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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,...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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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...more
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...more
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:...more
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...more
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...more
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)...more
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...more
Sam
Jun 07, 2013 Sam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sam by: Veronica Rossi
Spies and Prejudice, with its Veronica Mars-esque qualities and basic spy-story plot, is exactly the sort of book that you read for good, quick fun… and then forget about immediately afterwards.

There is nothing particularly outrageous about this book – the writing isn’t poor, the characters are fairly likeable, the plot is not ridiculously clichéd – but there is also very little that sets it apart or gives it that special warmth associated with favourite reads. Despite that, for something undema...more
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...more
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,...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
inga
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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.
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!)
Elizabeth
Berry Fields enjoys doing surveillance for her father as part of his work as a private investigator. As a teen she easily blends in with her surroundings. Thanks to the tech skills of her best friend Mary Chris Berry has everything she needs to catch the perp, usually a man cheating on his significant other, in action. So she is definitely not interested when she meets Tanner who seems too perfect and too arrogant to tempt Berry. Besides she's busy investigating the death of her mother 8 years b...more
Valerie Pennington
I loved this book! It was a little corny at times but it tugged on my heart strings and I can't wait to reread it over and over again. It was clever, cute, and unexpected. I adored this book. I could talk about all of the reasons that I loved this book for quite some time but I won't, I'll just suggest that you read it. It's a fast read but it'll keep you smiling all the way through it.

It also hit home when it came to love. I have done extensive research into serial killers, heck, I'm getting m...more
Sophie
I was really looking forward to this one but I've heard such bad things! Shame. I loved Veronica Mars when it aired and I love Pride & Prejudice.
A Canadian Girl
This one was another entertaining mindless read with a completely unbelievable premise.
WJ
I had very high hopes for Spies and Prejudice, maybe because of how much I enjoyed the first quarter of the book. And the premise sounded amazing too: a teenage sleuth who's determined to find out the truth about her mother's suspicious death? What's not to like about such a book? But then everything goes downhill when there's a love triangle that suddenly develops and our previously awesome MC starts to make some terrible Bad Life Decisions.

Strawberry "Berry" Fields works for her father as a p...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Berry Fields has been working as a private investigator for her Dad for years now, because no one ever notices a teenager following them. And she usually manages to catch all the liars and cheaters that are trying to scam other people. Berry herself doesn't date and isn't really interested in it. Then Tanner blows into town and declares that Berry is nothing special. She can't help noticing how hot he is, even while she's determined to ignore and shun him for his arrogance. All of this romantic...more
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