Friday, February 14, 2014

Mini Reviews: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg and Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton

From Goodreads: Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice ... and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways ... which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like ... 

My Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg was a light, albeit cheesy, read. After being cheated on, Penny decides to open up a club for girls who are fed up of getting their hearts broken by guys. While I thought Penny’s reason for opening up the club was really lame, I did like the eventual outcome of The Lonely Hearts Club because it led to the creation of a diverse group of girls who supported each other, were loyal to their friends, and learned that they didn’t need a boyfriend to feel validated.

The Lonely Hearts Club was released in January 2010 by Point. 
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 Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton had a completely outrageous but fun plot. I liked that there was plenty of action and an ending that I wasn’t expecting. I also really liked Kari and the secondary characters. Lacey and Evan both made me laugh, and seven-year-old Charlie, Kari’s brother, was pretty cute. As well, although the synopsis makes it seem like there may be a love triangle in Two Lies and a Spy, I liked that that didn’t end up being the case. Kari never veered from having a crush on Luke, but since we really don’t see much of him, I don't know how I feel about him. 

Two Lies and a Spy was released by Simon and Schuster in September 2013.


  1. The synopsis for Two Lies and a Spy kind of reminded me Spy Kids, the first one. I think I'll keep it for a rainy day. The same goes for the Lonely Hearts Club. It does sounds kind of adorable though.

    Thanks for the mini reviews,

    ~Sara @ Just Another Story

  2. I haven't read anything by Eulberg yet but I do like the empowerment aspect of the story. Two Lies and a Spy reminds me a bit of the Gallagher series. Both sound like light and fun reads.

  3. I've always wanted to read the first book but never picked it up. Sounds fun and easy and I like the obvious moral lesson attached. I've never been too interested in the second book but it too sounds fun!

  4. I agree with you on The Lonely Hearts Club! It was a very light read, but cute. I'm curious about what the sequel to it will be about:)

  5. I feel like I should have read The Lonely Hearts Club by now, but it doesn't really sound like something that would interest me. But I'm glad you enjoyed it overall! And I'm happy to hear that there isn't actually a love triangle Two Lies and a Spy. It sounds like a fun read. :)

  6. Sometimes I really like cheesy reads or outrageous plots, they can be a nice break from the more serious, heart-wrenching reads. And a 3.5 rating is still very solid, so I'm keeping both of these on my "maybe" list when I need a book just to entertain me! Thanks for your thoughts Z:)


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