Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book Review: Spies & Prejudice by Talia Vance

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

Publisher: EgmontUSA


Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.

Strawberry Fields (Berry) is somewhat jaded when it comes to love and relationships. All thanks to her job as a Private Investigator at her father’s business.  Being a teenager has its advantages, since most people tend to overlook them and her, which make her perfect for the job.  She is tough, sarcastic, smart, and guarded. And I liked her personality a lot.  
She ends up meeting Tanner, the potential love interest while on a stakeout with her best friend Mary Chris. Their feelings for each other seemed to take root pretty quickly, so I wasn’t 100 percent believing in their ‘love’. But aside from that, I was able to enjoy book.
The characters were pretty unique and fun to get to know. I liked the mystery aspect of the story, more than the romance part of the story. The questions revolving around Berry’s mother’s death and the possible connection with Mary Chris’s dad was an interesting twist and I wanted to keep reading to discover all the answers.
As far as retellings go, this is the first Pride and Prejudice retelling I have ever read. I absolutely adore Pride and Prejudice and pretty much all Jane Austen novels btw. The characters in SP had their own original personality with a little from PP thrown in. I wasn’t in love with it, but I still enjoyed it. Spies and Prejudice is a cute, quirky, and entertaining summer read.

Rating 3½ out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of EgmontUSA in exchange for nothing, but my honest opinion. Thank you.**


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  1. I'm a big fan of Pride and Prejudice as well! This is cool, like a Veronica Mars and Pride and Prejudice fusion. I'll give this a go :)

  2. When you read it, I hope that you like it Amir :)