Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Release Date: August 5, 2011
Publisher: 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 was nothing like I expected.  I knew it would have a touch of the paranormal, but the author took this story in directions that I never expected, and it was such a pleasant surprise.

First, the characters.  Lila has traveled from England to be with her brother, and the guy she's always been in love with, her brother's best friend, Alex.  She is determined, strong, and brave.  She's also very inquisitive, so it doesn't really take her long to land herself smack into trouble.  The kind gets her closer to finding out who her mother's killer was, and the kind that will finally bring her to terms with how and where she got her strange ability, and what it means for her future.

Alex was.... well, let's just say, I can totally understand why this young girl has harbored a secret love for this guy for years.  Alex was a great character.  He was sexy and badass, but also sweet and honorable.  She couldn't help loving him, and neither could I.  Their interactions together are thick with tension, emotion and attraction.  It was so fun to read... but it wasn't overdone.  It built appropriately.

When the pivotal moments come and you finally figure out what's going on, it was very surprising, at least for me.  I didn't see that coming in a million years, and it causes the reader to question everything they thought they knew up until that point.

Sarah Alderson has created a great story here, and it appears to be the beginning of a series.  I am really eager to get my hands on the next book!!  Great writing, great characters, great story.


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