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How to Date an Alien: My Alien Romance Paperback – December 6, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the My Alien Romance Series

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Self-proclaimed geek-to-glam poster child who channels her inner geek by writing science fiction for teens, even though she slept with a night light until she was in middle school for fear of alien attacks. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in central Illinois where she still sleeps with a night light...just in case.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468042904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468042900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed Magan Vernon's debut YA novel, How to Date an Alien! The story was fun and fast-paced, the dialogue between the (mostly) teenaged characters was true and real, and the action scenes -- wow! The author has created a kick-a$$ heroine who isn't afraid of jumping on a space ship (never mind she's never flown one before) to storm off to another planet where her alien boyfriend is being held captive, where even trained professionals were afraid to tread. I could actually picture this book as a movie! It reminded me of Men in Black -- teenage version. Little known to the average human, aliens live among us. Very fun and very engaging. The romance was great too!
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"Well, for starters, friends should tell their friends when they have a secret alien boyfriend and not lie to them about it."
(Jen, to Alex, in HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN)

I have heard people describe this book as "part Twilight, part Men in Black" and that is EXACTLY what it is (maybe with a teeny bit of Independence Day thrown in near the end). But don't get me wrong - HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN is not just a mashup of these other works. It's entirely its own thing - a delightful, well-paced story with memorable characters (including an extremely hot alien). Thank you to Magan Vernon for introducing me to Ace, my new book boyfriend - the very first alien I have ever found sexy :-)
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This is a fun read, with enjoyable characters and out if this world alien mayhem. The setting is modern day and at times I could completely imagine a world with aliens mingling among us. The friendships and love interests are well worth mentioning, and readers will want to know more of the story after the final chapter. Will there be a sequel? One final note, the alien battles, weopons, and craft are most entertaining and engaging. Well done! And congrats on your debut novel, cheers to many more!
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Honestly I thought I would like it. It had a cute premise but right from the start it was a tough sell. First for a top secret base there was no security, no disclosure agreements and not an ounce of probability to the whole thing. As I read it got worse. The dialogs was forced. I often found myself rolling my eyes and praying it would get better. By the time she stole a gun from a "highly trained" top secret government guard I found myself laughing and not for good reasons. I finally threw in the towel when she gave a "lets give 'em hell" speech as a high school student to a group of top officials and alien diplomats when up until that point she had been a nobody.
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Now I'm not picky about books. I love all sorts of books, even ones a lot of other people don't like. I like everything from Twilight to The Lord of the Rings to The Twelve Caesars to Maximum Ride, and I usually see the good instead of the bad in books. But I could not stand this book! The writing is poor. The characters are wooden. The plot is cliche. Nothing is realistic or believable about this book and, all in all, it was astonishingly childish for something for teens. For example, in one part of the novel, a girl explains to the main character that the universe is basically like one big high school. They end up fighting the big mean queen, whom the main character thinks of in the way she thinks of a high school bully. The main character's inspiring speeches fell flat on their faces. And the romance in this novel made me cringe. It's forced and unrealistic. They don't seem to really care about each other one bit. Yeah, there are lots of action scenes, but they were cheesy and action scenes don't make a good book. In short, this was a disturbingly poorly done and childish novel, and I strongly recommend you find something, anything, else to read.
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I really liked the whole Alien concept in this story and it showed potential to be something awesome. But it wasn't.

Well, Alex was just kind of thrown into this Alien stuff and she acted like everything is normal. She does say a couple of times that she didn't know they existed before now but she doesn't even question it. A normal person would actually question their sanity, she just accepts it as given.

And I find it funny that she's supposed to have a really high IQ and then gets a "security" job of checking out alien blogs. I would understand if she was some powerful hacker. But blogger?

It's pretty obvious from the start that Ace is her love interest but did it have to be insta love? And what's up with Gavin? He's acting very jealous and possessive and he never even met Alex before she came into Circe nevertheless share any intimacy to explain his behavior.

Everything in this story was just a big drama over nothing. Like Jen encouraging Alex to seduce Ace and then scolding her for dating him. And then that entire rule breaking everyone is talking about. What are the rules? Alex doesn't know them and neither does the reader. I know it's supposed to portray a forbidden romance but one doesn't really get that feeling since we don't really know why it's forbidden.

Her Dad actually made her a prisoner with a monitor cuff on her ankle without explaining why it's bad for her to date an alien. Malcolm finally sort of explains it to her that it's somewhat like if an interracial couple would be dating back in the sixties. I'm not entirely sure this explanation and constant comparison to Romeo and Juliette is the right way to go. It doesn't feel very much forbidden love apart from people saying so.

War? Seriously? Do you want to know how they end war? They profess their love in front of the alien Queen. Yeah.
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