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A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
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Oct 02, 12

did not like it
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Read in October, 2012

A Spy in the House is the story of Mary Quinn who is orphan turned spy when she is saved from a hanging sentence for theft and admitted to an academy for young women which turns out to be an agency that trains and sends out young detective girls. After her training at The Agency, she becomes the governess of Anjelica, daughter of wealthy Mr. Thorold and anything but angelic. As Mary comes up against the deadline to figure out who, if anyone in the Thorold household, is smuggling goods from India, she learns more about the history of her deceased parents and encounters romance along the way as well.
I had a really hard time getting into this book from page 1. The feministic undercurrent is a little overwhelming and the banter between Mary and James if not romantic is a little sickening. None of the characters are very believable or real. None seem to have really pure motives. Most of the characters are either black or white, not some shade of gray like most people. But I can see how a sixteen year old girl might really get into a book like this and enjoy it a lot.

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