Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
ARC received from Egmont USA
Release Date: 6-11-2013
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Flirty, Fun, and Fiery
Oh how I just love Talia Vance! The first book I read and loved by her was Silver, a paranormal, mythology-based young adult book; so when I saw (months and months ago) that she was writing a contemporary spy novel, I swore to myself I would get a copy as soon as possible. I am so glad that I kept that promise! Talia once again blew me away!
This book will truly establish Talia Vance as a versatile and fantastic writer. Spies and Prejudice is completely different from her debut novel, but it will still grab ahold of your heart strings and give them a nice, tight tug. I just loved Strawberry Fields—ha, literally laughed out loud at that—who goes by Berry. She’s strong and confident and doesn’t give a crap about what anybody else thinks. If a guy gets too obnoxious or handsy, she just rears back and kicks him in his special place—or pepper sprays him, whatever works in that moment. She’s this awesome tough chick whose witty repartee will leave you fighting to catch your breath.
I loved the spy aspect and the gadgets in this book. I have only read one other ya spy book (Also Known As), so I’m pretty new to this side of the ya genre, but I will say, I am definitely going to have to read more. I found myself fascinated by all the James Bond stuff that Mare creates! It literally had me wanting to go on the internet and buy a bunch of spy toys just so I could feel all tough and duplicitous. I may have to make my 2 year old’s birthday theme “I Spy” this year just so that I can buy some cool techno gadgets!
So…now for the guys! Because we all know I read these books for the guys. Who doesn’t? There are two guys that line up for Berry’s affections—Tanner and Drew. Tanner is the arrogant and conceited hottie that just grates on Berry’s nerves (and heart), and I was really drawn to the “Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy love/hate” aspect of their relationship. It might be cliché, but I love when characters go from hate to love. It always means there are going to be plenty of laughs followed by plenty of oohhs and ahhhs. It’s a cliché for a reason, people!! It works, and Talia wrote it perfectly. I did wish we could see a little bit more into his background and motivations, so I’m hoping Talia decides to write a follow up to this one with a bit more attention on the beautiful jerk.
Then there’s Drew. He’s genuine and caring, and he seems to really understand Berry. She opens up to him when she feels like she can’t to other people. I liked how Drew played foil to Tanner. Where Tanner was hard, Drew was soft; where Tanner was delicious, Drew was the understated hottie. They worked well playing off each other, and I found that it added some drama and tension to the story. I do wish we could have gotten a bit more info on Drew, too. I knew he was cute and ripped, but I had a hard time picturing him in my head. Had there been a bit more description, I think I would have seen him better.
Overall, I really enjoyed the action and mystery in this book. The characters were so realistic, and Berry’s mistakes, pain, and expectations really resonated within me. I kind of felt like the ending was bit rushed, but that’s the romantic in me. I wanted to see a big, passionate, “I love, love, love you,” scene like we get in Pride and Prejudice. Still, I rushed through the pages, not being able to get enough of Talia’s quirky main character and brooding mystery boy.
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