Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Hunting Lila (Lila #1) by Sarah Alderson
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. 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...
What?! The cover is very misleading. I'd gone into this expecting another psychological thriller only there's none of that: Hunting Lila got really explosive near the end.
Me to Lila, "Here's a towel. Please wipe the drool from
your chin." Most of her thoughts centered on her life long love. And I do get where she was coming from. What with his being attentive, caring and sensitive when they were young? Then to his being all grown up, yummy and gun toting? I really understood the attraction he held for her. Still, it was a bit much.
Might I add, her easy acceptance of things said as well as her quick about face was just that: QUICK, too quick that it was somewhat unlikely, even implausible.
Despite those two things, I did get a kick out of this. There's mystery, conspiracy, bullets and blood. There's betrayal, then later eye opening discoveries. But it was all of that, that had me unsure. There was a lot to take in. At its start is a girl with a secret, OK. The same girl has long been in love with a certain someone, OK. Said girl's brother has a secret of his own... Hmm, OK. Only it doesn't end there because the thereafter had tons more twists so that I felt like the author had thrown in too much already.
I hope I'm wrong on that last bit because as it stands I'm quite curious about where she's taking the story. So, book two? I shall read thee.