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From here, the aliens lives and Marcy's, the shop owner's become entangled as they are chased down by a Vorx - a deadly creature that never gives up until it has captured its prey, it seems it was sent out after Jargafar who stowed away with an object from his planet Xunip that could mean it's life or death if it got in the wrong hands.
Filled with twists and turns, Aliens in the Gift Shop is an exciting book to read. There is plenty of adventure. I liked that one of the main characters was a female as I think this might draw girls to read this genre of book.
The pacing of the book was good. The descriptions in the book of surroundings were detailed without being overly long and boring. Even how the characters could communicate in their different languages had been thought out. The language is clean throughout.
Aliens in thr Gift Shop was an enjoyable read, perfect for middle grade students. I highly recommend it. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/book-review-aliens-in-gift-shop-by-d-e.html
The verbal jousting of the two main protagonists to be perfectly honest, is golden and carries the weight of this short story which is a relatively short read. The short length is a strong point too, as it doesn't get bogged down under the pressure to add useless filler. That means right from page one, it hits the ground running. As someone who has read piles of sci-fi novels, all I can say is thank friggin' goodness as many books in this genre start so painfully slow, so kudos to D.E. Morris for good judgement.
There will no doubt be references to the works of Douglas Adams when mentioning this book. However, I feel it possesses its own style of humor better grounded in semi-real world physics ( ie. no Improbability Drives ) more akin to a Doctor Who universe. If I might allow myself to hope for the impossible, this has the potential to be a brilliant audio-book. The proper British talent of John Cleese narrating of course.
Quigbat and Zortram Flixitet, aka Zort, are aliens from Planet Xunip. They land in an alley on Planet Earth (designated as OR-35) for scientific research and straight away lose the key to their spaceship in a gift shop so they can’t get back into their shuttle or leave. Marcy, the shop owner, finds their key but can’t figure out what it is so she slips it into her coat pocket and takes it home with her. Unbeknownst to her, her life from this point forward won’t be the same again. Soon, Vorx, a sharp-clawed ugly furry creature, an Eequad bounty hunter, hunts down Marcy because he wants the key to the space shuttle. Exciting chase scenes and explosions occur after that and after the aliens figure out how to communicate to one of their planet’s space shuttles with makeshift materials (just like McGyver!) they all get picked up and they head back to Xunip. In the end, Marcy is a hero and she decides to stay on planet Xunip. Will there be a sequel? I hope so!