Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spies and Prejudice

Spies and Prejudice
Author: Talia Vance
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Series: I think it's a stand alone, but I wish there was another!!!
Rating: Owl
Received in a giveaway from Reflections of a Book Addict!!!!

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
(Summary via Goodreads)

So the truth is I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Is this one of my major faults??? I prefer to think not. And looking at several other reviews for this book on goodreads it seems that those who were comparing it to P&P that they were extremely disappointed. Thankfully I enjoyed this book.... A LOT.

So let me get the negative out of the way.

The names Strawberry Fields, Mary Chris Moss, (do you get it? It took me a minute.) the cheerleaders who all had presidential names (did their moms get together and plan it out?) and there were some others, but off the top of my head I can't think of them. I have a big thing about names. I don't like it when they are kind of childish and cutesy because let's face it, how many people do you know in real life actually have those names. I mean you have celebrities who have those crazy names but normal people? Nope.

Also the cover.... Not a big fan of it.... At all.... It just just capture the mysterious intrigue that the book is full of.

Now onto the the total and complete amazingness of this book.


I absolutely loved her! She's so funny. I loved her sense of humor and her determination. Sure, she made some mistakes along the way and personally I can't blame her for making the choices she did. Watching her attempt to figure out the mystery behind her mom's death was great. The determination she felt towards finding out the truth was something that I could easily sympathize with.  Yes, at points she did make some decisions that could be questioned as being a bad friend, but I still loved her for it.

Mary Chris Moss who from this point forward will be called only Mare. Mare was such a great friend to Berry. She stayed with her through thick and thin. Her friendship was something that helped Berry along the way. Although they went through some rocky times, at the end of the book their friendship was still as strong as ever. I thought it was great that she also got a great relationship with a guy instead of just Berry. I mean I know that's what happened in P&P, but so many times in YA books only the main character (in this case Berry) gets there happily ever after. With this book Mare got her ending far before Berry did!

Tanner. He was a great character and a very sweet love interest to Berry. I loved the two of them together and I loved the added mystery that Tanner presented. I thought that the twist with him was so well written and super good!!

The actual mystery was amazing. I had already had a good idea of what would really happen and who were the bad and good guys, but I loved being able to see everything unfold through Berry's eyes! The mystery was so interesting that it just kept me reading.

The ending was epic. Seriously epic. There was action and there was heartbreak, but there was also the sweet hope that Berry felt. It was sooo sweet and I just adored it!!

I am curious as whether or not there will be a sequel. There were definitely some loose ends that I would love to be tied up, but I don't think a sequel is necessary! This is more of just me being greedy.

This review was so hard to write and make sure it remained spoiler free. There are so many things that I just want to shout from the rooftops in order to better appreciate this book, but I can't because them I would spoiler everything and that would just suck if you ever decided to read this book!
I think that as far as P&P retellings go this is definitely my favorite. (I know it's weird I've read other retellings but not the actual thing... I'm fun like that.) Instead of following the original to the dot there are fun twists and turns that kept me on my toes. This was more of a fun "nod" to Jane Austen rather than something that followed the book more.

So on that note I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of spy novels and fun, light reads! This book was a ton of fun and something that I will definitely reread!!

WILL I READ THE NEXT ONE: IF there is another...I WANT IT!!!



  1. I've seen a few mixed reviews for this one, and the names would definitely throw me off too, but if they had nicknames I could see it being easier and better. Tanner and Berry sound like an amazing couple, and I love characters who are witty and so full of sarcasm and humor. I usually have a love-hate relationship with mysteries so I'm glad that this one was a really successful one, I'm going to need to check Spies and Prejudice out sometimes soon because this might be one that I'd enjoy.

    Fantastic review!

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