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Review: “Hunting Lila,” Sarah Alderson

September 13, 2011

I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Hunting Lila,” Sarah AldersonHunting Lilaby Sarah Alderson
Series: Lila #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on August, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Psychics
Pages: 306
Source: Simon & Schuster Australia

Seventeen-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. Or thereabouts.

After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and 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. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game.

Struggling to keep her secrets 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…

Hunting Lila is a YA mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat. With characters you’re certain to become attached to, and an ending that will leave you wanting more, this debut from Sarah Alderson is one I highly recommend for 2011!

I’d been wanting to read Hunting Lila for quite some time before my own copy was sent to me by the lovely people at Simon & Schuster. I was eager to get into it straight away, but due to assignments and such with my University course, the book was left unread past 50 pages for about a week. With some free time last night, I decided to pick it up again, and to my surprise, I was able to read the whole lot in one sitting!

The romance between Lila and Alex is one I was rooting for from the start. There was so much history and tension between them, and I couldn’t help but find it to be one of my favourite aspects of Hunting Lila in general. Alex isn’t your typical brooding, male hero. He’s a trained operative for a Government organization; not afraid to carry a gun and ignore the speed limit when he’s on his motorbike. He’s a great character, and I can see why so many readers fell in love with him almost instantly.

Lila is a great heroine, too. Her narrative was fun, quirky and full of humour. She’s one that readers will be able to relate to very well.

The whole ‘set-up’ of the psychic power thing was really well done. I loved learning about each character and their abilities, as well as the complications that came with owning them. I must admit – I didn’t see the few plot twists near the end coming at all. Some characters I thought I’d hate actually became some of my favourites and the most enjoyable to read about. I’m really interested in reading more about them, as well as learning more about their history and origins.

Sarah Alderson has set up a fantastic world of intrigue and action. One that is paced really well, and one that will have you shocked at the many twists and turns laced throughout the plot. If you want a roller-coasted of a ride, I suggest Hunting Lila. I’m already salivating for Losing Lila, the second book in the series. Alderson is definitely an author to watch.

Recommended to: Readers of all genres will enjoy this one; especially if you’ve got a fondness for conspiracies, mysteries and dangerous Government organizations!

About Sarah Alderson

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah Alderson quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.


  • Reply MJ Hearle September 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Great review! It definitely sounds like a page turner. If you’re interested in shady government agencies hunting girls with telekinetic powers, may I suggest Stephen King’s Firestarter. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

  • Reply Amy @ Following The Reader September 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    New follower here also from Australia :) I have been hearing such good things about this book! I am going to have to add it to my to-read list! Lovely review!

  • Reply Lisa September 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Just posted my review of this yesterday. Absolutely loved it! <3 Huge 5 stars. Great review :)

  • Reply Tina September 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I love this one! Thanks for reviewing it. I agree- some of the plot twists at the end surprised me too, and it’s great that she took a potentially cliched plotline and changed it something completely unexpected. Keep these awesome reviews coming!

  • Reply Amber M September 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the great review! This is one I’m definitely interested in, especially after reading that Lila id quirky. I love protagonists that are easy to connect with and unexpected plot twists.

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