Sep 7, 2010

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Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch (Katherine “Kitty” Katt Book #1)

Science Fiction
April 6 2010
Mass Market Paperback
389 pages
DAW Books

Kick Ass Chick – Katherine “Kitty” Katt

From Goodreads

“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.”

Peer pressure.  We learn at a young age that it’s not good to succumb to it.  We learn that just because everyone else has it, it doesn’t mean we need to have it.  We learn that just because everyone else is doing it, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do.  And we believe it.  We believe it so much that we teach the same thing to our children.  Then suddenly, one day, we get addicted to reading romance books and discover a wonderful thing called a ‘book review blog’ and all that teaching and training goes down the toilet.  We forget everything we ever knew about peer pressure and its dreadfulness.  Because if your bloggy friends have it, you want it.  And if your bloggy friends tells you to read it, you don’t care what you need to do or how far you need to go, you must get your hands on that book and read it, like yesterday!

“Touched by an Alien” by Gini Koch is such a book.

I have never read a science fiction book before.  “Touched by an Alien” is my first ever.  I look at the (beautiful) cover and think “oh,um…?”  I mean there are things exploding in the background and the word ‘alien’ appears in the title!  *shiver* But my bloggy friends read it and my bloggy friends say it’s ‘a wonderful surprise’ and ‘really funny’ and ‘a must read’.  So what do I do?  I pick it up the next time I’m at the book store because suddenly I am overwhelmed with an irresistible urge to read it now.

I can see why “Touched by an Alien” is a popular read.  It’s funny!  I mean really, truly funny!  From the very first page, you laugh out loud and barely ever stop.  The situations are so out there and the dialogue is somewhat campy at times that you can’t help but truly indulge your imagination.  It’s not a corny or cheesy book or anything like that. Don’t get me wrong.  It’s just that it is about aliens trying to protect earth from an extra-terrestrial parasite that is infecting innocent angry humans after all.

The characters in “Touched by an Alien” are mainly either human or Alpha Centaurian agents.  Katherine “Kitty” Katt is a human who is inadvertently thrown into the Alpha Centurian’s business thanks to a well placed and, it turns out, murderous pen.  And when she first encounters these AC agents, she’s a little bewildered.  Not because they are aliens, but because all of these men are drop dead gorgeous!  And she’s equally shocked when she meets the women of AC.  They are all supermodel beautiful and are attracted to human men who are brilliant, such as Stephen Hawking.  They think he’s the dreamiest!

Katherine is a really fun character to read.  She’s quirky and smart.  And she had quite a sarcastic wit!  I love that in a character.  Even her purse is hilarious!  No, it doesn’t talk or anything silly like that.  It just has everything in it.  EVERYTHING!  It’s like mine – well, except for the gun and ammo and the cans of hairspray really…I don’t have anything like that in my purse.  And it’s not only Katt who’s awesome to read.  Her larger than life double life leading parents are a hoot!

While reading the reviews for this book, one name comes up over and over as being the main reason this book is so good and why the women who read it are all a twitter.  Jeff Martini.  When I first met him, I wondered if this guy was for real.  (And before you tell me that no he is not because he is a fictional character, you can all just shut your mouth because you know what I mean.)   His flirting and his endless marriage proposals to Katherine just made me roll my eyes but laugh at the same time!  It’s all part of the Martini charm.  He is loyal and smart and an incredible lover *wink*.  And his cousin Christopher isn’t half bad either.

This book was as much fun as I was told it would be.  I’m quite happy that I picked it up.  It’s nice to find a good book that gives you a great laugh every once in a while.  I am now looking forward to reading my second ever science fiction book.  “Alien Tango”, book two in the series, is coming to stores            December 7th 2010.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes
“’Okay.  I’m, uh, going in.’
‘Take a gun from the back,’ Reader suggested.
‘Got my mom’s Glock.’
‘Good.  Aim for the thigh.  It’ll hurt but not maim.’  He was serious.  Oh, this was going to suck.”

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“’You’re really good under pressure,’ Lorraine said.
‘I’m really good at panicking with style.’”

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“’You know, wearing black Armani suits and white shirts, complete with tie and dress shoes, while fighting parasites in far-flung, foreign locales, seems sort of…stupid.’”

Books in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series –
Touched by an Alien
Alien Tango (December 2010)

  1. I really want to get my hands on this one. It looks so wonderful and everyone praises is so much. Just need to find the money.
    And Julie, you should read more scifi. There are wonderful books out there in this gerne.

  2. Loved this book – I didn’t like sci-fi either and now am impatiently waiting for Alien Tango!

  3. Susi – It’s a really fun read. Maybe ask for it for Christmas, or your birthday, or Thursday.

    Patti – You are the main reason I picked this one up! Peer pressure, I’m telling you… 🙂

  4. I want to read this so bad – I love books that make me laugh!!

  5. Mandi – Books that make us laugh are a real treat. 🙂

  6. I also loved this book and laughed every single time Martini proposed to Kitty! I can’t wait to read Alien Tango and I gots much love for Gini Koch.

  7. Bells – You’d think the proposals would get old after a while, but they just get funnier and funnier!

  8. I totally agree about the proposals. Martini’s charm won me over right away. Love this book!

  9. Amber – I hope Martini’s charm is just as wonderful in the next book!

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