Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

From Back Cover: 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 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. 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 ...

My Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson is a book that you can breeze through in one sitting because the story is fun and fast-paced. While not totally original, the plot does have some surprising twists as well as a super cute romance and plenty of action.

Lila is a character that I could easily relate to because she’s pretty smart and has a good heart. However, she also tends to be a bit stubborn (which, okay, she kind of needs to be because Jack and Alex refuse to let her in on their secrets); and reading about her crushing on Alex and jumping to conclusions about his conversations and actions not only made her seem younger, but also got annoying after a while.

Luckily, midway through the novel, Lila finds out that Alex likes her too and stops gushing about how hot he is. I really did like the romance though (even if I thought the switch in Alex’s stance from the whole ‘we can’t be together’ to ‘screw it; I’m kissing you’ was sort of sudden). Not only was Alex hot, but he was also protective of Lila. Moreover, since the two of them had known each other since childhood, Lila’s memories of a younger Alex allow the reader to gain a deeper understanding of why she likes him so much.

The secondary cast of characters were enjoyable as well; and I’m looking forward to getting to know them better in Losing Lila. In particular, I’d like to see a bit more of Jack and a whole lot more of Suki in the sequel.

An entertaining read, Hunting Lila was released in August 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK.   

Comments About the Cover: It’s kind of mysterious, but I have absolutely no idea how it reflects the story!

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Simon and Schuster Canada) for free. 



  1. This books seems really interesting even though with all its flaws. Thanks for sharing and your review was very helpful! :)

  2. I enjoyed this one when I read it last year. Alex is a hottie! :)

  3. I agree that her reactions to Alex are very melodramatic. I think it's her obsessive crush making her so paranoid. I found it pretty enteratining lol. I really liked this one overall it's super sweet and I loved the premise. I'm glad you finally read it! :)

  4. Great review! I thought this one was okay but not brilliant. I think all the gushing reviews of it made my expectations too high! I will probably read book 2 anyway. :)

  5. Hm, sounds good enough to check out from the library. Thanks for your balanced review. I wonder how I'll feel about the MC, but I do like that it's a quick-moving book.

    On another note, I just noticed you're only 6 followers away from the big 1000! Congrats!!!

  6. I can definitely see how Lila can be annoying, but overall she does seem to have good intentions. I think I'll pick this one up at the library and when I'm in need of a breezy read.

    p.s. Sorry for the delay in comments. I've had a really couple of rough days at work.

  7. Why do I feel like the only person who doesn't tire of hearing, He's so Hot!?

    Fun and fast paced sounds good to me. Plus, I love childhood crush romances.

  8. I heard good things about this one back when it was released in the UK/Australia, so I'm glad to hear you mostly liked it too. This sounds like the perfect read for when I'm looking for something lighter!


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