#BookReview: Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Spies and Prejudice
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Genre: Young Adult / Spy
Pages: 228
Publication: June 11, 2013 (Egmont)
Sinopsis:
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.

Mi Opinión

This is a young modern version od Pride and Prejudice, the romance united to the criminal world to give it life to this book. Some of you may know that I love spies stories and because of that, I never doubt to pick up this bool, even if I have no idea about what's going into Pride and Prejudice (well, the book I saw the movie). Besides, the cover is beautiful But, I think that it's better haven't read it , so I just ccan referrencce to the concepcion of this book than comparing it with the original. 

I think that write a remakes could be a double blade, it could be even better than the original or a waste of time. We always need to be very clear about what we want to do and what focus we give to the tale. Like I can't say if it's faithful to the original Pride and Prejudice, good, regular or bad, I won't going to compare it to P&P because I would be lying. but what I do can say is that this book when is pasable isn't a big thing. 

Spies and Prejudice tells the story of Strawberry (aka Berry) Field, a teenage spy working in the her dad's detective agency. Because adults don't notice teens is easier to get evidence of their misdeeds (affirmed by the Berry herself). She manages to expose the husbands, boyfriends, lovers, or any other kind of cheating partner. What has made her to stay attentive to men, especially the handsome and confident. Berry has never had a boyfriend through a kissing game that ended with the boy's eyes filled with pepper spray, so that no boy in her school look at her twice. She has two great friends Mary Christ Moss (who was born on Christmas Eve) and Jason (who is fond to drama). But despite all this Berry it doesn't care much about her love life, but when she discovers that her mother's death long ago may be more than a simple suicide, she is willing to do anything to know the truth. However, three new guys come to town. Stepbrothers, Ryan (who was immediately catched by Mary Christ) and Tanner, and the mysterious Drew; these guys are not what they seem and keep big secrets, and will head the life of Berry in the twinkling eyes.

This novel fairly regularly. There's not much brighting in it. The characters aren't very memorable and tend to fade from memory once you've finished the book. The only good things about it is that the intrigue is quite strong and you want to finish the book just to see what happens, however, and although I think it is a stand-along, the end is quite open that suggests a continuation.

Tanner’s voice is low and warm next to my ear. “You know I can hear you, right? I’m standing right here.”
I clutch the latte to my chest, creating a makeshift shield.  “So you are.  What’s the matter?  Yogurt not your thing?”
“Something like that.”  He starts to smile.  “You think I’m hot?”
“You think you’re hot. There’s a difference.” 
-Berry Fields and Tanner Halston

As for relationships, always you know who is going to be with who. The romances are quite explicit and no where to go, not even a bit of hesitation in choosing to be with. What you're goin to have are some twists regarding the motivations of each of the characters. It will cost you lot to trust each of them, and you will always be wondering if they are true or not.

Lastly, as I said before this is not a book with great brilliance. The characters are not extraordinary and definitely not one of my favorite books of spies. It's fun, lightweight, quick to read, but not much to contribute. Perhaps most enjoyment were the Gadgets that Mary Christ gave to Berry (because the girl was very intelligent and towards great things).

About the Author

Talia Vance
Talia Vance es una abogada litigante que vive en el Norte de California con su interés amoroso de la vida real, dos niños con el valor de cinco y un necesitado San Bernardo llamado Huckleberry. Talia ha escrito desde que empezó a hablar, creando historias sobre cada muñeca, peluche y figura de acción que pudiera tener en sus manos. Ella creció con la esperanza de poder escribir la gran Novela Americana, pero su vida corría más entre la línea del romanticismo torturado y los suspensos de ritmo rápido, entonces eso es lo que ella escribe.

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