Series: Lila #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's UK on August 4, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
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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…
A telekinetic young woman loves her brother’s best friend in this young adult fantasy. Review time!
I love books featuring psychics, but this one is not for me. It felt too juvenile. The first half of the book centers around the relationship (or lack there of) between Lila and Alex. Lila’s thoughts are 70% boy crazy and 30% psychic. I didn’t necessarily mind the romance between her and Alex. In fact, I think it did a better job building the romance between them than most little-sister-loves-big-brother’s-best-friend tropes. However, the book should have spent as much time showing the development of Lila’s psychic ability in addition to building the romance.
The second half of the book builds up the driving conflict and secondary characters. While the conflict and various antagonists are intriguing, it never developed into an enticing story. The romance, plot, and characterizations all need a little more work. And I have no real driving desire to read the second book in the series to see if the author does a better job. I suspect Lila and Alex eventually live happily ever after.
tl;dr With a boy crazy narrator and a convoluted plot, this book scaled a little too juvenile for me.
Tell me the last book you read that made you think “i’m too old for this sh*t.”