I am so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Published: May 5th, 2020
Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurants.
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. – synopsis from Goodreads
“Wench your heart out.”
I am so excited that I got a chance to read and review The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly . The Medieval Era is one of my favourites time period. Though we romanticize it a lot more than what it actually was I think that it is still one of the most interesting part of history. Well, I think that of most eras but the point is I love history and couldn’t wait to dig into this one.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly was nerdy and everything you would want from a contemporary set in a medieval restaurant. It reminded me so much of the movie A Knight’s Tale which is probably no coincidence since it’s cited in the book and promoted as. I love that movie so much and am so excited that we got a genderbent contemporary retelling of it it.
I loved this book so much. It was so much fun and so powerful. A medieval ode to feminism, women empowerment and the choice of choosing your own path no matter what you identify with. It’s for every girl and women born that way or not as well as anyone set aside because of society’s construct. It’s for all of us that were told no and that we can’t do something because of our gender.
Kit Sweetly is such a powerful role model. When she was told she couldn’t be a knight in a pseudo-Medieval Time type restaurant because of her gender she decided to clap back. With the help of her friends, Kit goes on a quest to get what she wants and show that anyone can be and do anything no matter their gender or what they identify as. What an incredible message to pass on. I was just cheering for her all the way. I think all of us know that feeling of being put aside because of our identity or gender. We need to do like it and take a stand in what we believe in.
Jamie Pacton is a woman after my own heart, lol. Her love of history and particularly the medieval era shows through the story. I love that she added certain tidbit of information about women during that time period. Her capacity to bring such a heartfelt story to life that was relatable and true while at the same time keeping it fun shows just how amazing of a story teller she is.
With a dash of A Knight’s Tale and so much Lord of the Rings reference if you are a history nerd like me or just looking for a fun heartfelt story about a character out to change her stars chances are you will love The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly.
Thank you to Page Street Kids, Netgalley and Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing an eArc in exchange for an honest review.
You can listen to the playlist HERE
We Will Rock You by Queen
Golden Years by Danid Bowie
The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé
If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
Brave by Sara Bareilles
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
I Want To Break Free by Queen
Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys
I AM Enough by Daphne Willis
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Bulletproof by La Roux
King of Anything by Sara Bareilles
“Medieval warrior women, give me strength.”
“Welcome, liberator of the fairer sex here at the Castle.”
“A little bit of my barf and a huge piece of my heart goes with him.”
“The internet is a mighty capitalist tool.”
“You’re meant for more than wenching sister, of mine!RIDE!”
“Indeed. One small step for women, one giant step for Wenches.”
“You don’t get to use Gandalf quotes to boss me around.”
“We’re with you, Girl Knight, until death, victory, or at least the end of the show.”
Jamie Pacton writes all sorts of books: dark, feminist YA fantasy; contemporary YA stories with a funny + geeky bent; funny MG adventure-fantasy; and, even the occasional adult rom-com. She was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2015 and she mentored YA in 2016, 2017, and 2018. She grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee; she’s the oldest of ten kids; and, she currently lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly (forthcoming May 5, 2020) is her Young Adult debut.
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