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ARC Review – Holding Court by K.C. Held

ARC Review – Holding Court by K.C. HeldHolding Court by K.C. Held
Published by Entangled Teen on March 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Pages: 352
Source: Entangled Publishing
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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...

Jules Verirty comes from a long line of woman that have unique giftings. She can’t seen anything good about her gift, she just feels like a freak. She has lost  many jobs due to her “Psychic Tourettes Syndrome. Jules randomly blurts psychic predictions, with now way to control it. She finds the right job at Tudor times were psychic blurts are encouraged. It doesn’t hurt that the guys she’s been crushing on in the sixth-grade works there too. This coming of age story is cute and will have you laughing out loud.

In a Oyster shell –  An amusing YA paranormal mystery that was very enjoyable.

The Pearls – 

The story premise was fun, on par with the whole book. The special abilities she gave the ladies of Jules family were unique and made for a one of a kind story. I was so pleased with it. I was thinking of how many people I could shove this book upon. It was so good.

The prose was clever, witty, and just straight hilarious. The author had a great sense of humor and I laughed out loud a few times.

The setting was well thought out and pulled you right into the story. An eccentric wealthy guy that will spare no expense recreating the middle ages was just fabulous! The characters were well distinguished and defined.

The Sand – There was a sentence or two that didn’t make sense.

Side Note –  There is a very unexpected LGBT element to the story.

4 Pearls!

 

4 Stars

About K.C. Held

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, theater, film and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.

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  • Whitney @ First Impressions Reviews March 2, 2016, 6:43 am

    Holding Court sounds like a really fun book and seems cute for a paranormal story.
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  • Becca @ The Bookkeeper's Apprentice March 2, 2016, 7:55 am

    I’m reading this right now! Great review :)
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    • Jessica March 8, 2016, 5:26 pm

      I laughed out loud so many times. The author has a really wicked (meaning great) sense of humor!

  • Kim March 2, 2016, 9:07 am

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review!
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  • Kristin March 2, 2016, 9:23 am

    Hmmm… I would have never guessed it would have LGBT vibe based off of the synopsis. I’ve seen the book floating around on the blogosphere and that’s the first time someone has mentioned it. I know a lot of people would be interested in reading it just off that aspect alone.
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    • Jessica March 8, 2016, 5:25 pm

      It was a surprising element to the book. I know a lot of people don’t see it as out of the norm anymore. I am a Christian Jew. I believe G-d had a certain plan for relationships. I also believe that it’s up to the individual to take that up with G-d. I think too many Christians try to play judge and jury and it is not our job. I know there are a select few that it would matter to. It mattered to me.

      • Kristin March 8, 2016, 5:32 pm

        Well, it’s definitely a good thing you added that into your review. There should be some sort of hint that it’s in there if not a disclaimer just in case. :\

        • Jessica March 8, 2016, 9:06 pm

          That’s our job as reviewers! We are some of the only accountability that authors have to readers. If that makes sense.

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