Monday 13 August 2012

Losing Lila Blog Tour: Author Sarah Alderson talks favourite Summer Reads!

Losing Lila (Lila #2) by Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Release date: August 2nd 2012

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.

Guest Post: Sarah Alderson talks favourite Summer Reads! 

Thanks for having me on the blog! I am so excited to share my favourite books of the summer.

Chain Reaction: Perfect Chemisty No. 3 by Simone Elkeles

Oh the Fuentes brothers…while no one will ever beat Alex Fuentes (OK, except maybe Alex Wakeman), Luis does a pretty good job in this, the third Perfect Chemistry book. I have adored these books. They are so smoking hot and I was delighted to see how big a part Carlos and Alex have to play in the story. Simone Elkeles is my hero. She really knows how to write steam. Her books always just make me smile and swoon.

I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson about six months ago and was blown away. I loved that book and after I bought every book John Green had written. My favourite has to be The Fault In Our Stars. It made me cry like a baby and totally tore my heart into shreds but was worth it. No one writes like John Green.

Another book which for me packed an emotional punch was The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – I know, this isn’t a new book, but I really loved it. Her writing is really beautiful and the story was just filled with everything – tears, laughter, love, emotional highs and lows. Highly recommend this one.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio totally blew me away. Lots of books this summer have made me cry but this one was really special. It’s about a boy with a facial disfigurement who starts school and it's a beautiful story about friendship and bravery. It gave me chills. It’s for a slightly younger reader but I’ve recommended it to so many people because although I normally read older teen and adult books this really was a powerful read with a really important message.

Finally, I had the honour of reading the first draft of my friend Becky Wick’s book Balilicious, which is out in December 2012. I loved it because it’s all about the wacky, crazy experience that living in Bali is and because I lived there it was fascinating to hear about the culture and religion and the dark side to Bali (there’s a lot of black magic that goes on here). I’m also in the book…so that was pretty cool to read! 

Thanks for the great guest post, Sarah! Your post reminded me that I really, really need to read The Sky is Everywhere soon. I've had my copy for over a year and still haven't read it even though I've heard all good things! 

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Losing Lila is out now from Simon and Schuster. Paperback, £6.99. eBook also available.


  1. thanks for sharing this fantastic guest post with us Leanna and Sarah! I absolutely adored Alex Fuentes too but you're right Alex Wakeman is the only guy who can beat him! Some of these books sound amazing! I must check them out soon! :)

  2. The Fault In Our Stars sounds really interesting and a lot of people keep recommending it to me. I def. should pick it up and start reading it. :) 

  3.  Me too. I've heard such great things about that book!

  4. I just won the first book in this series and I'm crazy excited to read it and meet Alex! I've heard nothing but good things and I can't wait to finally have it in my hands:) I'm a huge fan of the Fuentes brothers as well (though I've only read Alex), they are definitely smokin'. Clearly, I need to read Luis's story!

  5. You should definitely read The Sky Is Everywhere! I thought it was lovely. Also, this guest post reminds me to read Wonder. I've heard good things!

  6. I haven't read any of these yet, but I have The Sky is Everywhere and I can't wait to start it now! Thanks for the post :).

  7. HELL YES to Chain Reaction and The Fault In Our Stars. I love me a sample of those Fuentes boys and oh goodness, TFIOS made me cry. More John Green on the horizon for me? I think so. 

    Wow, Wonder sounds... absolutely incredibe. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. I am definitely going to look into this. Actually, I'm going to check ALL of these out (and resist rereading those I have read). Afterall, look what Sarah has  delivered to us so far... I trust her taste :D

    Fab post!

  8. Heather@The Flyleaf Review14 August 2012 at 03:02

    I second all her rec's, The Sky is Everywhere in particular!

  9.  I've heard amazing things about Wonder. I have a copy so I really should get to reading it!

  10.  Sounds like I really need to read that one soon! :)

  11.  I can't wait to see what you think of Alex, Jenny. One word: HOT!!


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