Release date: 11th February 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: Spectacle #2
Blurb: 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
Thankyou again to the people over at Tor Teen for approving me for the next instalment in Jodie’s Spectacle series set in 19th century Paris. I was so excited to read what Nathalie got up to next!
So this on is a slow starter. While majority of Spectacle (I reviewed it here) was relatively fast paced and surprising, I found Sensational to be a little meh in comparison.
While the audience has already met Nathalie, I found her to be a little bit forgettable and had to reread the previous novel to remember what was going in. Once again her friends are eagerly involved in her plight and also help her investigate another set of murders that have occurred while performing ger duty as an obituary reporter. When she picks up a decapitated head and has a vision, the action kind of starts but also sort of falters at the same time.
While the plot was fairly enjoyable, I found myself getting easily distracted. The actual narrative was good but I feel like maybe it was due to the lack of pacing. This one introduces a new Insightful to the mix with her ability being able to sense where a person has been (I think? I finished this yesterday and already I am forgetting). While I appreciated new characters to try to keep it fresh, as you may be able to tell, I didn’t particularly find new people all that interesting…
Once I finally got through the slog that was the first 2/3 of the novel, Sensational really began to come into its own with better pacing and more interesting twists and turns. Unfortunately it only redeemed it to a point where I didn’t find it completely unlikable.
Basically my thoughts are that this could have had great potential but it fell into that space that many sequels do where they just don’t live up to their predecessor. The main character remains a little dry but is redeemed by the secondary characters. I missed certain characters who were in the first novel and are notably absent for the most part. Overall it was neither good nor bad to it earns an average score from me.
Until next time lovelies xo