BLOG TOUR: The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant - Review and Giveaway


I am THRILLED to be a part of the The Court of Miracles Blog Tour.

Ever since I first set eyes on the cover of this book on social media, I knew I needed to read it. To be a part of the blog tour has been wonderful. Scroll down for my book review and also for a giveaway!

The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1)Title: The Court of Miracles
Author: Kester Grant
Publication Date: June 2nd 2020
Publisher: Knopf Children's
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/3 of the A Court of Miracles trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: FFBC Tours via NetGalley
Blurb Description: Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris's criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.
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.



SIX OF CROWS? A HEIST BOOK SET IN FRANCE? Sign me up.

Not only are the UK and US covers of this book gorgeous, but the premise was wonderful and I knew that The Court of Miracles should be a book I read.

There was quite a lot I liked, and a lot that I wish had been done better. Let me break it down:

THINGS I LIKED:

1) THE FAST PACE
There was never a dull moment in The Court of Miracles and I TRULY APPRECIATE THAT. After reading Elantris, I had begun to resign myself to the fact that all fantasy novels take a while to start but readers are plunged right in in this one and the story never lets up. 5 stars for the fast pace!

2) THE COVER(S)
Like I mentioned, I LOVE both the US and UK covers, but IF I had to choose, the UK is more aesthetically pleasing to me.

3) THE CONCEPT OF THE GUILDS
One of the reasons the book is so intriguing to start with is that you're immediately introduced to the Guilds of the Miracle Court and the 'laws' that govern them. I really enjoyed that everything was laid out in a simple yet promising manner (you'll especially understand if you've read Crescent City where you're thrown into a very complicated world with no maps/ charts to help you navigate society.)

4) THE BALL AT THE PALACE
There was a certain Miracle Court break-in heist at the Palace WHICH I LOVED. I was honestly at the edge of my seat when it happened.


THINGS I WISH WERE BETTER:

1) Character Development:
When I talk about character development, I specifically mean Nina/ the Black Cat. She was just NOT a believable character to me. We learn too little about her to believe in her/ her skills. Ettie, her damsel-in-distress sister, is also not given a proper introduction. She goes from a whimpering, 'plain' (by her own sister's admission) child to then claiming she steals things with her father all the time within the first part. In the second part (a page away) we're whisked two years in the future where she's a master thief and in the latter parts, helps organise a revolution, breaks into the palace, fools the entire Miracle Court, takes down a guild lord and much more.
IT WAS MOSTLY UNBELIEVABLE, especially because the part where Nina HONES her skills is skipped over and you're disconnected right from the start.

2) More Guild Bonds:
While we saw a LOT of the guild lords, we saw almost nothing of the guilds and the sense of fraternity themselves, especially within Nina's own guild. I wish there were crews within the guilds and that Nina was a part of a kick-a*s crew because that would've helped solve my first problem.

3) LESS JUMPS IN THE PLOT
It was TOO JUMPY? We kept flashing years in the future and I didn't enjoy that at all, because the crucial parts to this book were all jumped over. I actually think that this one book could have been a trilogy altogether.

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Court of Miracles had the potential to be an ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE, but it fell a little short. I will be picking up the next book in the series to see how this goes, though. Worth a read!


Kester Grant
Kester Grant is a British-Mauritian writer of color. She was born in London, grew up between the UK, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the tropical island paradise of Mauritius. As a wanton nomad she and her husband are unsure which country they currently reside in but they can generally be found surrounded by their fiendish pack of cats and dogs.

Kes can be found lurking with intent on kestergrant.cominstagramtwittergoodreads

 
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