Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Review: Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson

Losing Lila (Lila #2) by Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: August 2nd 2012
My Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit, which is somehow tracking their every move. While Alex is determined to keep Lila safe and her ability secret at any cost, Lila's only thought is of finding a way back to California so she can rescue her brother and mother from the military base where they're being held. Struggling to control both her growing power and her deepening feelings for Alex, Lila decides the time has finally come to stop running and start fighting. Together with Alex, Demos, and the others she's come to think of as family, Lila plans not only to save her brother and mum, but also to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for. But the plan requires Lila to return to California alone, and to make friends with the enemy - and in doing so, she risks losing everything: Alex, her family… even her life. (from Goodreads)

I had extremely high expectations going into Losing Lila, having absolutely adored Hunting Lila, and I can tell you now I wasn’t disappointed. Sarah Alderson has done it again, and I can safely say that Losing Lila was AWESOME.

Like with Hunting Lila, we were thrown into the action straight away – the first few pages were Alex and Lila running away, trying to escape from the Unit, and I remember thinking that they just couldn’t catch a break! Life must be hard when it’s spent constantly trying to run from the bad guys :P. What I loved about Losing Lila was that even though there was a lot of serious stuff going on and danger at every corner, Lila still retained her sense of humour and the book was still really funny, but it didn’t feel out of place – the humour really fit. I loved Lila’s sarcasm (especially when she was talking to Jack about Alex, I cracked up) and she was just as likeable and relatable as she was in Hunting Lila. She knew she needed help in this book and she wasn’t afraid to ask for it, but she was also getting a lot better at controlling her abilities and was actually more powerful than she originally thought. She also came up with some good plans and though her on the spot ideas weren’t perhaps the best, they were so funny (her nurse’s outfit idea was probably doomed from the start :P). Suki and Nate were also back and as hilarious as ever – I think they were my favourite from Demos’s group because they could lighten things up even during dark times and were just the kind of characters you couldn’t help but love.

Alex was...I don’t even know. I have no words. SKINNY DIPPING SCENE. I mean, wow. And various other amazing romantic scenes with Lila. They were just amazing together. And Jack’s anger at Alex was so amusing, I couldn’t help but laugh. Poor Jack (loved him so much), it seemed like everything was going wrong for him (and I felt bad for Lila’s dad too, the poor guy had to be deceived for his own safety and still thought his wife was dead). But the greatest part about Alex and Lila’s relationship was that they weren’t perfect – their relationship had a few problems (Alex was slightly overprotective, Lila was hot-headed and there were often some misunderstandings) – but even so, they worked so well together and I just loved reading about them. Every Alex/Lila scene was excellent and the complications that arose from Alex being Jack’s best friend added to the whole complex nature of their relationship.

There were so many twists in Losing Lila, oh my God. I didn’t expect any of it. I’m usually pretty good at guessing things, but either I had a mind-blank or there was a lot of unexpected stuff going on (and I’m thinking the latter). Seriously. There was stuff I never would have even thought of, even if I sat and theorised for hours! I read this book in one sitting, honestly, the characters and mystery and just everything was that addictive. And the way it was written was so clever too – the situation with Sara was great because I could understand exactly how Lila felt. Sara was Jack’s boyfriend, but the group weren’t sure whether they could trust her or not and Lila was unsure whether they should let her know about their plan. And I could understand why Lila was having so much trouble deciding – I had no idea whether to trust Sara or not! She seemed genuine, but then after everything that happened, would have it been wise to trust her? Like Lila, I didn’t know what to think. I felt really in sync with her.

I loved the ending and the way everything eventually came together. Most things were resolved, but there were some things left open...dare I say we have room for a third book? All I know is that if a third book were to be written, I’d definitely, definitely read it.

Overall, Losing Lila was a brilliant sequel to Hunting Lila and I can’t recommend this series enough. If you haven’t read the first book, pick it up now.