Book Title: Spectacle
Book Author: Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Book Publisher: Tor Forge
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Yes
Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having a fabulous Monday! It’s snowing outside right now, and the weather is perfect for reading! (Or writing a blog post like I’m currently doing at the moment! :))
I requested this specific book from Net Galley first of all because it’s a historical fiction (what can I say, I’m obsessed with these things now!). Secondly, because it takes place in Paris! And it’s a murder mystery! (Be still, my former CSI loving heart!)
Also, the cover – (I currently don’t a have a picture to use, but check it out on goodreads when you have a moment!) reminds me a lot of the Jackaby series – which I absolutely adore, so there’s that too!
I think of this book as a Stalking Jack the Ripper/Jackaby crossover! I loved both, so of course I loved this one as well! 🙂
Immediately, I was drawn into the setting of book. The story was extremely well written, and flowed amazingly.
The protagonist, Nathalie, is a strong willed, independent female character. I love that she works at a place that’s “technically” a man’s role in this world, and she’s excelling at it. I love that her best friend is also equally strong willed and independent.
There are some “grizzly” aspects to this story, as the protagonist is a morgue reporter and visits the morgue on a daily basis. (My zombie loving self enjoyed every moment of it), but similar to Stalking Jack the Ripper, it’s also a murder mystery!
There is something of a bit of a romance in this story, but I really enjoyed how it’s very subtle throughout the story, instead of right in your face as a reader. It’s also very cute!
The supernatural aspect of the book was definitely different than what I expected and I thought that it made the story more intriguing too. Also, I loved that there were secrets that the protagonist had to uncover. I guess that’s why it’s a mystery, lol.
I really enjoyed the plot twists that happened in this book, they definitely caught me off guard!
This book sets up the story really well for the next one, and I am looking forward to reading what comes next.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the all the characters, the plot was amazing, intriguing, grizzly, cute at times, and mysterious. It was really well-written and easy to follow. As a reader, I felt like I was right there with the protagonist, helping her decide her next course of action. The plot twists were unexpected and it made for a great story. I can’t wait to to find out what the author plans to write about in the next book! 🙂
I received a copy of this e-arc from the publisher through Net Galley!
Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!