Review: Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Spies and Perjudice - Talia VancePublisher: Egmont (June 11th 2013)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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?

Review:

Spies and Prejudice definitely had the feel of Veronica Mars mixed with Pride and Prejudice. Vance creates a great parallel between her characters and those of Pride and Prejudice, where you can easily distinguish who is who, but at the same time her characters are also distinctly her own. I usually love nods to other works because of the parallelism, and the first of half of this book did wonderfully. It was a cute, high school detective-spies caper, with that romance that I love from Pride and Prejudice.

But than, it sort of just awry from me about half way through. The Pride and Prejudice trope suddenly took a back seat and full on daytime soap opera took the wheel. Not that it wasn’t interesting per se; it was kind of suspenseful and actiony, but it didn’t match the flow of the first half, and the plot just seem to be so improbable that I had some problems suspending my disbelief anymore.

To say the least, I did enjoy it but the lack of flow from beginning to end kind of put a kink in the book for me. The Pride and Prejudice trope, when used, was pretty well done and the spy plotline was interesting (except for the unfortunate over-the-top attempt at being melodramatic). A cute, teen read for the summer.

{*Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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