“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..”
Here’s two teasers!
Wow! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Holding Court, but I loved what I got. It had a fantastic Nancy Drew vibe to it.
One of the best parts about this novel, was the authentic voice of Jules. I loved the relationship she had with her mother and grandmother. Her story was very carefully constructed. I LOVED her love of The Princess Bride (which she shares with her crush, Grayson.
I love that name, by the way. Both Jules, and Grayson. Although, whenever I think of the name Grayson, I think….
But is that really a bad thing? I don’t think so.
Another huge plus, was the pacing. Absolutely. Perfect. Pacing. It kept my attention, and I read it in pretty much one sit down (ok, so I had to eat, and unfortunately, I don’t have the coordination to eat spaghetti + garlic bread and read an ebook. Not without resulting in a tragedy. Like spilling the spaghetti, or breaking my kindle. I wasn’t willing to risk it.)
The humor was great! (I’ll warn you, humor totally isn’t my thing. I think I’ve read maybe less than a dozen novels that have made me laugh.)
The only reason I couldn’t give it a full blown five stars, was because I knew who the perp was wayyyy before I should have. I also figured out the love triangle way too early. This is probably just a ‘me’ thing though. There are plenty of red herrings, and plenty of suspects. Trust me, plenty of suspects.
But back to Nancy Drew. Did you know that Nancy Drew has her own computer game? Super rad, high detail games where you solve mysteries. (Check out HerInteractive Seriously.) I’ve been playing them since 199?…well, a really long time. One of the old Windows98 ones actually took place in a castle.
I’m just saying, that this book would make a fantastic game. I loved the immersion in the wacky old castle, with the eccentric owner. It took me way back to playing that game with my mom and sister.
I was very nostalgic about the whole thing. It was awesome how they got so immersed with King Henry. Even out of character, they couldn’t remember to call him by his real name.
King Henry didn’t seem to care about that. He stayed in character the whole time, speech patterns and all.
Only breaking when the modern discussion of forensics came into play. I thought it was adorable when the back stories were woven in. (Especially about her mother and King Henry.) I also loved how wrong Jules’s plan went.
I could visualize Cami holding the phone out of her reach, dancing around her while making the phone call for the job interview. That made me smile. Definitely something my sister would have done to me.
Overall, I just found the book immensely enjoyable. Quirky with Lots of Princess Bride references…Fun, cute, consistent. Great dialogue. I’d definitely recommend it. (Did I mention I made a Sorry game, entirely Princess Bride themed for my sister one Christmas? Yes, fold-able board, card deck and everything. It was AWESOME.)
Please tell me I’m not the only one that ironically loves Princess Bride. One of my favorite designs actually reminds me of Jules’s strange psychic gift.
It features an art technique called an Ambigram. It’s when you make a word readable right side up, and upside down. It’s the cover of the 25th anniversary edition of The Princess Bride.
Here it is Right Side Up:
And here it is Up Side Down:
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