Release date: March 1, 2016
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 the sort of fun, hilarious books that are uplift you after a day of reading some particularly serious books. The setting is contemporary, with a slightly paranormal twist – Juliet is psychic but blurts out her premonitions randomly, without context, making for a very troubling social life. When she gets a job as the Tudor Times castle as a performing psychic, she is interested only because her crush is also one of the actors there. But when a body turns up on her first day, and disappears soon after, she has to use her psychic powers and wits to keep away from the killer and get to the bottom of the matter.
The story is mostly light, with frequent scenes involving Juliet’s random outbursts that lead to awkward or hilarious situations. Her sleuthing skills are not exactly top-notch, and she is suspicious of everybody, including finally the very boy she crushes on. I wish I could say the twist was unexpected, but Gran’s reaction had pretty much solidified my doubts. The mystery was good – and the creepy caretaker was a nice touch. As for the romance, it is definitely adorable with these two precious Princess Bride nerds flirting with each other. Simply put, this is a book you’ll enjoy if you looking for something light and cute.
Received a free galley from Entangled Teen, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.