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.