Speculating on SpecFic

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Hunting Lila - Sarah Alderson I’ve read a few less than stellar reviews of Hunting Lila so I was prepared to be disappointed, but perhaps because I wasn’t expecting anything I enjoyed it immensely. For me this book is a thrilling adventure as Lila struggles to understand her powers and find acceptance among the two people she loves the most in the world.I seem to be in the minority in that I liked Lila’s character – her irrationality and hopelessness in the face of her feelings for Alex seem realistic to me. Things are further complicated by the fact that Alex is her brother’s best friend, and is likely to see her as a sister. I also liked Lila’s sass and stubborn nature and although she sometimes behaves stupidly around Alex, I kind of found it endearing instead of annoying. On the other hand, I found her brother Jack to be pretty unstable, and sometimes I wanted Lila to get away from him because I thought he was dangerous.The plot of this book is amazing – never letting up as things get more exhilarating with every page and Lila suddenly finds herself pursued by the same people who killed her mother. The exciting adventures are offset by the romance that develops between Alex and Lila, and although this aspect of the story never took over the urgency of Lila’s situation, it is very sweet to read.While I did not appreciate all the secrets Alex and Jack kept from Lila regarding the mysterious Unit that they both work for, I completely understood Lila’s curiosity. Much like the proverbial cat, knowing that they are hiding the details of their jobs from her only makes Lila want to know even more, which I found amusing until it all went wrong. I really didn’t like Lila’s father for the same reasons – he seems hell-bent on keeping secrets from his daughter in a misguided attempt to keep her safe, but abandons her for days on end in London.Hunting Lila is a great start to what is shaping up to be an awesome series – the way this book ends makes me very glad I have Losing Lila in hand! A perfect book for anyone looking for a quick, thrilling read, I would recommend this book especially to those who enjoy X-Men and Heroes.You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.