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...
I knew from the very second that I saw Holding Court's blurb that I would absolutely love it. I was totally right, Holding Court is super-cute, super-fun and then there is the whole murder mystery plot which made this book a little bit more than I was expecting.
I loved Jules from the start. she's funny, witty and she's strong-willed as well, despite the fact that she's quite often a laughing stock due to her psychic tourettes, I just really enjoyed her and the whole 'psychic' aspect really made this book.
There was a cute little romance as well, between Jules and Grayson, and somewhat of a love triangle too but it isn't one of those really annoying ones. I loved the interactions between Jules and Grayson, and Jules and her family... and just Jules in general. The dialogue was so well written that it always seemed to flow.
There's also some high tension, white knuckle scenes in this book. Scenes which I wasn't expecting but really worked.
When I started Holding Court I was expecting a cute romance book, what I got was a cute romance with a darker murder-mystery, a brilliant cast of characters and brilliant writing. it probably won't stay with me for that long, but it is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone.
Overall Rating: A-
Book released 1st March 2016 by Entangled Teen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review