Published by Entangled Teen on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, mystery, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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...
Holding Court is a young adult mystery romance by K.C. Held. How could I not read Holding Court? I mean, come on, there are castles, history, oh and “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”. Described as “spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.” That just screams good time to me. And I was so right. Holding Court was such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, it is one of the best books I have read in the past few months.
I believe that Holding Court is a standalone, but I am really hoping. No scratch that, I am begging K.C. Held to write another book with Jules and Grayson.View Spoiler » (I feel like their story deserves to be continued, since we didn’t get to see them together at all) « Hide Spoiler Jules and her “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” are my favorite. I just loved her. I want to be best friends with this girl. Plus, her and Grayson had full conversations quoting The Princess Bride. How can you not love them??
Holding Court is unlike anything I have read in a while. Jules takes a summer job at a medieval times type castle, playing the part of the Mad Maid, who spouts prophesies all day. Pretty, perfect right? Well, she soon finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Except no one believes her because she admittedly seems a little batty with her blurting problem. Her “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” added tons of humor to the story. Holding Court is part comedy, part teenage love story, plus a cool mystery with historical fun facts interspersed. I really, really loved it. There needs to be another one! Whether it is a mystery or not, I don’t care so much. I just want to see more Jules and Grayson. And Gran. (it should be noted, that I also want to see Jules best friend Cami, but I want the story to still be about Jules, so I am hesitant to mention her. Because what I think is going to happen is Cami is going to get her own story and Jules will be in the back ground. And i just love Jules so freakin’ much. Ok side note over.)
Bottom line: read Holding Court. Just read it. You will laugh your butt off, and you will thank me.
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