20 February 2012

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

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!).

14 comments:

  1. Bravo, bravo, excellent review! I told you it was good didn't I! She too is one ony my fave authors! And has the best, swoony English accent! :)

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    1. She has an English accent? That makes her even cooler! I absolutely adored this, I should have listened to you, Brodie and EVERYBODY earlier and read it asap haha

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  2. I'm one of those who haven't read Hunting Lila yet, but seeing your review I think I have to read this asap! Great review, Taneika :)

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  3. EEEEEEEEEEE! TANEIKA! FINALLY! Do you know how insanely happy I am that you LOVED it aswell?! Except, you know, hands off the hot boy merchandise :P

    Sarah has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I'm hoping for lots, lots, LOTS more from this crazy talented woman. I ADORED LILA!!! She's such an amazing protagonist and like you, she had me laughing so many times. And hello sexual tension, you're looking HOT today :D

    FANTASTIC REVIEW! <3 Now can we please have Losing Lila now now now?

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    1. Ahhhhh, but Brodie, I LOVE HIMMMM. He is far too swoonworthy!

      I seriously want to give up my book buying ban now just so I can get Fated, buy a physical copy of Catching Suki and preorder as many of her books as physically possible. So much love right now!!

      AWWWW YAY! I make you laugh :D *blushes*.
      Yes, let's beg because it is now a life neccessity.

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  4. Your review was phenomenal. I so totally wanted to read this book right now. I wonder if it's out in the US? I'll have to find out.

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

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  5. OMG OMG OMG! TANEIKA! YOU READ IT! YOU READ IT!
    "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..." Hehehe! YES! I was sitting on the couch with my husband. He was watchin tele, and I was reading this, and I literally squealed out loud "NONONONONOOOO!" Glad it was only husbandman to look at me funny :D

    Hehe! Oh, I LOVE everything you've said! Alex is... he's lovely. He's PERFECT! And what you said about Lila! YES! Hehe! I think I even said that same things as you in my review!

    SQUUUEEEE! So glad you liked this, and I LOVE your review! I only finished it on the weekend, and after reading this I want to go read it again! ♥♥♥

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    1. I LOVEEEEE ITTTTT <3 HAHAHA! At a uh, particular twist toward the end I started freaking out completely hahahaa! Aren't we glad we read this book in privacy :D

      I am about to read your review as we speak haha!

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  6. Eeep... Taneika... did you get my last comment? It was the long, raving, gushing one? :S
    *bites nails* PLEASE Blogger, don't have eaten my comment :(

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    1. Errr... wait. There it is. *ignore mre* >.<

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    2. AHAHAHAHAHHA SARAH, I LOVE YOU <3

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  7. I loved it Tinny!!! Absolutley and now am anxiously waiting to see how it all pans out in Losing Lila!! August - come on!!!!! lol

    I am also looking forward to reading Fated!!!! as I am sure you are so it is on its way to us from the Book Depository :-)

    Love your reviews and the way you have 'enabled' me back in to reading :-)

    *hugs*
    Aunty Caroline :-)

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  8. I loved this book so much too!! Can't wait to read Losing Lila!! And Alex, oh Alex <3 <3
    Awesome review Taneika!! ;)

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  9. Jack and Alex <3 hottest guys ever!

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