Saturday, 11 February 2012

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Title: Hunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publication date: August 4th 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 
Buy: Amazon

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 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…
My thoughts: 
I've had my eye on Hunting Lila for a while now. I really love the pretty cover, the title and of course, the premise of the story. So, I was definitely excited when I saw it sitting on the shelf in the library and knew I had to get it straight away! I did go into it with really high hopes which I suppose is never a good thing because it's hard for the book to live up to them. It was mostly good though and definitely worth the read.

This book started out really good! I thought Lila was really easy to like and her character felt very real. I really enjoyed her interactions with her brother and Alex. Their relationships were really sweet and you could tell how close they were, even thought they had been separated for a while for several reasons. They looked after Lila but not because they thought she was weak; it was really was feared that she was in a lot of danger! I thought Jack and Alex's friendship was also great to read about and both were characters I enjoyed getting to know.

My biggest problem with this book was that it didn't really feel like it was about somebody with special powers. Her powers- and the powers of others- seemed so far in the background that I kept forgetting that's what the book was about. It felt more like a realistic romance novel than a paranormal one. By the time this really became important in the story, I was beginning to lose interest. It just took too long for everything develop and it sometimes felt like the characters were going around in circles. The second half of this book just didn't hold my attention despite all the events taking place during it.

Overall, I liked a lot of aspects of this one but a lot of it fell flat for me. The question is: will I be reading the sequel when it's out? Most likely yes, because of course it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I really want to know more about it! I'd recommend this book because I think a lot of people will enjoy it. It just wasn't what I was looking for!


  1. I have been eyeing this one for awhile, I a sorry it was a bit of a disappointment. I am still going to give it a whirl!

  2. Aw pity it sort of disappointed you! I have this, and will be reading it soon, hopefully I will like it more!

  3. I hope you both enjoy it more than I did! It definitely wasn't a bad book; it just wasn't for me. :)

  4. Yes, read the sequel;) I can't wait for it!!

  5. This book sounds really great. Too bad you didn't like it as much as you hoped. There is something about that cover and the summary that just really draws me in. I may be checking this out in the future.


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