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Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton

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Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton

Two Lies and a Spy
by Kat Carlton

Two Lies and a Spy

By: Kat Carlton

Release Date: September 2, 2013

Rating: 4stars

Summary: Kari plunges into the world of espionage on a mission to save her parents while trying to impress the guy she’s been in love with forever.

When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.

Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated…

 

Review: This ended up being a pretty great read. It was intriguing. It was thrilling. It was FUN! And, it surprised me in more ways than one and did not end up the way I thought it was going to.

Before I start, I wouldn’t say the espionage plot was out of this world. Kari’s parents are missing; they’re declared traitors; she and her brother are on the run; and she and her friends try to clear her parents’ names. There are some spy stuff, as well as a few fight scenes. But it was written in a way that didn’t make you take it way too seriously to the point where you’re thinking, “C’mon on! This is BS!” It just sort of worked – really, really well.

The characters were really great. I really liked Kari. She was spunky, but not in an annoying way – a thin line many authors often cross. My admiration for her is most comparable to the way I feel about Katarina Bishop in Ally Carter’s Heist Society.

Charlie was amazing. Luke is adorable. And I LOVE Evan. Yeah, I can see how he would annoy the crap out of someone, but I could tell there was more to him, and his bickering with Kari kept me entertained. Rita and Kale were typical sidekicks. And even though Lacey was a bit over-the-top, I really liked her too because her ridiculousness made me chuckle.

I had expected to pick up a espionage story that would most likely try too hard to make the spy scenes thrilling and exciting (hey, you are writing for young adult after all). So I was prepared to nit-pick. BUT I was totally blown away by how much I enjoyed reading this. Carlton just had a way of making the book serious, yet light and fun at the same time, and it’s been a while that I can say that I just thoroughly enjoyed reading a book instead of grading its merits.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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