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 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/08/2011
- Category: Thrillers (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9780857071958
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Review by poetrytoprose
First, special thanks to Brodie for talking this one up because, if not for her, the book would have probably gone unnoticed by me. Sad times! Second, if the summary, my review, whatever, piques your interest for Hunting Lila…definitely get your hands on a copy! It’s such a fun read.I have to admit that I wasn’t quite feeling Lila’s character at the beginning of the book. She was nice enough, but she obsessed over Alex. A lot. Yes, he’s hot and amazing and all that good stuff, but I found myself thinking, “Jeez, Lila, calm down!” But then I had to give her a break… For one, she’s seventeen! I cringe when I remember how I behaved at her age. Second, she’s been disconnected from Alex (and her brother) so it made sense that she was a bit consumed by her feelings for him. Plus, yeah, Alex? He is hot stuff so I couldn’t really blame her. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself wishing that he and Lila would just get on with it. Ha! Anyway, while she continued to admire him throughout the course of the book, the focus of the story shifted to much more important things and I think Lila did some growing up as they unraveled.Let’s talk about Lila’s ability — she’s telekinetic. Awesome, right? Well, not so much for Lila. Even when it keeps her safe at the beginning of the book, she’s terrified of what she can do. She’s being mugged, but instead of being relieved for her safety, she’s worried about what she almost did to one of her muggers. Crazy! Her fear sends her running to Southern California which is where the story really kicks off. Despite her best attempts to be “normal”, her emotions sometimes get the best of her which, in turn, only leads to her ability doing things out of her control (shutting doors, spaghetti incidents, etc). I loved how, even toward the end of the book, I had only a small glimpse of what Lila could do. She still wasn’t comfortable with her telekinesis and was only just beginning to accept it as part of who she was.The book took on some exciting turns as the mystery behind the death of Lila’s mother came to the forefront. There were also some awesome side characters that surfaced during this time — some with their own special abilities. As the summary says, “nothing and no one is quite as they seem” and it is SO true. And, again, it’s only the beginning of this storyline so I’m excited to see where Sarah Alderson takes it next.
Review by wyvernfriend
Lila is trying to cope with living in a strange country; dealing with her ability to move things with her mind and coping with teenage stuff. When she's mugged she almost stabs one of her attackers in the eye and she reckons that her secrets aren't safe any more. She runs to her brother and Alex. She's fancied Alex for years and now her brother and Alex work for a secret organisation who hunt people like her.It's an interesting read, but somehow the characters just didn't ring quite right, Lila often accepts what people say without examining things or demanding proof and it's not straightforward. It felt jumpy and disconnected in parts but overall it left me wanting more about Lila.
Review by alaiel.kreuz
For some reason I've been delaying this book over an over again but finally I decided to read it a few days ago and I was very very pleased with it.After being robbed Lila panics... she is afraid of herself. Despite the fact that being robbed can be very scary she panics because instead losing her stuff she was about to cut one of her attackers's eyeball. Kind of groos if you ask me but that's what happens if you have telekinesis and don't know how to control it, right?Anywho, before doing it she realizes what was about to happen and stops. Then makes a decision: she is tired of being in England, her house, her real house, is in US with her brother and Alex who is her brother's best friend and her secret crush.So, without telling her dad she takes off and lands in California. Finally home... finally next to Alex. But she is afraid they will question why is she there and discover her secret.But something seems off when, after the visit of a cute girl, her brother -who works for a secret agency called The Unit- places a lot of security around her. Finally he spills the beans: Ales and he have been tracking down the people who killed their mom and looks like they will catch them soon.The only problem is... these people are like Lila, they have unique abilities and her brother and Alex's job is to take them down so The Unit can study them. Will she turn into their next job? Would they experiment with her too?Personal opinion:This first book is full of action and romance. The pace was good: not to fast, not to slow, it fit the plot perfectly.Lila, being a teenager and all is actually very funny and clever. She tries her best to help people and is not quick to judge others. Her insecurities were very real too and her love for Alex muy cute.For Jack and Lila the day her mother died a lot of things changed, not only their dad decided to move to England and take Lila but also Jack quit college with Alex and enter The Unit seeking for revenge and we, readers, feel their pain and understand their reasons.The best thing about this book? The ending. What a fantastic twist!!! I simply loved it! Since I do no spoilers I can't say really much about it but trust me in this: the minute I can get my hand in the second book I'm going to buy it, sit quietly in my reading corner and on't stop until I finish it.
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Review by nicola26
I've had my eye on Hunting Lila for a while now. I really love the pretty cover, the title and of course, the premise of the story. So, I was definitely excited when I saw it sitting on the shelf in the library and knew I had to get it straight away! I did go into it with really high hopes which I suppose is never a good thing because it's hard for the book to live up to them. It was mostly good though and definitely worth the read.<br/><br/>This book started out really good! I thought Lila was really easy to like and her character felt very real. I really enjoyed her interactions with her brother and Alex. Their relationships were really sweet and you could tell how close they were, even thought they had been separated for a while for several reasons. They looked after Lila but not because they thought she was weak; it was really was feared that she was in a lot of danger! I thought Jack and Alex's friendship was also great to read about and both were characters I enjoyed getting to know.<br/><br/>My biggest problem with this book was that it didn't really feel like it was about somebody with special powers. Her powers- and the powers of others- seemed so far in the background that I kept forgetting that's what the book was about. It felt more like a realistic romance novel than a paranormal one. By the time this really became important in the story, I was beginning to lose interest. It just took too long for everything develop and it sometimes felt like the characters were going around in circles. The second half of this book just didn't hold my attention despite all the events taking place during it.<br/><br/>Overall, I liked a lot of aspects of this one but a lot of it fell flat for me. The question is: will I be reading the sequel when it's out? Most likely yes, because of course it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I really want to know more about it! I'd recommend this book because I think a lot of people will enjoy it. It just wasn't what I was looking for!
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