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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.
This book lives up to it's hype! Think Veronica Mars meets Pride and Prejudice with yes, teen spies. It would have been so easy to make this story campy but no we're introduced to Berry, who's more into spying than guys. Well, until she runs into hawt Tanner who might be hiding his own secret.
While out spying for a client, Berry stumbles across something that hints that her mother was in fact murdered. Her father has gone on with his life but Berry has to know what really happened. With the help of her best friends, Mare and Jason, she searches for the truth even if it only reaffirms her worse fears. Add to that the possibility that the passing interest of mysterious Tanner might turn into something more.
Berry is a smart, sassy protagonist who shows hints of her own vulnerabilities behind her hard exterior. For example her huge Saint Bernard guard dog Lulu who really is a softie at heart. You can't help but cheer for Berry and hope she gets a guy and solve a case close to her heart.
Th supporting characters are equally great like her best friend Mare that makes amazing spy gear for Berry to use. Her best friend Jason brings humor and also does his bit to help Berry out.
The similarities to Darcy and Tanner are very fun as is the relationship between Tanner and Berry. The reader is not really sure what to expect. I know I loved Tanner from the start. His standoffish behavior didn't hide his interest in Berry, who hadn't lived down her infamous Pepper Spray incident at a Eighth grade party.
There's actions, suspense(like what really happened to Berry's mother), humor, and hints of a love triangle. They all merge into one amazing tale with an equally awesome voice! A must read!
2. Fans of Veronica Mars will love this YA mystery
3. Great action/suspense
4. Berry is one badass but yet vulnerable protagonist
5. Tanner. Need I say more?
So, let's start with Berry. Can we talk about how super badass she is? One of the earlier descriptions of the book pitched this book as Veronica Mars meets Pride and Prejudice and it's SUPER accurate. Berry and Veronica are really similar in levels of awesome. If I had to name a book that had characters and a general feel that reminded me most of Veronica, this would be it.
I also adored Tanner from the get go. But most of you have seen me review enough Pride and Prejudice retellings to know that I ALWAYS love the Darcy character. Always. Without fail. But Tanner was really sweet and had an epic back story that put his characterization into perspective. It all genuinely made sense.
Of course, I absolutely adored the plot. It had it's own mystery-spin on the traditional Pride and Prejudice. This was an added element from the usual misunderstandings and class differences that are prevalent in pretty much every Pride and Prejudice remake. I mean, it was obviously in this one as well, but there was something more to it. As much as I always love my retellings and movies and various ways of telling P&P, sometimes it's nice to add a twist I haven't seen before.
Talia is also just a great writer. I was really engaged in the story and I didn't want to end. I'm kind of crossing my fingers that she'll write other Austen retellings or retellings of SOMETHING. Or even just more contemporary. She tells a fantastic story that's fun with a very serious undertone and she really made a classic her own. I think she could do a really fantastic job retelling other stories I love as well.
Basically, you guys should all be picking up this book today or this week and then joining me in my plea for more contemporary/retellings from Talia as well as more books that feel like Veronica Mars and come with the added bonus of a Darcy-like character.
I think of myself as a JA connoisseur. Therefore, it is my duty to read all things JA related. That can be retellings, biographies, or spoofs-- it really does not matter. I also tend to love these books just for the mere fact that they are based on stories by one of my most beloved authors. Spies and Prejudice falls into the 'cute' category in the retelling department. It was highly original, so that made it fun. Tanner was mysterious enough, but he was no Mr. Darcy. Sorry! There were some similarities, but it's hard to duplicate such a perfect character.
While the plot of Spies and Prejudice follows Pride and Prejudice, there was one thing that hindered me from thinking this was a fantastic read. The romance between the characters really spoiled this for me. I was moving along with the story, really enjoying it, and then BAM! I was hit with the L-word. it made me go, "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!" Way too sudden. From that moment on, I was rolling my eyes any time two certain characters interacted. Very disappointing. The use of the L-word in a book should not feel like a sucker punch. There needs to be something backing that up. I just wasn't buying it with the characters, and I never did--even on the last page. Extreme 'like'? I would have gone with that. Infatuation? Also believable. You are my long lost soulmate that I need to be with for eternity? Pah-lease.
If you are like me and feel compelled to read any book that so much as looks like a JA retelling, go for it. You will find enough similarities in Spies and Prejudice to make you happy. You won't, however, find Mr. Darcy's twin or a very believable relationship. (But the first half of the book is solid enough.)