Holding Court: A Laugh Your Guts Out YA Novel

Book Review, Young Adult Books
Holding Court. A laugh out loud YA novel | batchofbooks.com

Holding Court. A laugh out loud YA novel | batchofbooks.com

Holding Court by K.C. Held

Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 – 12 | Paperback: 352 pages | Publisher: Entangled: Teen (March 1, 2016)


About Holding Court:

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…


About the Author:

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 has worked as a freelance costumer in opera, theater, film and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.


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My Thoughts on Holding Court:

I sat at my desk, wondering why nobody writes cozy mysteries for teens, when I got an email from Entangled Teen about Holding Court. Since I had just been thinking about that topic and the book had an awesome cover, I decided to request it (plus, the tag line completely sold me). I feel a little ridiculous for enjoying this book as much as I did. It had me laughing so hard my sides hurt!

Jules Verity has Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome — she blurts out seemingly random, yet accurate things at the worst times imaginable. In desperate need of money, Jules takes a job at a castle/dinner theater in hopes of earning some cash and getting to eyeball her long-time crush. Of course, nothing goes as planned, including losing a dead body ten minutes after she’s tripped over it. Now the police are making assumptions and Jules is trying to prove she’s not as crazy as everyone thinks. It’s a good thing Grayson Chandler (the long-time crush) can rock a pair of tights and a flowing shirt, because the two of them are suddenly spending a lot of time together.

I loved every page of this book. I loved it so much that I did something I haven’t done since baby #3 was born almost a year ago – I stayed up at night to read. Holding Court is a hilarious romantic comedy with a mystery. I loved Jules’ prophecies and the reactions she got from people when she unexpectedly yelled something at them. Grayson is the perfect hero. He’s gorgeous, courageous, and honorable. He doesn’t have much of a purpose other than being swoon-worthy eye candy, but he was perfect for this story.

The entire premise of the story is ridiculous, yet believable. I loved it. I can only hope that Jules Verity will have more adventures in the near future.

If you are looking for a cozy mystery with gut-busting humor, this is your ticket. It was exactly what I needed and precisely what I was in the mood for. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know!

Content: Language (no f-bombs)

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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  • Reply
    April 10, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Though not one that typically enjoys the cozy method (often at least), this DOES sound rather good…and I could totally use a good dose of laughter. Thanks for the rec!

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      April 11, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      I labeled it “cozy” because it’s not dark or creepy. It’s so funny I couldn’t stop laughing. I plan on rereading it as soon as I get a chance.

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    Maria Behar
    April 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Oh, this sounds like a truly HILARIOUS read!! And, come to think of it, I had never heard of cozy mysteries written specifically for teens. Maybe this is the very first one. Well, I DEFINITELY want to read it! I sure need a good laugh right now, since things haven’t been going all that well for me recently. I like that cover, too! The combination of realistic illustration and “cartoony” illustration sure does work! The castle in the background reminds me of the ones at Disneyland and Disney World. And oh, I SO want those boots!!

    I’m adding this one to my Goodreads shelves right away! Of course, your excellent review sure helped in that regard!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my WOW post!! 🙂

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      April 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I hope you get the chance to read it. It’s so funny! I plan on rereading it as soon as I can. Happy reading!

  • Reply
    Aimee Brown
    April 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Books that make you laugh like that are hard to come by. At least for me. Thanks for the review!

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    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    April 28, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I meant to read this one ages ago when it released and obviously really still need to. I love books like this and I think I’ll love it just as much. 🙂

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      April 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      I hope you get the chance to read it. It was so funny! I lent it to a friend, but I want to get it back from her so I can read it again.

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