Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Gorgeous cover! I want those shoes!
Title: Hunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Publish Date: August 4 2011 (UK)

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson is the story of Lila, a seventeen year old girl who has a secret... or two. The most important to her is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since she was five years old. The other isn't as big a deal, just this little telekinetic power she's discovered she has.

After almost being mugged in South London, Lila runs away to California to spend some time with her brother Jack, and, of course, that means spending time with Alex, too. But soon she's questioning the company Jack and Alex work for and everything she's ever believed about herself and her family. Also, there are others like her out there, people with powers, people who use those powers to hurt others. And they might just be after Lila...

First, I just want to state that I wanted to read this book so badly that I had it shipped from England just so I could get my hands on it before it was released in North America.

And I must say, I am not in the least disappointed that I did.

Hunting Lila was a wonderful story full of twists and turns, some of which I saw coming, some that I didn't. Lila was an adorable character. Her personality wasn't weak or overwhelming in anyway (as a lot of heroines are prone to be). She was a displaced teenage girl who just wanted to feel... wanted.

Being carted off to England by her father when she was twelve was discombobulating. I mean, come on! She was forced to move to another country after the death of her mother without the company of her brother (who chose to stay in America) and her father (who travels a good amount of the time). I would feel lost and alone, too. All Lila wanted was a home, with her family (and, if miracles happened, Alex).

I can understand that.

Lila's relationship with Alex was cute. She adored him throughout the book, seeing him as the best of the best. She compared him to all other guys. She was infatuated, but not in an annoying way. It was funny, actually, and sweet. I found myself wanting Alex to see Lila the same way she saw him. I wanted him to like her the way she liked him.

And my favorite part of Hunting Lila, the powers. From Lila's telekinetics to the bad guy's powers, I loved them. Mind reading, mind control, projecting, so many useful talents and Alderson used them all to forward her story. And, between the mind readers and projectors, there were more than enough jokes and gossip going around to keep me entertained during the lulls in the action.

If I had to take points off for something it would be that the characters, the ones who were supposed to be American, were clearly written with an English accent. Twenty-two year old American guys don't say words like lovely and proper. But it's a small thing really. And I enjoyed the story so much I was more than willing to overlook it.

I recommend Hunting Lila to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance or science fiction. It kept me reading until late in the night (during a hurricane too!) and every time I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it back up because there were few parts that were boring. I can't wait until the sequel, Losing Lila, and am definitely going to check out Alderson's next book Fated, which releases January 5th 2012 (UK).


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