STORY | Working at the Renascence “castle” is both a dream and nightmare for Kit Sweetly. She’s currently in the position of wench at the Renascence restaurant where she works, but what she really wants is to be a knight. Trouble is, her uncle and the corporate board refuse to bend the rules: no girl is to be a knight. When Kit is able to use an unexpected situation at work to her advantage, she sets out to make a point that she won’t be stopped..
Between trying to keep a friend from a co-worker who’s anything but a decent guy to opening college letters and family troubles, there’s a lot going on for Kit. To further add to the complicated status that is Kit’s life, she has a thing for her best friend, Jett, the boy she’s most definitely not supposed to like.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton | Book Review
REVIEW | When it comes to the YA genre, I feel as though I’ve enjoyed more wins than misses lately. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly continues the streak with another winning story. From the moment I read it has a comparison to A Knight’s Tale, I wanted to read this novel. Of course, this isn’t a re-telling per se of the Heath Ledger film, but it does reference the fun adventure flick and “feels” like there are enough similar points to safely say this has been influenced by the film.
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If you think this one looks fun, on the inside, it’s a really good time in this world. Kit and Company drive this home more so. Those who like feminist stories will especially like this since Kit champions to take part in a world she’s been disallowed from. Between our titular heroine, and the people surrounding her, you come away with people you look forward to “hanging out” with more.
The chapters are, generally, short and concise which keeps the pages flipping and the reader engaged in the novel. As an aside from the main plot point, which is the angle of Kit find the loophole she needs to achieve her “knighthood,” there’s also a cuuute romance; something that pulls me in more than the main thrust of the plot. The main OTP is quite cute, and though the first person narrative kind of limits how the object of her affection feels, it’s still adorable.
If you like a feisty and fierce novel that’s unique and fun, then The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly just might be the book to pick up for your next weekend read.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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Author: Jamie Pacton
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication Date: 2020
Source: Publisher provided – THANK YOU, PAGE STREET!
Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary
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CONTENT: There’s some profanity including sh*t, about 5-10 variations/uses of the F-word. There may be some minor innuendo such as references to virginity; characters are referenced as being bi or transgender. All in all, the novel rates pretty “clean.”
Sincere thanks to Page Street Publishing for kindly sending me an ARC of this novel in consideration of review; ALL opinions are my own.