Love, Lies and Spies
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of lei ...more
1.5 stars. Perhaps I would have loved if I hadn't spied so many lies. Everybody kept lying to me, and there was so much telling that I wouldn't have been surprised if I had come across a sentence telling me that this book was fantastic. It was not, but rather tedious, repetitive and underwhelming.
✘ Lie # 1 : "She smiled at the recollection of their lively banter...."
Pray tell. Girl, did that happen off page? Because I did not see that. For one the dialogues were stiff and sounded horribly fake, ...more
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secr ...more
The first word that came to my mind when I started Love, Lies and Spies was promising. The second word was slough. I like a good historical fiction or romance spiced with humor and ol' good mystery. But with this book the more I went deeper, the more I sank.
Before I started reading it, I've seen a couple of not so positive reviews, but I didn't read them, because I was the skeptic one, who believed she was the only righteous person among a crowd of unbelievers. Hat down, I admit I was too assert...more
4 out of 10
Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)
Genre: YA, historical romance
Stuff: espionage, the Season, lady beetles
Fail: pacing, plot and romance
POV: 3rd-person, she/he
"How could he concentrate on the complexities of his mission when his mind was constantly deviating to that lovely...more
Is that cover not adorable?!? If you answered that question with a resounding YES then you will probably like the story on the pages of this book, as well, because it is equally charming. I've really gotten into Regency period romances novels lately, this novel included. I've mentioned before that I think that has to do with ...more
Love love loved Juliana. She's smart and headstrong and knows exactly what she wants. She refuses to be trapped in what society deems to be the proper activities and behaviors for ladies. I truly enjoyed her story. Spencer is adorable when he's interacting with Juliana. The spy side of his story was a bit dry and not nearly as exciting as I was expecting.
Overall, it was a cute read and I look forward to seeing future works fr ...more
I just wanted to add that for a bit of insight to show you guys that I was kinda into this book.
I would label this as Regency light. Because that's kind of what it is. The only other novel I can kind of compare this to would be The Dark Days Club but it's without all those life threatening secrets and revelations. It's a cute book, really.
Love, Lies and Spies takes place in 1813, right as the ...more
Легкое, задорное, светлое и просто мимими.
Героиня мила, неуклюжа, увлечена совсем не тем, чем полагается увлекаться юной леди, и очень непосредственна.
Герой... хочется сказать "прекрасен и таинственен", но до этого ему далеко, ибо он тоже весьма юн )))
Здесь есть все, что нужно хорошему ИЛР: достоверные описания, соответствующие характеры, остроумные диалоги, минимум экшена, несколько загадок и прочая-прочая. Но никак ...more
I loved that Juliana had an independent and curious streak but still wanted to conform to society etiquette and propriety. She was so lovable and clumsy in an non-annoying way ^_^, and Spencer was always there to swoop in and rescue her, while remaining entirely un-smothering and non-stalkery. The romance is very slow-burn, and there are plenty of London society hijinks and frequent spy action to keep things rolling along.
Also, my favorite roman ...more
Beware spoilers ahead!
This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Cookie! Click on her name to read her review.
I has heard about this book through Cookie's review. At first I didn't think much of it but then it started popping up on GR. After reading the synopsis I didn't hesitate to pre-order this book. I am happy that I enjoyed it!
The book begins with Juliana in a sticky situation. She is dangling of a branch and if she lets go she'll fall. She i ...more
As a huge fan of Georgette Heyer while growing up, I was really keen to start on this novel as it was based on the regency period. Once I got started, I was just swept away into the lush setting of the story and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed every written word. Cindy Anstey's flawless style of writing was very apt for the period. From the descriptions of the dresses, houses and the use of language, by the end, I was very glad to have picked up the book after all those fantasy ...more
I have no desire to write a full review. I just want to say, that this "masterpiece" is a cheap historical novel.
The main characters could not stop thinking about each other. And that's all that happened in the book. No true spies. No adventure. Just some irritation.
I might have to restrain my previous enthusiasm for this one.
This book was my rebound book, and as any rebound...thing, it was appropriate at the moment and maybe a bit less a few days after you're no longer in need of an easy consolation prize.
Love, Lies and Spies is a very cute little book and it will be perfect for you if you're in need of a light and not very steamy historical YA romance. Ther ...more
A cute, historical rom-com with nary a love triangle in sight!
Juliana is off to have her Season with her younger-by-one-year cousin, but Juliana is more interested in visiting London for the sites, entertainment and publishing opportunities it presents than to try and find a suitable match.
Spencer is also off to London for the Season, but in pursuit of a traitor to the Crown.
After entering a mildly flirtatious friendship after a chance encounter - on a clifftop, no less - the two decide to e ...more
Every time I picked up this book I found myself finding something else to do to avoid it. That is NEVER what you want your readers to feel. I would not have finished it if it wasn't for book club.
This book is definitely an homage to Jane Austen, but unfortunately the author is definitely not Jane Austen. The problems I had with it are two-fold: The writing is extremely dense and nothing really exciting happens.
Juliana is a great heroine. Unlike other MCs who are clumsy, Juliana's sense of clumsiness often gets her into interesting scrapes (and into the arms of a certain gentleman, ...more
I finished this book yesterday and it was just epic cuteness. It's a YA historical romance that, although it isn't overly unique, is warm and inviting and has a bit of intrigue. I got exactly what I needed from it and that was a huge smile on my face for 100% of the book
Juliana is my kind of MC. Totally clumsy and accident-prone, she made me chuckle quite a bit. But she’s not all stumbles and falls… she’s also quite thick-headed, intelligent, and even stubborn at tim ...more
I thought this was a great YA regency novel. I finished it in a single day, and absolutely loved the characters. While the ending seemed a bit rushed, some details filled in that I couldn't have cared less for, and others forgotten, I really did enjoy this book. I enjoyed the friendships, and I REALLY appreciated Anstey's attention to historical detail. All in all, it reminded me of The Da ...more
Spencer was equally wonderful. Although awful at his job, he was fun to read and watch him stumble as he tried to figure out what to do.
The Pyebalds, Carrie and the Reeves were all wonderful additions to the story. I really hope (view spoiler)[ Carrie and Bobbington end ...more
"Still, the most difficult aspect of the busy days had nothing to do with gowns or bustling about the city."
"It was Juliana's loss of Mr. Northam's company."
During my exhausted time finishing my thesis, I thought I wouldn't have the free time to read. Plus, my own thesis described to be the most heavy project I have ever worked on. Clearly every college student understand this situation. And when it's finally done, at last, I managed to get back to reading some of the books that I had bought a...more
Independent to a fault, Juliana's wit kept me laughing aloud, even as she bantered with a well-meaning Spenser. The set-up of pretending to b ...more
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery an ...more