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...
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 130 x 198 x 1mm | 229g
- 10 Apr 2012
- Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
- London, United Kingdom
- UK ed.
About Sarah Alderson
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the not-for-profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round-the-world trip with her husband and 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. She is the author of Hunting Lila, Losing Lila, Tormenting Lila, Fated, The Sound and Out of Control.
Our customer reviews
The story starts when 17-year-old Lila has recourse to her telekinetic ability when she is mugged. She decides to leave her country to move in with Jack, her brother who lives in South California. South California, where Alex - the guy Lila has always been in love with - lives. Okay. To be honest, I surprised myself when I gave this book 5 stars. It started off quite badly for me. Or maybe was I blinded by how much clichéd I thought the characters' descriptions were? I mean, all of the main characters are more than good-looking, dazzingly gorgeous, perfect. Really, I found myself rolling my eyes when Lila called up her memories of Alex. I was like Is he that perfect? And then Alex was introduced. And whew. That's when I started thinking that my initial thoughts were probably wrong. This book is fast-paced and action-packed and very entertaining and unputdownable. And amazing. And did I mention action-packed? Okay, I did. No really. When the action came, it definitely made my heartbeat accelerate. For me, Hunting Lila was like a blend of Heroes and X-men, but with a more captivating storyline. Lila was a great heroine. She lacked some confidence though, especially when she always worried about what Alex thought about her. Also, both Alex and Jack are swoon-worthy. They are nice, caring and above all else, hot. Really hot. All in all, I thought the first part of the book was okay, the second part was great and the rest was sensational. (Oh and WHAT AN AMAZING ENDING.) I'm highly anticipating the next book, Losing Lila.show moreby SIEW-TU Marie Cynthia
Favourite Quote: "I felt his other hand sear hot against my cheek. He bent his head, and in a voice that Jack couldn't hear, said, 'When you came down the stairs and fell into me, that was the moment' then his lips pressed against mine." This book got a 5/5 stars for me, it was AWESOME. Let's start with the plot, there were so many twists and turns I was barely keeping up although I did guess a couple of the twists but that didn't make it any less enjoyable! There were loads of action scenes which made the pacing very fast which I liked. But the thing I liked most about this book was the characters. First there's our main character Lila who I absolutely adored because I could relate to her. She was funny, sweet but most of all strong and brave a great heroine! Then there's Alex, oh Alex, this guy was brilliant so loveable, sweet, determined, protective, strong - the list is endless. He was a great love interest and these two together made the entire book. The other sides were interesting, I really liked Suki she was hilarious and cannot wait to see more of her. Overall I would definitely recommend this book as it has something for everyone romance, action, supernatural aspects etc. Cannot wait to read the next book Losing Lila!show moreby brookexx
This book is FANTASTIC!! I absolutely LOVED it from the moment I started reading right up until the last page! I've read this fantastic book multiple times and definitely reccomend it to anyone looking for a good read! rating: 1000000000+/5show moreby Nicolah
This story totally got me from the first page on. HUNTING LILA has one of the most thrilling first scenes I've read in a long time. Let me tease you with its first sentence: "Only when the tip of the knife started to shave against the white of his eye like a scalpel about to pierce a boil, did I realise that I was the one holding it." HUNTING LILA is charged with an overall tension concerning the murder of Lila's mother. It's about self- awareness, discovering your feelings and the mysterious incidents of the past. There's a lot of action. Then we've got a love story blooming between Lila and Alex. Small hints and approaches, but still I could need some more of Alex. He's totally swoon-worthy caring and selfless. Lila is one female protagonist I grew to like so much. She's that combative psych chick with superpowers. And she can be touch but also totally sweet when it comes to her love for Alex. The fact that Alex is the best friend of Lila's brother Jack and that they have a dangerous secret made the whole love story even more interesting. You know how protective big brothers can be! Sarah Alderson found a really believable way to write about a forbidden love between Alex and Lila without inventing sappy or unrealistic explanations. She equipped the story of HUNTING LILA with a grand and versatile character cast. You'll never know who to trust or after which page turn to expect the next shocking moment or attack thrown at you. Sarah Alderson writes with wit and a good sense for just the right amount of mystery, action and love. It's Sarah Alderson's great writing that lets the story flow so naturally and easily. I read the book in one day and wouldn't have minded staying up the whole night to read its sequel if it'd been out already. THE VERDICT HUNTING LILA has it all: action-packed plot twists and turns, mysterious conspiracies and a sweet as sexy love story. Sarah Alderson presents a debut that you should definitely hunt down ASAP.show moreby MissPageTurner
**AN ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE!!** Every once in a while you read a book that swipes you off your feet and takes you on an action-packed, perfectly romantic, and totally heart-pounding ride that you never want to get off of - that's exactly what Hunting Lila was like! I loved everything about it! From the very first page, Sarah Alderson sucks you into a super-cool world with various types of psychics like Lila. The way she describes things makes you feel like you're actually a part of the book, which makes all the cool things even cooler and all the intense things exponentially more intense. Lila is one of those characters I know everyone will adore as much I do. She's stubborn, witty, fun, vulnerable yet still totally kick-butt when she needs to be! And her childhood romance with Alex - who nearly tops my Boys I Wish Were Real list! ♥ - is the best kind of romance out there: sweet, realistic, swoon-worthy, and 100% free of insta-love! It was perfection! Well-crafted, fast-paced, and engaging to the core, Hunting Lila is a book that I'll recommend to everyone I know! It will suck you in until the last page is turned and leave you craving for more. The sequel, Losing Lila, can't come fast enough! BUY or BORROW?: Definitely and completely and absolutely a book worth every penny! Buy it for sure, and you'll want to read it over and over again like me! :)show moreby Mimi Valentine
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.show moreby Alaiel Kreuz