The Court of Miracles is one of those books with a setting that will make your heart beat louder. I loved the setting so much. It has this balance of decadence and decay, of corruption and order. That’s why I am so excited to bring you this guest post from Grant on the blog tour!
The Court of Miracles
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.
Favorite sisters in YA?
Obviously Katniss and Prim. *sobs*
Underrated classics which don’t get enough love?
NORTH AND SOUTH – Elizabeth Gaskell
How can I explain how amazeballs this book is. Mr Thornton is better than Darcy – yes I went there, and that’s not a personal opinion either, Thornton has more smoulder, more angst and more MANLY HEROENESS. Read it, or cheat by watch Richard Armitage beg Margaret to “Look back at me!. Either way thank me later.
BLEAK HOUSE – Charles Dickens
The mystery! The love story! The angst and heartbreak! Mr Tulkinghorn’s fearsome glare! My second favourite Dickens after A Tale of Two cities, again – cheat by watching the fabulous version with Gillian Anderson as Leady Deadlock who seriously inspired my descriptions of Mme Corday in The Court of Miracles.
TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES by Thomas Hardy
If you want your heart ripped out, stomped all over, then smashed into tiny little bite-sized pieces by the most beautiful love story ever to destroy – a gazillion times more tragic than Romeo and Juliet – Oh the gloriousness of Eddie Redmayne and Gemma Atterton’s adaptation:
SILAS MARNER by George Elliot
This is the most heartwarming story, on of my favourites, fans of the Valjean Cosette arc of Les Mis should really enjoy it. There’s also a modernized version with Steve Martin that I thought was very well done.
THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL
No but, your life will never be the same once you’ve met Percy “Sink Me” Blakeney international spy and savior of poor aristocrats headed for the guillotine. Strangely unknown outside of a set of period drama fans. Jane Seymour is in the best adaptation of this gem.
THESE OLD SHADES by Georgette Heyer
I re-read Heyer every two years. And she never gets old. A lot of people won’t touch her because they’re labelled as romances, but Heyer writes regency romance in the style of Jane Austen. They are short, delicious, full of snark and banter, and the MOST amazing heroes and heroines. She is much imitated but I’ve never found anyone of her caliber.
EIGHT COUSINS by Louisa M Alcott
Where an orphan girl gets brought up with seven boy cousins, I actually vastly prefer this to Little Women, probably because I hardcore ship Jo and Laurie and the ending to Good Wives, and Jo’s boys horrified my innocent soul. This fits into the LITTLE PRINCESS and SECRET GARDEN mold of stories.
THE WATER BABIES by Charles Kingsley
A children’s classic!! That barely anyone has heard of these days. But you had best believe my biggest childhood dream was being a water-baby.
About the Author
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.
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