Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Published: August 5, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 318
Received: for review as part of blog tour via Simon & Schuster

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 is probably one of my new favourites for this year. I had seen this cover around the blogosphere, but really didn't read about it much. It was a book I was unsure of at first, but I am so glad that Simon & Schuster asked me to be a part of the blog tour.

Not only does Hunting Lila have a paranormal aspect, but it also has the sweetest romance and a really amazing military connection. Lila is such an amazing female lead, she is pretty much just like any normal teenage girl, with that uneasiness about her where things can either go well or get really awkward quickly. But she has strength and courage as well, which could possibly be a hinderance depending on the situation - considering she has new found powers to deal with. The one thing that I loved was her undying love for Alex, her brother best friend. She has loved this boy FOREVER! She would do anything for him. 

The romantic aspect of the story is fabulous. Lila catches glimpses of Alex smiling at her and checking her out, or the odd brush of his hand against hers and she melts. She is so unsure of everything that she second guesses herself all the time, but my gut told me that Alex digs her when the staircase scene happens at the start of the book, I just wasn't sure how everything would unfold - good or bad. Alex sounds gorgeous from the descriptions that Ms. Alderson supplies. I am really looking forward to reading Losing Lila to see how this romance turns out.

Okay and lastly, the paranormal aspect! Lila thought she was the only one with powers/abilities. She's been running from an incident that happened in London and trying to keep her powers under control around her brother and Alex. It seems her abilities go haywire when her emotions are going crazy. So imagine a teenage girl trying to keep her emotions in check... ya right! The good thing is, she finds out she is not alone and her entire world changes. She turns her life and those of Alex and Jack upside down. Nothing will ever be the same.

Hunting Lila was action packed, filled with suspense and a great teenage romance. I m definitely looking forward to picking up a copy of Losing Lila this August.

Check out this fun reading that Sarah Alderson recently posted of Hunting Lila!

About the author: 
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool.

She finished her first novel just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

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