Spies, Lies, and Allies
Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.My boss is running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting––in a good way. But I can’t even think about him like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media...and I’m afraid it's working.Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

Spies, Lies, and Allies Details

TitleSpies, Lies, and Allies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
ISBN-139781633756984
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Spies, Lies, and Allies Review

  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 Totally Adorable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25I’ve read quite a few books this week that were dark and had very unlikable characters, so I needed a pallet cleanser and this was perfect... fun, filled with lovely characters, a positive message, romance, and friendship.... nothing makes me smile quite like a good contemporary YA even though I am no longer part of that target audience... nor have I been for a very long long time.... but I am still young at heart!Laurel knows the only way she will get to see h 4.25 Totally Adorable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25I’ve read quite a few books this week that were dark and had very unlikable characters, so I needed a pallet cleanser and this was perfect... fun, filled with lovely characters, a positive message, romance, and friendship.... nothing makes me smile quite like a good contemporary YA even though I am no longer part of that target audience... nor have I been for a very long long time.... but I am still young at heart!Laurel knows the only way she will get to see her workaholic father this summer is to intern at his company... The company is hosting a scholarship competition for the interns this summer, so Laurel’s father decides that she can assist the interns.... Laurel and her dad have a good relationship.... dad is just a workaholic and not around as much as Laurel would like.... it was lovely to see positive Family relationships.... Laurel got along well with both her parents and her older sister.... Laurel also had a fabulous BFF named Lexi.... so this book checked off two boxes for me, when it comes to YA books... positive female relationships and good parenting.... but those weren’t the only boxes this book checked off....Laurel was a smart girl with a bit of a nerdy side.... she was very into science fiction/fantasy and there were a lot of Star Wars references in this book.... I loved how the relationship between all the interns evolved throughout the summer... I especially loved the friendship between Laurel and Trisha, it was wonderful that two people that appeared so different had so much in common.... I also adored the romance between Laurel and Carlos.... Carlos was such a great guy, but what I like even more was that he was not perfect.... and he did something towards the very end of this book that was just so sweet....So we have the adorable romance and the beautiful friendships, but we also got a bit of a mystery.... someone was trying to sabotage the company on Twitter... so the interns got all Scooby Doo on us and solve the mystery.... although there was no mystery machine?Absolutely recommend this to people of all ages when you are in the mood for a fun charming Red... and if you are a parent wondering if this is appropriate or not, I’d say 12 and up, this was a pretty clean read...*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***PS: loved all laurels nicknames for people the Manicotti being my favorite! But I also enjoyed Chocolate Eyes and Vader...
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    The Breakfast Club meets The Apprentice. One summer to change fate. Laurel is a huge Star Wars fan and has an overactive imagination. She's a super nerd with all the charms that go with it. She's funny, smart and desperate to spend more time with her dad. He is always busy and trying to run a successful business. He is missing the important milestones in her life and she's come up with a plan to get more time with him. Laurel convinces her dad to let her help out with the interns for the summer. The Breakfast Club meets The Apprentice. One summer to change fate. Laurel is a huge Star Wars fan and has an overactive imagination. She's a super nerd with all the charms that go with it. She's funny, smart and desperate to spend more time with her dad. He is always busy and trying to run a successful business. He is missing the important milestones in her life and she's come up with a plan to get more time with him. Laurel convinces her dad to let her help out with the interns for the summer. The best candidate will get a chance to win a college scholarship and Laurel is the inside man who will help them choose the winner. The interns get off to a rocky start. Jason is late and doesn't remember Laurel at first, even though they go to school together. He's a jock and fairly stereotypical. Laurel's hoping Jason has an inner geek but she will have to settle for sweet. Then there is the supermodel artist girl (Ashley), Trish who's crazy Dad already works for the company, the good looking smart accountant wannabe (Elijah) and Carlos who knows too much.The team are opposites and would have never made friends if it wasn't for the intern.The competition gets a little out of hand but everyone wants the prize. Well except Trish. The stakes are high and everyone is super ambitious. As we look at these chapters we see more than the pretty model. Laurel's dad sets a few rules for the interns. Just some basic office protocols. One rule is to not date your co-workers or they will be disqualified. Laurel never hoped to find a summer romance or friendships. The summer has highs and lows but it all pulls together in the end. Spies, Lies and Allies is a charming witty read. It's for the inner geek. Laurel is a huge Star Wars fan and uses references in everyday life. I like Star Wars but I'm not a die-hard fan and at times the references got a little much. Laurel is a character that grows on you. She's fun and a complete dork. She's totally lovable in the end. Sassy writing style and some eye-rolling jokes. Great book. 4 stars out of 5.*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 4.3/5*I recieved an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own*I've been on a huge contemporary kick ever since April started (read about 6 so far) and this is definitely one of my favorites!😍❤High school senior Laurel Kristoff doesn’t want to spend her summer working for her father at his evil empire, but if she doesn’t, he’s yanking her future college tuition. Once on the job, Laurel is thrown for a loop when she’s assigned as personal assistant (AKA RATING: 4.3/5*I recieved an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own*I've been on a huge contemporary kick ever since April started (read about 6 so far) and this is definitely one of my favorites!😍❤️High school senior Laurel Kristoff doesn’t want to spend her summer working for her father at his evil empire, but if she doesn’t, he’s yanking her future college tuition. Once on the job, Laurel is thrown for a loop when she’s assigned as personal assistant (AKA corporate spy) to an arrogant crop of college interns competing for her dad’s approval, and the grand prize.As her summer spins out of control, Laurel struggles to pacify the crazy guy running the internship, convince the interns she’s not a spoiled daddy’s girl, and track down the real corporate spy leaking secret company data on social media.All while trying not to fall for the charms of one particular intern who’s determined to win the competition…and her.The plot is really entertaining. I loved the friendships that developed and all the Star Wars, Breakfast Club, Scooby Doo references. I don't even like Star Wars (sue me) but I found the characters' fascination with it absolutely adorable. ☺️❤️I liked how the book tackled the topic of sexism in the work environment. I think it's important for us, young adults, to learn about this issue as we enter adulthood. I would definitely read a sequel to this. Can we make that happen please? Like, Carlos and Laurel's relationship started at the very end of the book😪. I hate when that happens, it always leaves me wanting more (which is problably the author's purpose lol)
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  • Norah Una Sumner
    January 1, 1970
    "Signature humor and heart-pounding romance meet Pride and Prejudice in Lisa Brown Roberts’s latest romantic comedy."Um, sign me the heck in!
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review:I received this E-ARC via Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I had initially head about Spies, Lies, and Allies there was a completely different synopsis. That synopsis drew me in. Naturally when I spotted Spies, Lies, and Allies on Netgalley I didn't hesitate to request it. I'm glad that I read it!When I had first start reading, I was positive that I was going to DNF it. Laurel was utterly annoying. Her constant use of 'Dad Vader' made me uncom Mini review:I received this E-ARC via Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I had initially head about Spies, Lies, and Allies there was a completely different synopsis. That synopsis drew me in. Naturally when I spotted Spies, Lies, and Allies on Netgalley I didn't hesitate to request it. I'm glad that I read it!When I had first start reading, I was positive that I was going to DNF it. Laurel was utterly annoying. Her constant use of 'Dad Vader' made me uncomfortable. This was not an affectionate term. Laurel honestly believed her father's company was evil. She was immature and quick to judge. Out of curiosity to see who won the scholarship I read on. I'm happy I did so as Laurel improved and the rest of the interns lives kept me going. They all had a good relationship with one-another. Spies, Lies and Allies really surprised me. The romance was done well. There was quite a bit of tension with Laurel and Carlos. They made a great couple. The mystery aspect while predictable served it's purpose off bringing everyone together. Laurel and her father work out their issues. Also there is diversity!I'm not giving a higher rating considering my issues in the beginning. That definitely sucked out most of the experience. All in all this was a feel good book. If you can get past Laurel's initial attitude then I would highly recommend.
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  • Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :) Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much. RELEASE DATE: MAY FIRST, 2018. Summer comes early with this adorable contemporary! I needed some fluffy contemporary and I am so happy publishers accepted my request. Don’t miss First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :) Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much. RELEASE DATE: MAY FIRST, 2018. Summer comes early with this adorable contemporary! I needed some fluffy contemporary and I am so happy publishers accepted my request. Don’t miss this book!It talks about Laurel, a girl who is going to spend the summer at her dad’s company, hoping she will spend some time with her dad who is always working. In the meantime, at the company, 4 kids arrive to win a scholarship her dad promised them. But only one of them will win. Lauriel, whose vote will count twice, will be their assistant. LIKES: ✔ I’ll start saying this is my first Lisa Brown Roberts book. As I was on Goodreads, I noticed she wrote more books I have never heard of before. If I had to compare her with most popular authors, I’d say fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins will definitely enjoy this book. The author’s style is refreshing, fluid and funny. I have enjoyed all the book, but I admit it was a little hard to get used to her style. Maybe because, when I started the book, I wasn’t feeling that great because her style is easy, simple and perfect for writing about teenagers falling in love.✔ Time to talk about the romance, because it is important. First of all, it’s a slow-burning romance, one of my favourite. It doesn’t matter how I will wait for them to kiss, slow burning romances are the ones that I most enjoy reading. Beside that, the main couple is so adorable I have just caught diabetes. I do think it’s a perfect summer read, and not only because it’s set in summer. ✔ But romance isn’t the only theme treated in the book, also the friendship between the interners and Laurel will melt your heart. Once Laurel starts getting to know all the interners, she will discover how different they are, compared on how she judged them on the first day. So yeah, along with the romance, also the friendship is slow burning. I loved the bond between each single one of them. ✔ Characters are all so enjoyable and cute, I don’t think you will hate anyone. The characterization isn’t so so much well done, buuut I liked it. It’s simple and maybe a little bit stereotyped, but well written. ✔ One of the things I also loved was Laurel and her dad’s bond. Parents are a hard theme in YAs and have pretty different roles, depending on how the authors want to be their books looking realistic. Look, I don’t know why, but authors seem to enjoy cutting parents scenes, If you are writing a YA and talking about teenagers, parents are important. They are sort of the first example the child receives and, most of times, the cause of their personality. All this to say the author of this book took seriously this important thing and I am glad she did. ✔ This book was damn funny and can we just talk about how much I love books that can make you laugh?? Of course books don’t have to be always educating, they can be an escape, what were you thinking? ✔ Lisa Brown Roberts gave justice to all the nerds by creating such amazing characters as the protagonist and Elijah, one of the interns. I lived for their Stars Wars references, I won’t lie. It was nice, for once, reading of a female – in this book even the protagonist- who likes films, books and, first of all, that isn’t stereotyped at all! I liked her and that is so weird of me, since I always dislike females in books. DISLIKE(S): ✘ Lexi, Laurel’s best friend, was kind of cliché and flat. I feel sorry to say this, since I liked overall the book a lot, but have to. Not that I didn’t like her, she was just too muck ‘okay’ and not so defined as the others. In the book, one thing happens – if I told you, it would be a spoiler, so I keep my mouth shout- but it felt forced and completely unnatural for me. Above all, unnecessary and useless for the story. So to buy or to not buy? If you like fluffy contemporaries and slow burning romance then yes, if you want a book a little bit more demanding, therefore try something else. Blog | Bookstagram | Google + | Pinterest | Tumblr
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  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    Deliciously cute!Such a delightful (light and sweet) contemporary story about family, friendship, wrong first impressions and love. I stayed up late to finish reading it and I don’t regret one second of those sleepless hours.
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.Like with all the other Entangled books I’ve read before, this one did not disappoint, and was a really fun contemporary story. In Spies, Lies, and Allies, Laurel is desperate to spend more time with her workaholic father, and the only way she can do, is by begging to be allowed to join the internships taking place at his company, Emergent Enterprises. When he finally relents, she finds herself I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.Like with all the other Entangled books I’ve read before, this one did not disappoint, and was a really fun contemporary story. In Spies, Lies, and Allies, Laurel is desperate to spend more time with her workaholic father, and the only way she can do, is by begging to be allowed to join the internships taking place at his company, Emergent Enterprises. When he finally relents, she finds herself playing assistant to the 5 interns, 4 of which are in it to win a full ride to a college of their choice. As their assistant, and the daughter of their boss, she is there as both a friend, but also a spy to help the company decide just who deserves the coveted prize. As she spends more time with them, she realises she can’t be in charge of their lives, especially as she grows closer and closer to them all, particularly Carlos.First of all, I loved all the main-ish characters in the book. Laurel was a such a nerd, especially when it comes to Star Wars, and I loved all the different references that were woven into the story. From the first page, Laurel was someone I could really relate to, and though she wasn’t perfect, and could be judgemental at times, she was human, and realised her own flaws. The other interns all had their own stories, and though I was apprehensive about a few in the beginning, I grew to love them all by the end. Firstly we have Jason, who Laurel goes to school with, and has had a crush on him for ages - even though he always gets her name wrong. Next there’s Ashley, who Laurel first thought was a ‘barbie’ type character, but was actually really caring and intelligent, and had to overcome the stereotypes due to her appearance. Another intern was Elijah, who, just like Laurel, was a massive nerd, and became her closest ally and friend in the story, because they just get each other. One who really got on my nerves in the beginning was Trish, the daughter of Mr Mantoni (who works at the company, and is in charge of the intern programme). At first, Trish was extremely abrasive, and took offense at just about everything, but as you learnt more about her, you realised why she had such an air about her, and I grew to love her. Finally, there’s Carlos, whose family own a restaurant, and he’s in the programme to gain some knowledge to help the restaurant flourish. Laurel immediately has an attraction to him, but there’s a major rule against any sort of workplace romance.I loved the plot of the story, as it really revolved around getting to know the characters, but also learning about Mr Kristoff's company. There's also a lot of intrigue, and a bit of a mystery that takes place, with the intern gang - who've sort of designated themselves as a new Breakfast Club - working together to find out who's trolling the company online, as well as vying for the coveted scholarship. The romance between Laurel and Carlos was really sweet, and though it was extremely slow burn, the tension and chemistry jumped off the page. Because of the rule against fraternisation, lest Carlos be thrown out of the scholarship competition, they couldn't really do anything until the internship was over with. When it did end, though - and I loved the ending of the internship and the competition - the sparks were too much to contain, and I couldn't stop myself from smiling.If you're after a cute contemporary read for the summer, and want one that has a wide variety of cast, and extremely enjoyable plot, then Spies, Lies, and Allies is a book for you.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty cute book! There were many things I enjoyed, but on the whole, I think it was just a bit "young" for me.On the upside, there were some great relationships exhibited here. Usually, I'm all about the main couple in a YA contemporary - give me more! - but i the case of "Spies, Lies, and Allies", there were two, more secondary, relationships that I really enjoyed. The first was between Laurel and her father. It was obvious that Laurel adored her dad, even though he could be a bit s This was a pretty cute book! There were many things I enjoyed, but on the whole, I think it was just a bit "young" for me.On the upside, there were some great relationships exhibited here. Usually, I'm all about the main couple in a YA contemporary - give me more! - but i the case of "Spies, Lies, and Allies", there were two, more secondary, relationships that I really enjoyed. The first was between Laurel and her father. It was obvious that Laurel adored her dad, even though he could be a bit scary sometimes. She bugged and nagged and bugged some more, until her dad let her work at his company for the summer, just so she could spend some more time with him. Really?! How sweet! What teenage girl do you know who would do the same? They also had a lot of sci-fi geekdom going on between them. Good grief, the girl even calls her dad, "Dad Vader"! There were some fun moments between them throughout the book.The other relationship that surprised me in its development was the one between Laurel and Trish. Trish was the daughter of Dad Vader's right hand man. She was portrayed as a real emo-goth-angry-girl. Eventually, though, Laurel was able to find some common ground with Trish, and it was rather nice to see.As for Laurel's relationship with Carlos, I like how there was a gradual building up to friendship before continuing on to something more. There was plenty of banter and sarcasm between them that kept me giggling.I did have some problems with this book, mainly the overuse of the sci-fi references and Laurel's constant need to over analyze every. Little. Thing. If you can disregard things like this, however, you will probably enjoy "Spies, Lies, and Allies".
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    ***4.5/5 Stars***Spies, Lies, and Allies had me a laughing, sighing swooning mess! This was such an adorable book and it almost had a Breakfast Club feel to it at times, which I absolutely loved! When I finished that last page, I realized that Lisa Brown Roberts has become one of my favorite authors. Each time I pick up a book by her, I not only fall in love with the characters and story line, but I always have the hugest smile on my face while I'm reading. I did just that with Spies, Lies and ***4.5/5 Stars***Spies, Lies, and Allies had me a laughing, sighing swooning mess! This was such an adorable book and it almost had a Breakfast Club feel to it at times, which I absolutely loved! When I finished that last page, I realized that Lisa Brown Roberts has become one of my favorite authors. Each time I pick up a book by her, I not only fall in love with the characters and story line, but I always have the hugest smile on my face while I'm reading. I did just that with Spies, Lies and Allies and I can't recommend it enough! “Did anyone ever tell you your eyes look just like Hershey’s Kisses?” Omigod. That was my outside voice. In hopes of spending more time with her dad, Laurel Kristofferson got a job at his company over the summer. She would be assisting the new interns and at the end of the project she would help vote for which intern would win a $100k scholarship. You guys.... I loved Laurel right from the start! Yes she was Star Wars obsessed, huge heads up about that, but she had me laughing from the nicknames she gave people, to her Facebook stalking, to her reactions to something as simple as someone else leaving notes in her notebook. But she was so much more than a teenage girl who made me laugh. I felt as though I got to grow up right along side her. So many of her feelings and insecurities took me back to moments in my past where I felt just like her. I sneak a peek at Carlos. If I had to vote today, I’d vote for him. He was so passionate when he spoke, and he did so much research and he— he— My brain shuts off as he raises his head and meets my gaze, one corner of his delicious mouth quirking up.Delicious ? What is wrong with me? There was four summer interns - Carlos, Elijah, Ashley and Jason - competing for the scholarship. And alongside them was Trish, whose father worked at the company. They were all so different from one another and their first project was to work together as a team. They had rocky moments with each other, especially Trish and Laurel. But we watched as they tried to put aside their differences and take those first few awkward steps to form a friendship. It wasn't easy and mistakes were definitely made along the way. But I loved watching them all figure out how to mesh together as a team. It was so entertaining and smile inducing! I’m indignant , but my body is also buzzing from the adrenaline of this… this whatever we’re doing. Are we just joking around? Or are we flirting? Whatever it is, I don’t want it to stop. But it has to. I’d never forgive myself if he was disqualified because of me. When Laurel was at work, she constantly found herself drawn to Carlos. They could joke so seamlessly together, but it always had this undercurrent of electricity. Sparks flew any time Laurel and Carlos were around each other and I found myself gripping onto every word they said to each other. It made me feel like I was falling in love for the first time, all over again. But nothing could happen between them. There was a no fraternizing rule at work and if it was broken Carlos would get kicked off the team and lose his opportunity for the scholarship. Sigh. I have to say that Carlos was so easy to love. He was thoughtful, smart, and such a hard worker. He also stood up for Laurel and every once in a while a little bit of jealously would peak through. I loved everything about him. But Laurel? She could be so clueless at times since she didn't have much experience with boys. “And you’re a lot smarter than I thought you were.” An ironic smile curves her lips. “You’re still a princess, but you’re more of a Fiona than a Sleeping Beauty.” - Trish to Laurel There was so many hidden gems in this story about friendships and family relationships. I absolutely loved the interactions between Trish and Laurel. Trish could be so bitchy towards Laurel and they seemed like polar opposites. Yet I loved watching Laurel find her backbone and I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to love this part of the story! But I also loved watching her relationship with her dad develop. It was funny, awkward, and had moments of hurt and love all rolled together. Laurel and her dad came to become one of my favorite father/daughter relationships in any book I've read. It warmed my heart and there was so much emotion between the two of them. So if you adore relationships outside of the couple, you are definitely in for a treat! “But we’re not supposed to fraternize. Rule number eight. Remember all the exclamation points?” He takes a long sip of water, so I take the opportunity to stare at his mouth. “I see rules as suggestions.” He sets his glass on the table and his lips take their sweet time curving into a tempting smile. There is so much I'm not even touching on, but pick up this book and you'll discover my love for Elijah, or the ridiculous daily jokes Laurel told Miss Emmaline or even the mystery that was in this story. But my favorite thing was that I couldn't make it more than a few pages without busting out laughing or having the hugest grin on my face. And I won't ever forget how a scene towards the end made me cry. I absolutely loved Spies, Lies and Allies! So if you adore YA Romance, you definitely have to give one of her books a try! I wish I was like Rey in The Force Awakens , brave and tough. Or Princess Leia, snarky and brilliant. But right now, I feel like a young Anakin Skywalker, when no one thought he was capable of piloting his own Podracer, let alone winning a race. PS I have to give a heads up that there were A LOT of Stars Wars references, she even calls her dad Vader. And at first I was definitely confused. You see, I've seen six of the movies but that was forever and a day ago. And besides kinda knowing the characters names and what they looked like, that's it. Yup, sorry lol. So when we kept getting Stars Wars references I thought this book may not be the best fit for me. But I was completely wrong. Even if there were probably a few things I completely missed....I totally had to Google stuff like Alderaan....I still loved every single minute of it. Oh I didn't get the Harry Potter references too. Yes I know I'm an awful human being lol. But hey I got The Big Bang Theory reference ha!PPS There were a few moments between Carlos and Elijah that I would have died to be able to know what they were saying!! Does anybody else feel that way too??*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Entangled: Teen. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    January 1, 1970
    Spies, Lies, and Allies is the perfect summer romance book! This book was fast-paced, witty, romantic, and full of Star Wars references! My nerdy little heart was filled with joy!There were so many lovable characters in this book, which is what made it such a fun book to read. Each character was unique and memorable in their own way. All of the characters were thrown together in the workplace, which meant their friendship was off to a rocky start. However, it was so heart-warming to watch the ch Spies, Lies, and Allies is the perfect summer romance book! This book was fast-paced, witty, romantic, and full of Star Wars references! My nerdy little heart was filled with joy!There were so many lovable characters in this book, which is what made it such a fun book to read. Each character was unique and memorable in their own way. All of the characters were thrown together in the workplace, which meant their friendship was off to a rocky start. However, it was so heart-warming to watch the characters all become friends and rely on each other as the book progressed. This book had such a heavy focus on friendships, which was so nice to have in a contemporary story. I also thought the romance was SO FREAKING CUTE in this book! The author did a great job at creating a romance that developed at a natural pace. There was an initial attraction between the two characters, but I appreciated that the author focused on making them friends before developing their romantic relationship. The romance was full of sweet and swoony moments that made feel like I was eating cotton candy. It was everything I wanted in a cute summer romance story!I was pleasantly surprised with how this book actually addressed real issues like sexism in the workplace and judging people based on their looks. I appreciated how the characters noticed sexism and immediately shut it down! HOORAY FOR EQUAL RIGHTS! All of the characters also learned how important it is to not judge people before you get to know them. Some of the characters did judge each other, but they later learned how important it is to be kind to everyone and to try to get to know people before writing them off. Overall, Spies, Lies, and Allies was a charming and delightful book! If you are in the mood for a quick read full of nerdy references, adorable romances, strong family relationships, and well-developed friendships, then I would definitely recommend this cute book! 4 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebookTwitter
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun and light-hearted read and I really enjoyed it. I had been meaning to read other books by Lisa Brown Roberts, but just hadn’t, but I’m going to make sure I get her backlist books right away! Laurel’s father is busy… he started his company from nothing and after 15 years it’s super successful and growing. This year he’s sponsoring a college scholarship competition for a handful of interns, and Laurel suggests she spend her summer working for Dad Vader assisting the interns wit This was such a fun and light-hearted read and I really enjoyed it. I had been meaning to read other books by Lisa Brown Roberts, but just hadn’t, but I’m going to make sure I get her backlist books right away! Laurel’s father is busy… he started his company from nothing and after 15 years it’s super successful and growing. This year he’s sponsoring a college scholarship competition for a handful of interns, and Laurel suggests she spend her summer working for Dad Vader assisting the interns with their projects thinking it will give her the opportunity to spend additional time with her father, but that isn’t exactly what happens. I really enjoyed how nerdy this book is. There are so many Star Wars references and Laurel’s love of comic con added a wonderful way for me to relate to her. She’s incredibly awkward and unsure around guys and girls and it was so great to see her get to know the interns and put herself out there in a way that allowed her form some new unexpected friendships. I thought the forbidden romance plot really added some necessary tension to the story, even though there were some parts that I really just wanted them to talk about their feelings rather than misread situation after situation. That was probably the only really frustrating part of this read. Honestly though, these two couldn’t have been cuter. Especially with the ‘No Fraternization’ rule in place and everyone else knowing exactly how they were feeling. There is a bit of a mystery in this story… Someone from inside the company has become a PR nightmare for Laurel’s father. They’ve been tweeting inside information in the hopes that it will make them look bad and ultimately cost them clients and employees. The group becomes the “Scooby gang” and starts trying to figure out who exactly it is, that said, it’s pretty apparent who it is from the outset, there are a couple red herrings. It was fun watching the team bond over a joint plan to find this person. It’s wonderfully refreshing to see a book that revolves around a family that loves each other. Sure her father was busy, but it was apparent that he and her mom and even her sister who was off to college were a big part of her life. They were involved in a natural and realistic way. I always love when characters have an amazing family in YA. If you’re looking for something fun and sweet and low on the drama this book is for you.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    This book could be described using many of my favorite adjectives: fun, cute, adorable, heartwarming, but what stood out for me, was the focus on family and friendship.Laurel wanted a position at her father's firm, because she missed him. She thought, if they worked together, they would have the drive into the city and back, and perhaps a lunch date here and there, to reconnect. She was looking to renew the bond between them, and that just tugged on my heartstrings. I liked Laurel's family a lot This book could be described using many of my favorite adjectives: fun, cute, adorable, heartwarming, but what stood out for me, was the focus on family and friendship.Laurel wanted a position at her father's firm, because she missed him. She thought, if they worked together, they would have the drive into the city and back, and perhaps a lunch date here and there, to reconnect. She was looking to renew the bond between them, and that just tugged on my heartstrings. I liked Laurel's family a lot, and you could tell they shared a tremendous affection for each other. This was her attempt to cram some family time into this last year before she left for college, and I thought that was fantastic.I am also a fan of the friendship that developed between the interns. It was not an easy road to friend status, but it's amazing how fast people can bond, when faced with adversary. Brown gave us a diverse cast of interns, who came from very different backgrounds, and had very different interests from each other. I liked that they could see past their differences and find common ground. At one point, the author puts them in a Breakfast Club-esque situation, and even has the characters discussing who's who from the film. The scene was quite amusing, and among one of my favorites.I always enjoy Entangled books, but I have certain expectations when it comes to their books. I read them for the feel-good romances. And yes, this book was feel-good and had a romance, but there was not enough of it. What a shame too, because I loved the romance Roberts set up, and would loved to have seen more of it.If you want to get your nerd on, look no further. Laurel and her dad were HUGE Star Wars fans. In the beginning of the book, I was worried, because I felt bombarded by the references, but it did ease up as the story started moving ahead, and I will admit, I smiled the entire time we were at Comic Con.Overall: A delightful story of family and friendship, sprinkled with a romance, which left me in a feel-good way.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.This book comes out May 4th, and you should totally check it out!!!Summary: Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.This book comes out May 4th, and you should totally check it out!!!Summary: Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting –– in a good way. But I can’t even think about him that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.**There is a reason why Lisa Brown Roberts is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite YA authors. Her stories are just amazing, the settings are great and her characters always become my favorites.So let's talk about the setting. I loved it. I loved the whole internship/scholarship scenario. Cause it brought together so many great characters, that probably never would have become friends, if it wasn't for that special circumstance and the bond they now share while going through all the ups and downs of their internship.Which brings me right to the characters. I loved them. I loved every single one of them. Firstly, Laurel, the main characters. (Fun fact, give me a Laurel in any book, tv show or movie, and I will probably love her.) I loved her right from the start. She's a fangirl just like me. To the pain of the people around me, I always find a tv show or movie reference to every situation in life. Sorry, not sorry.I loved the other interns as well. I loved Trish, she was everything I want to be. I loved Ashley. And the dudes, Elijah, Carlos and Jason. Jason just was that hurt little puppy that I wanted to protect at all costs.There were also some great relationships. I loved Laurel and her parents, especially her dad, since we got more of that relationship. I loved their car rides and how Laurel came around and saw that her father and his company aren't anything evil.Right from the beginning of the book, the first time the interns met, I wanted nothing more from this book, than lots of amazing friendships. Especially Laurel and Trish. Both had so many prejudices towards each other, that's why I wanted them to get over that and become the great friends, that I knew they could be. I especially loved moments when the whole group was together, the fussball tournament, the time when they all got locked into the basement. I loved these moments, thats when they really came together and started to really get to know each other and became a great time and good friends. I'm always here for that.And of course the lovestory of Laurel and Carlos. It's something that we all knew would happen but I still enjoyed it a lot. They had some really great chemistry. Sometimes they were frustrating, especially Carlos, when he got jealous of Jason and was just a jerk. I also loved meeting Carlos' family, they were such a fun bunch.Overall, I truly loved this book and can totally see myself reading this one a few more times. On a side note, I also really wanna read the book Laurel was reading in the story, I wanna get to know Qa'hr myself.
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  • T.H. Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! Seriously, freaking LOVE! I’m a huge Lisa Brown Roberts fan and had the distinct pleasure of being her “seat filler” for all of five minutes at the RWA conference in San Diego a few years back; coincidentally, just a few days before San Diego Comic-Con. And though I’m sure she’s quite a bit younger than me, I still say I want to be LBR when I grow up. And SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES is the reason why. The banter, the characters, the pop culture tie-ins. This story is pretty much ev I love this book! Seriously, freaking LOVE! I’m a huge Lisa Brown Roberts fan and had the distinct pleasure of being her “seat filler” for all of five minutes at the RWA conference in San Diego a few years back; coincidentally, just a few days before San Diego Comic-Con. And though I’m sure she’s quite a bit younger than me, I still say I want to be LBR when I grow up. And SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES is the reason why. The banter, the characters, the pop culture tie-ins. This story is pretty much everything I love: young adult romance, teen angst, Star Wars, nerd geekery, pop-culture references, Comic-Con… Yeah, if I was a teen in 2018, this would pretty much be my life.The summer before her senior year of high school, Laurel convinces her dad to allow her to work at his public relations and marketing firm so she can spend more time with him. She calls him Dad Vader, and at first I was worried this was due to a fractured relationship. But other than her father working a lot, the reference is to a mutual love of Star Wars and a time he dressed as Darth Vader to her Princess Leia. Initially excited, Laurel soon realizes this may not be the summer she was hoping for. Instead of sharing leisurely lunches with her dad, she barely sees him other than the commutes to and from work. And on top of that, she’s expected to report back on a group of interns who are all vying for a $100,000 college scholarship in a reality-TV-show inspired competition. Not only does she not want to spy on her contemporaries, but one of whom just happens to be Josh, the dreamy high school quarterback she’s been pining for since middle school.It isn’t Jason, though, who gets her worked up. Instead Carlos, the boy with the Hershey Kiss colored eyes sets her pulse zinging. The “no-fraternizing with the interns” rule makes both boys completely off limits for Laurel, who soon finds her attention focused on discovering the culprit using social media to sabotage her father’s company. Before summer is over, Laurel will learn a lot about first impressions, what it means to really trust someone, and the power of persuasion.PlotThe main plot is definitely the romance, but there are a lot of great subplots involving Laurel’s relationship with her father, her friendships with the other interns, and the mystery of who is trying to hurt the company. All are woven expertly together. The constant sprinkling of pop-culture references also played into the plot, including a Breakfast Club-esque scene in the building’s basement. My only real complaint with the story, and it’s not even so much of a complaint, is that the mystery was introduced with only one likely culprit. Even though the story isn’t primarily, or even secondarily, a mystery, once that element was introduced, I would have liked a little more to it.The CharactersThe characters are the best! Laurel is fantastic as the adorable teen nerd who loves Star Wars and refers to her dad’s right-hand-man, Mr. Mantoni, as “the Manicotti.” She’s confident, but with a reasonable number of insecurities which keep her grounded and utterly relatable.Top Five Things I Loved About SPIES, LIES AND ALLIES1. Laurel. She’s adorable, funny, and just neurotic enough to make her the perfect heroine.2. Carlos. He’s witty and loyal and easy to love. Being insanely attractive doesn’t hurt either.3. Star Wars. I’m a full on Star Wars geek, and like Laurel, I believe any movies with Jar-Jar Binks don’t really count. I like to pretend those were never even made. I adore the way the author wove in so many Star Wars references and compared their mission to blowing up the Death Star.4. New friends. I love the whole Breakfast Club feel of the interns’ relationships with one another and how they evolve over the summer.5. Standing up for what’s right. Laurel repeatedly risks her job and her relationship with her dad to do what she feels is the right thing; consequences be damned.Bottom LineAnother fantastic LBR book that I couldn’t put down!DisclaimerI was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*Although I’m no longer the demographic for them, (at least age-wise!), I’m a total sucker for sweet contemporary young adult novels like Spies, Lies, and Allies. Maybe because I can vicariously relive my youth through them? Maybe because I wish my teen years were as fun and entertaining as they’re made out to be in books? Maybe because I wish the hot jock had fallen for me??? All of the above could quite possibly be true! But I think it’s mostly because they offer a true escape from the real 4.5*Although I’m no longer the demographic for them, (at least age-wise!), I’m a total sucker for sweet contemporary young adult novels like Spies, Lies, and Allies. Maybe because I can vicariously relive my youth through them? Maybe because I wish my teen years were as fun and entertaining as they’re made out to be in books? Maybe because I wish the hot jock had fallen for me??? All of the above could quite possibly be true! But I think it’s mostly because they offer a true escape from the real world, and I can just spend a few hours enjoying someone else’s trials and tribulations, unrequited crushes and broken hearts, knowing everything is going to be okay in the end.And Spies, Lies, and Allies was the perfect escape. You may not find any broken hearts here, but you will find a terrific cast of characters, a little mystery, some secrets, a boss who takes things just a little too seriously, and even an adorable romance. It's everything you'd want in a summer read.I loved the friendships that developed and how family played such an important part in this book. At first there was an uneasy relationship between Laurel and the interns, but as the summer went on and they got to know each other, and had time to work together, they really became a team. And the budding romance brought out all the feelings and insecurities every high school girl faces- heightened by the fact that is was quite forbidden! I got a kick out of the pop culture references and how Laurel was able to work Star Wars into just about every situation.I really liked Laurel’s character and seeing her grow as a person during the course of the book. She started out seemingly not quite sure of herself or her place in things, but by the end she had definitely come into her own. Her relationship with her dad played a big part in the story, and it was rather endearing. Laurel learned a lot about him, and saw him in a very different light, which was quite an eye-opener for her! Spies, Lies, and Allies is such a fun, sweet read. Lots of great light-hearted moments mixed in with a few more serious scenes. This was a solid 4* story throughout, but the last 25% or so is really what solidified this one for me, when everything started to come together and I unexpectedly got hit right in the feels.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Laurel wants to spend more time with her dad, so she convinces him to allow her to work at his business, Emergent Enterprises, for the summer.  She wants to help out with the new intern program.  There are multiple candidates all fighting to win a $100, 000 scholarship for college.Laurel is a big nerd and loves Star Wars.  There are a lot of references and since I'm not a big fan, I honestly didn't get them all.  But I think Star Wars lovers will enjoy those throughout the book.  There is a lot Laurel wants to spend more time with her dad, so she convinces him to allow her to work at his business, Emergent Enterprises, for the summer.  She wants to help out with the new intern program.  There are multiple candidates all fighting to win a $100, 000 scholarship for college.Laurel is a big nerd and loves Star Wars.  There are a lot of references and since I'm not a big fan, I honestly didn't get them all.  But I think Star Wars lovers will enjoy those throughout the book.  There is a lot of geeky fun in this book, including comic con.At first, Laurel isn't sure what to think of the interns.  There is Jason, a boy she had a huge crush on for years.  He's a jock and can't remember her name.  Ashley is beautiful and well put together.  Elijah ended up being one of my favorite characters in the book.  He signs up because he wants to work with minority owned businesses and he's a secret geek.  Trish is Mr. Mantoni's daughter.  Mr. Mantoni works for Laurel's dad, Mr. Kristoff.  Trish is a bit scary, has her own style, and is a feminist.  I actually loved her character, too.  Carlos is the last intern.  He has a large family that owns a Mexican restaurant.   Laurel thinks that she'll just be helping them out, but Mr. Mantoni surprises her by stating that Laurel will be reporting any violations or problems she sees.  She basically has to tattle on them.  Laurel gets to know each candidate and realizes that they aren't who she thought right away.  Over time, she starts to grow close to them and they all become friends.  But there is someone at the company trying to sabotage things and ruin the internship.  Some of the kids decide to figure out who it is.  Laurel also finds herself having feelings for Carlos.  I'll admit that Carlos isn't my favorite.  There was just something about him that I didn't like as much as the others.  This was a fun read and I really loved a few of the characters.  I also loved how Laurel started to understand her dad a bit more and realized a lot about herself along the way.  The photography was an added bonus and I thought it added to the story.I gave this one 4 stars.  Thank you to Entangled for sending me this book through Netgalley to review.
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  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!This book was so cute and entreating! I loved it a lot and found the storyline really realistic but still packed with humour, friendship and romance.
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  • Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Same Review Also posted On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsI loved Lisa Brown Robert’s Playing the Player and when I heard of this book, I knew I had check it out because it sounds so fun. Well, It did not disappoint me. I quite enjoyed the story. It was an adorable read filled with cute romance, humor, friendship, family and lots of geeky references. I liked the plot. The characters were totally fun and I enjoyed the friendly banters between them. The main characters Laurel and Carlos were super cute Same Review Also posted On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsI loved Lisa Brown Robert’s Playing the Player and when I heard of this book, I knew I had check it out because it sounds so fun. Well, It did not disappoint me. I quite enjoyed the story. It was an adorable read filled with cute romance, humor, friendship, family and lots of geeky references. I liked the plot. The characters were totally fun and I enjoyed the friendly banters between them. The main characters Laurel and Carlos were super cute and their romance was just adorable. Laurel’s father Mr. Kristoff is the head of Emergent Enterprises and also a total workaholic who spends most of his time in his office and barely have time for his daughter. In order to spend more time with her dad, she asks him to let her join his company. He rejects at the beginning but after some persistence he finally gives in. In the company, she had to assist him on a college scholarship competition. To her surprise, her father informs her that she also get to vote the winner which is not something she signed up for. Now laurel’s job is not only to assist the new interns but also spy on them to find the perfect candidate who deserves the full scholarship. One of the intern named Carlos makes her heart flutter but fraternization on the Job means instant disqualification. As Laurel spends more time with the interns, she gets to know more about them and she feels that everyone deserves the scholarship, but unfortunately only one can win the grand prize. Adding to that, someone from the inside is trying to sabotage her father’s company on social Media which can ruin the internship program.I enjoyed all the characters in this book! Laurel, our main protagonist is a pretty likable character. She’s smart, funny, super sweet and a total nerd. Sometimes her actions annoyed me, but overall she’s a good protagonist. Her struggle to make one of her father’s employee laugh with her ridiculous jokes everyday was epic. She’s a huge Star wars fan and pretty much obsessed with everything related to star wars. I loved the father daughter relationship between Laurel and her father. She calls him Dad Vader LOL. Her father is also a star wars fan and it was fun watching them argue with each other using star wars references. I loved Carlos! He’s adorable, smart, and sweet guy who deeply cares about his family. The relationship between Laurel and Carlos was fun from the start. Their romance was totally adorbs and I absolutely loved their fun banters.As for the supporting characters, I also liked the other interns Jason, Trish, Elijah, Ashley, and also Mr. Mantoni who works for Laurel’s dad. Jason is Laurel’s high school crush but he always gets her name wrong. I felt pretty bad for him after hearing his backstory. Trish is Mr. Mantoni’s daughter. She’s fiesty, snarky, and a total feminist. I didn’t liked her at the beginning because she was pretty much rude towards Laurel but eventally I grew to like her. Elijah is a total fun character who’s also a nerd just like Laurel. I think no one can hate this guy because he’s absolutely fun. Ashley is a smart girl with beautiful looks. Like Laurel, I also judged her character but she turns out to be a nice person. Mr. Mantoni is in-charge of the scholarship program. He’s pretty scary but not really a bad guy.The plot was very much entertaining! The pacing seemed a bit odd to me because some scenes felt too slow but It didn’t hinder my enjoyment. Besides the romance, I’m glad this book also focused on family relationships and friendship. It’s a perfect YA contemporary read. Although the mystery was predictable, I liked how it brought everyone together. The friendship was well developed. At the beginning the interns didn’t get along with each other, but as the story progresses they become friends who’ll stand up for each other. There’s a lot of geeky references in this book, but even if you’re aren’t familiar with them you’re still going to enjoy the story. The writing style was pretty good. I loved reading the book from Laurel’s pov. She’s hilarious throughout and I enjoyed her inner monologue.Overall, It was a fun read and I really liked it! It’s a light-hearted story filled with drama, romance, mystery, family, and friendship. The ending was satisfying and nicely wrapped up. It has a slow start but in the end it’s totally worth it.
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    Visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Wanting to spend more time with her workaholic father, Laurel comes up with a plan (and a lot of begging to get it approved!) to work with him at the office. Her job is to "assist the interns" but in actuality she will be a huge part of the selection process to choose who will be the winner of the full ride scholarship- the catch is that none of the interns know. Laurel gets to battle the lies, heartache, drama and crushes that come her way this s Visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Wanting to spend more time with her workaholic father, Laurel comes up with a plan (and a lot of begging to get it approved!) to work with him at the office. Her job is to "assist the interns" but in actuality she will be a huge part of the selection process to choose who will be the winner of the full ride scholarship- the catch is that none of the interns know. Laurel gets to battle the lies, heartache, drama and crushes that come her way this summer.If you like Star Wars references pertaining to every situation, this is the book for you! Laurel somehow or another has the ability to make a connection or pun to Star Wars no matter what disaster or plot she finds herself in. I will admit while I have seen all the Star Wars movies, the references at times went over my head and I was confused as to what she meant. I guess this is probably how all my acquaintances feel about me and the fact I can quote and use life references in any circumstance to the show Friends. On that note, I respect her nerdiness and ability to go all in for her fandom. I also thought that it was really sweet that the entire reason Laurel got herself into this mess was to spend time with her father- she was willing to set herself up for any kind of job at his company for the opportunity to spend a little more time with him, even if it meant only during the commute. You could easily feel how important family was to central plot of this story and I am always a fan of YA that stresses familial love and support. Along the way she found herself some romantic love as well as friendship, two other kinds of live a person needs, and the last two that Laurel was expecting. I don't want to give too much about the book away because the development of relationship and the surprising turns Laurel took with her choices was most of the fun of the book, finding out that first impressions may be the wrong impression and to not be so judgy because people have the propensity to surprise you! As a side note, Trish snuck up on me with her snark and bold actions, so much so that she became one of my favorite characters. This was my first book by Lisa Brown Roberts and I enjoyed her cute characters and fun plots. I would gladly read more from her in the future, especially if I am looking for a romance with heart and banter.​I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book. ​
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Stars Young Adult age-range: 12+, includes kissing and cussing. Laurel wants to spend time with her workaholic father, the geeky dad who used to spend a ton of time with her. She's willing to do anything, even be the assistant/spy to the new set of interns. In this young adult novel, not only is the connection between a daughter and father explored, but also that between friends. How perception is reality and first impressions I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Stars Young Adult age-range: 12+, includes kissing and cussing. Laurel wants to spend time with her workaholic father, the geeky dad who used to spend a ton of time with her. She's willing to do anything, even be the assistant/spy to the new set of interns. In this young adult novel, not only is the connection between a daughter and father explored, but also that between friends. How perception is reality and first impressions aren't accurate descriptions of the real person deep inside. From outward appearances, Laurel looks to be a spoiled, rich daddy's girl who has the world at her fingertips and not a care in the world. While the other interns duke it out in a survivor-like competition to win a full scholarship, they resent the girl who is there to help them, seeing her as she appears to be. Each intern has their own set of challenges and strife, which makes Laurel feel as if her need to spend time with her father is indulgent and not important. Settling for a few minutes to and from work in the car is worth working a 9-to-5 for Laurel. Laurel doesn't come off as whiny or spoiled or entitled, so I got her position. When surrounded by people who all have deeper issues than you, what you're going through is trivialized, like it's not important. It is important. Life isn't a competition to see who has it worse, to the point you don't need help/attention/love because your lot in life isn't as bad as someone else's. Everyone is equally important. Laurel was surrounded by people who put out into the world, "let's talk about me, because your issues aren't as important as mine", which feels narcissistic and dismissive, not true friend-like behavior, when she was already putting everyone else first. Amongst the angst, Laurel's longtime crush is one of the interns, when he doesn't even remember her name after an entire school career together, along with another employee's daughter, who has never given her the time of day. The other three interns are strangers, and more willing to get to know Laurel. The bond that forms between them was sweet, while their real-life issues will be sure to resonate with every reader. The crush of budding first love, while getting to know one another as friends first was sweet, broody, and angsty deliciousness. The 'mystery' of the novel was predicable, and I wished another character was chosen as the villain of the story, but it created a fast-paced, addictive page-turner of a read.I definitely recommend Spies, Lies, and Allies to young adults and those young at heart, looking for a fun, light, yet equally emotionally deep novel. Lisa Brown Roberts has become my go-to YA fix.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    I received Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but that has no impact on my thoughts. As a whole, I thought Spies, Lies, and Allies was a strong 3 and a half stars which means I did like the book, but it didn't quite have the REALLY liked it star rating. I stuck around with the book because I appreciated all of the Star Wars references in the book, and some of the Harry Potter ones that were made. My favorite one was when all of the int I received Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but that has no impact on my thoughts. As a whole, I thought Spies, Lies, and Allies was a strong 3 and a half stars which means I did like the book, but it didn't quite have the REALLY liked it star rating. I stuck around with the book because I appreciated all of the Star Wars references in the book, and some of the Harry Potter ones that were made. My favorite one was when all of the interns met each other and Laurel tried to remind Jason how they knew each other. I liked how all of the characters bonded throughout the book. The thing that didn't make me REALLY like the book was the slow plot. The pacing took awhile to pick up, but around 40 percent after the truth or dare scene was when I decided to stick it out because the characters made up for that slow bit. I'll definitely miss them now that the book is over. When I first read about the book, I thought the book would be about all about spies, but it turned out that it wasn't. It was just about the daughter going to work with her dad and keeping an eye on his interns to decide who would get the full ride scholarship. I really liked that Trish and Laurel were able to become friends in the end too. Overall, Spies, Lies and Allies was a strong 3 and a half star rating for me. Thank you Netgalley for giving me the chance to read it!
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read by Lisa Brown Roberts. The story is filled with "geeky references" from Star Wars to Harry Potter that readers will either love for hate. At times the reference were just a bit too much and started to bog down the story. With the one liners that bogged down the story it didn't really start to pick up until half way though. Which is why Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts gets 4 stars instead of 3.The characters start to come to life with a friendship This is the first book I have read by Lisa Brown Roberts. The story is filled with "geeky references" from Star Wars to Harry Potter that readers will either love for hate. At times the reference were just a bit too much and started to bog down the story. With the one liners that bogged down the story it didn't really start to pick up until half way though. Which is why Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts gets 4 stars instead of 3.The characters start to come to life with a friendship and romance that readers will enjoy. The story is cheese, sweet and fun read that readers will be able to read sitting by the pool soaking up the sun.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Entangled: Teen for the advance copy of Lisa Brown Roberts Spies, Lies, and Allies
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  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    January 1, 1970
    A fun sweet romance with friendship, and family at it's core. SPIES, LIES and ALLIES is a Breakfast Club meets The Apprentice during the summer time. Set at Laurel's dad's highly respectful office, this book is full of enjoyable characters all of whom I enjoyed getting to know. FULL REVIEW https://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2018/...3.5 stars
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I did a first impressions of this here, and I think those impressions pretty much held true. This was cute and sweet, enjoyable in a predictable way (I don't mind that in this case), and had a nice balance of family relationships to romantic relationships.Full review to come, probably.
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  • Laura's Book Addiction
    January 1, 1970
    When thinking about Spies, Lies and Allies, I think survivor, The Apprentice and a sprinkling of The Bachelor.Laurel was a fascinating character to read about and had a realistic voice. The whole premise of the novel was wonderfully executed and all the characters were the perfect add into the mix. I need to get hold of all the authors other books, I was thoroughly impressed. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this title for my honest opinion.
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  • Melliane
    January 1, 1970
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI did not know at all about this novel nor the author but I admit that I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis! I must say that I am very happy to have discovered this story because I really had a great time with it!Laurel is a young girl who wants to go back to when she could spend time with her father. Since his company has grown up, she wants more than anything to spend time with him, but it is more difficult than expected. So here she has a plan, and Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI did not know at all about this novel nor the author but I admit that I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis! I must say that I am very happy to have discovered this story because I really had a great time with it!Laurel is a young girl who wants to go back to when she could spend time with her father. Since his company has grown up, she wants more than anything to spend time with him, but it is more difficult than expected. So here she has a plan, and working for him during summer would help her reach her goal! However, she did not expect to have to play the assistants for the students who participate to get a scholarship from the company, let alone to have double voice to decide on the winner. This last point does not please her at all! But as she gradually discovers the competitors, that she is particularly interested in one of the candidates, that they work together, she will develop more links with them. Links that tighten when they have to manage the right arm of her father, an intransigent and difficult man!I really had a great time with this novel! I loved discovering Laurel and learning more about all the characters. On top of that, the author has thrilled the novel with references to Star Wars and it’s true that I loved it! It is well dosed, well brought and they made me smile several times! It’s a fresh reading, full of ideas and I loved the turn of the story at the end of the book. I was also curious to discover the person who was denigrating about the company on twitter.You understand now that it is a novel that I really enjoyed!
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  • Victoria Bunce
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES: A LOVE STORY on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.Five stars and here's why:Lisa Brown Roberts had me by the title! SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES: A LOVE STORY - I love a good spy story full of conflict and teenage love angst! But seriously. Ms. Roberts wrote a hella-awesome story with just the right amount of steam and sass and diversity and geek references to keep me turning the pages for more. When Laurel I received a copy of SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES: A LOVE STORY on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.Five stars and here's why:Lisa Brown Roberts had me by the title! SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES: A LOVE STORY - I love a good spy story full of conflict and teenage love angst! But seriously. Ms. Roberts wrote a hella-awesome story with just the right amount of steam and sass and diversity and geek references to keep me turning the pages for more. When Laurel and Carlos and a host of other determined teens spend the summer working for her dad’s company and competing for a major college scholarship, sparks fly, inhibitions crumble, and what’s left is me with a major book hangover. Simply devoured this story in one day. If you love sexy guys, savvy girls, and a sassy romance, then this book is for you! Highly recommend!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free review copy of Spies, Lies, and Allies from Entangled Teen through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own. I was also lucky enough to be on a Blog Tour for this, and you can check out my post here! I was really psyched to get a chance to read and review it.I really enjoyed this cute little book. It gave me the feels. It was pretty adorable. It was contemporary goodness.I really enjoyed the Dad Love. I thought it was nice that Laurel wanted to spend I received a free review copy of Spies, Lies, and Allies from Entangled Teen through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own. I was also lucky enough to be on a Blog Tour for this, and you can check out my post here! I was really psyched to get a chance to read and review it.I really enjoyed this cute little book. It gave me the feels. It was pretty adorable. It was contemporary goodness.I really enjoyed the Dad Love. I thought it was nice that Laurel wanted to spend more time with her dad, that she loved her dad. So many YA books I read have teenage characters that have to be grown. They have parents who aren't in the picture, or maybe they're mean. It was just nice to see a loving family situation portrayed. It made me grateful that I have my Dad around. And the author acknowledgements just brought that Dad Love all the more importance and weight. I like that Laurel loved her family.The Carlos situation was adorable. The cute little romance gave me all the feels. It was precious. Carlos is definitely book boyfriend material. I liked the awkwardness between them, the chemistry, the conflict, it was a lot of fun to read.I also liked how Laurel was a nerd. There were a ton of Star Wars references, a little Harry Potter. She liked reading, cosplaying, and going to Comic Con. As a nerd myself, she was relatable. She was also extremely relatable in her awkwardness. I do want to know what book she was reading throughout the story. Is it real? It sure sounded like something I would love to read.This book was just adorable. I enjoyed it a lot. It was fun to read. I'm glad I got the chance to check it out. I'd love to read something else by Lisa Brown Roberts because she can tell a cute story. Would I recommend it? Yes! If you're looking for a light, fun romance story, then pick up Spies, Lies, and Allies, it's cute!BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5Adorable! I feel the feels.
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