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The Court of Miracles af Kester Grant

The Court of Miracles (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Kester Grant (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Court of Miracles
Forfattere:Kester Grant (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 416 pages
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The Court of Miracles af Kester Grant (2020)


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The Court of Miracles is partially a YA reimagining of Les Misérables, and partially an original story about a girl in the criminal underworld in an alternate history of France. Nina is Eponine, and the story follows her from her childhood living and working at an inn with a terrible father, through her joining the Thieves Guild of the Miracle Court, and in the process meeting revolutionaries, coming across Jean Valjean, and trying to save her fathers ward, Ettie (Cosette).

What I really liked in this book was the Court of Miracles, a criminal underworld with different Guilds and strict Laws governing its members, to protect them from The People who Walk by Day and also from each other. Montparnasse is a Master in the Assassin’s guild and I really hope in the next book we’ll get to see more of the Miracle Court and of Nina’s friendships with other members.

In this book, those aspects are more of a backdrop as we hop forward in time through her childhood and teenage years and she gets more involved with a planned revolution and the focus is more in reimagining Les Miz with Eponine as the hero. This part of the story was okay, but did not really catch me.

I liked the characters, but I wish we had gotten to see more of Nina’s actual friendships with them, rather than jumping forward and being told that that is what has happened. I did appreciate that the story is complete but also leaves room for book two without any major cliffhangers, just possibilities and some loose ends. Hopefully the sequel will develop the side characters more. I enjoyed the book well enough and will most likely read book 2. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  oceancat | Aug 19, 2020 |
Nina is forced into becoming a member of the thieves’ guild to prevent falling victim to another guild’s schemes. Afterwards she pledges her life to destroying the Tiger, leader of the guild of flesh. What will she need to do in order to take down the most feared leader, the leader that none of the others will cross. Nina makes friends and gains favor with many people to set plans into action to pursue her goals. While doing this she is also consumed with protecting her new claimed sister Ettie.
I have never read the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo although I have wanted to many times. I was incredibly happy to come across this book and its twisted tale gleaned from Les Mis. I loved the story coming from a woman as the lead and her experiences in the world of the wretched. In this place crime is a constant and is not really looked down on. You must do what you need to survive.

Nina starts off as a good thief but is a meek girl and blossoms into the best thief from the thieves’ guild. Setting up schemes against even the crown. I love how Nina as well as Ettie start of as quite young girls and develop into strong women who do not shy away from authority or what needs to be done.

The action, adventure and schemes had me flipping through pages and not wanting to put this book down. There was never a dull moment and I was very intellectually stimulated by the content as well as having my adrenaline pumping the whole time.

Nina’s love for her sisters is very touching and I believe that the way that the author let Nina’s love interests take a backseat to the main story really let her character and what is important to her shine through. Although I am still extremely interested in who Nina will be romantically involved with in upcoming sequels. I am sure she will not limit herself to just one.

The writing was superb, and I really enjoyed all the little things thrown in that really make you feel at home in the slums of Paris. I loved looking up all the little French sayings along the way that add just a touch extra. I also really enjoyed the comradery that this book has given me during this time with politics and the Covid-19 pandemic. The poor uprising against the crown.

The ending of this book was a little abrupt, but I can see it as being a good thing as it really has me excited for the next in the series of The Miracle Court. ( )
  KatiePineda | Jul 21, 2020 |
1828 and after the failed revolution the poor of Paris struggle to survive. Eponine (Nina) is saved from a terrible fate after her sister pleads for her to join the Guild of Thieves and so she becomes the Black Cat, a master thief. When her father tries to sell her sister Cosette (Ettie) into a similar fate Nina determines to save her, but at what cost.
I'm not normally a fan of YA fantasy novels but something about this book intrigued me and I'm so glad I picked it up. I loved the parallel universe where the French Revolution failed and the aristocrats continue to rule whereas the poor and the moral plot. The reimagining of Les Miserables is a genius idea and I would thoroughly recommend this novel ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jul 11, 2020 |

Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's for the ARC.

Well, talking about disappointment.
I added this book for the beautiful cover and especially for being pitched as les mis meets soc meets the jungle book and let me tell you, please don't go into this thinking that's what you'll find it because... that's not it chief.

My main issue is that this book is confusing. The plot is unclear, I honestly still can't understand what happened completely. Throwing historical names and thinking the world building/how those times were is just that. And no?

I just think the premise was really good but it lacked in the execution.
The pace was also really weird. We spend so much time building nothing, then when we got to the resolution it happened too quickly. We don't have time to process it, and boom, flashforward.

The characters were also crafted badly. Nina, was a great heroine but also not. We see some growth, then she goes back with the "I'm invincible, I'm the Black Cat. I don't need anyone."
I honestly couldn't see any Les Mis character in this book, they were completely different people.
I also rolled my eyes at Nina having 3 love interests, 1 was too much to ask? Two of them were also really older than her, and I don't have a problem with age gaps but in this case it really felt creepy and not okay.

This is why I'm so tired of seeing books compared as others, I understand wanting to sell a book but if there's NOTHING that is nearly similar to those books, it won't have a positive result, readers aren't stupid.

So yeah this was was a complete miss for me and I won't continue with the series. ( )
  primordialnyx | Jun 24, 2020 |
Yeah. I said it. I think that The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant just might be better than Les Misérables, of which it is a feminist reimagining. There are so many twists of the original story that are exciting and give the story a freshness to it without detracting from Hugo’s masterpiece. Plus, there are some sly nods to key aspects of the original, as well as the musical, which are more than a little amusing when spotted.

First and foremost, The Court of Miracles is a female-strong story. Ms. Grant gives the tragic figure of Eponine a makeover, not only by making her the heroine but also by making her strong, clever, and fearless; in fact, she accomplishes things no one else is able to accomplish. Ms. Grant also makes Cosette more than a pretty face by giving her a backbone. Javert is now a woman. There is no love interest. Valjean’s identity will surprise you. Plus, Ms. Grant includes the stealing of the bread, the silver candlesticks, and a little fall of rain – just not in any way you would expect.

Better yet, there is a fascinating criminal world hierarchy at the heart of The Court of Miracles that oddly makes sense. You see such things in other novels about criminal activity and its need to organize in order to avoid mass arrests and disruption by the police, but here we get the history, the exact organization, the rules and regulations of the hierarchy, and the reasons for all of it. The details are outstanding and add to the richness of the story.

I would love to describe The Court of Miracles as a romp but while I found the entire story highly entertaining, it is not nearly light-hearted enough to be able to call it a romp. Make no mistake, the story is dark and violent, involving mature themes and may require trigger warnings in very sensitive readers. However, with its clever nods to Hugo’s story, the great characters, and its well-written storyline, I cannot recommend it highly enough as an escapist summer read. ( )
  jmchshannon | Jun 8, 2020 |
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