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Prize: Win a copy of THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant (US Only)
Starts: June 2nd 2020
Ends: June 16th 2020
Title The Court of Miracles
Author Kester Grant
Release Date June 2, 2020
Publisher Knopf Children’s
Description from Amazon
In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.
Tagged as Les Mis meets Six of Crows, I absolutely knew I had to read this book. I love French history and this book sounded AWESOME.
Some Things I Liked
- Ocean’s Eleven vibes. I loved the various heists, jobs, and secrets that Nina balanced throughout the story. She was always several steps ahead of everyone and I loved trying to keep up with her.
- Les Mis was more than just a reference. All of the main characters from the classic work have their roles here. I really enjoyed seeing them repurposed to fit into this setting.
- FRANCE. Ugh, the setting was so amazing. I love French history and the writing here was so well researched and decadent.
- Nina and all the boys. Nina was so nonchalant about the fact that all the boys liked her. I loved her attitude about everything. She might be one of my favorite main characters of all time.
I can’t wait for the next book. I really enjoyed the way this book wrapped up, but I will be very disappointed if Kester Grant does not write a sequel. These characters have so much more to do and say and I’ll be there when they do.
I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend it. Also, please note, I am writing this in February. I totally put off my March ARCs in favor of reading this June release because it sounded so good!
Recommendations for Further Reading
- An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley – if you liked the themes of revolution in France but were looking for something with a dash of magic, try this standalone by Addie Thorley.
- Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble – once again, if you liked the themes of French revolution and the war between classes, try this standalone.
- Rook by Sharon Cameron – if you liked the setting, French themes, and characters, but, you wanted a more sci-fi / futuristic setting, try this standalone by Sharon Cameron.
- The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley – if you liked the French setting as well as the many historical elements, definitely check out this new release about the daughter of a diamond cutter during the court of Louis XIV
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Court-Miracles-Kester-Grant/9780008254773?ref=grid-view&qid=1586471653842&sr=1-1
Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kester_Grant_The_Court_of_Miracles?id=uuO3DwAAQBAJ
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