[ARC Review] Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton

Two Lies and a Spy
(Two Lies and a Spy #1)
Author: Kat Carlton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BfYR
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Espionage

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…


Kari’s parents are spies so they travel a lot, leaving her only with her clever little brother, Charlie. One day, Kari and Charlie are supposed to meet up with their parents because of an urgent thing but they don’t come at all. Kari later learns that her mother has been accused of being double agent. In order to save her mother and clear her parents’ names, Kari teams up with a bunch of people who doesn’t seem to get along in the beginning: her best friends (a hacker and a judo artist), her crush and his evil twin sister and a guy Kari hates so much. Weird team, huh?? 😉 But that what makes this book so interesting from the beginning until the end: the characters.

Kat Carlton has created a set of distinct characters. What I loved the most in this book is Kari. She’s strong and genuine with plausible flaws, burning determination and, not to forget, funny sarcasm that will make you laugh. Besides, I also enjoyed reading Kari’s friends bickering and banters. Their interactions are natural and I can’t help not to laugh whenever Evan jokes around or annoys Kari! Really, I had so much fun reading this book! 😀

There’s a love triangle here, which I didn’t expect at all to happen cause I thought this book was perfectly fine without one. Luckily the romance doesn’t take over the story although Kari gets distracted several times at urgent situations due to her attraction towards the boys. Cheesy, but it didn’t bother me that much as I was too invested in the story.

Two Lies and a Spy was such an exciting read that I was craving for more once I reached the very last page. The good news is: this is going to be a series! If you try to ignore the cheesiness and just flow with the story, Two Lies and a Spies proves to be a fully entertaining read about teenage espionage in a light tone.

Thank you Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for sending me the galley! This doesn’t affect my review in any way. 🙂


4 Cakes!


  1. This definitely sounds like a Heist Society book, but I’m not complaining-I really like those! Although it has a love triangle, that doesn’t sound like a big issue because the romance isn’t a HUGE part. I will definitely check this out.


    1. Shame cause I haven’t read ANY of Ally Carter’s books 🙁 But yeah, it does sound like Gallaghar Girls and Heist Society! You definitely should check it out, it’s really fun 🙂


  2. I’ve never read a spy book so I’ll def. check this one out someday. I love characters who are witty, and a book with a bit of cheesiness. Good to know that the romance doesn’t take over or that would just be a turn off. I could only imagine having a spy parent. Glad you liked it!

    Leigh @ Little Book Star


  3. Espionage?! I love them espionage books. I may just check this one out. Have you read Boy Nobody? It has a teenage spy/assassin, too, and it can be really dark. I really loved it, though! This one sounds like a lot of fun, too! Great review 🙂

    Faye @ The Social Potato


    1. I never heard of it before! Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely check it out 🙂 Two Lies in a Spy is more like a light spy books so not many “dark” things happen.


  4. This sounds like something similar to an Ally Carter book- mind you I still have yet to read one. (YIKES!) I am extremely interested in this one now and will be on look out for this!

    Fantastic review, Kezia! <33


    1. *highfive* Don’t worry! I haven’t read Gallagher Girls too! XD Thanks for stopping, by Melanie! 😀


  5. I love the title of the book! Maybe because it has spies involved is making me love it even more. XP I absolutely adore awesome characters. A sloppy plot can slide but sloppy characters will never be okay in whatever mood I am in. I don’t like the sound of the love triangle though..but the whole team sounds so fun to read and very comical too!

    Thanks for introducing me this book Kezia! ^^


    1. The truth is I’ve been craving for more spy books ever since I finished this one! Yeah, it would be better if there’s no love triangle… But luckily it isn’t done that bad 🙂


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