Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch {Joint Review}

Posted 7 September, 2012 by Amanda / 16 Comments

Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch {Joint Review}Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #4
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 458
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Alien Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt is expecting her first baby. But the alien attacks are getting more dangerous, and now Kitty and her Alpha Centaurion husband, Jeff, have to find out who's behind the conspiracy to kill Kitty's secret agent mom and what caused Kitty's transformation into a superhuman-and they've got to do it all before the baby shower...

A little crazy, but still fun.

Our Thoughts on Alien Proliferation

I originally started this series at the “suggestion” of Tara. Now I’ve read further into the series than she has. (To Tara: how does that work, exactly? Get caught up already!) I think that Alien Proliferation was the first book in the series where I faltered a bit in my enjoyment. It had been fun before, but now it’s just getting to be too much. I’m far from giving up this series, though, as I still enjoy all the crazy characters. Ash and I decided to review this book together since we both had it on our TBR lists for All Series, All Summer. And what’s not to love about a Smash-Amanda joint review?

Smash: There is no doubt about it. This series has some of the best characters I’ve ever encountered. They have extremely well-rounded personalities and I adore their loyalty and personal connections. Plus, they are wicked fun!

Amanda: These characters have a tendency to make me die of snorting. They’re just fun to read.

Smash: I feel like they are all MY best friends. And no, I won’t share! *grabs Reader and runs*

Amanda: That’s okay, after this book, I want Richard White for myself.

Smash: He and Kitty are a match made in partner heaven! I thoroughly look forward to more of those two working together. Their sarcasm knobs were in tune.

Amanda: I thought it was hilarious when Richard just went with the flow and the two of them were play acting. It was such a change from the Richard we’ve known in previous books.

Smash: YES! I think that’s why it was so delightful. I liked seeing the ‘unstuffy’ side of him. Their stint in Paris was so fun.

Amanda: However, Kitty’s interactions with Richard also highlight some of my problems with this book: keeping track of the characters. Richard alone had two or three names, and there were plenty of other characters who also had many nicknames. It got confusing after a while.

Smash: I definitely agree. Multiple nicknames and tons of characters. I could not keep the villains straight, either. It was definitely confusing and after a while, I just glazed over the names and quit trying to tie them to their identity. I know all the Dazzlers and all the other females names, but as far as who is who…forgetaboutit.

Amanda: I stopped trying to figure out who was who after a while, too. It was just too much work, and it detracted from the story when I had to stop and think about each character. I actually read a book or two while I was also reading this. Toward the beginning, it was really easy to put down.

Smash: I thought the opening was more interesting and engaging because it was not as confusing yet! Did you also have issues with Kitty figuring out all the details? And I mean, serious details? I know this is fiction, but I couldn’t wrap my head around her conclusions. Which were always right.

Amanda: Ha. I’ll give you that, though I also found the beginning to be a little angsty, which was something that usually drives me a little crazy. But yes, I definitely had issues with Kitty connecting all the dots that other characters couldn’t. I could have believed it if *I* was also able to make the connections before Kitty, but most of the time, the conclusions she made seemed to be out of left field.

Smash: Totally. It was hard to follow most of the time. I think I stayed with it because 1) the characters 2) new developments with Kitty herself 3) Richard/Kitty combo and 4) POOFS! I want a poof soooo bad. I was pleased they got so much page-time.

Amanda: Yes to all of those! And let’s not forget the baby. The baby certainly makes things interesting.

Smash: How could I forget about lil Jamie-Kat! What an intriguing character she is turning out to be! Did you love the scenes where Kitty had to feed her? Oh man. Hilarious.

Amanda: Heh. The torpedoes. Even Kitty’s boobs got to have a nickname.

Smash: LOL! Yea. At least that is one we could keep straight. Speaking of torpedoes, this leads me to think of Jeff, since he also loves them. I adore Jeff, but he felt off this book, to me. Not all of the time. Maybe it was his jealousy over Chuckie that got to me. Honestly, I’m over it. Though I will say Chuckie teasing him about it is kinda funny. Heh.

Amanda: Jeff’s jealousy issues have been one of my least favorite aspects of this series. I like that Chuckie would tease Jeff because it was occasionally funny, but… I just kind of want Chuckie to get his own woman and get over it.

Smash: This may be happening, but who’s to say? I love the Chuckie and Kitty have such an intense bond, but sometimes you need to set boundaries and stuff. In the real world, anyway.

Amanda: I agree about boundaries. There doesn’t always seem to any.

Smash: Ok. I’m curious on your thoughts about Christopher in this book. His heartfelt conversation with Kitty in isolation was so warm and real.

Amanda: I really like the character growth that Christopher went through. It is, perhaps, something that many people can identify with. And even though he started out pretty roughly in the beginning, things started looking up (#GutterPass meaning may or may not have been intended there) for him.

Smash: *snort* Hallelujah! I have to say that the White men were my favorite aspect of this particular book. And the poofs, too. :)

Amanda: The White men and the poofs definitely kept the story entertaining. I’m also curious what will happen in the next book. Things….changed a bit at the end of the story.

Smash: Well, we know who and where, maybe? I actually liked that little ‘oops’ detail thrown in that definitely propels the characters into the next book.

Amanda: We definitely have an idea of where it will go. It will be interesting to see how Kitty and Jeff deal with it.

Smash: My final thought is: What would you name your poof, and why?

Amanda: Son of a giraffe shifter, that’s a difficult question! I’m terrible at naming things! Um… If I had a poof, I think I would name it… Poofster.

Smash: Love it! Mine would be Puff the Maniacal Poof. I named him during the last book. Don’t look at me like that! It’s normal.

Amanda: *looks at you*


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16 Responses to “Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch {Joint Review}”

  1. Ahhhh girls! I’m so far behind in this series! I’ve only read the first book. *hangs head in shame* I absolutely adored the characters though, they were hilarious throughout. I’m not super excited to learn of all Jeff’s jealousy issues in these subsequent books, but at least now I know about them going in so maybe they won’t be so bothersome:)

  2. Well, crap, I saw this on Smash’s first *hangs head in shame*

    I have to say, don’t you think Jeff’s jealousy is getting a wee-bit better? When I’m reading it, I just chalk it up to some freaky alien trait of his. And I really loved the moment with Christopher in the isolation “tank”, too – he really needs LOVE!!

  3. I really need to get back into this series! I have read the first three books and loved them all but for some reason I haven’t picked up this book even though it has been on my shelf since it released. You two made me want to get back into this series even though you both thought there were some issues with this book. I think learning more about the secondary characters would be fun though because the previous books centered so much on Jeff and Kitty.

    Thanks for a fab review!