Set in contemporary times with lots of medieval facts, this book is such a fun, quirky ride, with diverse and interesting characters, a sweet romance, and an exciting take on smashing the patriarchy.
Title: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
Author: Jamie Pacton
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.
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.
- Just take a moment to admire that cover. Gosh, it is so fun! I love the knight costume and how Jet is holding his motorcycle helmet!
- I love the feeling of sisterhood that just permeates throughout this book. Kit is definitely not alone in figuring things out in this book.
- The sparring scenes in this book are the BEST! They are so exciting and so suspenseful. I was holding my breath the whole time during these parts.
Let’s talk about the fact that this is a friends-to-lovers romance. OH MY GOSH IT’S A FRIENDS TO LOVERS ROMANCE! When I realized this, I got so excited. A couple of months ago, I was seriously craving a friends-to-lovers, and I thought this would definitely satiate that craving. Kit and Jet have some awesome chemistry, and I loved it when they flirted. It just felt so much like being a teenager and being unsure if someone liked you. I do wish the progression had been deeper, that we could have seen Jet’s motivation for brushing off Kit at times, but overall, he was wonderful and supportive, and a good friend (as well as a good possible-boyfriend :D).
I loved the whole premise of Kit taking medieval sexism out of the medieval restaurant she loves to work at. She just wants to be a knight—and honestly, from the descriptions, who wouldn’t? I love her ideas and how they progressed, despite setbacks. The ending was a smash hit, and totally unexpected. I loved seeing Kit’s flaws, and especially seeing how she overcame them as she worked toward her goals.
Another aspect of this book that I thought was super important was the portrayal of poverty, and how it affected the characters. It isn’t just a small piece of Kit’s life. Poverty affects EVERYTHING, and the author did an incredible job of illustrating that.
This is a feel-good feminist romp with lots of humor and wonderful serving of romance. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, fun read with a feminist twist.