Title: Lies I Live By
Author: Lauren SabelPublisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Synopsis: 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.
To be quite honest, I didn't know what to expect going in to this book. I haven't read a book like this in a really long while, and well, I went in expecting nothing.
Lies I Live By opened off with a bang. I loved how it pulled you right into the story, and at the end of the very first chapter it leaves you hanging with one of those 'My Life Was Never The The Same Again' dialogues!
This entire book was fast paced, filled with adrenaline, and all around AWESOME! I loved that there was the moralistic problems of contracting with private firms in there, and that between Callie (our protagonist) and Jasper (the other psychic) there was just SO MANY emotions when they saw things. It felt raw, and real, and beautifully done. I also adored Charlie (the boyfriend) and Colin (Charlie's younger brother) and basically the whole story!
I did have a few issues with it, though:
1. Seeing and Not Interpreting: What this basically means is that a psychic can only see and describe what they see during their sessions, but NEVER NEVER try to interpret it. I just didn't get how a RATIONAL human mind could see death and dying and disasters and not try to figure out the how and the why, and let others do it for them. IT'S NOT HUMAN NATURE, and it felt like an elaborate plot twist just so that Jasper could get Callie to rebel and hang with him or whatever.
2. The Absentee Parents: My parents might not know where I am ALL THE TIME, but that doesn't mean they don't know I'M WORKING FOR A SUPER SECRET BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT, while telling them I'm BABYSITTING? What. EVEN? Also, these people Callie is babysitting for DO NOT EXIST. I think parents would at least know if the family her only daughter is babysitting for exists or not.
3. The Whole Psychic Process: I do not get how all these vague details help in figuring out radiation attacks (Oh, Callie psychic power is that she can see radiation). It's not like she's going back to the same place ever in her visions, her one visit to that particular leak is so hazy, HOW DOES IT HELP?
And that's about it! I would have loved more details, and for this to have been more realistic on the parental front, but I would DEFINITELY recommend it!
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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.
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).
Lauren's first book, Vivian Divine is Dead was published June 3 2014. She's currently working on her next book, which she can't wait to tell you about (but has to wait just a little while anyway).
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