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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,512 ratings  ·  211 reviews
A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.

When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murde
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Simon Pulse (first published May 22nd 2014)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Bailiff: Hear ye, hear ye! Court will now come to order! Please stand for your judge, the Honorable...

*Khanh beckons, whispers into Bailiff's ears*

Bailiff: ...make that the Dishonorable Khanh. All rise! Your Dishonor...where's your gavel?

Khanh: Lost it. I'm using this hammer instead. I think it's appropriate. Close enough.

Bailiff: ...

Khanh: We are here in The Reader's Court for the pre-trial of Readers vs. Liva, the 17-year old main character of Out of Control. She stands here accused of being a
Sarah Alderson
Feb 14, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
US BLOGGERS! I have ARCS to give away so if you want one send me a message or leave a comment!

The idea for the book came from a few things - Ryan Gosling in Drive ;) and the opening scene, which is a massacre in a police station, is a homage to one of my favorite movies growing up - Terminator!

Jen Ryland
I love thrillers. An as I've said many times, teen thrillers often have (inevitable) believability issues. While this book was able to convince me that a teenage girl could be a gun-wielding badass, the overall plot was a little sketchy. Though I admired that the book tried to highlight the problem of human trafficking, that part of the plot wasn't terribly convincing. Ditto for a gang subplot that made the gang members (the Latin Blades) seem like something out of West Side Story.

The book feat
'For a moment it's hard to tell what's real and what's not. It's like watching a television show. But I can't tell which side of the screen I'm on any more.'

Sarah Alderson works her story-telling magic again, in Out of Control - a novel that is fast-paced and super-duper addictive. Get caught in the mystery and prepare yourself for the chase of your life!

WARNING: this book features a guy character that is hotter than a habanero chilli. Ladies, prepare to swoon.
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

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
When the people she is staying with are murdered Liva is taken into protective custody while the police try to figure out who was behind their deaths. Before she can even finish giving her statement the police station is attacked and Liva finds herself in the middle of a gun fight. She escapes with the help of a car thief called Jay but now the two of them have to stay one step ahead of the killers who will do whatever it takes to find her. Can Liva and Jay figure out who the killers are before ...more
3.5 stars

It seems like ages that I last devoured a full length novel by Sarah Alderson. Her novellas from her Lila series have since being keeping me occupied, but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest thrilling release.

Out of Control was definitely a lot different than what I was expecting it to be; it had a great mystery, lots of suspense and of course swoony characters. Liva finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, the Goldman’s who were meant to be looking after her ended
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This was my first full length novel by Alderson and to say the least, I was pretty ramped up about it. I was so looking for something action packed and adventures by the time I picked this up and that I was in anticipation to dive into a good solid mystery and was seriously hoping Alderson would deliver in Out of Control.

And oh boy did she deliver! This was truly a nonstop action packed thriller with just the right amount of romance to really get your heart pumping.

I adored Jay and Liva both an
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t understand what kind of editor would let this book to be published. The plot is full of holes, the protagonist is plainly stupid and the romantic relationship is so forced and without any basis, that my head hurts from constantly rolling my eyes. The book is a complete waste of time and I recommend it to no one.

Olivia is being hunted and her guardians are killed, which is why she is taken to the police station where all police station gets killed by a supposed hitman. Therefore, Olivia
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
Bad guys, hoy guy, Kick ass girl, danger, being on the run and so much action and chemistry, I swear this book was made especially for me. I'll just pretend it was. These are some of my favorite kind of storylines and I was so excited when I first heard about this book on Sara's (@ Forever 17 Books) WOW post. Then I saw that this book was inspired was inspired by Ryan Gosling in Drive and I immediately added it to my 'OMG I want it now!' shelf on Goodreads. I was shocked and excited when I got a ...more
Anna Luce
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Holy shit,
that was intense!
Out of Control is a page-turner!From the first chapter I was instantly sucked into the story.

The action starts off immediately,Liva flees the police station with Jay and from there it just keeps getting better.The growing danger kept me at the edge of my seat!
But it's not all action,Out of Control is also about the quickly developing relationship between Liva and Jay,two young people who come from very different places and have to work together to su
2.5 stars
This was an okay story, but the main characters were just stupid at times.

Liva and Jay were both okay characters on the surface, and I did like them a little bit, but their poor decisions just really started to annoy me after a while. Even when Jay said something intelligent one moment, he then went and did something that totally went against what he said! Why keep doing things that you know will get you caught?

The storyline in this was book was also annoying for the same reason. Even t
Shannon (Once Upon a Twilight)
Sarah Alderson has done it again! Out of Control had my mind reeling, jaw dropping and loving the blossoming romance. I loved every second of it. Time flew by when I was reading this. One minute I was at 3% and the next it was 97%, I had to double take because I couldn’t believe how fast time had gone by!

Liva (Olivia), a girl traumatized as a murder witness, meets Jay who’s also at the police station, though his reasons are vastly different to hers. She’s a witness to a murder; he’s getting done
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.25

This started out alright, but it went downhill.

I felt sorry for Liva, as she went through quite a bit in this. Other than feeling sorry for her though, i thought she was an idiot, and so was Jay. I lost count on how many stupid ideas they had.

The first few chapters of this were good, but after that it went downhill. I was bored, I had a headache because Liva and Jay's stupidity was annoying me so much, and
Benish Khan (Queen.Beenie)
Out of Control is a novel I was quite interested in reading because of Nereyda from Mostly YA Book Obsessed stellar review - the premise sounded exactly like something I would love, I like the concept of a couple on the run with the bad guys chasing them by the second. The mixture of crime, romance, adventure usually gets to me - It sounds like Bonnie & Clyde. Liva resides in New York City with her father, one night, she witnesses a brutal murder happen. The point is she never actually saw t ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Out of Control was kindly provided to me by the author and is a stand-alone YA thriller that is a heart-pounding thrill ride; it was literally go go go right from the onset and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

The intrigue is over-flowing from the first moment we meet 17 year old Liva who was witness to a brutal murder; when she is taken into police custody for her own protection, she isn’t expecting to be the one dodging bullets and on the run with som
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling and action-packed, this book made me feel restless the entire time I was reading it.

The book started with our main character, Liva, at a police station giving statement for a crime that she witnessed. It was only when the police station got attacked and she had been chased, she realized that she was the target instead of being a witness. Starting from that moment till the end, the whole book was very fast-paced and it didn't slow down for a moment, and when it did, it was only a build
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english, 2015
I started reading this book expecting to enjoy it like I enjoyed and loved Sarah Alderson's other works. I was totally wrong.

First of all, the entire story lacked of consistency and plausibility and didn't have much sense at all.
Secondly, the characters acted stupidly for no reason at all. For example, I still can't understand how the main character is smart and acts in a calculative and rational manner in a chapter and in the next one she does a completely stupid thing without acknowledging tha
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting! I was also a bit surprised with some of the twists. When I was theorizing I'm surprised I didn't think of it myself. Jay was hot and fun of course. Great chemistry between them.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-2016-read
What is up with all these disappointing reads promising me cars and then not giving me cars?

You can't just put an oldschool striped out muscle car on your cover, mention "car thief" in your blurb, and then not deliver any cars.

Honestly. There was one promising scene right in the beginning and then literally no other cars (aside from taxis) show up until the end.
And that last car?

I digress. This wasn't awful - probably a 2.5 - it just didn't have that extra oomph to make it memorable
Sara (sarabara081)
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

4.5 stars!

I was immediately hooked with this premise. I mean, two characters on the run for their lives after a massacre from which they escaped? Sounds heart-pounding, right? And believe me it is right from the get-go!

Liva is a witness to a murder, but not just any random murder but one of a family whom she was staying with while her father was out of the country with work. As she is giving her statement at the police station, it becomes under
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Sarah Alderson is one of my favourite authors so it's a big event when she has a new book out! Her stories are always varied and different and her writing remains top quality from start to finish. I couldn't wait to get my hands on 'Out of Control' and when I did I devoured it in one sitting.

The story is set in one of my favourite places, New York and features Liva and Jay as they go on the run and try to outwit and outrun the men who are chasing them. With no idea why they are being hunted, th
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of Control is a fast-paced, heart-stopping action thriller which will grab you from page one and keep hold of you right until the very last word.

In Out of Control we meet Liva and Jay who are thrown together under crazy circumstances and have to work together to overcome them. There are massive twists and turns throughout the plot which will leave you incapable of putting this book down. That's all I'm saying on the plot, the less you know the more you're going to enjoy discovering.

If you'v
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-favorites
5 stars the title is so fitting, my heart was beating out of control, I was talking to myself (like a lunatic) and I feel like I just went on a roller coaster ride.

This book was high paced, action packed an the writing was excellent.
The story/plot and love was believable and for love to bloom in so short of time and for me to like it, is freaking miracle.

Liva has just arrived to New-York to go live with her dad, but she can't fall a sleep due to the jet lag. To get some relaxation she climbs th
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book, and it sure didn't let me down!! This was pure awesomeness!
From the first page and throughout the book it was thrilling! I couldn't stop reading it!
Action, Gun-Fire, Roof-Climbing, Romance, Humor, Sadness, Betrayal, Blood, Bullets, Criminals, Agents and Car-Chases and.. more gun-fire and of course, Hot Guy!!
Yeah, this was Goooood! Like an awesome action-movie, but better, because it's a book.. Read It!!
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was like 320 pages of pure perfection! Fast paced, kick ass heroine who knows how to use a gun, set in the course of one day. .. It's like book heaven! Definitely the best book I have read this year. .
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So there won't be anymore books...I could use more Jay and Liva.... But it's a standalone and it wrapped up beautifully!
Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
LOVED IT. So much fun and so great to read. Review to come!
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action-packed and quite lovely.
Review soon :)
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Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where they lived for five years.

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“So we have twenty-four hours to keep out of trouble,’ he says to me.
I slide a glance in his direction. Judging from the way he’s now grimacing at the sidewalk and the fact that I met him in a police station where he was being booked for stealing a car, I’m guessing that staying out of trouble is not his forte.”
“Trust me,’ he says with a touch of impatience.
‘Stop asking me to do that,’ I say, equally as impatiently.”
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