Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Holding Court by K.C. Held

Holding Court by K.C. Held
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of...well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...

So I've always been a big fan of Medieval Times.  Any time I've ever visited a city that has one, I always have to go there and enjoy being immersed in history and getting a good show that makes you feel like you stepped into that time period.  Holding Court did that for me too.  It was like getting a look behind the scenes of a Medieval Times.  So there was excitement, history, romance, and loads of comedy.

I absolutely LOVED Jules as a character.  Her narration gave this story such a fabulous sparkle.  She's just one of those characters whose comedic personality just leaps off the page.  She's got an unusual gift which she views as more of a curse, and how it manifests itself sometimes was very funny.  Add to that the intrigue of a mysterious circumstance that she begins to investigate, and you have some great suspense in this story too.

The author did a great job keeping you guessing, but also giving you clues.  I am happy to say that I was NOT able to work out the mystery ahead of time, it is also didn't come out of left field either.  It made sense.  So the author did an amazing job surprising me and keeping me going up until the final reveal.

I loved all the characters in this story... they were all unique in their own way and were so real and three dimensional that I could imagine them so well.  And the romance...  very nice.

All around, this book did it for me in a great way.  I pretty much skated through it and was sorry it was over. A wonderful story!!

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