Lies I Live by has a great premise. There is a group of psychics who work for a secret agency. Each has talents in different areas to aid in preventing wars, attacks, etc..
by Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, 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.
There are many things that I really liked about the book set-up. Instead of spending the beginning of the book with Callie finding out who she is what she can do. We get a little prologue that explains when Indigo finds her and how she ends up going into the society. We then jump ahead and are in Callie’s working life. I liked that it’s not drawn out to get to that point. You still get the information you need to understand what she does, as she goes through the motions of a normal day.
Another thing I really liked is that we meet Callie, who already is in a relationship with Charlie and has been for three years. This is important because there is a love triangle. Before that scares you away though, I like how it was done. It’s part of Callie and Charlie’s relationship changing, evolving and growing up. No relationship is perfect all the time and I like how the triangle challenges them to see if they stay together. Not every teen relationship has a happy ending. Callie learns some lessons about love.
As far as the boys are concerned. I don’t want to get too much into them or who I was rooting for. I like how their personalities are definitely different from each other. They brought different things to story. Also an insider/outsider view as well.
I like Callie’s relationship with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend. Her mom is not perfect and she talks about at times that her mom didn’t want to be one. When Callie is really struggling though her mom comes in and gives her advice. Her moms boyfriend will watch neighbors tv on the roof with her.
I did struggle with the pace of the plot. I liked it but there were times it felt like it was taking too long to get to a certain point. I expect thrillers to have a certain beat, like music.
Overall I did like the characters, the story and yes I even liked the love triangle. I’m always amazed when someone is able to write a story like this with it’s intricate details.
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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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