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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Palace of Spies is a funny, adventure filled romp through the hi

    Palace of Spies is a funny, adventure filled romp through the historical setting of the royal palace during the rein of King George. It has just about everything a girl could want out of a book. Pretty dresses, intrigue, sword fights, scandal, and a splash of romance. First and foremost, this book is a mystery. Peggy find herself in an unlikely situation and takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the girl she is impersonating.

    I'm not going to lie - I loved the story. The plot was fast paced and fun. I loved Peggy as the narrator. She kept things interesting with her sarcasm and her wit. The characters were all very lively and interesting. The book is free of innuendo, cursing, and graphic violence. There is an instance of assault and one where Peggy stumbles across a tryst, but other than that, the book is clean.

    The only thing I didn't like about the book is that some of the details are murky and the motives behind some of the characters remained confusing and unclear. I still can't figure out Robert and whether or not I should like him, hate him, pity him, or despise him. Maybe that's how I'm supposed to feel about him, but his character is one that feels unresolved. Regardless, I am definitely reading the next book!

    Content: One instance of sexual assault which gets interrupted and one instance of Peggy stumbling upon a hookup.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Love historical romance and spy novels put the two together and

    Love historical romance and spy novels put the two together and it is magic! I really enjoyed this one.  I love the main character and the plot. I love the intrigue!! I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    I received a ARC copy from NetGalley. I enjoy reading a

    <i>I received a ARC copy from NetGalley.</i>


    I enjoy reading a good historical fiction novel and Palace of Spies did not disappointment me. It is full of mystery, royal intrigue, espionage, betrayal and a touch of romance. What could be better?

    Peggy Fitzroy, a sixteen year old orphan, has been kicked out of her uncle's home, and finds herself with nowhere to go. In walks Mr. Tinderflint with an offer she can't refuse or can she. He will give her a new identity, train her, and place her in the royal palace as one of the royal maids, but what is the catch. Why is Mr.Tinderflint doing this? What is he after? Peggy just may have to pay with her life to find out.

    Peggy is an intelligent, feisty character that you just want to root for. I enjoyed watching her struggle through the obstacles and mysteries that were set before her. Like Peggy, I had no clue what was really going on until the very end. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

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    A unique perspective of court life from a little-fictionalized p

    A unique perspective of court life from a little-fictionalized period during the reign of George I, the first in the House of Hanover to rule Great Britain, taking the throne in the early 18th century. Much has been written or interpreted of court life with Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, the opportunity to read another author's perspective on intrigue and the doings of the time was irresistible. 




    Peggy is sixteen, a ward of her aunt and uncle after her parent's death, and plans have been made for her to wed. Finding the offer not to her liking, she refuses the betrothal, and her Uncle puts her from his care and protection. A well-bred young lady, she is wholly unsuited for life on her own, and when an offer to impersonate a Lady in Waiting to Caroline, Princess of Wales is offered via a man who claimed to have known her mother. 




    Seeing no other options, Peggy agrees to the deal: assuming the identity of Lady Francesca, she begins her new life. Yet many questions begin to haunt. Jacobites, uncomfortable with the ascension of George over an English born heir are restless. While the Acts of Settlement specifically stated no catholic could assume the throne, their favored James, even though he was the half-brother of the dead Queen Anne. Peggy isn't sure if the information she is gathering will be used by the Jacobites, a courtier looking to gain further position, a blackmailer or even something more serious. 




    What she discovers is that the real Lady Francesa has mysteriously disappeared without a trace, and she could be anywhere, even dead. When you add in those questions, and the fact that Peggy is asking questions and placing herself in danger, the tension works nicely and builds carefully to keep the reader engaged without overwhelming them with clever trickery. And lest we forget, Peggy is a sixteen year old girl: Boys are a must. And there is a sweet relationship starting to develop, although primary focus is on discovering who is behind the real Lady Francesca's death.




    I adored Zetel's use of the conventions common to 18th century writing, referring to the 'Dear Reader' and other little literary side notes. While I loved Peggy, and found her strong and clever, there were moments when she was overly complaining about her clothing or other people, and her language use did lapse to modern use. While it wasn't as laden with Jacobite references and history, this is the first in a series: I can only hope that as the series progresses more historical references will be added in. Yet, this is a book written ultimately for the YA market, and is one that I would certainly recommend to readers 14 and up. The story is fast paced and the characters are clever, the court intrigue is detailed meticulously and is quite entertaining. For people unsure about historical fictions, or those who enjoy them, this certainly is a series and an author to check out.




    I received an eGalley copy of the title via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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