Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Review: Alien Tango by Gini Koch


Alien Tango
Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt
Author:  Gini Koch
Publisher: DAW
Pages: 428
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Rating:  

Reason chosen: 

Loved the first one.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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It's been five months since marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt started working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri, and she and Jeff Martini are getting closer. But when an experimental spacecraft is mysteriously returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of her team are called in to investigate. Now the team must survive murderous attacks, remove a space entity from a group of astronauts, and avoid an unhinged woman with a serious crush on Kitty's high school boyfriend. And that's all before evil masterminds decide Kitty's extermination is vital.

Review:

Ok so this book was a whole different bunch of crazy goodness compared to the first one. Instead of this one being all about “when Alien’s attack” its more along the lines of “when humans attack”. Yup, there are not so many aliens in this book other than the good boys and girls of A-C. But there are a lot of crazy alien, marriage proposals, crazy women, and crazy intertwining plots. This one was different in many way from the first as I find me have a more scared Kitty but also a more brave Kitty in some ways because she does things even when she knows that Jeff won’t be around to save her. And of course Jeff is around a lot so that makes the book all the more appealing. I did however find all the twist and turns of this novel a little more complicated and hard to follow than the first. And really when will people start telling Kitty everything instead of just letting her find things out later on. I mean come on, she’s going to find out. Its just in her nature.

Good:

Kitty: She’s strong. She takes on ‘gators, crazy men, men that are in love with her, other things that are from out of this world, alien mothers, and a high school reunion.

Jeff: Hot as hell. I can understand Kitty’s fascination.

Christopher: Also hotter than hell. I hope they find a girl for him in the next couple of novels. He needs one.

Chuckie: Finally. We’ve heard so much about him and we finally meet and what’s that? He’s also hotter than hell.

James Reader: Still gay. Still hot. Still awesome.

Bad:

Kitty: Alright I know I listed Kitty as one of the good things in this novel but she also bothered me in some ways. Kitty gets really confused…throughout this novel. I don’t really understand why she was confused. She seems to let all the “crazy awesome sex” over take her actual brain.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I found this one a little confusing to follow but generally when Kitty explains it to everyone you start to get the picture. Even with Kitty being, in my opinion, completely stupid in this novel it was still a good novel. I like that there was the complete 180 change from hostile aliens to hostile humans from the first to the second novel. It adds a little variety. But I will admit this book was confusing there were some things I had to re-read. However, I liked the Alligators.

Quotes:

Click here to read some of my favourite quotes

Previously In the series:

Touched by an Alien->Click to read my review

Next In the Series:

Alien in the Family ->Click to read my review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you like Roswell, are a lover of Aliens and adult fiction lover. Read it.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Alpha & Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Read Completely:
Yes

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Quotes- Alien Tango


Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read 
#2: Alien Tango by Gini Koch. Click the title to view my review.

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Some of these spoilers may contain and/or lead to spoilers. Just thought that I would let you know.

1. “What part of ‘I’m not telling you’ isn’t coming through?” “All of it. What part of ‘tell my anyway’ aren’t you catching?”

2. “I just think like psychos, I guess.” What a great skill. No wonder Martini’s mother wasn’t thrilled.

3. Gower reached out, grabbed her by the back of her neck, and lifted her off the ground. “No human touches our leader.” Ooooh, he was getting into it. Good.

4. “Okay, that I could see.” Really? I hoped he’d explain it to me, I was confusing myself.

5. “Paper balls? You were throwing balled up paper at an alligator?”

6. “Yeah. How’d you know?” “Serene? There’s a saying I’ve found to be true. I just applied it to you and went with what popped into mind.” “What’s that?” “Bitches be crazy.”



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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Review: Touched by An Alien by Gini Koch


Touched by an Alien
Series:  Katherine “Kitty” Katt
Author:  Gini Koch
Publisher: DAW
Pages:  389
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Rating

Reason chosen:  

A blog that I subscribe to sent out an e-mail about the series and after reading Obsidian I felt like taking a break from my normal reads and hitting up some books about aliens.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

How can a sexy marketing manager join forces with an Alpha Centauri male in Armani to save the planet-using hairspray, a Mont Blanc pen, and rock n' roll?

Easy...

She's Touched by an Alien

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down.

In the middle of the chaos a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

Review:

Well let’s just put this out there. This is not a teen book or maybe even a young adult book. This is straight up an adult book. There are some serious sex scenes in here. Be warned.
That set aside, they were some hot, hot, hot sex scenes. And some seriously hot men. I can’t blame Kitty for being confused and wanting to be apart of this world.
This book is along the lines of Men in Black but with a female heroine and at first I thought it was a big rip off of Men in Black (with some differences). I guess in a way it is and actually does refer to the movies a few time but there is enough differences between the two that you forget all about it a couple of chapters in. Mainly that is Jeff Martini making you forget. He is a charmer. Oddly enough you would think that a book with such a large number of pages would make you go through the book slowly anticipating that some areas were going to drag a bit. My eyes bulged out a bit when I saw it, but oddly enough the pace was perfect. I sat down and read these 389 pages in 24 hours, including some time at work, and found that they provided you with so many questions and so many answers that you weren’t dragged through anything and never felt like it was going slowly. On the contrary a fight scene that could and does last over 5 chapters felt perfectly paces, perfectly explained. Instead of just saying, “they took the alien down” they actually explain how they did it and bring you along for the ride. And they did not provide anything unrealistic like it only took one person to put it down. No the fact is it required the entire team to take down each alien. Perhaps it sounds weird they way I’ve explained it but if you read it you would understand, And although they give a lot of information you are never really bombarded with information you just end up going through the thinking process with Kitty. Overall this book was adventurous, sexy, interesting, and a change of pace from my usual reads.

Good:

Katherine “Kitty” Katt: If the name doesn’t give it away then I will spell it out loud. She is feisty like a cat, not to mention picks up on things easily therefore is observant, and is pretty smart and quick thinking. Not to mention that she realizes what has to be done and is willing to do things for the greater good…even when they seem stupid.

Christopher: Broody. Snarky. Sarcastic. I like him. Good man

Jeff Martini: Sexy bad boy. Know what he wants (A.K.A Kitty… you get that when he asks her to marry him within the first five chapters). He looks good in an Armani suit, and without. He’s pushy in a good way.

James Reader: Gay. Ex-male model. Driver. Awesome.

Bad:

The only thing I can think of is that the banter that goes on between the characters (not to mention the stuff that we are privy to that Kitty keeps in her mind) during a large epic moment or climatic even/fight is a little unrealistic. If you were ranging 5 large aliens and trying to wrangle them into a group and you found that a John Mayor song or some other random song guys usually hate sooths the savage beast would you really be complaining and being sarcastic about it. No, no you wouldn’t. But then again this is fantasy.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I found the writing very easy to follow. I also find the banter, sarcastic comments, or basically anything that comes out of Jeff’s mouth awesome and funny. The events did not drag on, nor was I over flowed with information and I was actually surprised at the connections that Kitty could make that I did not, not to mention there were some good twist and turns. Overall I’ve already started reading the next one and I’m glad there are 5 books in the series because so far, I like this series.

Quotes:

Click here to check out some of my favourite quotes!

Next In the Series:

Alien Tango -> Click to read my review.
Alien in the Family ->Click to read my review.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

Adult fiction lovers that also love Aliens or is open to read about them.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Alpha & Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

Read Completely:
Yes

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Quotes! Touched by An Alien


Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read: 
#1: Touched by An Alien by Gini Koch. Click the title to view my review!

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Remember, some of these quotes might lead to spoilers or contain them!

1. I wiped the slime on my pen off on his pants. “I’m not gracing that with a response.” “My God, I think I’m in love,” Martini said with a laugh

2. “Jeff Martini, Single. No current girlfriend. And you are?”

3. “He’s gay,” Martini added. “No, I’m not,” Christopher said from right behind me. I managed not to jump. “But the princess here isn’t my type.” “I’m crushed.” “Don’t be. I like ‘em stupid.”

4. “It’s just stop two on the UFO tour,” Martini added. “You’ll love it. Most women want to marry the first alien they’ve met after seeing the crash site.” “I killed the first alien I met,” I reminded him.

5. “Can they still see us?” “Lift your top. If they react, the answer’s yes.”

6. “And we’re just sitting here in shock, realizing that the two people who know everything that’s going on, who are also the heads of our agent operations, have also had the key to solving the entire Mephistopheles problem in their grasp for ten years,” Claudia added. “And we are wondering if you can possibly be as dumb as you both appear right now.” “I’m just thinking I’m staying in charge of this team,” I offered. “Apparently my two days is trumping your life’s work.” Christopher looked as if he couldn’t decide whether to yell, glare, or bang his head against the wall. Martini slumped farther down in the chair and leaned his head on his hand. “I hate my life.”

7. “You’re insane, you know that,” Christopher offered. “My crazy’s working a lot better than your sanity.” “True,” Martini sighed. “True.”


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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Stacking the Shelves #2


"Stacking the Shelves" is a meme created by Tynga's Reviews.

Here are some of the books that I received this week. There's not very many



Of Poseidon #1
Anna Banks

Summary: 

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.

Terri Clark

Summary:

Aly King is about to fall for the fallen

My best friend, Des, and I totally freaked when we won the contest to meet THE Dakota Danvers in Hollywood. But now we’re finding out he’s SO not the angel everyone believes him to be. In fact, Dakota is the son of Satan, wreaking havoc on Hollywood and creating an evil army hellbent on world domination.

Lucky for us, Dakota’s super-cute personal assistant, Jameson, is a fallen angel trying to get his wings back, and he’s working undercover to squash his demon boss’s plan. If Jameson hadn’t taken me under his wing I’d be in serious trouble, because I’m a total newb when it comes to conquering evil. But, truth be told, that sexy angel’s got me all aflutter and may be one temptation I can’t resist.

Gwendolyn Heasley

Summary: 

Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City?shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .
When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.?before the recession?was as perfect as it seemed.

I will let you know how they turn out and make sure to add some of them to your shelves!

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Saturday, 26 May 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian
Series:  Lux #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages:  299
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Rating
 


Reason chosen:  

I had heard a lot of good things about this novel and saw many positive reviews.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don't kill him first, that is.

Review:

Daemon is a tool. A seriously sexy, cocky tool. I can understand why her head is so confused and her body just wants to give in. There is definitely enough heat in this book to make you want to stand in front of an open fridge while reading it. I knew I was going to like this book from the moment he opened the door. Actually I take that back. The first chapter she speaks about how she has a blog and how her mother just doesn’t understand her love of books. She was preaching to the choir over here. Right about there I was like “I love it. Sold.” Then, when I started to really get further into it and my eyes were dodging back and forth over all the banter and pent up tension between Katy and Daemon I wanted to put the book down, start a slow clap and just say “Good for you.” Some of it was for Katy not putting up with his crap and sometimes it was for Jennifer L. Armentrout having created some seriously awesome characters who so obviously need to be together, but at the same time you can’t get enough of their bickering.
Obsidian pulls you into your own word and questions the reality of Alien and their existence and make you question, like I Am Number whether or not we would actually know of their existence and what they would really do if they came here. If they were all as hot as Daemon I would say come right on over. I would actually hold the runway lights waving in their space ships attempting to direct traffic.  She write up a pretty world…one that I wouldn’t mind being a part of.

Good:

Katy: mainly because she sticks up for herself, her friends and she knows how to throw one mean bowl of spaghetti.

Dee: she reminds me of an Alice character. She’s innocent, nice and just wants to be friends with Katy. I hope she gets a happy ending and meets someone she really likes

Daemon: Obviously hot and he knows it. Complete ass. But knows how to flirt, get his way and has abs you want to rub up against and eyes you would like to melt into.

Bad:

There wasn’t really anything bad about this book. You do however have to pay close attention to everything otherwise you might get confused or miss something.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I loved her characters. I loved the story line (refreshing from the Angels, Demons, and witches and whatnot that I am use to). I lover her comedy and humor and that she wasn’t afraid to make Katy some character would can throw around a mean middle finger and walk away with her dignity. The only thing I would say is that during the climatic end I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on. You never know, maybe I wasn’t suppose to, but I was confused by the description and ended up just stumbling over it and letting it work itself out. Still something I’m keeping on my shelf and something you should add to yours. One to curl up with next to a nice cold freezer while you fan yourself.

Quotes:

Click here to check out some of my favourite quotes!

Previously In the series:

Shadows (#0.5)->Click for review

Next In the Series:

Onxy (#2)->Click for review

Opal (#3)-> Click for review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you like an Alien book, if you like Roswell the old TV series, and if you like guys that are a royal pain in the ass read this.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Providence by Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Storm by Brigid Kemmerer, Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers, Crave by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, Hush Hush series by Beeca Fitzpatrick, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Mortal Instrument and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Read Completely:
Yes, yes

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