by K.C. Held
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 don't mean it to sound offensive when I say that I was surprised as to how thoroughly I enjoyed this book! I'm not big on stuff having to do with the medieval times...which is something that I actually really want to delve into. Anyway - Jules is this teenage girl who has a very...um, unfortunate talent/gift - she can foretell the future, but only in these Twitter-like nonsense sentences. They sound like riddles to tell you the truth. The unfortunate part is that she cannot seem to control these messages and they turn out to be outbursts in the most horrible of situations - like being face to face with her crush Grayson.
I was enjoying the story with just those tidbits, when all of a sudden - a mystery! Jules clumsily finds herself in a hidden passageway in the castle. That's fun and all, but what she sees there isn't - the body of a dead girl! She finds her way out only to collide with Grayson. When the king of the castle (literally) goes in to check - no body is to be found. Just who is behind this? Or was Jules having some type of hallucination? Hmmm...
This book turned out to be so wonderfully different than other young adult books - the mystery twist is what did it! I was expecting a romance but got so much more. I recommend this lovely read to anyone who enjoys young adult and mysteries!