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Friday, 28 September 2012. Posted by Suzanne (Parabooklover) at 00:01
Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Published: 5th August 2011
By: Simon & Schuster UK
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.