Spies Never Quit by M. Taylor Christensen

Book Blurb:

If the only way to save her mother is to act like a spy, Mari can act like a spy.


After her mother is abducted, Mari Sandoval breaks into her mother’s research lab in an ill-advised attempt to appease the kidnappers. Fortunately she’s thwarted by two spunky sorority girls who offer her a better way to save her mother—become a spy.

In the fast-paced world of undercover agents—where fabulous new clothes, high-tech gadgets, and flirting for secrets are the norm—Mari’s inexperience could ruin everything.

Will she be able to master the art of espionage in time to rescue her mother from the clutches of a maniac? Or will her undercover mission doom them both to imprisonment?

Spies Never Quit is a cute spy-thriller where the romance is sweet and the suspense is cozy.

I received this book from the author for free. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and this review is voluntary.

Ashlynn’s Review:

As a girl who grew up playing “Spies” with all the neighbor kids, I was super excited to read this book!

At first I was intrigued, it was like all the movies where you’re sitting there asking everyone “Why’s he chasing her?” “Who’s the bad guy? Who’s the good guy?” “Who should she trust?”. However as the story untangled, I was slightly disappointed with it. While I know people read spy books and watch spy movies knowing that some, if not most, parts are going to be unrealistic, this book felt like almost everything was unrealistic.

One of my personal pet peeves in the very beginning was the fact that Mari, the main character, took two whole weeks of self defense classes and was apparently a master at it. Having taken Krav Maga classes for years myself, I knew this to not be true.

I enjoy deep characters, and while I feel like Mari had some parts of depth to her I did feel that her surrounding characters, aka, “The Banana Girls” all felt very childish, or in the least, immature in a lot of ways, while they were supposed to be in college. I felt like the story line overall came about by a good idea, I’m just not sure that the execution was where I thought it would/should be. It felt like one of those cheesy spy movies where you wanted to know which handsome guy you should trust, in the midst of an okay spy theme. That being said, it was enjoyable in the way that there was no bad language or true “sexual” content.

Overall this book wasn’t one that I couldn’t put down or would be broken hearted if I didn’t finish. It was a clean and enjoyable read when you overlooked the silly spy things that just didn’t make sense. At the end when I read that the author would be writing a back story for the Banana Girl Characters, I decided that I wouldn’t mind reading it, to maybe help unravel some of the curiosities that made this story what it was. I didn’t want to tell all the spy parts I didn’t think made sense, as I don’t want to spoil anything! I would say to give this book a try if you enjoy a light, clean spy story.

I would give this book a rating of 3.5 stars (rounded to 4 on sites that don’t accept halves) based on the storyline, execution and character development.


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