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It's sometime in the future, and aliens have been residents on Earth for more than 70 years. Enter Mia Snow, head of the New Chicago Police Department's Alien Investigation and Removal Agency, as she and her crack crew try to solve the latest string of extraterrestrially induced murders. This particular killer favors handsome young men with dark hair and dark eyes. Mia knows that the culprit is one of the dreaded Arcadians, the most clever and deadly species of all. However, when her second-in-command--and best friend--Dallas Gutierrez is mortally wounded, and only Arcadian Kyrin en Arr, the prime murder suspect, holds the key to his survival, Mia has to make a hard choice between her ethics as a cop and her love for her friend. To make matters worse, she is physically attracted to Kyrin, and suddenly, her black-and-white world has gone all swirly gray. Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Alien Nation in this action-packed adventure, and Mia Snow is perfect as the alien hunter with a secret. Shelley Mosley
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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Alien Nation in this action-packed adventure." -- Booklist

"Mia Snow is perfect as the alien hunter with a secret." -- Booklist

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781416517177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416517177
  • ASIN: 1416517170
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other young adult and adult romance series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

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134 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
AWAKEN ME DARKLY by Gena Showalter confused me as to what kind of book it is. Since I've read two other Showalter novels, both paranormal romances, I had assumed this book was also a romance. However, the book was written in first person (a no-no for romances), and it took more than 100 pages for the hero, Kyrin, and heroine, Mia, to have a substantial scene together. In fact, I stopped reading the book at that point to look at the cover and make sure I didn't make a mistake. The cover shows a woman in slinky black leather holding a knife. The publisher logo also depicts handcuffs and talks about "Naughty Girls." Okay, so maybe it's supposed to be erotica ... but with no erotica to be found. So I went back to reading, wondering what was going on.

The whole story is actually more of a cop murder mystery (a la "Men in Black") in which Mia tries to figure out who is killing human men, with Kyrin the alien (and her love interest) being a possible suspect. There are a couple sex scenes, but as for love scenes ... well, let's just say it was lacking in that department. This book didn't come across as romantic at all. Mia was not a heroine I could (or would) want to relate to: she's crass and violent, and the actions she takes to feel "empowered" as a woman and/or cop are what I consider low class and tasteless. She's also constantly wanting to "kick ass" every five seconds. Kicking ass can get very annoying very fast in this book. I especially got tired of her punching the hero every other scene. A real man would not put up with that. Neither should an alien hero, in my opinion.

Plot-wise, I thought the story was interesting and I finished reading the book cover-to-cover in a matter of hours.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. J Lewis on January 5, 2007
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Awaken Me Darkly is not a horrible book, but one that happens to be readable but highly distasteful at the same time. It was interesting enough that I finished it in less than a day, but I just didn't really like what I read.

The main problem with this book is the Alien Huntress Mia Snow. Mia belongs to the AIR, a government agency created several decades into the future to punish alien criminals. The A.I.R. has no legal restraints on the conduct of their agents which basically allows them to do anything they want from illegal entry of a private residence to killing people without legal hearings. This situation gives Mia Snow free reign to act as brutally as she can, which does to basically any poor sap she meets. I think there is maybe one character in the novel that she does not assault at some point. Given that this is written in first person and the reader is given constant access to the raging hatred she has for aliens, it creates a picture of a woman who is borderline psychotic, not traits any sane person wants in a government agent with a license to kill.

At first the novel reads like a police proceedural, but quickly degenerates into something else. What that is I'm not sure exactly. Mia does not crack the kidnapping case because of her superior sluething, but because Kyrin En Arr, her alien love interest, tells her what is going on. The only reason that the story was not over quicker is because Kyrin is irritatingly tightlipped.

I see absolutely no where for the Alien Huntress series to go in the future. The heroine is unlikable and scary, and the mystery was weak. Not good foundations for a follow-up novel.
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67 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on June 6, 2005
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Although there are certain similarities between the heroine Mia Snow, and the above, but this story is unique enough to stand well on it's own. Mia Snow is a Hunter. She hunts predatory aliens in the city of New Chicago, in an alternate reality. She and her partner Dallas, are assigned to a homicide in an area called Whore's Corner. The victim is male, naked, drained of blood, and has his hand tied to his penis with a blue ribbon. Mia smells Onadyn in the air, a drug used by the alien Arcadians to process oxygen. Her hunt for the alien responsible, leads her to the Club Extasy and Lilla, an Arcadian with strong mind control powers. She escapes. They find her at the house of another A.I.R. agent, and take them all in. The agent's daughter, her mind controlled by an Arcadian, shoots Dallas and leaves him close to death.

Kyrin was present at the club and has been speaking to Mia in her mind. He apparently has the power to save Dallas, but will only help in exchange for the release of his sister Lilla. Mia will do anything to help her friend, but is unwilling to release a supposedly predatory alien without finding the real killer. People are disappearing at an alarming rate, and the only link seems to be a fertility clinic and another Arcadian named Atlanna. Atlanna seems very familiar to Mia.

This was a really good book, though not at all like Showalter's other works. The characters are very realistic and well developed. The relationship between Mia and Kyrin is gripping. Once I started this book, I didn't put it down until it was finished.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Diesel Cat on January 3, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In general, I do enjoy Gena Showalter's books. But this book left a bad taste in my mouth from page one.

The main character, Mia Snow, is extremely unlikable. No, not because she's a tough chick. I like tough chick leads in books. It's because she is brutal, egotistical, narrow-minded, and self-righteous. How am I supposed to like our heroine, who, in one scene, was disappointed she couldn't kill some thugs because of all the paperwork such action would create? She really wanted to kill those men, because a little killing would have helped work of some of her tension. Yikes.

Mia leads a team of agents that pretty much work outside of normal law. She can target and murder any alien being on the planet who is even just suspected of having harmed a human. No proof necessary. Just a suspicion is enough for an execution. Bear in mind these aliens are supposed to be in large populations and acting as members of our society. This isn't just a few random aliens hiding out on the planet, like Predator, The Thing, or Alien. Think more like Star Trek or Alien Nation. All I could think of to compare Mia's agency to were the SS from Nazi Germany. How are these folks to be viewed as heroic?

And then I was confounded by the whole history of the aliens on this planet. Apparently when aliens came to our planet, the human race went ballistic and started a war with the aliens. The aliens managed to slap the human rebellion down, so in an attempt to salvage what was left, humans agreed with the alien powers to allow them to stay on the planet. Really? The losers agreed to let the winners get what they want and stay on the planet?..... How gracious of those losers to allow the winners to claim their winnings. So now we have aliens on the planet. Many different species.
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