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…(Goodreads)
I read this book quite a long time ago (surprise surprise) as it is one of the books that I read for my British Books Challenge. I’d had it on my TBR for a while before that, so the BBC seemed like a good reason to get me to actually get around to reading it. Of course, I ended up kicking myself because I hadn’t read it before that point!
This is one of those supernatural books that could go either way – either it will be amazing and you won’t be able to put it down or it is going to be awful and you are going to wish you hadn’t bothered in the beginning. Thankfully for me, this was worth the read! Lila is someone who can move things with her mind. Her brother and his best friend (the love of her life) work for a very secret military group who hunt down people with special abilities because they are led to believe that they are all evil. The best bit – the boys don’t know about her powers and she doesn’t know what exactly they do at work all day, only that it is military and secret! The premises for an amazing story, right?
What I loved about this book is that the relationships between the characters were all realistic and easily believable. They are relationships that the reader can take off of the page and apply to real life. Protective older brothers and his best friend (who has been around since forever), problematic relationships with the father because of the death of the mother.
Another thing about this book is the fact that it is easy to read and fast paced – there isn’t a boring moment within the book. There is always something going on from the very first page, which makes the book enjoyable to read.
This book had a lot of twists and turns, which left me glued to the pages! I didn’t want this book to end and I immediately picked up the next instalment once I had finished this book. I gave this book 5/5 stars.