July 10, 2016

Lies I Live By Tour: Review + Giveaway

Lies I Live By
Author: Lauren Sabel
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: 5 Stars!


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 captivating young adult novel that will leave readers begging for more. There isn't really anything negative I can say about this book. I really loved it - more than I thought I would at first. The psychic aspect was what initially drew me in - I've always been fascinated by the possibility that it exists. Being described as a romance had me questioning if I was even going to give it a try, but I'm so happy that I did! There was definitely romance throughout the story, but it didn't overwhelm the plot. 
I loved getting to know Callie, the main character. She doesn't think she's normal because of her psychic abilities, but it's obvious that she's much more normal than she believes. She's very smart, down to earth, caring, compassionate, and devoted to everything in her life - especially her relationships (both romantic and not) as well as her job as a "psychic spy." The story is told from Callie's perspective, so we're able to really get to know her on a personal level. I immediately clicked with her right from the very beginning, so by the time the ending came, I felt like I had been by her side the entire time everything was happening. I love that the author used the first person point of view for the book - it was a huge plus for me personally, and I think it was the perfect choice for the story. 
The other components of the book were fantastic - the characters were all well rounded with unique personalities and traits, the plot was original and definitely helps to set this novel apart from the others in the genre. The writing was wonderful - the book had an effortless pace with no awkwardness at all, and everything was described vividly and with detail. Like I mentioned, I slid right into Callie's world from the very beginning of the book - without even thinking of it. The romantic aspect of the story played a key part in the plot, but it didn't take over the entire book or diminish the main story line. Most of the time, young adult romance is overly sweet and doesn't feel like real life, but the author managed to make it realistic - complete with both good and bad aspects. Although the romance wasn't the part of the plot that piqued my interest, it definitely added a layer of complexity to the book and I actually ended up really enjoying reading it and seeing how it would turn out for Callie. I honestly think that this would make an awesome series and I wish this wasn't the end of Callie and her psychic abilities. I can only hope that the author will write more books - the entire story has a ton of potential and could easily be made into a series. Overall, I loved this book and everything about it. I very highly recommend it to fans of the genre, as well as readers who are looking for something fresh and new to enthrall them.
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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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  1. This is the first time I'm hearing about Lies I Live By, but it sounds great. The psychic spy aspect definitely calls to me because I like both of those as a story aspect separately, so together sounds great. All the best on this release, Lauren! And thanks for the review, Steph!


  2. The book sounds very intriguing, thank you for the reveal!

  3. I love paranormal romances, and this book cover is soooo intriguing!! :)

  4. This is definitely on my TBR! PR is my favorite genre, so I'm excited to read it.

  5. I haven't read any of the previous books but this looks really interesting.