies are a work of art. Nathalie writes a morgue column for a newspaper and when the first victim is brought to the morgue and displayed, Nathalie accidentally touches the pane of the viewing area and receives a vision of how the victim was murdered. She thinks it ...