Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book review - Holding Court

Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Genre: mystery
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Good, not great

Summary (provided by 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...

My opinion: There are two elements to this book I really enjoy: Jules' job and her psychic manifestations. That twist on the medieval times/historical reenactment job is pretty entertaining. Clever. And I love the psychic blurt thing. Like a Greek seer, unable to control her gift. I'm a fan of double edged abilities in books like this. Now the book does suffer from some believably issues and is not particularly complex. Still, the mystery is solid if not mind blowing. An entertaining read, just not something that would hold up to multiple reads.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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