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Holding Court Paperback – Mar 1 2016
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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 has worked as a freelance costumer in opera, theatre, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.
Top Customer Reviews
Rating: 4/5 stars
Let me start off by saying, if you are on the fence about this one, but like a good mystery and a girl who randomly blurts out the future: this one is for you. I really enjoyed this one and found myself giggling like a madwoman at some points because it was too true and too hilarious. There were even some points where I felt such second hand embarrassment for Jules that I had to put the book down and wait a couple minutes before continuing. This is such a fun read and I recommend it!
Jules is such a fun and easy to like character. She has her issues and her (tad bit) dysfunctional family, but she knows how to work it. I like that even though she sees these premonitions as a flaw in getting dates, she doesn't always see them as a flaw in herself. Sure, she is upset about it sometimes, but really who wouldn't be. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to randomly yell the future at somebody. But she was so much fun and tried to take matters into her own hands. I also liked that it wasn't about trying to solve the murder for her -- it was about proving herself as a person.
I kinda liked that it was just known in town that some people had "gifts" rather than Jules trying to hide what she could do. Not that she really could per say. But I like when the magic and the fantasy intertwine nicely as a part of life rather than trying to figure out how it could work. Like, I would be okay living in a world where someone could randomly tell me the future even if it didn't really make sense. And I did like that everyone was pretty open to taking it. I feel like this made the world that much more interesting.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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 » 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.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
Juliet “Jules” Verity has always considered herself a freak, thanks to her annoying habit of uncontrollably spewing crazy-sounding prophecies at random. It’s made a lot of things in her life very difficult — such as trying to find a normal job or speaking with her longtime crush Grayson Chandler. Jules is out of a job for the summer when her mother has to close down her antique shop for a temporary job in Paris. So when her bestie Cami finds a job listing at the interactive castle theater called Tudor Times for the part of psychic Maid of Kent, she reluctantly applies because she’s desperate to buy a car since her grandma’s hot pink golf cart is her only motorized choice for transport. Little does she know that her unavailable crush works there, the Mad Maid of Kent is a crazy nun, and that she’ll find a dead body that disappears and leads her into investigating a murder no one believes her about.
Ah! This book had everything I look for in a young adult contemporary. Witty and charming characters, crazy funny dialogue, easy writing style, a story that makes you read through the night, and did I mention lots of laughs?! Add to that romance filled with hilariously awkward moments, mystery involving castle intrigue and dashing knights (or should I say, squights), and lovable family and side characters that made me crack up. Jules’ prophetic gift made for a unique approach to the genre and it ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the book. Jules and Grayson also made it to my OTP list — their mutual love of The Princess Bride was oh-so-cute. The mystery was great — usually I can predict whodunits immediately, but I only guessed around halfway through. I am in shock that this is the author’s debut novel. Please, I need more!! Her writing style really reminded me of one of my favorite authors ever, Jenny B. Jones. All I can say is that K.C. Held has made me a forever fan with Holding Court!
If you enjoy laughing, you will enjoy this new YA. *wink* Seriously though, it was adorably hilarious and I savored every moment. Totally recommended for those who like the YA contemporary genre.
*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This book was fun, breezy, and witty with just the right touch of romance. Juliet ("Jules") Verity was a delightful main character--smart, loyal, and just self-deprecating enough to be relatable. Part of this, of course, comes from her "PTS"--or self-diagnosed psychic Tourette's syndrome, where she feels an inexplicable compulsion to blurt random things that turn out to be true. (Jules is aware that this isn't real Tourette's syndrome, and even comments on the fact that corprolalia, or the blurting tendency most commonly associated with Tourette's syndrome, only happens in 10 % of the cases). Whatever the cause, her blurts are a source of annoyance and embarrassment to Jules.
As the story begins, Jules is looking for a summer job--and finds the perfect one at a local Medieval dinner theater, where, she believes, she'll get to wear an attractive dress and discretely ogle her long-time crush from a distance. But life, of course, rarely works the way you planned (especially in novels!) and Jules finds herself cast as a mad, fortune-telling nun, of all things, and that her crush's girlfriend is also part of the staff. When Jules stumbles across a dead body (that disappears while she's trying to summon help), things only get worse, particularly as Jules tries to uncover information that could clear herself from suspicion.
Held does a wonderful job with this--it's compulsively readable, quick, and the characters run the gamut from funny to downright creepy. Despite the potential darkness of the murder, Held keeps the tone light even as the tension picks up (a perfect combination for me: there's a reason I read cozy mysteries!). Recommended for readers looking for a light-hearted, escapist read.
Held also makes great use of a unique setting - namely Lunewood Castle, a Tudor-era theme restaurant and dinner theater - and her considerable knowledge of costuming and period dress lend authenticity to the story's environment. The sense of place is fully realized - and a gloomy, British castle (even one that has been transported to somewhere in the San Francisco Bay area!) is an irresistibly compelling backdrop for a tale of murder, missing bodies, and an involuntarily psychic sixteen-year-old girl who keeps accidentally blurting her way into trouble.
With a winning protagonist, a swoony love interest, and a supporting cast of lovable oddballs, HOLDING COURT is a delightful read from start to finish, and one that will appeal to adults as well as its target teenage audience. I would recommend this book to any fan of cozy mysteries, or of breezy, confident writing in general.
Held's writing is snappy, whimsical, and absolute. The plot moves along quickly, keeping the reader satisfied, but also, at the same time, wanting more. And the characters are characters themselves. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a funny, thrilling, off-the-wall read.