Hunting Lila by Sarah alderson

Friday 28 September 2012.

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Published: 5th August 2011
By: Simon & Schuster UK
Source: Library

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where to start with how good this was and how much I enjoyed it? It wasn't even on my tbr until I started seeing some really great reviews for Losing Lila, which inevitably, brought Hunting Lila to my attention and also led me to Fated which I also loved and you can read my review of here. Needless to say, Sarah Alderson is definitely making an impression on me.

After Lila's mother is murdered, her father moves her away from California, and her brother Jack, who refuses to go with them. He stays behind with the family of his best friend Alex while Lila and her dad head to London. Lila, has a secret power, she can move things with her mind. When she gets mugged one day, and almost stabs her attacker in the eye with his own knife, using only her mind, she get's scared and flees to California, to Jack and Alex, who she's had a crush on for what feels like her entire life.

Alex and Jack are in the military. Jack meets Lila and takes her to stay at his house, telling her she can stay as long as she wants, but not indefinitely. He and Alex are part of a secret organisation of the military that Lila can't be privy to. But when Lila meets a weird homeless guy who tells her that she's in danger from the same people who killed her mother, and that Jack's unit hunts people like her, with powers, she wants to get away. Back to London and her dad before Jack and Alex discover what she is. But before she can, Desmos, her mother's murderer, and his gang, have caught up with her.

This book was epic. The characters were amazing and I was totally riveted to what was going on. It was unpredictable, leaving me with no clue as to the direction that it was going to take. Maybe naively so, but I was surprised to find out what the Unit did. I had something else in mind completely.

Lila was a really likeable protagonist, and Jack and Alex just totally swoonworthy. While there is some romance, it didn't wow me, and wouldn't have been one of my favourite aspects of this book. My favourite character would have to be Zuki, she seemed like a lot of fun and I found it amusing when she would speak out after reading what someone was thinking. I really enjoyed when we met with Desmos gang, and we got to know the capabilities of each of them. This book was even better once we met up with them. I'm looking forward to spending more time with them all in the sequel.

The ending of this was a bit harsh and I'm just thankful that Losing Lila has already been released and I'm not going to be waiting months to see how things turn out.

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Sandra @ Waiting For Wentworth said...

Thank you for the review. I have an ebook of this, but I haven't read it yet. I'll have to read it soon.

Jasprit said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're enjoying Sarah's work too Suzanne! She definitely is one epic author! I absolutely adored this book too, the non-stop surprises had me up until the early hours of the morning! And I was unfortunate that I had to wait a few months for the release of Losing Lila too! A great review Suzanne!, hope you can get your hands on Losing Lila soon!:)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Imagine how the rest of us felt when we read Hunting Lila right after it came out. I wanted to pull my hair out, I was so anxious to get my hands on the sequel.
I liked all the same things as you did about this book, especially Suki. She gets even better in Losing Lila. Funnier for sure.
Amazing review, Suzanne!
Sorry I've been MIA.

Elodie said...

YAY so glad you loved this one too Suzanne :) !! I loved meeting Desmos gang too and especially Suki. I agree Jack and Alex are very swoonworthy characters.
I'm hoping you'll enjoy the second book as much as this one .. I personally was a bit disappointed.

Rachel said...

So excited to see you enjoyed this too, Suzanne! It was a lot of fun and action packed. Alex was a bonus too. :)

A Canadian Girl said...

Yay, I'm glad you liked this one too, Suzanne! I loved Lila, Alex and Jack but my favourite character was Suki too. She's so funny and adorable. Now I just need to get around to reading Losing Lila ....

Keertana said...

Yayy, I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I wasn't a huge fan of this, but Losing Lila completely won me over, so I hope you enjoy the sequel just as much - if not more - than this installment! Fantastic review, Suzanne! :D

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Unknown said...

I've been dying to read this! I learned about it during a book boyfriend poll contest thing where Alex made it to the finals. I almost started this book the other night and didn't. Really definitely move it up and start it soon!

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

Oh it's so nice not to have to wait months for a sequel. That's always the plus side when it comes to starting a series late. I need to do it more often! :D

Brilliant review, Suzanne. I completely agree that the romance wasn't wow-worthy in this book. I liked it, but Losing Lila is where I was really convinced. :)

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I have had this series on my wish list forever. I just need to find time to get to it. It is funny how this book is either a win or not so much, I am glad to hear that you loved it! I am anxious to see how it goes for me.

Maji Bookshelf said...

I have been dying to read this as well!! I've heard such great things about it, and its sequel, losing lila! Great review, and im glad you enjoyed this!!
- Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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