HOLDING COURT BY K.C. HELD
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Book Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Release Date: March. 1, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery
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 YA is really compelling, a perfect mix of mystery, romance and humor, with a touch of paranormal.
Jules accepts a job in a castle-turned-dinner-theater, she hopes to have some extra money to buy a car and stay close to her crush Grayson. But the costume that she must wear is really horrible and has the misfortune to find a dead body in a secret passage. As soon as she calls the police the body is no longer there. Will she show that she is not crazy?
Jules is a really great character. She's a sweet girl, a bit insecure with a great sense of humor. All the women in her family have a gift, a paranormal talent. Her biggest problem is that she has not yet learned to use it. She has premonitions but not related to the context in which she is located at that moment and instinctively communicates them, leaving everyone puzzled about her sanity. Grayson is a character to be known well before judging him, looks can be deceiving. I really loved Jules's friend Cami, is too funny.
It's an addictive and fast-paced book, the plot is really intriguing and all the characters are amazing. It 's written really well, a great debut for this author.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a compelling and funny mystery.
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 is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theater, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends March 18, 2016
· One (1) winner will receive Holding Court swag pack containing a magnetic prophecy kit, signed bookplate, coloring postcard with stacked coloring pencil, and a bookmark.