09 June 2015

Title: Out of Control
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon Pulse, (May 12th 2015)
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
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Synopsis: A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.

When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody—supposedly for her own protection—she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target—and she needs to escape before it’s too late.

With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

Review: 3.5 Stars - Out of Control by author Sarah Alderson is a story that’ll leave readers on the edge of their seats as two characters run for their lives throughout New Your City. It’s a dangerous 24 hours, a whirlwind of a read and an end that you’ll never see coming.

Liva is looking to start over and get away from her painful past. No matter where she goes it follows her, but she’s hoping a fresh start in New York City living with her dad will give her the peace she needs. She’s back in the city – staying with family friends until her father’s back in town – then her world is turned upside down in the worst possible way.

After the events of the night come crashing down around her, she’s taken into police custody and while there, her night gets even worse. Believe me, it get worse, and then worse and.. yep, you guessed it, worse until she’s living in a nightmare and running for her life.

With the help of a boy who was in police custody for stealing a car, the two make a pact to stick together until she’s able to meet with her dad the following morning.

Jay and Liva have grown up totally different and come from two different worlds, yet they work together well, pooling their resources and fighting to survive in what has to be the worst 24 hours of their lives.

The writing of this title is only half of what makes this a fast read. The story flies by as it’s fast paced and kept me holding my breath often and scared to blink for fear of missing something important.

There’s enough twists and turns and shocking truths that come out along the way to keep readers off balance and I could easily see future readers sitting down and not getting back up until they’ve turned the last page.

The characters have other issues that they are dealing with and it was great to see how two strangers could not only work together through their current trouble but also that they were affected by each other’s world and life enough to see things with a different point of view. The landscape of New York City was also the perfect backdrop for Liva and Jay to get lost within as they run for their lives.

In the end I really enjoyed the book. It was so fast paced that it felt like I had this one read in no time at all and was highly entertained from beginning to end. It’s a thrilling YA title that readers of all ages will be able to enjoy. I recommend this book to everyone looking for something different and high energy. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. Enjoy!

About the Author:

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila, just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.

The Sound, a thriller romance set in Nantucket, was published in August 2013. She has a further three thrillers due for release in the next few years.
You can find Sarah on facebook and at www.sarahalderson.com or follow her blog at www.canwelivhere.com

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  1. This sounds like one exciting read! And I love books set in NYC - ever since I've visited I can really picture it very well and it gives it a great atmosphere! Sounds like a very quick read too which is always fun for a change of pace. Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Leave your thoughts! . . . . . . . . . as a bibliophile l know you can not too many books

  3. Thank you for this great giveaway! I'd love to win the book!

  4. looks a very intriguing read......

  5. Sounds like a fab read, would love to get my mits on it xx

  6. Sounds fab I'd love a new book for summer reading

  7. It sounds like a great read, and action packed!

  8. Sounds really good, looking forward to reading this book!

  9. Blurb sounds refreshing, thanks for the chance!


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