Monday, 30 June 2014

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila
by Sarah Alderson

Summary: 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…
So this is one of those books that I kept seeing everywhere for years--it would show up in recommendations, reviews kept popping up, and I was always tempted to read it but for some reason never did. Now that I have, I kind of wish I'd read it sooner because I really liked it.

I don't have much to say about it though. Most of what I can think to say is about what I didn't like rather than what I enjoyed.

The only thing I really didn't like about the book was that Lila was a bit ridiculous when it came to Alex. I get it, she's in love with him, has been since she was little but that's no reason to completely obsess over him to the extent that she does. Even in serious situations, she obsessed over him and it just made it seem less like love and more like a childish crush and given the fact that Alex is five years older than her, that immaturity she had made it harder to buy that he would view her as anything but his best friends little sister.

I mean...I liked them together, I wanted them to end up together, and the issue wasn't so much the way they were together. It was more that her thoughts about him felt too OTT and would've been better toned down a bit, at least in the more serious scenes or when her love life shouldn't have been her biggest priority.

But yeah, in general, the book was really good. It was one of those fast-paced, action type books with a cute romance and characters I just liked. Good to read if you're just looking for something fun. I'd rate it 4 stars out of 5.


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