Express Lane Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

hunting lilaHunting Lila
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary 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…



3 out of 5

3 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson has been on my radar for at least a year.  I picked up an ebook ages ago during an Amazon deal, and it’s just been chilling out in my Kindle ever since.  Bout of Books seemed like the perfect time to crack it open.  Hunting Lila kept me up reading very late into the night.

Point Two:  This was such a fast-paced book.  There was never a good place to put the book down.  Right from the get-go the action starts.

Point Three:  I liked Lila.  I can’t say she stands out as a favorite character, but I liked her and was hoping for the best for her.  She has this unique ability that she’s been keeping secret, and it really weighs on her.  Especially when she can’t tell her older brother.

Point Four:  The romance between Lila and Alex was so-so.  I wanted them to be together, but at the same time, I wasn’t particularly attached to either of these character. I liked them both, but there wasn’t quite as much depth there that I would have liked.  Also, the age difference did make me feel a little peculiar because Lila was still in high school.

Point Five:  Alderson tried hard for that twist towards the end, but I did see it coming pretty early.  That doesn’t really bother me much, but I know other readers might be a little disappointed with that.

Point Six:  Hunting Lila has a cliff hanger that did have me wanting to know what would happen next, but at the same time, I wasn’t all that attached to the characters to immediately pick it up.

Point Seven: Hunting Lila is a fast-paced book, that is difficult to put down.  However it lacked the character development that I need to fall madly in love with a story.  I recommend borrowing it.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Express Lane Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    I like this kind of review! This book has definitely been on my radar.

  2. I like the idea of the fast lane review! I’ve been toying with maybe doing some mini reviews here and there. I was thinking of maybe combining a few in one post, but I’m worried that might get weird in terms of organization.

    I like the sound of this book except for the so-so romance/characters.

  3. tonisbookblog says:

    Great review! This was one of my favourite books from last year!

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