Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook
Published: March 1st 2016 by Entangled Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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…
If I have to describe this bool in one word, it would be EPIC! Because it was absolutely was! This book was the perfect combination of mystery, romance and hilarity. This book is definitely among my top favourites of 2016!
Jules Verity suffers from “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” – where she blurts out prophecies at the most awkward timing and she can’t seem to decipher it’s meaning at all. Meanwhile, her best friend signs her up for a job in a castle-turned-dinner-theater known as Tudor Times where Jules’ unattainable crush Grayson works as well, therefore she reluctantly agrees to go. But things turn upside down for her when she discovers a dead body in a secret passageway which seems to dissappear when she calls the authority. Will she be able to prove her sanity or will the killer escape free?
The plot was unique and refreshing. Jules reluctantly agrees to work at Tudor Times where, ironically she has to dress up as the mad Maid of Kent and utter a few prophesies infront of the audience. That doesn’t seem to be a problem because she’s already blessed or rather cursed with that power which she calls the blurting problem. Now, this aspect was absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole book, well except the last portion where things became a bit tight. It was especially funny because the prophecies seemed weird and comical but it had an inner meaning to it which were finally revealed during the last portion.
I absolutely adored the characters. Jules was a fantastic character, I loved her sense of humour and well, basically loved her. She was sweet, a bit insecure and naive but overall a great character. I absolutely loved Cami, Jules’ best friend. She was freaking awsome and I loved how she believed in her and pushed her to do what she was actually capable of. The family aspect was a major bonus because Jules’ grandmother was freaking awsome, oh how I adored her and I loved her mother as well, she was sweet, loving and caring.
There were a few other minor characters as well who played an equally important role in this book as well. Now, Grayson! I didn’t know what to think about him at first but then I slowly started falling for him and when I actually learned the whole truth- my god! He was a seriously such great guy! The romance did not overrule the mysterious aspect which was actually the main factor and it was perfectly executed. I didn’t even think about that person who could be responsible for it! That was an awsome plot twist! Nonetheless, coming back to the romance, the ending was adorably cute and mushily (is that even a word?) perfect! I felt absolutely satisfied after reading this book.
Overall, Holding Court was a freaking fantastic read which I enjoyed reading sooo much. This was really a great debut! The plot was unique and neatly executed. I fell in love with the characters and I absolutely adored them to bits! The romance was soo cute and the mystery was perfectly maintained throughout the book. The writing was beautiful and laced with humour and the pace was fast throughout the book. I’m definitely going to be looking forward to read more books by this author in the future.
Absolutely yes! Like leave everything right now and read this awsome thing!!
Sooo, how many of you are excited to read this book? Is it already in your tbr or are you planning to read it quite soon? What intrigued you the most about this book? Share your thoughts with me!