‘Sealed with a Lie’ by Kat Carlton: Second in the YA spy/thriller series

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Rating: 4 1/2 stars

It all began with “Two Lies and a Spy,” and Kat Carlton’s young adult spy action series continues with “Sealed with a Lie.” It continues the adventures (misadventures) of Kari, her genius little brother Charlie, and her group of friends. Not normal teenage adventures, mind you. Kari’s adventures are of the more dangerous type — like espionage. And her friends? Their talents run the gamut from computer hacking to karate.

It turns out in the first book that (spoiler alert) Kari’s parents are Russian spies. Keri and her brother refuse to go to Russia with them when they are caught. So now they are both part of GI, of Generation Interpol, in Paris. They are going to school and learning the spy trade.

When Charlie is kidnapped, Kari will do anything to get him back. And her friends are there to help every step of the way. While worrying about her brother’s well-being, Kari also has time to ponder whether she really wants her long-distance relationship with Luke to continue. Or is she more interested in Evan, the guy she really wants to hate, but who is also the guy who is there for her just when she needs help the most.

The action is truly nonstop. The characters are quirky enough and real enough to engage readers. And there’s enough violence (and some gory action) for even the most hard-core thriller buff.

There’s truly something for everyone in the series. Guys and gals alike will love the action, the danger and the changing relationships.

Please note: This review is based on the advance reviewer copy provided by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for review purposes.