27 December, 2011

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila
Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson.

Pages: 320.
Publication: August 4th 2011/Simon & Schuster Childrens Books.

"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." - Goodreads blurb.

Alderson's novel makes an impression on the reader from the first page. 
Hunting Lila is quite the page turner from the beginning. It is an asset to Alderson, the author's debut novel.

There is action from the first page. where we meet the leading lady of the book, Lila. She lives a lonely life with an absentee, working father, a murdered mother and a brother who lives thousands of miles away.

She also holds a secret, one she guards with her life: she is telekinetic. What I found really interesting in Hunting Lila. Although, Lila's telekinesis plays a part in the book, it does not over take nor over shadow which I found very refreshing.

To be honest, romance and love plays a larger part than the telekinesis. Lila is OBSESSED with Alex, her brother's Jack, best friend, and at in practically every page, this is brought up which was, for me a little irritating. However, the relationship develops at a good pace.

Hunting Lila kept me entertained especially as it takes an unexpected twist in the climax. I'll definitely be reading the second book, Losing Lila, for sure. 

Rating: 4/5.

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