Monday, July 1, 2013

Hunting Lila

Book: Hunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
Pages: 306

Blurb: "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.

After a mugging 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.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes 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…" - from

Rachael's Recap
Book Rating: 4 chocolate bars
Cover Rating:  3.9 chocolate bars 

Ever had a secret? Well, this book is over flowing with them. Lila is seventeen, and has a huge secret, she can control things with her mind. Lila has never told anyone, but when someone tries to mug her, she reveals her abilities. So, she goes to the one place she knows will be safe, with her brother. Okay, maybe not just her brother, her brother and his best friend Alex. But she soon finds out that with them may not be the safest place for someone like her. Someone with a "special" ability. 

I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced from the very start, which I loved. Lila was an easy character to understand and follow.  She was a very determined and strong headed character, but also seemed very innocent and insecure. Just like his sister, Jack was a very determined and head strong. He was protective of Lila, but he was also keeping his own secrets from her. Again, so many secrets! And then there was Alex. Alex was Jack's best friend (and the one Lila has been in love with for years). Alex was kind, caring and a great guy. In other words  perfect boyfriend material.

I read this book in almost one sitting. It was a nice easy read for a YA novel. It had a good story line and was never slow. I loved how during the book you never knew who really was the "good guys" and who really was the "bad guys". Either way both groups were pretty awesome. I didn't like though how Lila was so over dramatic and obsessed with Alex though. I felt that she needed to grow up in some ways. 

What I loved
  • Fast paced (but not too fast)
  • Lots of twists and turns
  • Unpredictable 

What I wished were different 
  • Lila was too much bit obsessed with Alex for my liking 
  • Lila was insecure and insecure 
This book had countless unpredictable twist and turns that kept my attention focused on the story.  It was a great quick read. If you are in the mood for a light fast paced story Hunting Lila is the book you need to read.