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…
Hunting Lila was one of those books I wasn't sure about buying, but when my birthday came and my brother asked for book names I decided why not? I've spoken to a few people on twitter too and they've also been unsure about buying this book; I don't know what it is about it?... well I can tell you now to jump at your next opportunity because it surprised me in the best of ways, Hunting Lila is nothing of what you would expect.
Although it lands us straight into the action I found the beginning a little slow and I wasn't really sure on where it was headed but then all of a sudden the whole dynamic of the book changed and secrets are discovered, drama is tangled and looped with other elements of those secrets, all rather complex, but exciting and keeps you wondering what will happen next?
After the first couple of chapters the rest of the book is fast paced your adrenaline will be running pretty high and you wouldn't be able to put it down if you wanted too, think I read this book in a number of hours without leaving my bed. The main character is easy for a young woman to relate too in the way that she is not understood and that she's having these feelings for someone she probably shouldn't, I certainly related very much with Lila which made the rest of the story so much more real.
The relationship that evolves between Lila and Alex is slow and subtle until her world takes a sharp turn and they're hurtling down the motorway- literally. Alex, well he's *swoon* sweet and charming as well as a fighter, he does everything he can to protect her even if it means breaking his own heart, I totally fell for Alex- who wouldn't?
I love the other characters too such as her brother- even if he is a bit overprotective but he's only trying to do the right thing and I almost cried in the last couple of chapters because of him. The way the story slowly discovers new heights of discoveries that make you actually gasp is amazing, I was actually blown away with some of the outcomes in the last few chapters.
I think the story just really showed how nothing is ever what it seems and you can't really give your trust in something just because it's a big corporation such as the FBI or something like that because a lot of things in life are based on lies, sometimes to protect people, sometimes to protect themselves.
I don't want to give too much away, because the whole book is about discoveries and so I think you should go and discover them yourself! It's killing me having to wait so long for the next one to be released, so much left unsaid, killer ending! Can't wait for Losing Lila!
5/5 to Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Don't hesitate like I did, I was mad at myself for not buying it sooner after reading it.
On that note, I'm going to be giveaway a copy of Hunting Lila to one of you!
Half because I feel like I've been slacking since I started college and half because I read some really amazing books during the october read-a-thon and wanted to share them with you!
I know rules are boring but have to be said!
This giveaway is international anywhere the book depository ships
13+ ages please
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Ends the 30th November winners will be announced that day or day after and contacted by e-mail you have a few days to reply before another winner will be chosen.
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Before you go don't forget to check out the SECRET SANTA book exchange here where you can gift someone and receive books of your wishlist this xmas: http://wordsontheshelf.blogspot.com/2011/09/secret-santa.html