Author: Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Romance, intrigue, and action collide in this psychic twist on the classic spy novel.
Callie Sinclair is literally out of her mind; as the government’s youngest psychic spy, she finds valuable information for top-secret missions. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie.
When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt; Jasper already knows her in a way Charlie never will.
But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. People halfway around the world seem to be in danger…and people in her own backyard, too. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves—and her mind. Literally.
Lauren Sabel’s enthralling, romantic novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.
Lies I Live By is a quick, intriguing read about psychics and a deadly plot they must uncover. The first half is full of hints and adventure and mystery, while the second half is full of action, adrenalin, and discoveries. It’s easy to get lost in, and seems predictable until you’re proven wrong. It’s a great read that I devoured in a few hours!
I was intrigued by the whole psychics-working-for-the-government aspect, especially since our MC, Callie, had to lie because of it. She could only be honest with those she worked with because they already know and understand about psychics since they are psychics too. And even then, she kept a few secrets to herself. This helped move the pace and made for some very interesting situations. She struggled through hope, love, loss, and pain. Even when faced with a deep and painful betrayal, you can’t help but hope it all works out. This book is a play on emotions, and it’s a trickster. What you think will happen won’t always happen. Twists come out of seemingly no where but make so much sense you wonder why you didn’t see it coning! It’s fairly fast paced, has great flow, and the writing sucked me in easily.
Unfortunately, the beginning started off slow and informative. We got character backgrounds -which were interesting and definitely important, relationships, and the work information all in this first half of the book. While this was interesting and needed to move the plot on, it tended to drag slightly because of the repetitive work days: wake up, coffee with mom and maybe her boyfriend, pass by kids to get into work building, be unsettled by Anthony, get to work and see a vision then detail a report about it, see Charlie or go home. The visions were always different and vivid and intriguing to read, but they took on a similarity since they were all about the same event and that repetition made it seem like the plot wasn’t moving. Thankfukly, it picked up and once things got interesting there was only adventure and danger and action.
The romance was alright. I wasn’t rooting for anyone, especially since it became a triangle of love pretty quickly. But I did enjoy seeing Callie struggle and work through what’s right and wrong, as well as her emotions and feelings.
Overall, Lies I Live By is a great read! When it seems like all hope is lost, the MC surprises us with her bravery and courage! Once you’re in, there’s no getting out. This was an enjoyable book that I recommend trying!