June 16, 2013

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Title: Spies and Prejudice
Author: Talia Vance 
Publisher: Egmont
Release date:  June 11th 2013
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 3/5

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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 is a mixture of Pride and Prejudice with the world of spies (or of a private investigator).

And this book includes the key characters of Pride and Prejudice, where Berry Fields (is Elizabeth) is a 16 year old girl she had never had a boyfriend because of an incident that happened when a boy tried to kiss her as part of a game and ended with irritated eyes due to pepper spray been sprayed to him, due to this fact all the guys at school don´t even make the attempt to approach her. Her best friends, Mary Chris (Jane), she´s some kind of science/computer geek and she provides her with all the gadgets that she use to spy and Jason (Charlotte), he´s part of the drama club at school. And of course, there is Tanner (Mr. Darcy) and Ryan (Mr. Bingley), they´re stepbrothers that have just moved to town. And Collin (Mr. Collins) is the guy that keeps harassing Berry. Ohh and I almost forgot also among the main characters is Drew (Mr. Wickham).

The first half of the book is high school drama with some of the stereotypes mixed with some mild espionage (more PI investigation), but in the second part of the book the plot has a twist and the spying is no longer Berry following men that cheat on their wives but Berry investigating the death of her mother.

Overall, it is a book that while it not met my expectations, it was entertaining, funny, with a dose of mystery and read it very fast, but I felt that some things were left unsolved.

Thanks to Egmont for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Nah, i'm a big fan of Pride and Prejudice. And i think i won't like it if it changes into spies world. can't imagine it tho.

  2. Pride and Prejudice with spy world? Unique :)

  3. Sounds like a light read for a day of fun! I guess I will still check it out cause of curiosity!

  4. This is interesting but I don't think I'd read it. I love Pride and Prejudice but I'm not really into 'spies' or mystery stories. It's a unique idea to put the two together though and I'm kind of curious as to how the author pulled it off.

  5. I have not read Pride & Prejudice yet, but I plan to. Maybe if I read something like this one, it will give me more of hankering to read the real version. What do you think? This sounds like a fun and cute story!

  6. Sound great, but i not fan of Pride and Prejudice. But storyline very unique, make me curious :)

  7. Don't know if this one is for me, but sounds like there is a cute twist to the story. Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. Hmm, doesn't really sound like my kind of book. I appreciate your thoughts on it though.

  9. I was really excited for this one, but it seems many people just found it so so. I am still intrigued by the premise and I think I'll just have to pick it up for myself and see how I like it!

    Sorry it didn't meet your expectations.

    Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair