Book Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Release Date: March. 1, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery
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…
Sixteen year old Jules Verity has a family that each have different gifts, or curses depending on how you look at it. Her grandmother can see auras and has used the ability to set up her own matchmaking service. Her mother can touch any object and tell the authenticity so has her own antique shop. However Jules doesn’t have control over her ability, it seems she’s psychic but it comes as blurting out random sayings that make little to no sense at the time thus her best friend Cami has dubbed the ability “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”.
Jules like any other sixteen year old with a brand new drivers license wants her own car so she decides to get a summer job at Tudor Times, a dinner theater in a castle where Jules thinks she’s applying to be a fair maiden but ends up playing a crazy psychic nun the Mad Maid of Kent which fits Jules Psychic Tourettes quite perfectly. Other than embarrassment from her long time crush Grayson seeing her as a nun, Jules should have found herself the perfect job, that is until she stumbles into a secret passage and finds a dead body.
Holding Court is just a fun, light-hearted book that was just too cute for words. I completely enjoyed everything about this story. The setting had me from the start as it reminded me of a place I have actually been to called Medieval Times near Chicago. But Jules was just adorable with her blurting out the most random things at the most inopportune times that it had me giggling all the way through the pages.
The book can be best described as a young adult cozy mystery with a tad bit of romance thrown into the mix. Jules has a crush on Grayson but the main focus of the story is the fact Jules had found a body and no one seems to believe her due to her outbursts. She takes investigating into her own hands and embarks on one hilarious adventure.
Overall, great fun read that I’d definitely recommend checking out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My rating 5/5 stars
About the author:
K.C. HELD was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France. Married to her high school sweetheart, and mom to two avid bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theater, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.
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Giveaway Information: Contest ends March 18, 2016
* One (1) winner will receive Holding Court swag pack containing a magnetic prophecy kit, signed bookplate, coloring postcard with stacked coloring pencil, and a bookmark.