Monday, July 8, 2013

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Spies and PrejudiceFields’ 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?

For some reason, despite the fact that I’ve never actually read Pride and Prejudice, the various adaptations of it fascinate me. Because of this fascination, I jumped on the opportunity to read Spies and Prejudice. There are a lot of Pride and Prejudice adaptations, and this one was one of the better young adult ones. This book is like if Veronica Mars and Jane Austen had a baby. Fantastic.

Berry is a total badass. I loved her. She was a no-holds-barred type of character, and an excellent spy. I loved how devoted she was to the business she was in, and how strong of a character she was. Berry is the type of character that I want to read about all the time. She isn’t afraid to do what she wants or be herself. Then there’s Tanner. Tanner, Tanner, Tanner. I’m not even going to attempt to cover up my love for him. I love Tanner Halston, because he is dark and brooding and basically a horribly irresistible YA love interest. I loved the banter between him and Berry- it was one of my favorite parts of the whole book.

Spies and Prejudice is a novel that will capture you from the very beginning. It’s well written, addicting, and has spies. What’s not to love? Talia Vance is a writer that I’ll definitely be reading in the future. I love her writing style, and the way she sculpts her stories. Spies and Prejudice isn’t an Austen re-make that you’ll soon forget.

FTC- Received from publisher.