Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Faces of the Dead" (a ghastly Lexi review)

Dear Readers,

I was worried I wouldn't really get into today's book because it's a historical fiction novel, but I was wrong! It's Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn. (She's seriously an awesome author...)

Summary: "When Marie-Therese, daughter of Marie Antoinette, slips into the streets of Paris at the height of the French Revolution, she finds a world much darker than what she's ever known.

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.
Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she's known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she's forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there's much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman's wax figures - than meets the eye." (Thank you, Goodreads!)

Okay, so the book was a bit slow in a couple of places (at least to me, but I know others may argue with me about this). This novel taught me a lot about Marie Antoinette and the rest of her family, and the revolution/uprising. I also loved the spooky parts, and think that the beginnings of some of the most well-known people in history that were suggested in here were just great! The characters were well-developed and fun. The main character was daring for a princess, and was strong, so I truly respected her. Her story was just fun and intriguing, and I loved it. Her love interest was a great one, and working with who would eventually be Madame Tussaud was fun! I hope y'all like it as much as I did!

In Conclusion and Suggestions: Read this novel. It's a great one, so stick with it. Read it when you want something a bit spooky, but also sweet and daring.

4/5 wax figures (hard to rate)

Till next time!


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