Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review - Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Title and Author: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Publication Date: August 4th, 2011
Paperback/Hardcover: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

17-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..

I was sure I would like Hunting Lila and I was not wrong. This was a very interesting book that kept me well entertained and intrigued. A great debut novel!
Lila Loveday is not your teenager. She’s special. She has the ability to make things move with her mind, and ability that ends up leading her to a troubled situation. Scared with her own power and needing to hide it, Lila decides to run away from her home in London and move to California with her brother Jack and his best friend Alex, who she has a crush on. It turns out Jack and Alex have a few secrets of their own, secrets related to the unit their work for and the truth behind Lila’s mother murder.
I really liked this book and all the character (well, all except Rachel, maybe) :P
Lila was sweet and likeable and struggling hard to come to grip with her special abilities. It’s easy to understand why she has been in love with Alex all of her life, he’s sweet, caring, intelligent, resourceful and all around amazing. Lila’s reactions to Alex were pretty funny. The chemistry between them is definitely there and they make a great couple but there are several things that get between them.
I definitely enjoyed reading about all the other characters and their special abilities.
Besides interesting characters this book offers action and several twists that are always thrilling and interesting.
All in all Hunting Lila is a very well-written book with a string plot that offers interesting twists and strong characters that you can’t help wanting to read more about. The book is fast paced and was able to keep me captivated.
If you are a YA and Paranormal fan, I think you’ll definitely like this book!

Rating: Somewhere between Worth Your Time and Must Read (4 ½ Stars)


  1. I've seen this recommended a lot but never actually knew the MC had powers, makes me want to read it even more! Plus the whole murder mystery and secret agency sounds intriguing.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  2. Great review(:
    I think it's time for me to finally get this book. It sounds so good!