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Alien vs. Alien (Alien Novels) Mass Market Paperback – December 4, 2012
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"Gini Koch mixes up the sometimes staid niche of science fiction romance by adding nonstop humor, blockbuster action, and moments worthy of a soap opera."—Dirty Sexy Books
"When it comes to futuristic fun, Koch has literally written the book(s), as Kitty Katt-Martini’s outlandish adventures are completely giggle-inducing. A wonderful element of this series is how Kitty’s adversaries constantly underestimate her and find themselves in for some very rude awakenings." —RT Book Reviews
"Gini Koch's Kitty Katt series is a great example of the lighter side of science fiction. Told with clever wit and non-stop pacing, this series follows the exploits to the country's top alien exterminators in the American Centaurion Diplomatic Corps. It blends diplomacy, action and sense of humor into a memorable reading experience." —Kirkus Reviews
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As most good books in a series do, we start off with a nice little recapping of events from the previous book in the form of a nice "establishing shot" of life for Kitty and Jeff Martini. I'm going to totally cheat here and say that if you want to READ the opening and first chapter of Alien vs. Alien, you can head over to Ms. Koch's website to get a peek. Since I hate spoilers, I don't do much recapping in my reviews. So I leave it to you to decide for yourself. But it IS a great way to test out Ms. Koch's writing (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*).
As I started reading, I got a little nervous because we started getting into all the characters that lost me in Alien Diplomacy. Honestly, I just kind of let a lot of the bad guy's names wash over me for a bit and it all worked out fine. I mean, it had been like half a year since I read the last book - how can I remember all these big nasties? No worries, it really worked out fine. It was like all the characters were rounded up rodeo-style and everything was tightened up beautifully.
Overall, very few new characters were added to this story and where they were added, it was near the middle to the end of the book. I loved all the new characters, most notably the non-human ones - AWESOME!! Side note to Ms. Koch: I refuse to believe it's a reference to the Big Bang Theory and stick to my Lone Gunman analogy (read the book and you'll understand... maybe).
Setting / World Building
Since this is a series and it's set here on Earth, we've had quite a bit of time to establish the setting and world. So I'm going to talk about imagination. Where Ms. Koch excels is dreaming up alien technology and being able describe it functioning on Earth. It impresses me that she can dream this stuff up and on the other side, dream up how Kitty is going to use Earth's technology to fight the alien baddies. Okay, so Kitty has a little extra juice. But at this point, she still doesn't know what she's capable of.
Wow... did that last paragraph make any sense to anyone? How about this: Gini Koch dreams up crazy shit. Sorry, that word just seems to be the word of the week this week...
Story / Tempo
432 pages. 432 pages. Yup, 432 pages. Ms. Koch's books are long. But she has a long way to go from point A to point B and it's a complete mess of a maze in between. Like a Target parking lot at Christmas time, you can't get there from here. It's almost as if Kitty has to do the impossible - oh, yeah, she does! She has to save the world, AGAIN.
Seriously, Ms. Koch writes wonderfully complicated stories with many twists and turns and impossible dead ends that make her books long. But I have to say this, you don't really notice it (um, unless you're on a deadline with other books) because Kitty is so freaking hysterical. You just can't beat when she's teamed up with Richard White; I smile just thinking about their banter. And then there's Kitty and Jeff (insert "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith here). But then there's Kitty with her fly-boys; nobody messes with her fly-boys!!!
So, why the four star rating? Okay, so maybe it's because I read the ARC but I had three pretty big unanswered questions at the end of the book. One is maybe a hole; I don't know if it's something that will be addressed in a later book. And still "missing in major action" are Kitty's mom and dad, James Reader (he phoned it in mostly this time), Paul Gower, Kevin, and Selena. I know, I know, this isn't book one, two, or three and you can't make everyone happy. I just miss these guys playing.
So, while it's not a PERFECT for me, Alien vs. Alien is definitely a solid LOVED IT!!!
Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
I wish I could quote my favorite lines, but I think I would end up quoting the entire book instead. ~ Under the Covers
If there is one thing I have taken away from this book it's that I WANT TO BE KITTY!
Gini Koch delivers a stellar installment to the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series. Filled to the brim with action, politics and humor, you've got a story that is ready and waiting for your consumption!
Just as Jeff and Kitty are settling into their position as Alpha Centurion Diplomats, pictures are surfacing of Kitty in a compromising position. Kitty knows that these pictures have been doctored, but that doesn't ease the wariness in her chest. Jeff, on the other hand, doesn't seem too fazed by the photos of his wife having an illicit affair. It seems a little funny since Jeff is known as the jealous type. After being separated for a month, Kitty is dying to have some alone time with her husband, but it seems that that will have to wait until more pressing matters can be addressed. One thing about this book is the strong romance, yet there is sooo much more to this book as well.
Androids and what seems to be like all the birds in the universe are just the least of Kitty's problems. Especially when Jeff and Chuckie vanish without a trace. It's up to Kitty to get them back all while keeping her baby safe and being badass while doing it!
Koch infuses this book with so much humor that it had my laughing out loud in hysterics. I wish I could quote my favorite lines, but I think I would end up quoting the entire book instead. Kitty's POV is so entertaining and delightful, making her so relatable. Reading about Kitty either makes you want to be her new BFF or actually BE HER. She's simply too badass and I love her for it! Gimme gimme more Kitty!
*ARC provided by publisher
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