I guess that explains just how much I enjoyed it. I have had A Spy In The House for a while now, but...moreFirst, LOVE, EPIC LOVE FOR THIS BOOK FROM NOW ON!
I guess that explains just how much I enjoyed it. I have had A Spy In The House for a while now, but I never got around reading it till now. I mainly started this for Bout Of Books read-a-thon which failed due to my midterms. So after finishing my mids on Wednesday when I picked up the book again it was impossible to let go. I don't know if it was the era writer projected in her story or the characters she created, but I felt so connected!
In 1850's a woman being a detective or let alone have a detective agency full of women was completely absurd but Mary Quinn is one of the detectives of these agency and a very kick-ass one at that. Mary finds some help when she starts her investigation, sometimes in a wardrobe and sometimes in a warehouse. James Easton is an engineer who is determine to save his brother, from a marriage he believes will bring nothing but misery to them. While investigating further on the family of his brother's future in-laws he meets Mary Quinn. Together they agree to find out what is actually going on.
James grows some feelings for Mary on their mission, but there is always the question of social difference between them. At the end of the story many secrets are revealed, some are very unexpected, some are rather sweet.
Overall a good book. Recommended to readers who loves reading young-adult.
Again, LOVE, EPICLY EPIC LOVE!
Now that we have that part cover I can continue with why I loved the audio book as much as the book itself. Justine Eyre's narration of A Spy In The House takes you back in the 1800's to experience the adventure with Mary Quinn and James Easton to the Tharold's. I have read all three books of The Agency series, so I know what happens. But listening to it again was a great experience and to re-live the book as though it's happening was just plain wonderful. Mary's character was more defined through the voice of Justine Eyre. Justine didn't only imitate Mary's voice she also brought out the drunken accented coachman of Tharold. Her voice imitation was lovely and it sure did keep me entertained.
Now if you follow anything in my blog or just surfing by here you can find out just how much love I have for this series by clicking the label Y.S. Lee. Ying writes wonderful character and brings them to life through her writing. James Easton, Mary's wardrobe partner teams up with her to find out what is Tharold hiding. And as I have said before I already know what happens further down the series so I was fully anticipating James and Mary's scenes. It was nice to see James for the first time through someone's narrating. Paints a rather cute picture of him in my mind.
Ying promised her readers there will be a fourth book and Mary will be back with her mysteries. Squeeee! I can promise this, I will be doing my best to get my hand on this book before it releases otherwise I will be waiting like the rest of the world for it's release date.
Recommended to EVERYONE! I really do love this series. I think by now, I have established that I am obsessed with this series.
After reading all three books of The Agency series, I have to say this has been my favorite. Mary is yet again set to solve a mystery set in Buckingha...moreAfter reading all three books of The Agency series, I have to say this has been my favorite. Mary is yet again set to solve a mystery set in Buckingham Palace, and who else is there to cross her path? Why it was James Easton. The duo manages to keep out of the others toe for a time being but that was only momentary of course.
While trying to discover the main culprit to the case of missing pieces from the palace Mary stumbles on to something much more darker. A murder, and she is hell bound to find out the truth. Her venture to truth leads her to a secret of her own past and for the first time since I have been reading this books, I see Mary thinking with her heart rather than her head. As a trained spy Mary evaluates what she says, do sometimes not that much. But in the end, even when it was James Easton she has always been guarded of herself. So I think I liked this Mary as well as I did her in the previous books. James and Mary's relationship which they finally acknowledge as 'friendship' might finally see the light of day.
At the end, I say this will be one of my favorite series from now on. If you love young adult mysteries this is a book you need to read.(less)
One of the best book I have read in 2010. hands down. The hunger games, it's nothing like i have read before. I read YA, but they don t attract me much...moreOne of the best book I have read in 2010. hands down. The hunger games, it's nothing like i have read before. I read YA, but they don t attract me much. This book had so many effect on me that I am beyond words. katniss and Peeta's struggle to stay alive in the arena and how the entire thing play off with friend's death was completely heart wrenching. If it's on your TBR pull it up on the top. This is a book that you do NOT want to miss. I know most of my gr friends reads erotica and smexy books, i do too. But this is a MUST READ book(less)
After finishing A Spy in the House, the first book of The Agency series I just couldn't wait to read The Body at the Tower as well. I loved t...more4.5 stars
After finishing A Spy in the House, the first book of The Agency series I just couldn't wait to read The Body at the Tower as well. I loved the book. The time during building the clock tower and all the rumors that grew with it helped placing this story in that period.
Mary is back to her Agency solving another mystery disguised as a boy. She comes close to blowing her cover when errand boys are beaten into pulp by the superior. But somehow she manages to slip away from that situation. In every verge it seems like people will find out she is not Mark Quinn but she comes to manage to uphold herself as a boy to most till the end of the book.
I was very happy to see another name returning to this book as well, James Easton. James is not in good health after returning from India but he tries to act tough. And Mary fails to disguise herself in front of the man. No matter what she does he seems to know it's her.
One of the scene that I loved is when James confronts Mary about being Mark and what happens afterword “I’m so sorry. I don’t think the etiquette manuals cover this sort of situation.” He leaned in close, his lips all but grazing her neck, and inhaled. “Mmm. You smell good, too.”
She nearly choked. Took a step backwards, until her back met cold stone. “Th-thank you.”
“That’s better. May I kiss you?” His finger dipped into her shirt collar, stroking the tender nape of her neck.
“I d-don’t th-think that’s a good idea.”
“Why not? We’re alone.” His hands were at her waist.
Her lungs felt tight and much too small. “Wh-what if somebody comes in?”
He considered for a moment. “Well, I suppose they’ll think I fancy grubby little boys.”
In this book Mary's feelings for James grows a little but he is still unaware of her reputation as a spy. Even though he have come to know some secret about Mary's past there are allot that's still uncovered.
Overall a good book. If you love reading young-adult, Victorian era this is a book worth checking out. (less)
This is the first book I have read from Heather Wardell and I loved it! Her writing style is quite unique and the story is very original in my opinion...moreThis is the first book I have read from Heather Wardell and I loved it! Her writing style is quite unique and the story is very original in my opinion. Every character development in the story was captured my attention. Specially Candice. ;)
Though comparing between the two, Ian and Kegan I was quite confused like Candice was. Who wouldn't be? But the way Candice grew through out the novel was absolutely amazing. I loved the fact that she had a friend like Larissa to keep her on her her toes. Everyone needs someone like that in their life. I know I do *snort*
Between the two men, Kagen and Ian I had to keep guessing who might Candice choose. Once I am so sure she would stay with Ian when something he said gets in the way and makes me think maybe Kagen's the better choice! Then Kagan's past present behavior makes me confuse and question if he is the right choice for Candice. *sigh*
I was very happy with the ending and how strong each character came out after wards.
Recommended to all who loves women's fiction! (less)