ARC Book Review: Palace Of Spies

Palace Of Spies CoverBook: Palace Of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Expected Publication Is November 5, 2013 by Harcourt Children’s Group|Expected Number Of Pages: 371

Where I Got It: it’s an arc from netgalley.com- this hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Palace Of Spies #1

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

You can find Palace Of Spies on Goodreads|You can find Sarah Zettel on Twitter, Facebook, and her website

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Palace Of Spies was a fun and interesting read.  Peggy is an interesting character, and I liked how her story was connected to her mother’s story, and how Peggy discovered what was going on with Francesca, who she was impersonating.

There’s a lot of intrigue and mystery, and I was definitely kept guessing throughout the book.  The mystery itself wan’t surprising, but I did like how we got there.  I liked the historical setting of the book, and I thought Zettel did a great job at showing how you have to be careful of who you can trust, because mysteries are everywhere.  And anyone could be a spy, and just when you think you know what’s going on, you’re taken by surprise.

I like that you get a pretty good idea of what’s going on without getting lost in the details, but I do wish that Palace Of Spies had a further reading section or something about Zettel’s inspiration for the book, because at some point, I’d like to read more about this period.

Even though we spend a lot of time with Peggy, and she’s pretty interesting, I also feel like we don’t get to know her very well.  It could be that we’ll get to know her better in the rest of the series.  I was also a little surprised that she didn’t seem to know much about Francesca’s life before impersonating her.  She seemed pretty well-versed in court etiquette but it also seemed like no one took the time to tell her who Francesca was, and what she was like as a person.

I’m not completely sure about Peggy as a spy, but I’m hoping she grows into her duties as spy throughout the series.

Final Thoughts:

I liked Palace Of Spies, and I think there’s a bit of adventure, with mystery and intrigue. I was actually reminded of Gail Carriger’s books, so if you like her. I think you’d like Palace Of Spies. Palace Of Spies gets 3 stars.

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