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Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel Book Review

Palace of Spies (Palace of Spies #1)
A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.
Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love. . .
   History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

I was very interested in this book because I love the time period and, let's face it, that sounds thrilling and full of spies and court mysteries. Ooh la la. And really that is exactly what the book is about. There are many sides to each of the characters, always more than what you would expect. That does make it a bit confusing!

But coming back to that in a minute, I have to admit that I wasn't very impressed. I felt like there were two parts to this book. The first half or so felt slow and a bit like I had to force myself through it. Then there was a turning point in the middle. Things start picking up a little past the halfway mark and they keep going, gaining speed really fast. Once a certain thing happens it's like everything comes out into the open and boom! Everything is happening and resolving and then it's over. Just a little too fast. The way that the story was told could have a been a lot better if the  beginning had been a little more squeezed, a little more exciting and then the ending a bit more drawn out. I felt like I had loads of information dumped on me and I almost couldn't get everything straight. 

There was also this strange mark that would be inserted whenever "ek" was used in a word. I don't know if that was supposed to happen (time period or something) or if it was just my ARC. 

But setting that aside, the book was still good and exciting too! Peggy was a nice character and I liked the Princess as well. Almost all the other characters were two-faced or devious ;) I did think that the plot was good and well just needed more time at the end. 

Because of the rush at the end and the bit of trouble I had at the beginning, I'd only give this book 3 flowers. However it was still fun, exciting, and had a good plot. If you like historical fiction and spies I'd definitely recommend this one!
Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


  1. I love spy-themed books! Is this sorta like Ally Carter's books?
    Lovely review! :D

    1. A bit like that yes. Only in around-ish Queen Elizabeth 1 time period :) And a lot more restrictions on women.

  2. I have not read this series yet for one reason: it's not exactly my cup of tea. I love spy-themed books but the setting here is the one that's mostly holding me back. It's too bad this book didn't really live up to your expectations. I really don't have much a patience with slow-starting books. I feel that it a book hasn't grabbed my attention by the second chapter, I'm pretty much done for.

    Great review, Sara!

    1. I'm glad I gave it a chance, it did get better by the end. But, like you, I much prefer the ones that start off with some excitement right at the beginning. Thanks for stopping by!


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