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The Court of Miracles

(A Court of Miracles #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  632 ratings  ·  459 reviews
Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris's criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

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, kn
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Knopf Children's
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ARC Received!!!

Thank you so much, Knopf Books for Young Readers. I truly appreciate this special gift!


Les Miserables + The Jungle Book??!!
(( changed to Six of Crows...))

Who the what now?!

Color me intrigued...
☙ nemo ❧
and lo, i am disappointed once more. what a cold, hard world we live in.

it wasn't bad, it's just okay, and somehow that's worse. if it was bad i could take the piss out of it with wild glee. but i can't.

there were a lot of timeskips that seemed jerky and uncoordinated, like me after a few wines, and especially in the first half the narrative didn't seem to flow very well. nina was a good character, pretty well-rounded, but she seemed to get out of scrapes and conflict a bit too easily for my t
amy ☂︎
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as anticipated
me: i won't fall for books that have 'for fans of six of crows' in their description anymore
this book: hey
Faith M ✨
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as potentials
Shelves: upcoming-release
"A diverse fantasy reimagining of Les Misérables and The Jungle Book."

"A Court of Miracles" it a Hunchback retelling also?

And based on the synopsis...where exactly does the Jungle Book come in?
Dannii Elle
I was intrigued to see just how this Les Miserable meets The Jungle Book meets Six of Crows meets Throne of Glass mash up was going to work, but, you know what, I think it pulled it off!

Below the surface of the polished streets of France lies a seething underbelly of crooks, thieves, beggars, and murderers. Despite the anarchic pastimes of those who reside there, guilds organise and lord rules, regulations are abided by, and harsh punishments enacted on those who break their codes of lawless hon
Anka “Viva La Papaya”
*sees book that looks interesting*

*sees it's compared to Lies of Locke Lamora and Six of Crows*

*sees it's compared to Throne of Glass*
Chelsea Humphrey
May 05, 2020 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
Recommended to Chelsea by: Irina Humphrey
Les Mis meets Six of Crows, so let's give it a go. Buddy read with my sis Irina!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

"You must make your enemies your allies.
And if you can't do that, then destroy them.
Them, and all who follow them,
so that fear doesn't come for you when you sleep."

Yes, this, right here! This book is what I crave in fiction: a story full of characters that are neck-deep in troubles, that are wonderfully flawed, that are sometimes absolutely terrible in their action
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
nuin giliath
Final rating: 3.5 stars

"Les Misérables meets Six of Crows meets The Jungle Book."

Oof. That's quite a bizarre yet intriguing combination that has captured the attention of many people. Since so much of the hype around this book is based on these claims, I thought it might be beneficial for potential readers to know a bit more about each of these comparisons. Hopefully that will help with any confusion about what to realistically expect before picking this up.

Les Misérables
Even though it's not an
Angela Cuéllar
pooled ink Reviews:
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy to review!

Um okay YES thank you! I really enjoyed this new YA Fantasy! This story is inspired by Les Misérables, The Jungle Book, and honestly I caught some The Hunchback of Notre Dame vibes as well. At first I was almost worried we were getting a slow start but honestly there is just something about the language and how the author curls and crafts her prose that kept me glued. I found myself easily immersed in this alternativ
♠ TABI ♠
May 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
Oh, I got to wait until 2020, do I?


Kester Grant
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-June's Illumicrate signed special edition - trust me when I say this one is going to be stunning.

What inspired Lord Kaplan?
Lord Kaplan, aka "the Tiger" is the equivalent of Jungle Book character Shere Kahn. "Kaplan" is a Turkish word meaning "Tiger"(from kablan ‘tiger’). Kaplan is not his birth name, but a moniker he adopted because of h
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I’m not sure what this had set out to be, but I don’t think it got there in the end. There was so much clunky plot, all linked together with just the barest whisper of continuity, that I had a hard time taking anything that was happening seriously.

Which is really a disservice to the setting because there’s so much that’s supposed to be taken seriously. There’s sex trafficking and child abuse and death—plenty of the nastier side from Revolutionary France, but the stakes didn’t feel real. Everyth
Taylor Knight
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been craving a Young Adult fantasy novel thats actually original and has great world building for so long and The Court of Miracles has supplied the solution. With a little bit of a slow start, I was worried this was going to be equipped with long, drawn out plot that was going to take a turn into boring. The plot does pick up though and its worth the slow beginning.
The writing style is my favorite part about The Court of Miracles. It's beautifully written and makes this book stand out fro
Abbie | epochnovels
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brutal. Full of flawed, fascinating characters. A wild, eventful ride from start to finish.

"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
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: French-Algerian mc, Black side characters

CWs: prostitution, violence, self-harm

Galley provided by publisher

Step one if you want to read this book goes thus: ignore what it comps to. It is not like Les Mis (in fact, if you pretend like it isn’t attempting to be a retelling, you’ll probably have a better time of it than I did). It is most definitely not like Six of Crows (if someone could tell me where this comp came from, it would clear a lot up). And the whole Jungle Book asp
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

It's been over a month since I've had even the slighest inclination to pick this ARC back up, so I figured I might as well review it. Then I never have to think about my disappointment again.

Plot, as I Picked Up in the First 20%

A girl called Nina, aged nine, lives with her beautiful older sister and abusive father. One day the sister gets taken, because she's in some sort of trouble. Nina joins a thieves' guild to get her back. A
Elise (TheBookishActress)

like?? i'm ready even though I have no fucking clue what that even means
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
I read an early draft of this book last year and from the first page, I was in love.I have been dying for this deal to come out and now I can't wait to see the finished book!
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
It says Six Of Crows and The Gilded Wolves so I kind of have to read it.
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Holy cannoli guys. I remember the first time I ever watched Les Misérables on Broadway. It was completely magical and I loved every second of it. Then I dove into the movie, and loved that all over again. Now I get this wonderful and magical book, boy was I hooked from the very beginning. YES, it took me two days to devour it but I fully blame work. For some reason, it kept cutting into my damn reading time.. which I'm not
Bookphenomena (Micky)
THE COURT OF MIRACLES has blown me away with this Les Mis re-imagining. Such an exciting underworld led by the strongest main character in The Black Cat. I adored the cast of characters and the pace; just so damn exciting.

Full review to come for the blog.
Aug 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
'For fans of something something and Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows?

Cindy ✩☽♔
Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
This cover is very pretty <3
A diverse fantasy reimagining of Les Misérables and The Jungle Book.

Seems like a strange combination, but I'm open to it.
Lia (booksnpenguins)
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: june-2020
I don't even know where to begin explaining how much I need this book in my life
LES MIS x SIX OF CROWS? This story concept = everything I never knew I needed in my life! I've loved musicals since I was little, and Les Mis is one of my favorites! I kept hearing the soundtrack play in my mind at various points in the book. And Six of Crows is another fave.

All of that actually made me both excited and nervous to read The Court of Miracles. The weight of expectations was heavy. So keep all of that in mind when reading my review.

First of all, I think it's really important to ack
Apr 18, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020-releases
I picked this up because I was super excited at the Les Mis comp and lemme tell you, finding all those references and especially to various song lyrics was so much fun. However, I did NOT sign on to finding this book so unputdownable that I missed my nap? I feel very angry about this.

For real, though, I think this is the most appropriate I’ve ever found a Six of Crows comp and while I know nothing about the Jungle Book (thought it’s where all the epigraphs come from), Les Mis + SoC was very spot
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Alright, so I would like to begin this review by discussing the things that I liked about this book. For a debut novel, the prose was impressive. I really enjoyed the overall flow of Kester Grant's writing, and the way that she was able to set a scene in my mind without over-describing things. The main character, Nina, was stunningly fierce and I loved her relationship with Ettie. The world the story was set in is
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
When it comes to this book, I seem to be in the minority. I'm not giving five or four stars but three. I wanted to love it but sadly, the middle of the book just wasn't for me. I loved the beginning and ending but in between, I was just not enjoying myself. Now, I've never read Les Misérables (even though it's a french classic) or Six of Crows so I can't comment on the comparisons made here but the settings are interesting. There are multiple guilds and our main character belongs to the Thieves. ...more
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Kester Grant is a British-Mauritian writer of color. She was born in London, grew up between the UK, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the tropical island paradise of Mauritius. As a wanton nomad she and her husband are unsure which country they currently reside in but they can generally be found surrounded by their fiendish pack of cats and dogs.

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