Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson Review

Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Books

Book Description:

Seventeen year old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex.

They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them...

Book Review:

Hunting Lila. Although the start of the book is predictable and the characters are slightly typical, the story got pretty exciting towards the middle and end. Ironically, Lila wasn't really who I thought she'd be...I mean...poor Lila, in the beginning she was clueless with that power of telekinesis. I felt bad for her. That was until she ran to Southern California where Jack and Alex lived. She begins to try and get use to her situation and then collects information she thought she'd never know. I wont get into that on a count of spoilers.

The story is written pretty well for a debut author; Sarah Alderson writes in a good flow and that's key because Hunting Lila is filled with unexpected events, battle sequences and a few romantic scenes. I haven't read ya fiction like this in a long time and I'm glad I decided to read this when it first came out.

As for the characters: Jack, Lila's brother, was the protective, intelligent, sexy all in one kind of guy. Alex, Jack's friend and Lila's long time love interest, was intelligent too but not much different than any other male character who might or might not know if he's in love. I'm actually glad I wasn't head over heals for him, rather, he was really...likeable. I'd have to say my favorite character thou is Suki thou, her power rocked!

Definitely worth reading.


If you interested, it's not available in stores in the US(only UK) but you can buy it from Amazon...I bought my copy from The Book Depository. Free Shipping!


1 comment:

  1. I just heard of this! How is that I've never heard of it? This is so going to my reading pile! Thanks for the great awesome review!