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Losing Lila Paperback – January 1, 2013
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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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I really liked this follow up to ‘Hunting Lila.’ A group of teens with special abilities on the run from a maniacal Military Contract Organisation. Winner, winner chicken dinner.
It was great to see our protagonist Lila get a little more independence; although that was counteracted by her swooning and needing Alex (her love interest and brothers best friend) all the time. It felt a little weak. It was compounded by the narrative tone and actions of Lila (and Suki) which came of as childish far too often. But I had less problems stopping me from enjoying the novel than I did in the first book of the series ‘Hunting Lila.’
‘Losing Lila’ is very much like a Disney or NickTeen movie of the week. Saccharine sweet, moments of stereotypical teen behaviour mixed with an action infused plot. I do class it as a guilty pleasure though, I got caught up in the subterfuge, the development of their psychic abilities, and was floored by a few of the plot twists I didn’t see coming.
The story itself is engaging. I think if the comical notes of the story were approached differently, they could have pulled the story along in that Buffy-like pun in the middle of action style.
The element of family, and how it was woven into the storyline was fun; and I appreciated how bonds are tested and reshaped. Though there was some moments where I thought it was too premeditated by the author.
I think I like the relationship between Lila and Alex the least, even if they are the main characters in ‘Losing Lila.’ There was no tension and build up, it moved right into this desperate place that felt like it lacked substance - it was the 10 year old girl’s version of love.
Great follow up and conclusion to the series, probably better suited to a younger tween audience, but still an interesting way to spend a winter’s day tucked up on the couch with a light action-filled book.
Once you near the end of the book, errors become more frequent. It's noticeable, but it didn't bother me. I just saw some incomplete sentences where a word should have been placed. Some words are also split apart in the mid dle like what I just did.
What I would have loved to see more of was romance. What I mostly saw in the book was Lila's thought of how hot he is and how much she loves him. Regular teenage hormonal thoughts. I like that. But I wanted to see more interaction. More heated scenes and misty eyed moments. The humor in the book is enough to balance out a heavier load of romance in it. So if Sarah Alderson added some more romance, it wouldn't appear cheesy since the humor and sarcasm in the book is enough to balance it out.
The ending was alright. But I would have liked a more definitive conclusion.[Lila and Alex don't know what to do with their lives except return to their special beach and go skinny dipping. Demos just leaves. Nate and Suki will see Lila and Alex again in the summer, which makes me happy that they will keep in contact. Maybe JAck and Amber are going to get together. As for Jack, Lila's mom and dad, we don't know. (hide spoiler)]
It was all too vague. And that's fine sometimes, but in this book I think it would have been better to at least know they're going to prosper or be happy.
Maybe it's just me, I can't be certain.
Overall, I'd say this is a nice book to read.
Congratulations Sarah Alderson, you've written yourself a damn good book.
This book didn't grab me as much as Hunting Lila did. I found myself putting it down more readily until I hit about halfway. There's a turning point in the story and once I hit that, I couldn't stop reading it.
Once again Sarah Alderson writes a fast-paced, intense story filled with diverse, colourful characters. I grew to like Suki even more this time around. Her and Nate are so funny. It was cool to see Lila's Dad in it a little more too. But at the end of the day, Alex and Lila's romance made these books for me. I just couldn't get enough of them together :)
All up, another stellar read.
4.5 stars from me.
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