ARC Review: Holding Court by K.C. Held


TitleHolding Court

Author: K.C. Held

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Date of Publication: March 1st 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: Paperback, 352

Description: 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


This book was fantastic. I received Holding Court with little time to read it (the book faced shipping troubles and get sent to me late) but I finished it in two days. Usually, a book will take me four days to finish. My ability to read this fast shows how captivating Holding Court was.

I loved Holding Court because is was a fun, fast-paced read. Throughout the story, I kept wanting to read more. K.C. Held does an incredible job at keeping readers interested while portraying the story. Another great thing was that it did not take a large amount of time trying to introduce you to the story. The plot continued as you were introduced to the story.

The main character, Jules, was likable and had qualities that made her stand out. Jules was a cute character that had many quirks. One of her unique traits that set her apart from other YA characters is that Jules has Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome, a phrase created by her best friend because her absurd predictions that Jules blurts out that are actually helpful. It interesting to see how Jules reacts to her Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome.

Another thing that I enjoyed was Tudor Times. I liked the concept of the place and thought it was a fun setting. I enjoyed the dead body aspect, too. I loved the controversy about whether the body was real. I really liked how Grayson, Jules’ love interest, and Jules paired up to search for the dead girl.

The story was very fun and was an unique mystery read. I usually don’t read mysteries but I enjoyed this story immensely. I am glad Entangled Teen sent the ARC to me because I am happy to have given this book a chance. I assure you that this is the perfect quirky, hilarious, mystery novel for you!



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