A Truly Sensational Sequel to Spectacle | Review: Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

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If you loved Spectacle, get ready for its sequel: Sensational! This installment was even more fun than it predecessor--which was already enthralling!


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.

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Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok 
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Wow. Sensational is truly an accurate title for the second installment in Spectacle. This series is so enjoyable and undeniably sensational! Fully compelling in its plots, action packed and engaging. If you thought Spectacle was pure intrigue, you'll definitely appreciate the tone behind Sensational. Jodie Lynn Zdrok ups the tension and adds new layers through each chapter, building onto the suspense.

This was a nearly perfect sequel that, somehow, blows the first installment right out of the water.

The comparisons to Stalking Jack the Ripper may still be present in some ways but readers should not think too deeply on that. It ruins the experience. Spectacle is a completely different series, with its own story-arches. And, I'll say it again: this series is what I wanted the previously mentioned series to be. Rich with history, striking in its exploration of topics and mysteries, this installment is genuinely enjoyable.

You won't want to put it down.

Ever since finishing Spectacle, I've felt questions of what happens next. There's a quality to these characters, the mysterious plotline (and its conclusions) and settings, that makes you want to know as much as possible.

One of the best parts of its predecessor was how easy it was to slip into the narrative and get lost in all its suspense, history, mystery and magic. Sensational embraces its uncanny ability to get lost within a story, fully engulfing readers in a new set of questions. And I think it truly benefit from the time jump (it takes place a couple of years after the events of Spectacle) which sets the course for a new chapter.

I loved the tone and all the ties that connect Sensational and Spectacle. It felt like Zdrok did a wonderful job of refreshing our memories as well as diving into something undeniably new. As always, there's a balance in plotlines (and twists) that are deeply satisfying. The historical aspects, too, are, as always, on point

Watching Nathalie grow in both her ability and character development is nothing short of joy. I've grown even more attached to her in Sensational and felt that the way she has been portrayed is a standout to the series. From her missing memories, her abilities, to her strengths and her guilt, there is something so engrossing to how Zdrok continues to write her.

Ultimately, I adored Sensational and can firmly state that it is one of the best book sequels to come out in 2020. (I read it in 2019, I know, but sh.) This is the type of read you can't look away from. Beautifully written, enthralling and so worth the read.

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