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Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
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Sep 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, moments-of-great-frustration, my-flat-army, young-adult, reviewed-in-2011, own-a-dtb, i-have-superpowers
Read from October 09 to 11, 2011

Lila’s mother was brutally murdered when Lila was only 12 years old. Her father, stricken with grief, left her brother to live with his best friend Alex in the United States, but dragged Lila with him to London. While away from her brother and Alex, with whom she’s been in love for as long as she can remember, Lila discovers that she possesses a unique talent – psychokinesis. She is able to keep her ability secret until one day, in a dark London alley, two teenagers try to mug her and she uses it to defend herself. Not knowing what to do and where to hide, Lila gets on the first plane to California, where she hopes to find safety with her brother, and of course, with Alex. But her brother and Alex aren’t exactly normal 22-year-olds. They are both US Marines, working for the highly-trained, top-secret Unit. As soon as their enemies find out that Lila is Jack’s sister, she finds herself in even more danger than before.

Hunting Lila is deliciously shallow. Not a single thing in it made me think twice, helped me broaden my horizons, or any of that other nonsense we usually expect from books. :D But I was literally unable to put it down whole day yesterday. I did all my daily chores using just one hand, all the while holding my e-reader in the other. (view spoiler)

Usually, I don’t much care for characters who get far too obsessed with a boy, to the point of losing all sense and making idiotic choices. Somehow, with Lila, it didn’t bother me as much. Perhaps it was because the whole thing was spiced up with so much well-written action. Perhaps it was because Alex truly is swoon-worthy. Perhaps I don’t even care about the reason. As a character, Lila is instantly likeable. I wouldn’t say that she’s too bright, but she’s not annoyingly stupid either. I was able to really relate to her from the very beginning, and I ended up caring about all the characters, even some I never expected to.

This is one of those stories where all the houses are nice, all the characters are pretty, and true love really does conquer all, but it also packs a few surprises and smartly-written dialogues. It’s a book I’ll definitely reread when I’m too tired to focus on anything demanding. I also can’t wait to see where the story goes next.
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Aly (Fantasy4eva) how are you finding it? Heard mixed things on this so far ;)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Well, I just finished and I thought it was very fun. I enjoyed it a lot.

Nomes I understand all the mixed feelings and mixed reviews on this one. Yet, I had such a good time with it anyway. I got right into it (but I guess it could just as easily gone the other way...). It is lots of fun, a bit flirty ~ kind of like watching a teen movie...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Yes, I was very surprised by how much I liked it. And you're right about it depending on the mood. I guess yesterday it was just what I needed. After finishing Between Shades of Gray, I was desperate for a break from emotional books.

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ivana18 I want this book!!!!

message 24: by Limonessa (last edited Oct 12, 2011 02:45AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Limonessa You got me at "Hunting Lila is deliciously shallow".
*chortle, chortle*

Ah, and also when you say you can relate to her... are your hormones THAT big? :D

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Really, Lisa, have we met? Of course they are! I sometimes get confused and think I'm 17, and not 27. :D

Limonessa well, THAT I do too...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) :D Tako cu te zvati odsad nadalje: lajkarosica.

message 20: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim Smiley Sounds like the kind of book I would be interested in reading. It's a quick easy read that makes you want to turn the pages until its over. Then you still want more! Thanks for the review, I put it on my "to read" list!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) It is just that! Very fun and not at all demanding. And I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Giselle I just ordered this on TBD Monday and I'm so excited to get to it. I've had my eye on it since before it was even out. Don't know why I waited this long to get it. It sounds really fun. Squeee

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) I can't wait for you to get it, Giselle! There aren't any deep, life-changing moments in it, but I had such a great time reading it.

Wendy Darling I enjoy "deliciously shallow." :) So looking forward to reading this! I hear there is a *whispers* hot boy.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) *sigh* He is perfect. He is a likely candidate for your 'swoon-worthy boys' shelf. I'm thinking of making him my #1 book crush.

message 14: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim Smiley Ok this book better be worth it. I had to buy it off of Amazon since my library doesn't have a copy. You owe me $10 if I don't like it, lol!

Flannery I definitely wasn't in the best mood to read this one. You're right that it is entertaining but it didn't do too much for me:-/ And NUMBER ONE book crush? Holy hell. Those are big words, Maja.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Ah, well, that list is not written in stone! ;) He may be my #1 book crush today, but he could easily be replaced tomorrow.
You really have to be in the right (and forgiving) mood for Lila. Lisa was right in her review, the second half reminded me so much of X-men.

Flannery Plus, your #1 of all time is that dude who has not shown up yet for me in Scarps.

message 10: by Maja (The Nocturnal Library) (last edited Oct 13, 2011 10:43AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) He is. With his gray hair, perfect teeth and hands (I have a thing for hands, obviously) and always carrying a Montblanc fountain pen... who could resist him?

*sigh*I should reread From Potter's Field. :D

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) He is like George Clooney with a doctorate! :D

Flannery I just laughed for like three minutes thinking about hand porn. Like you looking at pictures of manly hands with Montblanc pens. Ohhh, look at those hands. They're using tools. They're eating a sumptuous dessert. They're writing a dissertation on language!!!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) That's it! Did you somehow access my webcam? Or did you pay my neighbor to spy on me? I'm growing more and more suspicious by the minute! I was JUST doing all that! :D

HєllyBєlly Thank you for this review, I ordered it for my upcoming hols and it seems like just the right thing to read beach side - deliciously shallow is what I aim for!

♥Rachel♥ Love the:

Hunting Lila is deliciously shallow....But I was literally unable to put it down whole day yesterday.

comment. Fun/Funny review Maja. :)

message 4: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim Smiley I LOVED that book. It was hard to put it down. Looking forward to the second in the series!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) And apparently, I don't owe you $10 after all. :D

message 2: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim Smiley ha ha. It was definitely worth it!

HєllyBєlly I'm sorry to say that it did not live up to my expectations :-(
I am stuck as I got so tired about Lila's internal monologue and worries about how hot Alex is. I wanted more paranormal action. Ah well.

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