Friday, 7 June 2013
Review: Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Publisher: Egmont USA
Released: June 11th, 2013
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, either. So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her "nothing amazing," it's no loss for Berry. She'll forget him in no time. She's more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother's death. But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can't Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?
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 friends Jason and Mary Chris Moss (genius, right?!), solving cases and digging up dirt for clients. Enter Tanner, Ryan and Drew, new guys on the high school scene who might just be vying for Berry's attention in more ways than one. Also, there might be more to her mother's death than meets the eye, which leads to Berry's biggest investigation yet.
Berry is my kinda girl, without a doubt. She's smart, independent and has a sarcastic mouth on her to rival my own. She's also completely stubborn and headstrong - whatever she wants to do, she'll do it, even if it means putting herself in danger. And Tanner, well... Tanner is one on his own, with washboard abs and hair that sticks up when he runs his hands throu
gh it. *sigh* Hello, new YA boy crush!
Obviously this book is a little far-fetched, just like Veronica Mars, but it's still believable. I like to think there are teen private investigators out there making schools safe for the masses, and that cool electronic gear really is that easy to make. Nothing in Spies and Prejudice is so over the top that it could never happen, it's just more unlikely than usual. The line between reality and fiction are blurred, but not so much that it isn't still easy to see.
This is the first book I've read by Talia Vance, but it won't be my last. Her writing is addictive, her story is enjoyable and her characterisation rocks. I'm not sure if Spies and Prejudice is the first book in a series but I hope there will be more. I need to know what happens to my new favourite investigator. Move over, Nancy Drew - Berry Fields is here to show you how it's done!