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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 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 to a job, Jules decid.../>

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 jv April 21, 2016

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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 thoroug... ...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... ...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 bre... ...more

By February 29, 2016

4.5 “I fell in love with the protagonist” STARS

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled!

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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 h...

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 local mid-evil...

By Irena 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 happen...time,

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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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