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Lies I Live Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Seventeen-year-old Callie Sinclair is the only child of her scatterbrained scientist mother; she has a gorgeous artist boyfriend, Charlie, and just happens to be a psychic spy. Callie can sense the presence of a specific kind of radiation associated with deadly, military-grade lasers. She has been recruited by the CIA to participate in their top-secret psychic-spy program. Callie feels called to this work—she loves that she can use her powers to save lives—but the secrets she must keep in order to protect those she loves are tearing her apart. And it turns out she's not the only one with secrets: Callie can't get the handsome new teenage psychic spy, Jasper, out of her mind. But is he trustworthy? The stories Callie's mom has told her about what happened to Callie's dad don't quite add up, and the new benefactor to the spy program clearly has a chip on his shoulder and an agenda all his own. This book doesn't ask very much from its readers—the characters are one-dimensional, any nuance in plot is explained simply rather than teased out, and the conflict is ultimately easily resolved—but it's undeniably fun. While it's a rather hefty length, it's a good choice for reluctant readers undeterred by size looking for an adventure. VERDICT Not a whole lot of substance, but action-packed and entertaining.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
“Sabel delivers a novel combining teen romance and espionage, with a touch of the supernatural. Appealing characters merge seamlessly into a strong plot that captures readers early on and doesn’t let go until the very last chapter.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An X-Men-James Bond hybrid that ought to satisfy fans of high-concept mysteries.” (Booklist)
Praise for Lauren Sabel’s VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD: “AN enticing combination love story and murder mystery set against the backdrops of Hollywood and Mexico. Sabel’s story moves forward with cinematic force.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Lies I Live By is a gripping page-turner. I loved Callie's attitude. She has incredible abilities and because of them she has to tell lies to the people she loves. Even though she hates it and would feel so much better if she could talk about her special skills, she tries to make the best of her situation and doesn't tell anyone close to her what she knows. She wants to protect everyone around her and I admired her for it. She uses her gift in a controlled environment and I loved that angle. It was great to read about her job and her colleagues.
I liked Charlie very much. He's a talented guy and he's one of the good ones. I could feel Callie's pain and understood her emotions. I loved that Lauren Sabel has given Callie and Charlie a long and meaningful relationship. It was clear from the start that their love would be tested though and I was anxious to find out where it would lead. The ending is unexpected, it's sweet and romantic in many different ways and I liked it very much.
I really enjoyed reading Lies I Live By. Callie's world is chaotic and her life is a bit of a rollercoaster. Lauren Sabel's story is fast-paced with plenty of interesting twists and turns. It isn't perfectly polished, it's messy, just like most hours in Callie's days, which is something I liked a lot. Callie is strong and smart and she isn't afraid to fight for what she believes in. That means she's willing to make mistakes to get ahead, which adds a measure of surprise. I had so much fun reading this unpredictable story, which is what I loved about it the most.
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, adrenaline, 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. Thankfully, 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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Lies I Live By is a standalone YA mystery with a paranormal element (the girl is a psychic).
This was a cute YA mystery.Read more