Author: Sarah Alderson
Published by: Simon Pulse, May 12, 2015 (First published in 2014)
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 3 Stars
Out of Control was a thrill ride. It was entertaining, exciting, and fast paced, but it wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping. While I did enjoy this book, I definitely felt that it had some pretty big issues. There were certain parts of the book that seemed a little over the top and slightly unbelievable.
My first issue with this book is the main character, Liva. First of all, Liva is a really weird shortened name for Olivia. Liva is supposedly a mixed race and has a slight British accent, which isn’t revealed right away and seemed out of place and weird. She moves to New York from the Middle East and she’s seen some really bad things and feels numb about life, so she enjoys climbing onto rooftops for fun. I found that I didn’t really connect with her on any level throughout the book.
Her penchant for roof climbing actually saves her life in the beginning of the book, as the family that she is staying with is murdered while she’s hiding on the roof. She’s taken to the police station to be questioned and before long, bullets are flying and she has to make a run for it with Jay, a young man who was in the police station after just being arrested. Together they manage to escape and are planning to go their separate ways while Liva waits for her dad, who is still overseas.
After escaping from another threat, Liva meets up with Jay agian and they plan to stick together until Liva can find her dad. Now they are on the run, not just from the man that shot up the police station, but the two people attempting to kidnap Liva. All of their foes are smart and seem to be one step ahead, but Jay and Liva manage to find ways to escape danger.
My biggest issue with this book was the romance. It was very much the case of “we might die, so we might as well have sex.” I like books with romance, but I also feel that it wasn’t necessary in this book. They are on the run and scared for their lives and instead of trying to figure out what to do next, they’re too busy staring at each other. I wanted to slap them boht and remind them about the danger they were in because they seem to have forgotten that part.
The big twist in the book was way too predictable and I saw it coming from a mile away. There are so many clues in the book, that you’ll be disappointed with yourself if you don’t figure it out early on. It also seemed like a very safe plot twist, it didn’t really blow me away at all.
Overall, I liked this book. It certainly didn’t blow me away, but it kept me entertained. The writing was nice and it turned out to be a pretty quick read, with lots of action. I can say I was never bored, except during the romance scenes. I would recommend this one if you like mysterious action books with a big focus on romance.