20 February 2012
Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Release Date: August 5th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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Why did it take me so long to get around to reading this book?
Hunting Lila had me hooked from the very first page. Infact, I went straight up to my stepmum, read her the first line and said "How GOOD is that!". Lila is 17 years old and ends up using her telekintetic ability to defend herself from muggers. She then goes back to Southern California where her brother Jack, and his best friend Alex work for a top secret agency called the Unit. Lila figures out pretty soon that the Unit is much more dangerous than her Jack and Alex let on.
Lila is easily one of my favourite heroines ever! I loved that she wasn't defined by her ability, she was defined by who she was rather than what she could do. She is definitely a character you can somewhat relate to; she is completely in love with Alex (and so am I) and can't control her thoughts when she's around him! It's hysterical to read and yet she admits that she is stupid for thinking those things! She constantly has those, "Oh, God. What is wrong with me, why am I thinking of THAT right now?" moments. She is hilarious, I love Lila's voice and I love Sarah Alderson's way of describing and comparing Lila's emotions and feelings to something totally relatable, yet hilarious. Lila is also incredibly strong, even when she 'breaks' and runs away from a situation, she isn't stupid about it. She is strong-headed and I love that in a heroine.
As for Alex.... Hello Hottest Guy Ever. He is far too attractive for his own good, is caring, loyal, independent, strong, sensitive, intelligent, fit and just made of sexy. Honestly, no wonder why Lila's loved him her whole life, he's pretty much perfect!
About halfway through, I thought I knew how it was going to turn out but boy, I was WRONG. The last quarter of the book in particular had me laughing, gasping for air and crying. It was a rollercoaster ride of emotions and plot twists. Thank God I was laying in bed when I finished this book because I would have gotten a few strange looks if I was in public...
The romance, the twists (yes, plural), the characters, the villain (OH, THE VILLAIN!), the plot, the setting... just everything had me on the edge of my seat and reading like there was no tomorrow. Sarah Alderson is easily one of my favourite authors and I will quite gladly buy anything she brings out without hesitation!
I'm going to end this review now, because you should really be reading the book instead (if you haven't already!).