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Losing Lila Paperback – January 1, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Lila Series

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About the Author

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah Alderson quit her job in the nonprofit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter. 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 is the author of The Sound; Hunting Lila and its sequel, Losing Lila; and the paranormal trilogy Fated, Severed, and Shadowed.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857071971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857071972
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
*** Contains spoilers of first book `Hunting Lila' ***

They took her mother.

They shot her brother.

Now they want Lila

But she's not going down without a fight.

`Losing Lila' is the second book in Sarah Alderson's X-Men meets Heroes `Lila' YA urban fantasy series.

Last year I found a new favourite book in `Hunting Lila' - a book that packed a punch and introduced readers to Lila, who can move objects with her mind.

After a near-miss with her powers in London, Lila fled to sunny California and her brother, Jack, not to mention her brother's best friend (and Lila's childhood crush) Alex. Jack left home shortly after their mother was murdered, and joined The Unit - a government organization Lila wasn't entirely cluey about ... until she became their target.

The Unit hunts down those with supernatural abilities, and performs experiments of them - whether for a cure or military gains, no one is sure. But after being kidnapped by a supernatural group, led by Demos, Lila's eyes were opened to the Unit's evil ways. And as if she needed even more convincing, Demos confessed to being her deceased mother's ex-boyfriend, and knowing that she was still alive and being held in a Unit containment facility, being used as a human supernatural specimen.

A show-down with Jack and Alex's ex Unit Squad led to her brother being shot, Demos's group scattering and Lila going on the run with Alex.

Alderson picks up the action of `Losing' where `Hunting' left off. Alex and Lila are holed up in Mexico, high on the adrenaline of evading the Unit, and their newfound love for one another.
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So, there's a lot of emotions running through my head at the moment. But we'll start from the beginning.

In the previous book (Hunting Lila) we find out Lila is a psy, we also find out that her brother, Jack, and his best friend, Alex, hunt the psys. Dun dun dunn. But wait, there's more.. Lila is in love with Alex. Moving on..

In Losing Lila, we're back with Lila and Alex who have made it to Mexico and we're straight bang into action, which I'm glad for.

First things first though, I have to admit that even though it was straight into action, I did find it hard to get into the first half of the story. I'm not sure what it was though, maybe because it was all about Alex and Lila and I'm like this huge Jack fan? Could be. Not that I don't like Alex and Lila's relationship, I do. I just have this fictional crush on Jack, that surprisingly, started and grew rapidly in this single book.

Okay, now let's get into the story now before I start raaving on about Jack. I don't want to spoil much about this book, but how wicked was it all, huh? There's so much going on that it's kind of overwhelming. There's The Unit who are forever searching for Alex and Lila, then there's Michael (Lila's father) arriving. We have all the psys doing their own magical powers, we're even introduced to a new psy, which I have to say is rather awesome. You kind of get used to everything that's going on though.

Sarah Alderson has created this amazing world with psys, hunters and even drug dealers. I'm in awe by it all. How does she do it?

Suki and Nate have to be the best secondary characters though. They're just so entertaining to read about and always full of life. The romance in this book was defiantly stronger now than it was, and I'm so glad they didn't have sex.
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Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

Like I said in my review of Hunting Lila, this is one of those books that deep down you know had a lot of problems but you cannot help but love it. Maybe its because I feel a deep connection with the characters? Or just because this was easily, fast-paced book that proved to be a good distraction from my stressed-filled homework-bingeing? Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this. A lot.

My thoughts:

- The start. It took me awhile to get back into the story. I could barely remember the events of the last book and the more I progressed into this the more I realised that I had left it too long before picking this up. For one I couldn't remember who any of the secondary characters were, let alone what their powers were (if they were psy). It did distance me from the plot enough to bother me but that's entirely my fault. I should have just marathoned the series...

- The action. This was done much better than we saw in Hunting Lila. In the first book, the action was built up across most of books and rushed in the last quarter. This time the book was nicely paced out. The action was climatic and I loved that we also got to see how the plotted it out.

- The romance. I love Alex, please don't get that wrong. He is genuinely caring and sweet. I love his subtle sense of humour and his smile. What I didn't like about the romance is that it sometimes took over from the plotline. There were times when I couldn't help but think how silly the two characters were being. Stop making out and run! I also didn't get why Lila was so pushy with Alex, or why Alex was so protective of Lila. It seemed a little too dramatic for me.
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