Review: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes || Plus Interview!

Title: The Ugly Teapot

Author: Fred Holmes

Series: The Ugly Teapot, book 1: Hannah [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Magic Realism, [Middle Grade]

Heat Rating: N/A

Page Count and Format: 205 pages, Ebook

Published: March 30th 2016

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.


USEEEEEEEEE

I don’t usually read Middle Grade books, I don’t know why but I haven’t give it much a try. But something about this book called to me and I wanted to give it a try! I am sooo glad I said yes to read this book because this was such magical experience that I am never going to forget!

Hannah had received an ugly teapot from her father the year before that he had claimed to be magical. Now he is no more and Hannah can’t bear that fact. So with one last push she decides to test the teapot’s magical properties and try bringing her father back to life. And woosh! Within sometimes she is whisked into a magical adventure along with his father that is going to change her life forever. Well is she manages to make it back alive!

First of all, the plot was magical! I enjoyed it so, sooo much! I enjoyed every element of this story, it was so much fun to read about and I loved the fact that it was quite unpredictable. It managed to surprise me throughout the entire book. The magical realism part was handled really well and it was just so great! Hannah can’t imagine a world without her father who is a photographer and travels throughout the world. But when the unthinkable happens, Hannah feels crushed. I felt so bad for that little girl. I could understand the pain that she was going through. Nonetheless, every time Hannah’s dad came back from an assignment he bought something for Hannah and the last time he got her an ugly teapot which he claimed was Aladdin’s magic lamp. Hannah doesn’t believe in those things but this time she decided to take a leap of faith.

I enjoyed the adventure that Hannah embarked with her father so much. I adored Hannah. She was such a great character. I felt like a little girl myself, on an adventure while I was reading this book. The experience was surreal. Hannah was such a strong and caring character. She was ready to do anything for her dad whom she considered her hero. I can’t say much without giving out the story but you guys have to read this one, believe me!  All the characters were fleshed out really well, I liked Hannah’s dad. I could understand why Hannah loved her dad soo much. Despite the adventure with her father, the last portion where Hannah understood the bond which she shared with her mother made me cry. It was so heartfelt!

Overall, The Ugly Teapot was a fantastic read! I loved the plot from the very beginning and there was not a single dull moment in this book. It managed to hold my interest as one thing or the other was constantly happening. I adored the characters, especially Hannah! The writing beautiful and it felt like a vivid picture was painted in front of my eyes. The pace was fast and I loved the overall ride! This book changed my view on the middle grade category and I am definitely going to give MG more a try! Last but not the least, I am so excited to read the next adventure in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


And now I present to you guys the lovely Q&A that I’m glad the author agreed to do! Without any further ado, here it is! I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did!

Author Interview:

1. Describe your story to the readers in a line or two.

THE UGLY TEAPOT is the story of a young girl who goes on a magical adventure with her father. There is just one problem. Her father died a month ago.

2. Which authors were your inspiration?

There are so many authors I absolutely love it’s difficult to narrow them down. But high on my list would be Terry Pratchett, George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfus, and Neil Gaiman. The author who inspired TEAPOT was Ray Bradbury. He wrote a wonderful book called DANDELION WINE, and it is one of my favs. Years ago, a friend of mine was working with him on a movie version of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. The movie didn’t get made, but my friend got Mr. Bradbury to autograph a copy of DANDELION WINE for me, and it is one of my prize possessions. In homage to Mr. Bradbury, I named the town in TEAPOT Green Park, after the Green Town of DANDELION WINE, and I named my family Bradbury.

3. The Ugly Teapot is a pretty interesting story. How did you come up with such an intriguing idea?

The story sprang from tragedy. My brother died very young and his death was very difficult for me. That was decades ago, and I’m still not over it. I wanted to write a story that would accomplish two things: help me through my grief, and help others as well. The story itself came from my love of fairy tales. I wanted to write a timeless tale that had elements of the stories I read as a child, but had a modern sensibility. I enjoy urban fantasy, and am intrigued by the idea that magic exists all around us all of the time, we’ve just lost our ability to see it. I love stories like THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, that start in the real world, take you into a fantasy realm, then bring you back. If you’ve never read Joseph Campbell’s HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, you should. It talks about the commonality that exists in stories told all over the world, and is an excellent primer on the mythological structure of a story.

4. Are you as adventurous as Hannah’s father?

I do love a good adventure. It is one of the few pure joys in this world, in my opinion. I have been fortunate because my profession (I write and direct television documentaries, etc.) has taken me all over the world, and along the way I have had some pretty exciting adventures–more than I could possibly relate in this short interview! Some of these places were very dangerous, and I’ve had a few close calls, but I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

5. What was the most challenging aspect that you faced while writing The Ugly Teapot?

There were many challenges in writing TEAPOT, but one of the most challenging was keeping the real world and the fantasy world “in sync”. What I mean by this is that once Hannah completely immerses herself in the fantasy world, her link to the real world slips, such that time passes differently for her and her mother. I tried to make this disparity seamless, but if you look at the two timelines closely, you will see they do not match. This was by design.

6. What is the thing that you love the most about our protagonist Hannah?

I adore her bravery and tenacity and her willingness to risk death to save her father. But most of all, I love the fact that even though she was often terrified out of her wits, she never let this stop her from doing the right thing. This is something I believe we can all identify with. There is nothing wrong with being afraid. Fear is nature’s way of telling us to be careful. But what separates the great from the mediocre is that the great continue on despite their fear. Perhaps this is why my favorite character in the HARRY POTTER series isn’t Harry Potter. It’s Hermione Granger. Not only did she have a brilliant mind, she was fearless. She weighed the odds, adopted a plan, and moved forward.

7. Are you working on any new project that the readers should be aware of?

Oh yes! I’m almost finished with the sequel to THE UGLY TEAPOT, and I love it even more than the first one. This is mainly because my new heroine is my homage to Hermione Granger. She is freaking brilliant, but also fearless–which is good because she faces some insurmountable odds. I can’t tell you any more than that, but if you enjoyed the first TEAPOT, you will adore the second!

(I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear that!!)

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

A lot of people will give you advice on character and conflict and on good writing habits. The internet is bulging with writers giving other writers advice. I prefer to talk about why you should write. And I guess I would want to say that as writers, our stories are our gifts to the next generation, so make them good gifts. In a world in which so many people use their creativity to harm others, be one of those who gives something of value to others. Write stories that serve a grand purpose—that spread joy and happiness. I know I probably sound like a hippy from the sixties, and if I do, thank you for the complement. But those of us who write have been given a unique opportunity. We get to create worlds that have never existed, and to populate those worlds with flesh and blood characters who go on to accomplish worthwhile goals. If you do your job right, people all over the world, people you will never meet, will be impacted by your stories in a positive way. And what a rare and beautiful gift that is!

You guys can check out the book trailer here.


Author Bio:

THE UGLY TEAPOT is Fred Holmes’s first fiction novel, having previously ghost written a nonfiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD, published by Thomas Nelson. He is known primarily as a writer and director of films and television, working primarily in family films and children’s television. His work can be seen on Mary Lou Retton’s FLIP FLOP SHOP, BARNEY & FRIENDS, WISHBONE, HORSELAND, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, and many other shows, for which he has won two Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagles, among numerous other awards. He has also directed three feature films, including DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Miramax, and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India. He lives with his wife and son in the southwest United States, and can be found online at http://www.flholmes.com.

Author Links:

Website || Facebook || Goodreads

Purchase Link:

Amazon


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Review: Say Something by T.A. Roth

Title: Say Something

Author: T.A. Roth

Series: The Speak series, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 267 pages, Ebook

Published: March 25th 2015 by T.A. Roth

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Twenty–two-year-old Ari Munoz prefers to keep men at an arms’ length. So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn’t think of a worse way to spend her night. That’s until she sparks the interest of love’em and leave’em Ben Rodriguez. She knows she shouldn’t trust him, but the electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she’s never felt before.

Twenty-two-year-old Ben Rodriguez has it all, and his senior year marks the beginning of even bigger things to come. He’s a football star, fraternity president, and his endless pick of beauties makes him the envy of all of his frat brothers. So why is a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out his rules?

Ari has her secrets.

Ben has his rules.

What happens when both your pasts threaten your future?

Say Something…

*This novel contains adult themes and language. 18+ please. This is book one in a series and contains a cliffhanger.*


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Say Something was your typical NA read where the guy is popular and a jock but falls for the quite and shy girl. But I can’t say that I didn’t like it because I sure did.

Ben is in his final year of college, he is a football star, and the head of his fraternity. He doesn’t do relationships either but something changes when he sees Ari for the first time in a party. They both can’t stay away from each other. Although they are both scared of this new feelings but nonetheless they decide to give them a shot and but will happen when Ari’s past resurfaces?

Well… that’s my question as well because this book ended in a huge cliffhanger, though I was already warned in the blurb but still it felt huge! Okay, let’s come back to the beginning before we talk about the end, shall we? So, the book started off pretty good, although the plot was predictable but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Ben has never been in an actual relationship but with Ari, he starts wanting more. For both of them, it’s a complete new territory but they both decide to give it a try. I really loved these two together, they had perfect chemistry and the romance was pretty hawt!

I basically loved all the characters in this book. Ari was a great character, she was sweet and caring and I loved her with Ben. I most definitely enjoyed the family aspect of this book as well, yes.. although it was not much but I loved every bit of what I got. Ari had a past that she never told anyone but she finally confessed to Ben after he witnessed her repeated nightmares about how she was abused by her piano teacher when she was just 7 years old. That was… just heartbreaking. She never told anyone because that asshole teacher told her everybody would hate her and she was just a child, she got easily manipulated. BUT… this past resurfaces in the last chapter right before this book ends!! God… I really need the second book… like right now!

Overall, Say Something was a great read. Although the plot was predictable but I enjoyed reading it, the characters were pretty great as well. I loved the romance between Ari and Ben and I can’t wait to see more of it. Nonetheless, the writing was great and pretty smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. This book left me in a lot of suspense and that won’t be solved unless and until I read book 2. Hopefully, I can read it soon.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Lessons of the Heart by Jodie Larson

Title: Lessons of the Heart

Author: Jodie Larson

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 315 pages, Ebook

Published: March 12th 2016 by Jodie Larson

Source: I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558655390


Blurb (from Goodreads):

The first time we met, James Dumont knocked me off my feet.

He’s sexy and smart, the classic good guy…. Exactly what I want, and everything I’ve ever dreamed of. The most perfect guy at Somerset High School.

He even makes sixth-period Geography interesting.

Everyone says high school is tough. Fighting my attraction to James? That’s the hardest part, because this guy, my perfect match, the one who makes my heart overrule my head…

He’s my teacher.

What if the greatest lesson you could learn in school couldn’t be found in a book?


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This book… I don’t know. I thought I was going to love this but unfortunately it turned out to be very different.

Britta and James are immediately attracted to one another when they meet for the first time at the teacher’s common room in their high school. Britta thinks he’s a new student and James the opposite. Later when they both learn about the truth, they know anything between them is impossible but they can both fight off the attraction or will they risk losing their reputation?

My first reason for picking this up was because of the forbidden romance which I absolutely love if well executed but in this case, it unfortunately wasn’t. I enjoy the angst the most in a forbidden romance story and in this book, it was somehow missing due to which I felt the lack of chemistry between the two main characters. Their romance was sweet, but too sweet at times and the dialogues were definitely too cheesy which were too much for my taste. Things were a bit too fairy tail-ish rather than realistic.

Both Britta and James were okay character but they were definitely not mature for their age. Though James was her teacher, the age difference didn’t matter much, it was only a mere 5 years difference but they didn’t have any urge to control. I mean if they really felt and cared so much for each other, they could have tried waiting for a bit because the wait wouldn’t have been for too long because Britta was graduating soon. When one of them was trying, the other one was seducing and this process kind of became repetitive after a bit. They really didn’t think much of the consequence and that’s why the Chase thing happened. Though I did like the ending.

Overall, Lessons of the Heart was an okay read. I didn’t like the plot much nor did I care much for the characters. The romance was too cheesy for my taste. The writing was okay and easy to read though the dialogues were a bit too much. The pace was even throughout the book. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book much as I thought I would.

Recommend it?

No.


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Review: Under the Trees by Ashley Maker

Title: Under the Trees

Author: Ashley Maker

Standalone

Genre: Historical, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 135 pages, Ebook

Published: March 21st 2016 by Ashley Maker

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558655390


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Desperate to prevent an abusive arranged marriage, Princess Araya flees to a neighboring kingdom, only to land at the mercy of the impulsive Crown Prince Thoredmund, who provides refuge in a secluded forest and teaches her survival skills. Her surprise at the unexpected hold the prince has on her heart mirrors his shock at falling for the one girl he can’t have.

As the young couple’s feelings for each other grow, the fragile alliance between the two kingdoms threatens to break apart. With a vengeful duke and an enraged king fast on their trail, Thor and Araya must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love.

Even if staying together means starting a war.


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I really, really hate to give such low ratings to a book but what can be done! I was pretty excited to read this book but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this much as the story felt flat for me.

Princess Araya flees from her kingdom when she is  forced to marry to an abusive duke. Prince Thoredmund on an impulse lets her cross the border to his own kingdom for safety without knowning her identity. Later when he finds the girl he recognizes her in an instant but after hearing her side of the story he decides to help her. As these two begin to develop feelings for each other, hiding becomes more difficult, especially if anyone comes to know the truth nobody can stop starting a war between these two kingdoms.

The plot had potential but it felt flat for me. The story was pretty short, therefore everything felt underdeveloped. Princess Thoremund decides to help Princess Araya when he learns the truth about her escape even when he knows that if anybody finds out a war is going to break out due to some previous circumstances that had led an embittered relationship between the two kingdoms. The setting was beautiful but it could have been more developed. I wanted much more things to happen and I was waiting constantly but nothing much actually happened throughout the story.

Princess Araya was an okay character but I did like Prince Thor, he was loyal and brave. The relationship between Araya and Thor developed pretty fast, there was a case of insta-love but I couldn’t feel any chemistry between them and there wasn’t much romance either so the confession part felt pretty sudden. All the characters were predictable, hence I lost interest pretty fast. The plot twist was good but once again I was underwhelmed.

Overall, Under the Trees was an okay read. The plot had potential but I felt it was underdeveloped. The characters were okay but predictable. The writing was smooth and easy to read. But overall, I failed to enjoy this book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


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Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to my tour stop of Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Adorkable

Author: Cookie O’Gorman

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: A tini tiny bit warm

Page Count and Format: 283 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: March 31st 2016

Source: I received an eARC of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for this tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal- even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life- and he’s completely clueless.<>

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?


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Okay… this book was adorably cute! Confession: I’ve always wanted to read a book named Adorkable and when I saw this and read the blurb, I couldn’t pass it up. Also it had one of my favourite romantic tropes- best friends to lovers. This book didn’t disappoint and I loved each and every moment of it.

Sally is a dork, she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she doesn’t mind that at all. But her mom and her bestfriend, Hooker cannot stop their matchmaking games, so to stop them from setting blind dates anymore Sally decides to take help from her bestfriend, Becks. He doesn’t hesitate when she asks him. But Hooker doesn’t believe their false charade so they decide to up their game. But Sally doesn’t have to pretend much because she’s already in love with him. Will Becks ever understand Sally’s true feelings for him?

I absolutely love this kind of storyline and it was perfectly executed here. Sally had always been in love with Becks since forever but she had been unable to say anything to him. And when she needed him to be her fake boyfriend he simply agreed. I loved when they were trying to make Hooker believe that what was going on between them was actually true and ironically it was, but both of them could not or did not want to understand that. There is a tini-tiny bit of a love triangle but I actually did not hate that because Ash, the other guy was pretty great and he genuinely liked her.

All the characters were pretty much awesome. However, I think Sally’s mom was a bit over imposing. I understand that she wanted her daughter to find somebody but literally forcing her to do so was quite wrong, pretty much the same for Hooker. Nonetheless, I loved Sally, she was sweet, simple and dorky, she cared about the people close to her. Also I loved her habit- when she was upset or angry she would speak in German without even realizing it. It was pretty funny but that scene at the party kinda broke my heart. Becks was an amazing guy but I wish he would have been a bit more straight forward with Sally but I have to say, I absolutely loved their chemistry and the romance was oh so cute!!

Overall, Adorkable was an awesome read. I loved the storyline and the plot was executed smoothly. The characters were relatable and I fell in love with them. The romance between Sally and Becks were cute and sometimes a bit hot as well. The writing was simple and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to read more books by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bio:

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE will be released in 2016.

Author Links:

Website || Goodreads || Twitter || Facebook

Purchase Links:

Amazon


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Review: Bound by Susanne Valenti

Title: Bound

Author: Susanne Valenti

Series: Cage of Lies, book 4

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 217 pages, Ebook

Published: March 18th 2016 by Amazon

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Locked in the darkness all hope should be lost but Maya has never felt so alive. She will have to fight for her survival even harder than before but she’s never had so much to live for. Everything has changed again and there are many obstacles in her way but she can’t give up now. Fate keeps conspiring against her but she is determined to get back to the city which owes her so much. They took her family, her home and the truth from her and she won’t stop until she’s paid them back.


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Sooo… I loved this book! I decided not to take any more review requests this month because of my finals next month but I think Susanne is an exception for me, mainly because I love this series so much! So, of course I couldn’t say no when she asked me about this book. You can read my reviews for the previous books in this series here.

*Do not proceed if you haven’t read book 3 or 3.5 because of possible spoilers.*

Bound picked up from the very point where Broken left off. Maya is overjoyed to find Coal alive but they are both prisoners to the wardens. They devise a plan to escape but numerous hurdles keep coming their way. Will they be able to escape? Even if they did, will they be able to face what lied ahead?

One of the things that I like most about Susanne’s writing is how she depicts her action sequences. They are detailed and vividly portrayed, they manage to produce a cinematic effect in my mind which makes those scenes throughly entertaining. We get to see a lot of action in this book, Maya trying to find a way to escape, their ultimate face off with the creepers and various other situations as well. They were perfectly executed. But it did feel it was a bit dragging in the middle section of the book, otherwise I have no complains. I especially liked the face off between the girls and the men at the camp, it was totally fun and the girls kicked their asses! I was glad to see a conclusion with the creepers as well, atleast I think that was a conclusion… or not? Oh well, have to read the next book to find out.

The characters were as awsome as ever! I love Maya’s character. She is brave, strong and a kickass protagonist. I loved that she cared about each and every one of her friends. I was so glad to have Coal back but I don’t know, I felt a little disconnected with him. But nonetheless I loved their romance. They had so much catching up to do… And is there something brewing between Alicia and Taylor? Oh, I definitely hope so!! As usual, I completely loved Alicia, she is fiercely loyal and a great friend. Surprisingly, I liked Taylor as well, not that I hated him but I was glad he understood his actual feelings. There were so many great moments in this book, though some nearly gave me a heart attack. And that ending! Omg! I need the next book now!! *sighs*

Overall, Bound was another great read in the Cage of Lies series. The plot was neatly executed and the I loved all the characters. Well except those creepy creepers, not that they count as characters anyway! The writing was simple and easy to read and the pace was fast throughout the book. I can’t believe there’s only one more book left, I seriously can’t wait to read the stunning conclusion to this series!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Holding Court by K.C. Held

Title: Holding Court

Author: K.C. Held

Standalone

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.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


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…


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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.

Recommend it?

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!