Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Posted 23 May, 2011 by Amanda / 6 Comments

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch (Katherine “Kitty” Katt, #1)
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Finished Reading: 5/17/2011
In six words: Oh my goodness, I’m in love

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Book Order:

1) Touched by an Alien
2) Alien Tango
3) Alien Family
4) Alien Proliferation

Summary

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.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

Tara said I should read this book.  I took one look at the title and cocked an eyebrow and mentally wrote it off even though Tara told me not to.  Sometimes, I am dumb.  You would really think that after all the books she’s recommended to me (Night Huntress, for starters) and I ended up loving even after being initially skeptical, I would learn.  But I don’t.  Maybe this is part of my charm.  Unlikely, but it’s fun to pretend.  So.  I found myself not in the mood to read the book I had originally started a couple days earlier, so I decided to try something different.  I picked this book.  Maybe I hadn’t totally written it off, after all.  Maybe I am learning.  Maybe.  It seems like the past couple series I’ve read, it’s the tried and true, normal girl suddenly finds she has all these special powers and starts kicking ass.  I was actually hoping to avoid that with this book.  And while there was a lot of ass kicking, this was different, and a refreshing read.  I loved this book.  It was riotously hilarious.  Two things that stopped me from giving it an even higher rating: the beginning and the end.  But I’ll get to that.

A More In-Depth Look

Is now a good time to get to it?  The beginning of the book was a whirlwind of events, and I had a hard time keeping up.  It’s not every day you confront an alien and kill it with a pen, then get swept off your feet by a very charming and persistent hunk named Martini.  I probably got hung up on the fact that Martini is different from the male lead characters in the last couple books/series I’ve read.  Martini is funny, open, and he knows what he wants: Kitty.  For some reason, I had a hard time figuring out who was who of the people (or, should I say aliens?) that whisked Kitty off after she killed her first alien.  I won’t lie, this is probably my own fault.  But it took a while to sort it out.

There was so much that happened in this book in such a short amount of time, but it worked, and it never seemed to go too fast or too slow.  It was just right, you might say.  The amount of snark between the characters had me alternatively snorting and giggling out loud.  Hopefully more of the latter than former.  Kitty was surprisingly astute and smart – in some ways drawing on the lesson that often we see what we want to, until, or unless, someone with fresh eyes looks at it from a new and different angle.  I wonder if perhaps there was some deeper meaning related to religion here, but frankly I was too entertained to really think much of it.  Maybe I will later.

Since I read this on my Kindle, it’s still hard for me to judge, but I felt like the chapters were on the shorter side.  I know that I have touched on this before – that short chapters usually drive me crazy – but Gini Koch made it work.  Every time a chapter came to an end, an invisible force of action and snark propelled me forward.  The only other issue I had was that, as much as I liked the ending, the last wrap-up chapter was unnecessary.  Maybe necessary if it was the only book, but this is a series, and this book could have ended without the last chapter.  I don’t even know why I’m making this an issue, but the ending was almost anti-climatic.

I am interested in what happens in the next books, though.  I have a feeling Conspiracy Chuck will have to make an appearance…

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

If you want a fast-paced read with some real ass kicking, laugh out loud humor, and hunky men/aliens, this is your book.  I was skeptical before reading, but I am a convert.  Urban fantasy fans will probably enjoy this.

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6 Responses to “Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch”

  1. Huh. I’m biased in the book’s favor because the illustrator is the same guy who does Patricia Briggs’ books–which I love. There is probably no sound basis for this, but there you go. It’s the #nakedwerewolves thing.