Hunting Lila

Hunting Lila

Hunting Lila

by Sarah Alderson

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: April 10th 2012
by Simon and 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 organization 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 realizes 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 is a well-written and engaging novel that keeps you entertained from beginning to end. Despite how engaging it is, however, the romantic angst prevented it from being a perfect novel.

When 17-year-old Lila discovers she is telekinetic, she travels to Los Angeles to visit her brother Jack and Jack’s best friend Alex, the only two people Lila knows she can trust with her secret. But Lila soon discovers that there are more people like her with powers…and they’ll stop at nothing to find her.

Lila’s character is realistic and well-written, and you can’t help but root for her. Lila is smart and independent, but that doesn’t mean she’s flawless. She’s extremely impulsive and brutally honest, but those flaws just help make her feel like an even more genuine character.

The romance was sweet, but the way the romance took up such a huge part of her thought process made me less then thrilled. Lila has liked Alex for as long as she can remember, and I couldn’t help but root for them as a couple. Unfortunately, despite the great chemistry they have, I found myself annoyed because for the first half of the book virtually all Lila thinks about is Alex – even when she’s in a dire life-or-death situation. After a while Lila’s obsessing began to feel a bit annoying and over-the-top and I wish it was toned down just a little.

In the end, this is an entertaining and fun book despite its flaws. I’m sure teens will love Lila’s story and I, for one, am curious to see how her story continues in the sequel.


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