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Peek Inside Holding Court

Jules knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times—secretly drooling over her crush. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined. There’s the dead body she finds that just kind of…well, disappears

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2017 Athena Award for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction and Best First Book Winner

Summer jobs are killers...

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…


"a sweet and entertaining concoction...that mixes a whodunit and a teen romance with knights and prophecies." -Kirkus Reviews

"Fresh and fast-paced, HOLDING COURT is a rollicking romantic mystery bursting with delightfully quirky characters and unexpected revelations." -Katherine Longshore, author of the GILT series

"HOLDING COURT somehow manages to be a charming and hilarious love story, while also being a spooky and twisty mystery. By the end, I couldn't tell if I was holding my breath more for how the mystery or the romance would play out. An amazing debut from an amazing author!" -Heather W. Petty, author of the LOCK & MORI series

"Completely delightful! I honestly can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading. HOLDING COURT is the perfect blend of laugh-out-loud hijinks and butterfly-inducing romance. I didn't want it to end!" -NYT bestselling author, Rachel Harris

"I loved this fast-paced mystery filled with heart, humor and Grayson's abs." -Talia Vance, author of SPIES AND PREJUDICE and the BANDIA series

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752283
Release Date: Mar 1, 2016
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coworkers, forbidden love/off limits, forced proximity, overcoming odds

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By jv July 29, 2020

I can honestly say I’ve never read anything quite like Holding Court. I cannot tell you what it is ‘about’. You wouldn’t believe me. It simply shouldn’t work. Like sea salt on chocolate. Makes no sense. Those things do not go together. And yet….I thoroughly enjoyed the unprecedented coalescence of y ...more

By Irena BookDustMagic March 09, 2016

Written in the first person, Holding Court follows a girl named Jules, who is „cursed“ with what she likes to call „Psychic Tourette's Syndrome“.

If you're confused just like I was and wonder what that could be, let me explain it to you: from time to time, Julie, uncontrollably, blurbs out what will ...more

By Beth February 22, 2016

Holding Court is a cute teen romance.

Jules is “cursed” with premonitions that seem more like a serious case of Tourrette’s. She randomly blurts strange and unusual conflagrations of words making her an outcast at school and difficult to keep a job. When Jules gets hired as the fortune teller at the ...more

By Alycia March 03, 2016

Amazon has the pb for just $7! Go snag it quick! Veronica Mars meets Awkward. Hilarious and fun! ...more

By Rachel December 18, 2015

Completely delightful! I honestly can’t remember the last time I had this much fun reading. HOLDING COURT is the perfect blend of laugh-out-loud hijinks and butterfly-inducing romance. I didn’t want it to end! ...more

By Carrie March 03, 2016

Sixteen year old Jules Verity has a family that each have different gifts, or curses depending on how you look at it. Her grandmother can see auras and has used the ability to set up her own matchmaking service. Her mother can touch any object and tell the authenticity so has her own antique shop. H ...more

By Heather December 26, 2015

I love this book so much. It's the perfect mix of everything I love: charming, hilarious characters; a super-smart, clue-filled puzzle to solve ; and a spooky, mysterious castle filled with people in costumes. The pining romance left me gasping. The mystery left me gasping. I basically didn't breath ...more

By February 29, 2016

4.5 “I fell in love with the protagonist” STARS

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled!

Full review also on the blog:

First thing I'll say about this is I started and finished it in one day. A Friday. I could've gone out with my friends or gone with my husband to a nice restaura ...more

By Rhea May 07, 2016

I don’t think I can thank Entangled Teen enough for tossing this book my way!  Holding Court might very well be the cutest, funniest YA Contemporary Mystery that has come out so far this year!

Holding Court follows one summer in the life of sixteen year old Jules Verity.  With her mom gone away due t ...more

By Nicole February 28, 2016

First things first: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.
The book comes out March 1st. GO CHECK IT OUT!!!!

I'm so glad I stumbled upon this book. The cover immediatly made me wanna read it. The story sounded pretty interesting too.

The book is about Jules, 16 years old, blessed or well cur ...more

By Bekah (WillBakeforBooks) February 04, 2016

I knew I was going to love this book when I started laughing at the very first sentence. I thought to myself, “This is going to be one of my favorite authors.” Before I go into all the wonderful reasons of why I adored this book, let me tell you a little bit about what it’s about.

Juliet “Jules” Veri ...more

By Jaclyn July 22, 2016

"Who told you to say that?"
"What? No one. I have a blurting problem. It happens more when I'm nervous. Like now. My friend Cami calls it Psychic Tourette's Syndrome. PTS for short. I call it mortifying."

The Good

This was such a funny and cute story. The characters are wonderful. Jules Verity comes fr ...more

By Rosalyn March 06, 2016

I knew just a few pages into KC Held's debut, HOLDING COURT, that I was going to enjoy the book--particularly after discovering that Held and I have a mutual adoration of Elizabeth Peters' wonderfully madcap mysteries, and those were part of her inspiration behind this book.

This book was fun, breezy ...more

By Samantha March 01, 2016

Ohmigosh, this book made me so giddy with happiness! I'm pretty sure my cheeks are going to be sore from smiling and laughing so much.

Let me be fair by saying I am obsessed with two things that feature prominently in the book - the Tudor family and The Princess Bride. I've also always wanted to work ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) February 08, 2016

I wasn't reading much this past weekend because life and adulting, but whenever I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down after just one more chapter. It's equal parts funny, swoony, and a little bit creepy. In other words, the perfect combination for a YA mystery.

Jules Verity is as truthful as ...more

By Kristi Housman July 05, 2017

Thank you for netgalley, the publisher, and author for the chance to read this book.

I am so pleasantly surprised to say that I kind of loved this book. I love murder mysteries, but my favorite ones are the ones that can also make me laugh. I love the humor that breaks up the tension and seriousness. ...more

By Sam June 08, 2017

Oops, I read this in one sitting (I keep doing that lately) but I so totally do not regret a thing. I have a feeling Holding Court is going to become on of my favorite cheer me up reads. Quirky characters with a narrator I definitely related to, not that I have a blurting problem, I'm just awkward, ...more

By Melissa June 24, 2017

This book was so much fun! I read it in one sitting and often found myself giggling but also feeling bad because there is certainly a serious mystery going on. It's a bit of an odd read, but too cute to pass! ...more

By Nina January 09, 2017

So somehow I missed the murder mystery part and thought this would just be a cute fluffy contemporary read?

OK, so it is a fluffy YA contemporary read, dead bodies aside. Jules is an adorably funny 16 year old psychic, who can't help blurting out random premonitions. She takes a job as a fortune-tell ...more

By Jamie (Books and Ladders) March 08, 2016

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start off by saying, if you are on the fence about this one, but like a good mystery and a girl who randomly blurts out the future: this one is for you. I really enjoyed this one and found myself giggling like a ...more

By Miranda February 14, 2016

Even though this YA book was a murder mystery, it was a lot of fun! It was cute, charming, and quite funny. There were certain things that I didn't like about this book, but I definitely enjoyed it as a whole.

I felt like the first chapter of this book was a little jarring. The book jumped right into ...more

By Alisha May 20, 2016

PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS GOING TO BE A SERIES?! It really, really needs to be you guys!
This book is so much perfection you have no idea, it was funny, there was romance, there was mystery and ya know...murder and it was also kind of original. Like the whole setting was so brilliantly done and I wasn' ...more

By Brittney February 24, 2016

*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review***
This book is the perfect coming of age novel for all younger teens. This is because it is the kind of book that has a complex, yet easy to follow, mystery that must be solved and the protagonist grows throughout this book in conf ...more

By Bookmafia March 13, 2016

Let me start out by saying this…this book was so much fun to read I am actually going to search for other books written by the author. I read a lot. When I say a lot I mean one or more books daily is the norm for me. I was not expecting all the goodness that exists within this little gem.

So Holding ...more

By Veronica March 02, 2016

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The women in Jules family have the gift of sight. For Jules this manifests with what she calls "psychic Tourette's syndrome". She randomly blurts out prophesies in the form of sentences that seem to make no sense. At least not a ...more

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K.C. Held

About the author

Award Winning Author

K.C. Held

K.C. HELD is the author of HOLDING COURT, a YA mystery that won the YARWA Athena Award for Best First Book, as well as 1st Place in the Contemporary Category. She holds an MFA in costume design and has worked with her share of vampires, ninjas, superheroes, and assassins. Born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France, K.C. recently traded the Pacific Northwest for the Rocky Mountains of Boulder, Colorado.

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