Review: LIES I LIVE BY by Lauren Sabel (Blog Tour + Giveaway!)

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 31st, 2016
Series: N/A
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Blog Tour)
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

my ramblesSpecial thanks to Hannah, the publisher, and Edelweiss for letting me be a part of this tour and for receiving an advance copy of the book for review!

The first thing that piqued my interest about Lies I Live By was the main character, Callie’s, struggle with migraines and the connection between them and her ability. I get migraines myself, so I was definitely excited to see how the author would incorporate them into the story. And of course, the government sponsored agency and partnering with the CIA was exciting, because who doesn’t love a good government conspiracy? Although this book didn’t turn out to be quite what I’d hoped, I still really enjoyed what I did get!

First, I really liked how the author gave us a prologue telling us about how Callie learned of her abilities, but then jumped forward in time to an isolated situation. I do enjoy books that follow a main character “discovering them self and their powers” but it can get old after a while. The way Lauren Sabel chose to jump to the point in Callie’s life where she’s already settled and knows what she’s doing was refreshing! That being said, I feel this left me lacking in my psychic knowledge. I was a bit disappointed that migraines weren’t mentioned more…? They’re talked about twice, but only in passing conversation, and have no significance to her abilities or plot. It could be I just mistook what I read in the synopsis and thought they’d have a bigger part, but I was a little disappointed nonetheless.
There is a romance, but it wasn’t a huge focus of the story. It was a little annoying just how focused Callie was on it though, with everything else going on. It was nothing special, and I felt pretty neutral. But be warned: there’s a love triangle.

I did enjoy Callie’s work with the CIA the most of everything in the book. That storyline was the most entertaining and exciting! I liked getting to piece together what was going to happen along with Callie based on her viewings. The descriptions of Callie when in a viewing were really well done. I loved it when she would discuss the feelings of going in and out of viewings, as well as her attempts at bending metal, influencing, and astral projection! I would have loved if there was more detail on the extent of psychics abilities, though. There were also definitely some unexpected (and I’d even go as far as saying nonsensical?) twists in the story regarding characters. I didn’t see those coming! They made for a surprising and fast paced story at the end.

Overall, I found Lies I Live By to be a fun paranormal spin on your classic government conspiracy thwarting book. Nothing too intense, it’s a perfect quick read when you’re in the mood for some mind bending action!

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About Lauren SabelLauren Sabel

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).

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).

Lauren believes that being a teenager is an act of courage, and is proud of anyone who manages to stick through it, despite the pain. 🙂


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5 thoughts on “Review: LIES I LIVE BY by Lauren Sabel (Blog Tour + Giveaway!)

  1. Thanks for your honest review today. I do love government conspiracies and this sounds unique.

  2. OOH this sounds like quite a fun read! I’ve never read a book where the character has psychic abilities. Will definitely be giving this a go!

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