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Spies and Prejudice

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,901 ratings  ·  275 reviews
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, e
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by EgmontUSA
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Abby Savage I would suggest this book for ages 13-15. It is more like a teen book, and I believe that there is one swear word, but its not a really bad one.

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Victoria Scott
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Ash Wednesday
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Veronica Mars fans; maybe not the hardcore Jane Austen reader

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 w
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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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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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?????

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..
3.5 stars!!!!
I loved the modern take on this beloved classic story!!!! I was laughing & loving piecing together who everyone was in this plot line!!!!! Pemberley is the security firms name that is clever placing the classic names in modern context!!!!!! Though all it’s faults towards ending being rushed I felt like it was a great nod to the classic!! I wanted to know about who Drew worked for & why?! Especially the part about her mother it feels like a loose end & an unnatural cliffhanger with
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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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) who thi
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:
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
**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
Pride and Prejudice meets spies? HELL YEAH.  When I first heard about Talia Vance's Spies and Prejudice my 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 ...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*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 rhythm f
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy-books
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
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,
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
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
*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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
this book was genuinely just awful and I have no one to blame but myself for expecting anything more than that
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Veronica Mars fans who want something to mock
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: Myself I blame my inner Nancy Drew
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I'm annoyed. This book started out as being solid enough. Not great, but I didn't expect greatness. I expected a fun, fluffy, read based off of my favorite classic.

It used my favorite classic as a gimmick.

And to make matters worse, it twisted the knife further in the wound by making the Veronica Mars part of this book suck too.


As far as the actual form goes the book isn't bad. It was easy to read. I got through it in two days and considering my reading tim
Magic Shop
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of cute spy romances and modern adaptions/retellings of Pride and Prejudice.
Recommended to Magic Shop by:,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
Tirzah Eleora
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
So first of all, this isn't really a spy story and it's not really a Pride and Prejudice makeover. The main character, Berry, works for her dad's (apparently amateur) private investigation business, spending her time tracking men with suspicious wives. What with her father being widowed and all, she could be a nod to Nancy Drew, only Berry has none of Nancy's class or charm. Or smarts. Actually she's a pretty annoying main character and I didn't like her much. As far as the P and P elements go, ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, netgalley
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
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
Paula  Phillips
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: retellings
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
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 this book ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is there a book 2? Please let there be a book 2!
This book was so predictable. I actually guessed the "great revelation" about Berry's mother since the beginning, no matter how many weird twists the author wrote to make us suspect a lot of different characters.

Also, I didn't enjoy the supposed romance between Berry and Tanner -- I just can't see the chemistry between those two, especially because both are the most annoying characters in the story, not to mention pretty stupid.
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