Book Review: Hunting Lila

General Information:

Pages: 318

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance, Paranormal

Series: Lila

Author: Sarah Alderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Source: Purchased

ISBN: 9780857071958

Release Date: August 5th, 2011

Book Format: E-book

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: 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 organization 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…

My thoughts: Arg! I did not like the character of Lila! (Hence the 4) Lila, as a character was silly, pretentious and totally transparent. Alex, I liked. He is officially my latest fictional boyfriend. (Let’s just crush Lila’s heart, huh?) The plot was original, but the whole, ‘oh look, I have powers!’ thing just wasn’t original. Nor was the Demos situation either. Everyone acts on love. But the thing that really saved this book was the writing. The plot wasn’t entirely original, Lila was a terrible character but the writing was exquisite. So, thanks to the writing, Sarah Alderson can now add a 4 star rating to her list of book ratings for Hunting Lila.

~Laurena

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