Saturday, December 19, 2020

Review - The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton



Title: The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly

Author: Jamie Pacton

Pages: 384

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: 5th May 2020


Blurb from Goodreads:

Working as a wench—i.e. waitress—at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval—if they don’t get fired first.

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My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Page Street Kids*

Teenager Kit Sweetly works as a serving wench at the Castle, a medieval-themed restaurant. Kit's brother is a knight at the Castle, something Kit dreams of being. However, the company policy is that only men can be knights. Determined to become a knight not only for the pay rise, but also to change things at the Castle, Kit replaces her brother during a show where she reveals her identity.

Kit gets into trouble with management, but she isn't going to let that stop her from her quest to get rid of the Castle's gender restrictions. Along with her friends at work and the power of the internet, Kit makes a plan to change the mind of the Castle executives.

Can Kit and her friends become knights?

Going into this book I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the blurb intrigued me and I thought I'd give it a go.

Kit was a relatable and (mostly) likeable protagonist. Her family didn't have much money so Kit had the added pressure of having to help pay towards bills as well as doing schoolwork and trying to get a scholarship. I felt for Kit and wanted things to work out for her, but there were a couple of occasions where she annoyed and frustrated me - one time in particular was when Kit decided she wasn't going to do something and then gave in when someone else told her to do it.

I liked Kit's brother, Chris, and their relationship. I also liked Kit's best friends, Layla and Jett, who were very supportive.

The diversity was really good in this and was probably my favourite thing about the book.

The romance didn't over-shadow the main plot, which I appreciated. While it wasn't one of my favourite romances, I did find it quite sweet at times.

The plot was good overall and I liked the theme of challenging gender restrictions. However, I did lose interest once or twice and it took a little while for me to get back into the storyline. I wasn't as invested as I could have been in what happened and I definitely wasn't gripped or on the edge of my seat, unfortunately.

The writing style was easy to follow and I liked the pop culture references that the author included.

Overall, this was a mixed but mostly enjoyable read.

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