Monday, February 10, 2014

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Publication: November 5, 2013

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't. 

Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love...

History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

After being thrown out of her home by her uncle for refusing to agree to the arranged marriage he has put together, Peggy is left with nowhere to go. That is until she agrees to take a job as a spy at King George’s court. Now she must impersonate Lady Francesca (the real Lady Francesca having died). Life at court is never dull and there is always something mysterious going on. It isn’t long before Peggy suspects foul play, and being the curious girl that she is, she decides to find out what really happened to her.

Peggy is smart...though sometimes a bit naïve, determined, inquisitive, and not afraid to say what she thinks and do what she believes to be right

Palace of Spies was a fun book to read. Once I got through the first chapter, it was pretty easy to keep going. I had fun venturing into her world and getting caught up in her life at court. There is a good amount of background and history, but not so much that I got bored or felt bogged down by it. I enjoyed discovering more about how life was for women during that time; their social lives, parties, and clothes.  

There is some romance, mystery, and a few sticky situations…enough to keep me well entertained. As a fan of historical fiction I enjoyed almost everything, but towards the ending things felt a little too rushed for me.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.

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


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  1. I love fun spy books, and this one king of reminds me of Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan, which I really liked, because of the whole royal court thing too. Always interesting, glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    1. I haven't read Maid of Secrets yet, but I so want to. I've heard that it's good. And the sequel is coming out later this year. Thanks for stopping by Kirsty!