[BLOG TOUR] Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel || Review + Giveaway

Title: Lies I Live By
Author: Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Rate: 3.5/5


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!

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Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year.
Lauren loves her husband, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. (Unfortunately, hers never do.) She also loves digging into her mind and revealing tiny gems she didn’t know were there. 
Lauren learned to mind dig while getting her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa, a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colorado. Before Naropa, Lauren studied film in Rome, where she developed her love of crypts and other beautiful creepy things. She also worked in the film industry in New York and San Francisco, focusing mainly on film festivals, as she can never pass up a good party. In San Francisco she worked for Chronicle Books, where she was inducted into the fascinating world of book publishing. 
For the past eight years, Lauren has been teaching college students the joys of creative writing, whether they like it or not.
In 2008, Lauren was published in Undiscovered Voices, an anthology of the best new writers for children in the U.K., where she was living at the time. Then life got very exciting very quickly. She signed with Jodi Reamer Esq. at The Writer’s House Agency in New York, and they made magic happen, and that magic is named Katherine Tegen. (aka: Katherine Tegen Publishing, Harper Collins).
At that time, I was obsessed with reading books about the remote viewers who helped the US government during the Cold War. My book LIES I LIVE BY came out of how that research blended with my imagination. Callie, the 17 year old psychic spy, burst out of me with a voice of her own, and 18 months later, she was ready.
LIES I LIVE BY came out May 2016 with Katherine Tegen Books.
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2 thoughts on “[BLOG TOUR] Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel || Review + Giveaway

  1. Psychics working for the government seems like a really interesting concept considering the police (usually) write them off. The book does sound interesting, but it’s too bad that it relies heavily on exposition! I think I’ll have to check it out some time.


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