ARC Review: Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Knopf Children’s for letting me read the Court of Miracles early! Because of everything that’s been going on in the world, I haven’t been reading as much or writing any reviews, so this review is definitely kinda late since the Court of Miracles came out on June 2nd, but man y’all, it was so good! (Speaking of everything that’s going on in the world, I hope everyone’s been reading and educating themselves and signing petitions- I know I have! I’ve been sharing resources on Twitter, but here’s a link to some amazing resources compiled by the wonderful Mols by Moonlight for anyone who needs them)

The Court of Miracles 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

I love Les Mis- the first time I ever saw it/read it was in French class in the 6th grade and we watched a version in French from the 70s or 80s maybe and it was so good! We then read an abridged version and I fell even more in love. When the newer movie with Hugh Jackman came out, you can bet that your girl went to see it ASAP and has seen it like 4 or 5 times since then. I was planning on going to see the actual musical production at the performing arts center in March, but because of Covid, things got cancelled. The story started out kinda weird in that it took me until Thenardier said Ettie’s full name for me to realize that she was Cosette and Nina was Eponine (I should have just reread the summary from Goodreads!). I loved the concepts of the guilds and them being the underworld. I thought it was interesting that even though Nina was a member of the Thieves Guild, she still interacted with some of the other guilds and set off a war. I thought the sections with the monarchy were a little unnecessary (fun, but unnecessary)- the prince was a little useless as a character, but I understand that there had to be a monarchy for the revolution to overthrow for the whole plot to work. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it made me super nostalgic for Les Mis and I’m definitely wanting to watch it again soon! 

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