Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Review: Spies and Prejudice

Spies and Prejudice
Title: Spies and Prejudice
Author: Talia Vance
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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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.

“The idea that she could love me and still leave was somehow scarier than the idea that she didn't love me enough to begin with.” 

I was excited to start reading this one because I enjoy most Pride & Prejudice retelling and the addition of sleuthing in this screams awesome. Or that’s what I thought.. Though I started reading this book, knowing that it only involves small-time spying, I was still expecting from it and unfortunately those expectations weren’t met. 

The humour and Berry were what made me continue reading it till the end but I already had a hard time connecting the sentences and paragraphs with each other at the first three chapters. Maybe it was just me, but I can’t find the tiniest connection to the book. I really found the construction weird and off. 

When I got to the middle part of the book, things got interesting. I love how they tied the mystery about Berry’s mother’s death with something really simple. It reminds me of Nancy Drew and the intensity of her cases. For a moment, I was at the edge of my seat while waiting for the real deal about Berry’s mother. 

With the characters, the only person I really liked was Berry although all of them weren’t bad. It’s just that they failed to have this depth within a character to make them more real than being just in a book I’m reading. I really tried so hard to like Tanner but his sweetness towards Berry comes out as creepy for me. I actually like him better when he’s serious and all work because it seem to suit him just fine. Whenever he tries to show his feelings for Berry, I can’t help but cringe. I even thought that he was one of the bad guys because of how detached his sweetness was and it felt unreal. 

Other than my Tanner-issues and how disjointed it felt in terms of construction, the only bad score was the ending. IT WAS RUSHED. As I mentioned, there was a moment that I was at the edge of my seat and the part near the ending was one of them. I was so excited for everything to be revealed and I was technically on top, waiting for things to unfold when all of a sudden, everything dropped like bam! 

I really would love to like this one but unfortunately, it wasn’t able to meet my expectations.

This copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.