Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Title: Hunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
ISBN: 0857071955
Publication: August 5th 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK
Received: Received from Simon and Schuster (via snail mail! I feel special)
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 4 out of 5


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.

My thoughts:

The first thing I would do after almost stabbing someone in the eye is run to SoCal too. Okay, maybe not. I might think about money first. I might call my dad even if he is in Italy, and I might slow down and get some sanity going.

This book takes off like a rocket and only gets more intriguing and intense the further down the rabbit hole you go. Lila knows she’s telekinetic, she just doesn’t know how to use it properly and keeps promising herself she won’t.

Her version of telekinesis is rather mundane too. Levitating objects like knives, backpacks, etc. I didn’t find that part all that interesting, though Lila herself was quite likable. She’s the kind of American born London girl that I could get along with. She’s shy about her gift, but then she also thinks it’s a bad thing, which is quite a nice twist.

And now Alderson is going to add every comic book stereotype known to man just to make the book more interesting.

Lila gets to SoCal and immediately finds her brother near an Army base. Jack is living really near to Alex, Lila’s childhood crush. He’s four years older than her and she can’t imagine why he’d ever want her. (This makes for a fantastic contemporary by the way, if we stripped away all the telekinesis and all the G.I. Joe stuff)

*sigh* There’s no doubt Lila is in trouble. Her brother and his friend are involved in some top secret shit. Jack won’t tell her anything but Alex keeps giving her tidbits and letting her in, until she sort of finds everything out for herself through a guy named Key. The bad news? Jack is actually hunting people like Lila. (Remember that TV show Heroes?)

Plot twists abound, Alex has a hot boss named Rachel which mortifies Lila. Things happen between Alex and Lila as part of their escape plan, and there’s a heart wrenching moment between Alex and Lila that really did me in for this book. As in, if I can find one scene that pretty much hits jackpot in a book, that makes everything else pale in comparison. This scene totally did that for me, and so you have to read the book.

Things I wish? Alderson should have kept abilities out it. The only person with a cool ability was Demos. He was a psychokinesist, which means he can empty someone’s mind. Pretty cool and definitely an ability I’d like to have.

This is book one of a series and all I can say is that I hope we’re done with these government conspiracy, people with abilities, x-men, heroes, avengers, G.I. Joe, and smallville type books where it’s just a rehash of the same old thing with different characters and different names.

I also hope this series gets better because all of the non metaphysical aspects of this have potential, the story itself has potential, it’s just . . . I would have preferred this as a contemporary / espionage book.

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