ARC Review: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

Out of ControlGenres: Contemporary, Action, Young Adult
Release Date: May 22nd, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Source:  Author
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When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.

Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.

When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.


If nothing else, one can always count on Sarah to deliver a book that is fun. This book is far from perfect but in spite of all the issues I had, I still ended up enjoying it and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Sarah because to this day, I haven’t read a single book by her that I didn’t enjoy.

This book, like her Lila series, is full of action and will keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what will happen next.

Her characters, for the most part, are pretty lovable but Liva could be hard to get behind at times. I absolutely loved how she was willing to take a lead and while she needed help, and WANTED it too, she could actually take care of herself. Her emotional baggage, however, could at times be tiresome. I felt like if she hadn’t been so set against not feeling and constantly feeling guilty, it would have been easier for me to enjoy her character a lot more.

Jay on the other hand was pretty damn awesome, like the rest of Sarah’s love interests. He was swoon worthy and oh-so-sweet. I loved how supportive he was but at the same time I was a little surprised by his willingness to help her. It could just be the cynic in me but I wouldn’t usually risk my life to help someone I had just met, but again, had he not helped her the story would have been completely different and most likely not nearly as enjoyable. My only other qualm with him was when he said he was a fast learner and asked Liva to hand him a gun. Yeah.. no. You cannot be a fast learner when it comes to guns because there are so many rules you need to know before you can actually use a gun safely. It bother me a little when he said that but not nearly enough to take away from my overall love for his character.

The one thing I cannot make up my mind about, even now, is the romance. It had an insta-love feel to it especially when Liva went on and on about how he made her feel again after she had forced herself to stop feeling. Add to that the fact that they had barely known each other for a day so I definitely ended up having issues with the romance but at the same time, I enjoyed it. It’s probably Sarah working her magic and making me like something that would have usually ended up becoming a huge problem for me and would have ended up taking from my overall experience of the book but Sarah knows how to captivate her readers so that wasn’t really a huge problem.

The plot didn’t let me down. I saw the major plot twist coming from miles away, but even so, when it was finally revealed, my heart was beating erratically and I was biting my fingernails and trying to read as fast as I possibly could to get to the bottom of it. It was just so well done. It was full of action and there wasn’t a single minute when I was bored. There were some situations that were probably unrealistic but it just works. Sarah knows how to make it work.

Even with my problems, Out of Control was a thoroughly entertaining read and it also dealt with an important issue in today’s world, human trafficking. It was one of my most anticipated reads and while I’ll admit to being let down, I still enjoyed it and thought it was totally worth it. Reading it did make me extremely nostalgic for the Lila series though.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a quick read that while is not the best thing ever, will not fail to keep readers on their toes and will grasp their attention and not let go until the end.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.6
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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).


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    • Rashika says

      YOU SHOULD! Lila is the best place to start IMO since it’s definitely my favorite series by Alderson! :)

  1. Celine says

    I’m glad it was so much fun and that Jay was so awesome :D It does suck that it felt a bit insta-lovey, though :(

    I have to admit I haven’t read any of Alderson’s books, but maybe I should change that ;)

    Lovely review, Rashika <33

    • Rashika says

      It did but no ‘L’ words were said so I wasn’t as annoyed as I could have been.
      You definitely need to change that ;)

      Thanks Celine!! :)

  2. says

    I just got this one yesterday and it sounds like a fun read. I did enjoy Lila when I read it a while back and I still remember the yummy boys in that book! I’m sure I’ll end up liking Jay just as much! She seems to have a knack for swoon-worthy love interests. The insta-love is a bit of a bummer, though, but it sounds like it wasn’t terrible, still! I’m looking forward to reading this one myself! :)
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    • Rashika says

      I sure hope so ;) She does doesn’t she? I cannot wait to meet Kit from her NA series! :D Some of his quotes just make me sigh :P

      I cannot wait to see your thoughts Gee! :D I am sure you’ll enjoy it if not love it !

    • Rashika says

      I definitely think so as well! This one especially just because of the sheer amount of action in it! I mean it all takes place under 48-72 hours which is surprising :P

      Thanks Rachel!! :)

  3. says

    Her two books and I’ve pretty much had the same experience- minus all your swooning *flips what hair she has that can be flipped*

    It’s just all that sweet-talk they do ughhhhh I want to run away! I would like to be a fast learner when it comes to shooting. :/ I’m not a fast learner. >( BUt it’s dancing(running) around in NEW yorrrrrrrrrrrrk. Anyone who is jaded enough to say that that doesn’t sound fun- talk to the hand.

    I absolutely love that header though! I DO!!! Even if it’s only an enlarged view of the cover, holy dark hearts, Rashika, I have so much love for that and I usually HATE covers with human faces on them. I’m going to save it. You can’t stop me :P

    • Rashika says

      Which two books did you read by her?? :) LOL :P FINE DON’T SWOON. More for me :P The sweet talk does make me cringe too so you have me there but otherwise I usually enjoy her romances :)

      THE COVER IS GORGEOUS ISN’T IT? AND go ahead and save it ;) Faye did the work not me :P not talented enough to do anything but twiddle my thumbs (AND WHISTLE HA)

    • Rashika says

      Sarah has powers I tell you :P

      I really hope you enjoy this, Jenny!! :D Especially since you’re a fan too! :)

      Thanks! :D

  4. says

    Oh wow! I haven’t even heard of this book before. Sounds totally awesome. And who doesn’t love a swoon-worthy boy character? I’m not too sure about the insta-love here! I’m not liking it when the main character falls madly in love with a guy she just met. Deeper connection, please! :)
    Great review!
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    • Rashika says

      We all love our swoon-worthy boys ;) I know! :/ I do NOT like insta-love. I love deeper more meaningful connections but some of the instaness, in this book, I am sure can be justified.. I just wished it wasn’t so insta you know?

      Thanks Nina!! :)

    • Rashika says

      I really wish a lot more books would discuss it because it really is an important topic in today’s worlds and I think the majority of people remain unaware of the seriousness of the issue :/

      Thanks Cristina!! :)

  5. says

    I just read The Sound by Sarah Alderson and really enjoyed it so am ready to try another book. Not sure if this one is for me, but I’m going to check out all her books on Goodreads and pick another.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
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    • Rashika says

      I am really glad to hear you enjoyed The Sound though, its on my TBR and I plan to read it soon with a friend! :)

  6. says

    The blog looks great! Too bad about the romance but most of everything else seems good. “You cannot be a fast learner when it comes to guns” Seriously. It’s like just let me hope right into a race car right now. Don’t worry, I’m a fast learner ;) Glad you liked it overall!
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    • Rashika says

      THANKS ALISE! We like it too :D
      HAHAHA I want to hop into a race car though .-. IT SOUNDS FUN! I don’t know how to drive but I sure am I fast learner :D

  7. says

    I haven’t read a book by Sarah yet, but she sounds like a great author! Even if this isn’t a favorite of yours, I’m glad it was enjoyable regardless, and that you were sucked in to the action. The romance and plot sound absolutely fantastic (even if the romance has a bit of an insta-love feel to it). Definitely going to have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing Rashika, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Rashika says

      Me neither. Like calm down, you do NOT learn how to use a gun quickly. It’s weird though because the main character is actually trained so she knows how to use them properly but she never said anything when he said he was a fast learner. I understand the need to arm yourself but still :P
      Thanks Joy!! :)

    • Rashika says

      It isn’t as emotional since it doesn’t focus on human trafficking but deals with it? Its confusing :P
      I KNOW RIGHT? Like guns need to be handled with care.

      Jay was swoon worthy ;)

  8. says

    I’ve never read an Alderson book (though I have several), and while I love a swoonworthy guy, I’m not overly fond of the swoonworthy guy stealing the MC’s show. Sometimes it strikes me as lazy, sometimes it’s a issue of preferences/dislikable characters, sometimes I don’t know, but it’s not my favorite. SO. This probably won’t be my first Alderson book, but may come back to it if I check her out and LOVE her. Great review, DOLLFACE ;)
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    • Rashika says

      I do hope you have Lila on your shelf, I think you might like it ;) If not love it (it isn’t a perfect book but it works :P for me at least).

      Thanks Jess!!! :)

  9. says

    I was curious about this one so thank you for the review! I think you’re absolutely right that despite some flaws, Sarah Alderson manages to be an addicting writer with hot guys. Sad that Livia was tough to like, but YAY for Jay. I’m disappointed that the romance wasn’t stronger for you and that you guessed the reveal. But I’m glad that didn’t really take away from the rest of the book. I’d like to read this sometime!
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    • Rashika says

      She seems to have some sort of magic :P
      I think I guessed the reveal mostly because I can sometimes be a pessimist because it wasn’t obvious so much as me guessing and hoping I was wrong because I wanted to be surprised :P

      I hope you get time to! :D