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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  38 reviews
For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limi ...more
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Published October 23rd 2014
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Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, this book seriously needs to get more recognition. Why haven't more people read this, I don't know. But they better because I want a sequel and fast.

Court centers around the idea that Wyoming is actually a secret kingdom in the U.S. and it has been one for hundreds of years. It even has its own king. Now how cool is that? This was such an original setting and concept. It all starts with Prince Haakon, who does not want to be king and then bang! his father gets shot right in front of him w
Moon Love
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My head is still spinning. This book...WOW. My emotions are all over the place. I'm stunned by the events that took place in this book and how I reacted to it. I'm beyond impressed with the concept of having a kingdom hidden in plain sight, and I HAVE to know when the sequel will be out. I'm almost kicking myself for reading this book so close to it's publication day. HOW WILL I BEAR THE WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL? The only thing worse than waiting would be finding out there is no sequel. That would be ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Review first published on my blog The Fictional Reader


I’m still not sure how to put this book in a genre. I mean, it’s set as fantasy. And I guess it could be urban fantasy. But there aren’t really (m)any fantastical elements. I don’t really know how to describe it. It plays out in the US, more specifically Wyoming. For 400 years, a Realm has been situated there, separated from the US -which is called the Democracy in this book. The Realm has existed for generations, founded by the Father w
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn't. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter ...more
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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I should say that first of all, this book is definitely very complex. It's full of monarchy, secrets, conspiracies, revolutions, and revenge. While the protagonists are all teens, everything they go through is so mature. It was very well thought out and never confusing.

This book is narrated in 4 different points of view: Haakon, Gwen, Alexander, and Mary. All of these characters are connected in one way or another. I feel like the story could not have been told
Christy Wilson
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Holy moly. My mind is blown. Will post full review after I take some time to recoup and formulate my thoughts on this WONDERFUL read.

I have to say, right off the bat, that YA novels are not usually my thing. They have to be of very high caliber for me to enjoy them and give them a good rating. Think Harry Potter. Think Hunger Games. Think Hush Hush.

Court is of very high caliber.

In a nutshell: Wyoming is not Wyoming as we, the rest of the United States (referred to as “the Democracy” in the book)
Jen Ryland
I've enjoyed Cat Patrick's sci fi books so decided to try this, but after about reading 37%, I'm not sure this is for me. Since I am a fan of the author, I'll try to describe the part I read, and maybe it will be for you ;)

Court is sort of ... an alt-history contemporary fairy tale. The premise felt rather like Vampire Academy, but without the paranormal vampire stuff. In Court, this secret royal court exists in Wyoming. (Just like VA has their court in Montana.) And there are dukes of things li
Stephanie Cowart
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It took me a little bit to get into this book because the world building was a little slow. But the premise was really unique so I was intrigued. The characters grew on me and I got really invested in the story. However the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying but I am hoping that is because a sequel is in the works!
Asheley T.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read my full review HERE at Into the Hall of Books, which includes a MAP!

Okay WOW, Court by Cat Patrick was a book that took a little bit of time to lay out but by the time I got to the end, I was blown away by the big reveal. I didn't see it coming in a million years! The only way I can really get my thoughts out in an organized way on this one is to just list a few of them:

1. Backstory. In the late 1600's, two men created a kingdom way out in America's unknown west because they wanted to cre
There is definitely a market for Court. I don't think I am that market. Intellectually, I understand where Cat Patrick was going with this, but it just didn't work for me.

The basic premise is that there is a secret government operating within the borders of the United States--namely, in the state of Wyoming. I suppose if I wanted to hide a government, I would have gone to North Dakota (no offense, North Dakotans)--Wyoming has Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, etc. ANYWAY. This secret government--Eu
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a cool idea. I like the Kingdom of Eurus was hiding in plain sight in the US. I liked they gave a reason why they originally separated and how they kept quiet. I didn’t like how strict they were to the people living there but I guess I can see why to keep others from finding out.

I liked that the story switched between 4 different people in the kingdom. Haakon, the prince that suddenly has to become king. I did not like him whatsoever and it’s a good thing because by the end of
Katie Scarlett
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Cat Patrick's books. I think they're genius and so different. Part of why it's taken me so long to read this book is I wanted to make sure I was in the right mindset and that I would give it the attention it deserves. Another reason is maybe I was hoping she'd release another book by the time I read it.

This whole book is centered around the idea that Wyoming is actually the Kingdom of Eurus pretending to be a state. (Which sounds crazy but it makes you wonder, it could be.) And it
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

3.5 stars

When the publisher invited me to read and review this book via NetGalley I was beyond excited, as this is my first invitation on NetGalley and I knew that Cat Patrick has already have 4 books that look interesting but somehow I never read them. And reading its blurb picked my interest. So yeah, I can't not to accept it.

I think this book has an awesome idea for its story, a story about a hidden country.
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The lives and secrets of Court told through multiple points of view could have made for an interesting tale, but sadly this wasn’t one for me.

Opening Sentence: Before he was the enemy, James Haakon McHale III was just a seventeen-year-old in what most people knew as the state of Wyoming, wishing he was somewhere other than the predawn forest with a rifle in his grip.

The Review:

As the name suggests, Court is about the lives and secrets of people
Court was a book written in four point of views. This got me a bit confused as I kept on jumping back and forth. I liked all four characters to a point. I started sympathising with Haakon in the middle of the book and hated him by the end. I liked the way Cat ( the author ) developed the characters. There were no black and white characters in this book. They were all shades of grey. There was no definite villain and you did not trust anybody in the beginning of the book. Everyone was suspicious ...more
Jennifer Strand
Review originally posted at on 11/10/14:

Has anyone verified that this book is, in fact, fiction? Because I don't consider myself a conspiracy theorist, but this book felt REAL. Totally plausible and had me looking up census information for the State of Wyoming just to see if THINGS are as they're in COURT. They are. *gulp*

I didn't even know Cat Patrick had a new book out and was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only did she have a new book out, it's fantasy!
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it

Received from Rock Star PR & Literary Consulting, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh r
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Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I was given this in exchange for a honest review. There are parts I like, parts I am still trying to get and parts i am meh about. the premise of the story is wonderful and the writing is engaging.

the premise of the story is that there is a secret monarchy in wyoming. this secret society control different aspects of society such as natural gas, tourism etc. this realm is different from life that they call democracy. Here you are monitored coming and going and pay to come and go as well. to get t
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Opening line: "Before he was the enemy, James Haakon McHale III was just a seventeen-year-old in what most people knew as the state of Wyoming, wishing he was somewhere other than the predawn forest with a rifle in his grip."

Summary: This story follows 4 teenagers all with different POVs and plot lines. Hakkon, the next King who is easily controlled by the council and has no confidence and doesn't want to be king. Gwen, Hakkons soon to be wife who sneaks outside the border and goes rollar skatin
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
There is a secret monarchy hiding in modern day Wyoming. Life in the Realm is different from life in the Democracy, and what we get here is 4 main perspectives of teenagers whose lives are challenged when the king is killed. Haakon is 17 and about to be king now that his father has died. He does not feel ready. Gwendolyn wishes for freedom, but is supposed to be married to the future king in 2 months time. Mary is a commoner who begins learning secrets from a stranger in the woods. Alexander is ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Court by Cat Patrick is a novel about the intrigues of court life- but not just any court. This novel focuses on Eurus, a secret kingdom hidden in modern North America. Four teenagers must grapple with new issues as the king of Eurus is shot.

Court had amazing promise. Cat Patrick again whips out her talent of reinventing exhausted young adult book tropes- in this case court politics- in a new and fascinating way.

Secret kingdoms inside kingdoms? Yes please. I was so excited I spent two hours try
Heather andrews
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of point of views in this book so I decided to focus on just one and that was Haakon. He was an interesting character and his thoughts were entertaining, "Haakon couldn't believe Malcolm Rose, the father of his future wife, and Tyson Brevard, the father of his sex partner, were talking about sides." There were sides of him that were vulnerable and I loved seeing that, "still a** to marble, Haakon popped a pill in his mouth before he had time to talk himself out of it. It clung t ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't read the fantasy genre very often but was drawn to the premise of this story as it has a Game of Thrones feel to it. Ms. Patrick has crafted an engaging world that's just different enough from ours to give an exotic feel to this society. It's a multi-layered story full of intriguing characters, political intrigue, and a bit of romance to keep readers on the edge of their seat.

There's a lot going on though, almost too much, which does make the story a bit confusing and weighs it down and
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable book with excellent characters, plot and backstory. Ms. Patrick has a new and imaginative take on alternate histories - a monarchy, in the state of Wyoming, hiding in plain sight. Took a little suspension of reality, but then this is a well-written fantasy and deserves that sort of attention.

The best things about the book are the main characters (all teenagers), their points of view (the device that defines and drives the plot) and the eventual development into the adults that t
Feb 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-recommend, dnf
It has been a long time since I stopped reading a book; in fact, I do not remember the last time I did. While the premise of Court is interesting, the characters are too egocentric (maybe they mature throughout the story, but I have no desire to find out). My main reason for quitting is the idea of a young adult novel having adolescents discuss how good someone is in bed and using foul language. Call me old-fashioned or narrow-minded, but it is my personal opinion that young people should not be ...more
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Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read of Cat Patrick's and I wasn't disappointed. The characters were well-developed and well-defined. The storyline had me from page one. I loved how the author intertwined modern day with fantasy in such a way that you were left wondering if maybe that "realm" may actually exist. The use of an old secret monarchy was a nice touch and made the story even more mysterious. The imagery that Cat Patrick wrote was in such detail that I found myself visualizing those scene ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest that I only bought this book because I was in a rush to find something to read on a flight and I love Cat Patrick. Although the premise didn't totally intrigue me, I trust everything she does. I am so glad I did. Court is full of suspense, twists, scheming, political game-playing…. and it features multiple badass females who are intelligent and interested in a hell of a lot more than needing a man. This book had a little bit of everything - mystery, action, twists, romance, world- ...more
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Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Urban Outfitters
BFF Charm: Yay x 3 and Mayb—Hell No
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Up With Royal People
Bonus Factors: Alternate Universe, Diversity
Anti-Bonus Factor: Trigger Warning
Relationship Status: Approved Tourist

Read the full book report here.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really surprised I like this book as much as I did!! This was of course out of my normal read. That's one thing that I can say is once you open your mind to other areas of reading you may enjoy it more than you think, this being an example! If you've been in need of escaping reality for awhile then I suggest you pick this book up, it will take you there!!!

*Received for an honest review*
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Cat Patrick is the author of middle grade books Tornado Brain and Paper Heart, as well as young adult books Forgotten, Revived, The Originals, and, with Suzanne Young, Just Like Fate.

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