I was not planning on reading this book. But then it was chosen as the Guided Buddy Read in the group I participate in Goodreads and one of the mods was kind enough to send me a copy. After reading the synopsis, I decided to give it a go.
Once again, I’ll borrow the synopsis from Goodreads (the original can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10188580-hunting-lila):
“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…”
This was a quite promising synopsis. Based on it and the ratings, I thought this book would be a nice blend of mystery and romance, with strange powers thrown in the mix. I was quite disappointed. Whenever a book promises mystery, I expect it to be either fast-paced or to compel me to keep turning the pages. And this book didn’t quite deliver. It was quite slow-paced and the plot in itself was not very gripping. Not even the twist at the end nor the showdown that followed got my interest.
As for the characters, I couldn’t really sympathize with any of them. I couldn’t relate to Jack’s and Alex’s want to get revenge. And I couldn’t relate to Lila at all. I also didn’t feel a lot of romantic tension between Alex and Lila. Actually, there wasn’t much space for romance in this book. At one point, I was more interested in seeing which would be the next shade of blue in Alex’s eyes than focusing on what was going on.
All in all, this is a book where I’m left wondering where all the good ratings came from. It’s not that is a bad book. It just didn’t click with me. I do have the sequel, but I’m in no rush to read it (the cliffhanger at the end is not compelling enough for that).
Rating: 2.5 out of 5