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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,336 ratings  ·  243 reviews

Pride & Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this slick romantic spy-thriller where nothing’s as it seems.

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,
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Renu
Mystery mixed with a touch of romance. Spies and Prejudice is a must read for fans of Veronica Mars!

Berry Fields works as a PI at her dad's private investigation firm, collecting evidence of the affairs she's certain all men commit. After an incident in the 8th grade involving pepper spray boys haven't exactly been lining up to date her. And she's cool with that, because really, who has time for liars and cheaters? Certainly not her.

One day after a stakeout Berry witnesses her best friend's fath
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Melanie
2.5 stars

Thank you Egmont USA for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or take to alter this review.


'"I don't get paid to have fun. I get paid for proof."'

The first impression I got from this book was the title. Mission impossible theme song immediately went off in my head. So if we were to go with that mysterious, tense music, Spies and Prejudice fell short of what I was hoping for. I'm no fan of titles that are a mock up of classics, yet somehow, I decided to pick it up and see
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Ash Wednesday
Jun 07, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veronica Mars fans; maybe not the hardcore Jane Austen reader
3 STARS

This may have been an Inception moment. Because it sure feels like I just read a book about the movie in Tammara Webber's book about an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in high school except this had a side serving of Veronica Mars and no Reid Alexander in sight (boo!).

Instead we have Strawberry Fields (don't worry she was just mostly Berry in this book), a high school junior who helps out in her dad's Private Investigation firm following cheating husbands and boyfriends alike. She was
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Victoria Scott
Before I read SPIES AND PREJUDICE, I felt like I was sleep walking through books. But Talia Vance's writing style has a way of grabbing you by the shoulders and shaking you awake. Her characters feel as real as your own family, and her voice crackles with energy.

I enjoyed absolutely everything about SPIES AND PREJUDICE, but the thing I loved most was the edge-of-your seat ending. I can't wait to see what Vance comes up with next!
Misty
Slightly under a 4, I guess? I had some issues with believability, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the hell out of this.
Video review on this one:
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Jacob Proffitt
Good book. Well written, interesting characters, exciting plot. I think it might have done better, though, if it hadn't invoked Pride and Prejudice. Even if that isn't taken as a challenge or a reason to find fault or a way to setup comparisons the author is unlikely to be able to deliver, it still functions as an invitation to find similarities, parallels, and match elements of the book to one of the greats--and that just isn't going to go well.

Which is a real shame in this instance because the
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Darkphoenix
Update:
I finally finished it and it was pretty disappointing and not particularly memorable.

The blurb kinda reminds me of Veronica Mars.. Is it just me or have others also felt the same?????

Update:
I'm gonna stick with the original inspirations: Veronica Mars and Pride and Prejudice.. I'll probably come back to this book and read it again because i was very impatient when i did read it. but not anytime soon..
Bry
Inspiration is a tricky thing - seeing something, hearing something, watching something - all of these things can jump start new, excited, and completely original ideas. It can also lead to some good ideas that may not be original but are still totally worthwhile as fan fiction where the author acknowledges the original inspiration.

I think this book would have been so much better if it had just tried to stand on its own feet with a few tweaks to make it a bit more original. My problems at the b
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Lulufrances
This book is utterly endearing.
I honestly don't know why the average rating is so low.
This might be a solid 4 star read for me usually but somehow I got really attached to this story.
I had to give it 5 and I regret nothing :D

It's the perfect mix of Stephanie Plum meets Enthusiasm (one of my all time favourite books) and a nice dose of Pride and Prejudice.
Add a very lovable cast (apart from maybe one or two exceptions but, hello, someone has to be the villain) and an interesting plot and hey:
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Bryce
*Actual Rating: 4.5*
Spies? Pride and Prejudice? Sign me up!
This is one of those books that you read in one sitting and then smile like an idiot the rest of the day. The characters are hilarious, and incredibly charming. There's just enough mystery to keep you hanging, and just enough romance to keep you swooning.
There are a couple of bittersweet moments, but the lighthearted ending gives this book the perfect cheer-you-up tone.
It was so cool looking in from a spy's POV. It seems like so much fun
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Jill
yes yes yes yes yes yes YES!
This is one of the best spy books I have ever read for several reasons.
1.Berry is AMAZING, and she's not one of those girls who knows she's pretty and uses it, more like the opposite.
2. She doesn't just fall for Tanner, heck, she doesn't even trust him.
3. Tanner has the whole tall, dark, and handsome thing down.
4. They have all this cool spy gadget stuff, but not in the cheap way.
5. There are so many characters that are great, then you want to kill some, feel sorry
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Valerie
So the beginning had promise. I wanted so much to like this and I even told myself that I should try not to compare it too much to Pride and Prejudice, but I did. I feel like the the whole P&P aspect of the book was placed just so there would be some sort of tension between the main couple. If I hadn't thought to compare it to P&P then I might had given it more credit. However, I still don't think I would've loved it.

The basic gist of it is that Berry spies for clients (of her father's)
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Heather
**This is an ARC review. Any excerpts and quotes are taken from an advance copy and are therefore subject to change before the final print**

Meet Strawberry (Berry) Fields (clearly mom and dad were Beatles fans.) Berry is a savvy high schooler who moonlights at her dad's private investigation firm. She's so good at catching philandering spouses and insurance scammers that her dad has let her stake out and handle her own jobs since she was fourteen. They key is to be dogged, super observant, and h
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Kim
Pride and Prejudicemeets spies? HELL YEAH. When I first heard aboutTalia Vance'sSpies and Prejudicemy first thought was, "How is this the first time someone's thought of this?!" With the ever-growing popularity of James Bond and other spy thrillers, it makes sense that we introduce the world of young adult readers to Jane Austen's most popular work with exploding tennis bracelets and walkie-talkie watches. Teens imagining a world of corporate espionage that they can take part in!? I'd say you've ...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Review and Giveaway posted on Page Turners Blog on 6/3/2013*

I think by now you guys realize how much I love Jane Austen and, of course, I may also have a slight obsession fascination with spies. So imagine my delight when I saw that a favorite author of mine Talia Vance (author of the Bandia series) wrote something that was titled Spies & Prejudice. If you assume I filed that under: #whee; you were right.

So then as I started to read it, I realized that yes, there was that familiar plot rhyt
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Keith
Veronica Mars does Pride and Prejudice!

Solid 4 stars up until the second to last chapter. Loved the plot twists, there was even a point there where I was wondering "No way, are these guys Vampires or something?" and I had to double check that I was not reading Urban Fantasy. Way to mess with my head!

The action and climax were great but I deducted one star for the author completely flubbing the dismount / denouemont. It was both out of character and derivative.

If you like Veronica Mars, you w
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Crowinator
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.
This is a light, frothy read that would pair well with Aly Carter's Gallagher Girls series or Michelle Jaffe's Bad Kitty series, and it'll appeal to readers who want a little spy action (but not too much) mixed in with all the boy-crushing that goes on, sort of like a sprinkle of nuts on a sundae. It starts off as a sort of Veronica Mars-lite story and I was digging it until the halfway mark, when the plot goes absolutely bananas and the characters lose all credibility,
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Renuka
I felt like reading this because of the promised Pride and Prejudice retelling, but honestly, there wasn't enough to market it as a retelling, but too much to avoid spotting the similarities. It was a bit of a mess.

It wasn't believable at all, and the attempted twists were just confusing and badly done. The "espionage" was immensely juvenile and frustrating. I was ready to read something with action mixed with delicious romance, but something about teenagers and spying didn't work in this. (I d
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Jan 21, 2015 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of cute spy romances and modern adaptions/retellings of Pride and Prejudice.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: Goodreads.com,mpublic library.
I have read a lot of adaptions/retellings of Pride and Prejudice, but not one like this. It had a slight take on Pride and Prejudice, but we it's own unique style and twists. It had so many surprises I found my self on the edge of my seat to the end. It may have been a short book, but a lot happened in it. With the thrills and actions along with double crsossing, spy gadgets, mix in love, pride, and prejudice. But it really was a good book and a nice light read. The characters were great. Berry ...more
Paula  Phillips
When I managed to score an ARC of Spies and Prejudice from Netgalley, I was over the moon as I had , had my eye on this book for months now but when I opened it - the book was totally different than what I had expected. I had expected from the title and what I had heard briefly about it - a modern spy rendition of Pride and Prejudice when in fact to me if I read hard enough and thought hard enough I could possibly make connections but it was more of a teen girl Spy Novel more than a modern rend ...more
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Mely
A Pride and Prejudice/Veronica Mars mashup. Strawberry Fields has assisted her father's private investigations almost since she was eight, when her mother died in what is generally believed to be a suicide. Berry finds evidence that her best friend's father may have been involved, at the same time as she's dealing with the new hot jerk in town, who seems improbably interested in her despite being blown off rudely at every opportunity.

The charm of the conceit kept me involved for the first few ch
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Nafiza
I really liked Silver by Talia Vance so I snatched this up at ALA midwinter. I thought it was a retelling but the person at the booth told me it had more to do with spies than the Jane Austen novel. Which didn’t bother me at all because I really like spy stories and for the most part, I liked this one too.

I liked Strawberry Fields and her best friend Mary Chris Moss (not joking, those are their names). I liked the love interest and I liked the how vulnerable Berry was despite her badass fronting
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Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Reading Spies and Prejudice is like reading an episode of Veronica Mars. It's fast-paced, quick-witted and so very fun. I read it in pretty much one sitting, falling in love with Talia Vance's writing and characters in the process. I also now want to be a super sleuth PI, but somehow I don't see that happening!

In Spies and Prejudice, our hero Strawberry 'Berry' Fields works for her dad's investigation business and is still grieving her mother's death eight years ago. She hangs out with her best
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Farrah
Didn't quite meet my expectations. I was hoping for a great read, but Spies and Prejudice had a few problems for me.
1) I didn't like Berry. I didn't think she had a reason to be mean to Tanner, but she was constantly at his throat when he was just trying to be nice. Besides, I didn't understand the point of her having the name "Strawberry Fields." It served no purpose and just made me not take her seriously.
2) The mystery in this book felt forced. I didn't feel like it flowed with the book and I
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Elizabeth
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance This book is 1/3 Veronica Mars, 1/3 Elizabeth Bennet, and 1/3 Talia Vance's original awesomeness. She took two things I LOOOOVE and took her own spin on it. Although it's kind of a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, the characters aren't 100% like P&P Characters. Berry Fields is a bit sassy and definitely closed off to most people -- *cough* Tanner. I enjoyed the mix of who-dunnit, romance, and friendship. I kind of guessed the twist, but it didn't make th ...more
Aparajita Mukherjee
The book has all the spicy ingredients-- teenage spies, cool gadgets, hot guys and above all, a mystery which makes you stick with it till the very end. But what it lacks is a sense of closure. The book is pathetically incomplete. Even after one is done reading, one keeps searching if there is anything more.There are many unanswered questions which I guess is the point and intentional and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.
Emma-Kate
The actual book was pretty good. The characters were likable and they actually weren't stupid. Only complaint is the end. It was really rushed. Can you say info-dump? The whole book was centered around finding out who killed Berry's mom, and BAM! (view spoiler) The whole thing lasted one measly, 5 sentence paragraph. (view spoiler) ...more
cloudyskye
Liked this a lot, gorgeous boy and nicely prickly girl, interesting secondary characters. I think the P&P angle is done quite well. I really wouldn't mind seeing this made into a movie. A few questions remain unanswered by the end, so perhaps there will be a sequel?
(Finished this about the same time the royal baby was born!)
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