Friday, 22 April 2016

Review: Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Love, Lies and Spies
by Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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 secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey was one of the many titles Raincoast Books had introduced in their spring preview that had immediately caught my eye. Described as a young adult historical title with a romance and a spy twist, I knew it was a title I'd immediately need to devour.

"Spencer rubbed the smile from his face. His initial reaction upon realizing the true identity of the traitors was surprise, followed immediately by a sense of victory."

I almost always have issues with YA historical fiction titles. There's always either an unrealistic comparison to an adult title of the same genre, or a ridiculous lack of detail, research, and development. That, luckily, was not the case with Love, Lies and Spies. In this aspect, Cindy Anstey did an impressive job setting the stage for Love, Lies, and Spies, and included a lot of detail in her characters and their surroundings. Cindy Anstey's characters, Juliana and Spencer, were impressively unique, but interestingly enough also aware and ingrained into what society at the time required (expected) of young ladies and gentlemen. With that said, I enjoyed Juliana's passion for knowledge and discovery, but found her awkward phases to be a tad anxiety-inducing. As for Spencer, he was quite the interesting male lead. Being described as a spy in-training, I couldn't help wishing that Cindy Anstey had included more on his training/duties.

Overall, Love, Lies and Spies was a phenomenally entertaining read. Readers who enjoy historical titles with a lighthearted romance are certain to enjoy Cindy Anstey's debut.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Excellent review!

  2. I'm so intrigued by the premise of Love, Lies and Spies. Wonderful review!

  3. I preordered a whole bunch of Swoon Reads books and this is one of them. So exciting.

  4. Sound stunning - great review.

  5. I enjoy historical romances as much as everyone else, but I agree about the issues you find sometimes. Love, Lies and Spies sounds like a good one, though. May give it a try :)

  6. Great review this book looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley! Thank you for your awesome post.