Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

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Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)Title: Hunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: August 5, 2011
Pages: 318
Series: Lila #1

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…

I had seen Hunting Lila on Goodreads previously and had really wanted to read it, it sounded right up my alley, piquing my interests. When I got offered to review this book by the Canadian publisher, I couldn't pass up the amazing opportunity, I read it soon after receiving it. I am very pleased to say that it did live up to my expectations and hopes.

Looking at the cover, I immediately noticed that Lila was clearly running away from someone or something. I also noticed the use dull colors in the room, allowing her bright red heals and blue dress to really pop on the cover, perhaps as a metaphor that she is something out of the ordinary. The other aspects of the cover I loved were the rough, worn looking font of the title and the tagline for the book; "You can't hide from the truth". If the cover wasn't enough to draw potential readers in, that line will do it.

Alex was my favorite character of the book; all he did was care and protect the ones he loved, and he wasn't quick to make judgement on others. Lila was enjoyable for the most part, but I did find her to be a little too obsessive and trusting at some points. She was 'in love' with Alex and thought about him all the time, and after a while it was really starting to get to me. The other characters in this story that I really enjoyed were Jack, Suki and, surprisingly, Demos. For being set up initially as the 'bad guy' Demos had surprisingly high morals, as did the rest of his ensemble.

One of the few weak parts of this book was the plot. It was entertaining enough, but it could get highly predictable, taking away the element of surprise and shock. Even though it was predictable, the end still makes me want to read the next book now, to find out the fates of the characters. The writing was great; it grabbed the reader with it's attention to details, never letting anything slip, even minor things. This attention to detail made it easy for me to paint a clear picture in my head of what was happening in the book.

After finishing Hunting Lila, I now need the next book in the series now, I must find out what happens to everyone! But until I get that opportunity, I would recommend Hunting Lila to anyone in need of a fascinating paranormal YA book. I give Hunting Lila a 4/5.

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