Author: Talia Vance
Publish Date: June 11th, 2013
“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.”
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance is cute retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which just happens to be one of my favorite books of all time. I read every retelling I can find and love the story, no matter how many times I read it. And while I really liked the first 90% of Spies and Prejudice, the ending just didn't hold up to the rest of the book. It felt rushed and a little confusing.
Berry is a prickly character. She's smart and entertaining to read about, but she's obviously not very into people or making new friends. She's very self-centered, ignoring other people's opinions because she thinks she's more aware than everyone else since she's a spy. But, well... She's always just sort of jumping to conclusions about people. Which, I guess, is very Lizzie Bennett of her. But, like I said, Berry was an entertaining character to read about.
Spies and Prejudice wasn't a close retelling of Pride and Prejudice which I actually appreciated. I liked how Vance took the themes of the story, but made her own plot instead of just copying Austen's. It made the book much more fun to read, because I had no idea if certain characters would really act just like the characters from Pride and Prejudice they were based on or not. It was a fresh take on the story. And the spy element was so much fun I couldn't care less that it might not be entirely realistic.
There were a few things that bothered me while reading. Like why, oh why, wasn't Berry's dad involved more in this book? I mean, seriously. He's supposed to be a private investigator. You would think he'd be a helpful resource or at least better at noticing his daughter was hiding something. And the whole mystery of Berry's mom was... well, it wasn't predictable, that's for sure. But there was a whole portion of the ending where I was just like, "Uh??" I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. Is it over? Was that really it? It didn't feel finished. At all. If there was one thing that made me like the book less it was the last two chapters because of the terrible wrap up of a really great mystery. And once you find out the truth, the whole mystery sort of seems pretty dumb, along with the characters reactions to it.
Spies and Prejudice is a light romantic read. It's not particularly memorable, but it was cute, if a little confusing at times. I had a hard time rating this one, because I enjoyed the beginning so much. Is there supposed to be a sequel? Because, if so, I will definitely be reading it to find out more about that ending! But if not, then I'm pretty much just confused with where this book went.
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