Friday, 6 December 2013

Hunting Lila (Lila #1) by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 organization 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 realizes 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 by Sarah Alderson

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Lila has telekinesis, and after being mugged and almost using her power on her attackers, she flees from London to L.A. to visit her older brother Jack, and his best friend Alex who she is secretly in love with.
Lila isn’t the only one with magic powers though, and she’s about to find out that there are things going on that she has no idea about.
Why does Lila have telekinesis? And does it have something to do with her mother’s murder?

Unfortunately this book was dull, and I was glad when it was over.

I didn’t really like any of the characters. They were all pretty dense, and made poor decisions. I have no idea why Lila thought that using her powers on teenage muggers was a bad thing either, in my opinion they would deserve whatever they got.

The storyline just dragged, and the pace was so slow I felt like I was forcing myself to keep reading, and even after a break it didn’t get any better.
The answers when we finally got them were confusing as hell, and I ended up reading two chapters 3 times each just to try and work out what was going on, and I was still none the wiser. The rambling way that things were explained was just hard to follow, and I found it really difficult to work out who was on which side, and what each sides end goals were.

There was romance, but I can’t say I was all that impressed with that either. Although Lila liked Alex, the development of the romance seemed very sudden, and it was also a little hard to believe that neither of them had formed a romantic attachment to anyone else in the three years they had been apart, especially considering that they weren’t even a couple.

The twists at the end were pretty predictable and I wasn’t impressed, and to top it all off we were then left with an unnecessary and uninteresting cliff-hanger, which was obviously done purely to be a cliff-hanger. I’ve already got the second book, but I’m not sure if I can bring myself to read it after this one!
Overall; dull and confusing.
4.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Dull and bad characters? So sad. I saw this on a blog tour and was wondering about it.