YA Review of Dangerous Deceptions (Palace of Spies Book 2)


Dangerous Deceptions: A Palace of Spies Novel by Sarah Zettel

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: Palace of Spies (Book 2)

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 4, 2014)

Genre: Historical fiction/mystery

Source: From publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

“A rollicking spy caper in corsets. . . . This witty romp will delight fans of historical fiction as well as mystery lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Palace of SpiesAs
a lady in waiting in King George’s London court, Peggy has survived a
forced betrothal, royal scandals, and an attempt or two on her life. And
now she has a new problem: her horrible fiancé has returned to claim
her! To save her neck, or at least her hand in marriage, Peggy joins
forces with her cousin Olivia and her sweetheart, Matthew. But if she
doesn’t play her cards right, her career as courtier and spy might come
to an end at the bottom of the river Thames . . .

My Thoughts:

This is the second installment in the Palace of Spies series. Peggy
Fitzroy is back with another adventure and a new mystery to solve. Her
old betrothal has come back to haunt her and she needs to figure out

This book didn’t have as much going on as the first, but it was still an
entertaining read. I love Peggy as a main character. I really liked her
relationship with Matthew, Olivia, and Molly.  I liked the way things
played out and I really liked the fact that I wasn’t left with any
gaping questions about characters or motives. The author didn’t explain
everything down to the letter, but I felt satisfied at the end of this
book. I wasn’t left to wonder why certain characters acted the way they

The book is very clean. There is a small bit of action/suspense toward
the end and a couple of curse words (two or three). Other than that, it
was clean and appropriate for most teens. Of course I always recommend
that parents read a book before handing it off to their kids.

Content: Clean with a couple of curse words.

Source: The publisher loaned me a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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