Monday, August 26, 2013
Review and Giveaway: Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton
by Kat Carlton
to be published by Simon & Schuster
on September 3, 2013
I received an e-ARC for review from the publisher via Edelweiss. Please see my full FTC disclosure on right sidebar.
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Summary from Goodreads: 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…
My take: I love YA spy books. Yes, there is always some suspension of disbelief involved based on the age of the characters and what they are involved in, but that's worth it for me to get a fun, fast-paced read.
Two Lies and a Spy starts with a bang, as high school student Kari gets a Code Black text from her dad -- a signal to grab her younger brother Charlie and run. Charlie was adorable -- precocious and whip-smart -- and I wish he'd been a bigger part of the story.
As the blurb says, Kari soon learns that terrible accusations have been leveled against her parents, and wants to help them clear their names. So she pressures Luke, her crush, into helping her break into Langley. Yes, Langley, as in CIA headquarters. No, this isn't very likely, but it is a lot of fun, involving disguises, subturferge, hairspray, and a crew that includes a judo expert, a senator's daughter, and Evan, a sardonic British guy from Kari's school. Yes, having Evan in the picture does give the book a love triangle, but it's an interesting one. I also loved the fact that the plot took a very unexpected turn -- you can read about that under spoiler protection in my Goodreads review. Let's just say that there are at least two lies involved in this story, as well as some interesting loose ends. Like Also Known As, another recent YA spy fic favorite of mine, Two Lies and a Spy will have a sequel, and I'm definitely curious to see where this story goes.
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