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. Or thereabouts. After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and 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. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets 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 could’ve clicked for me if not for Lila’s constant swooning and drooling over Alex. Really, Ms. Alderson, I lose interest in your story every time Lila shifts from being afraid to being hot for Alex in a snap. Ugh. Still, I liked the paranormal stuff being connected with government covert operations.
Lila is telekinetic. She doesn’t know how she came by it, all she knows is that she has to keep it secret. When she visited her brother Jack and saw Alex again, she doubted she can keep her eyes off Alex and her secret at the same time. I have nothing good to say for her character, so let’s leave it at that. Alex, on the other hand, is cool. So cool, in fact, that i don’t see myself falling for him like Lila did. It’s like I can only admire him from afar. He’s kinda perfect that he felt unreal.
The story only got interesting when Lila began to run. It was like a yarn that unspooled so quickly. the ending was ok for a first book in a series. I think it is obvious by now that the 3-star-rating came from the suspense rather than the syrupy romance.
Hunting Lila might work for you if you want a teenage/action-adventure read. All i want is for Alderson to solidify her writing with the sole intent of building a suspenseful plot for the YA genre. But i guess she’s gunning for the romantic flair to appeal with the YA readers. Perhaps. Unfortunately, it only brought a frown on my face every single time Lila gushes about Alex. Grrr.
.: maria :.
“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”