Monday, 14 June 2010

Book Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Grade: 5 stars

Novellus perfectus!

Review copy provided by author
Goodreads appetizer: 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?


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.

My thoughts: I have to confess I'm not a sci-fi fan. Not because I don't like the genre, but simply because I have never read any sci-fi novel or watched any sci-fi movie. So when I saw the gorgeous cover of this book at first, I never thought this would be something I would pick up, but then I kept stumbling upon praising reviews of Touched by an Alien and since all the reviews were so unanimous in praising Gini Koch's writing and the novel itself to the skies, I thought I'd give sci-fi a try and see what Touched by an Alien is really about. And I have to say I proudly join the ranks of Gini Koch fans and Alien Lovers! WOW! I was completely blown away by Touched by an Alien! I loved it so much that after I have finished it I wanted to pick it up right away and start re-reading it, that's how fantastic Touched by an Alien is! But let me slow down in my gushing and tell you why you MUST read Touched by an Alien.

Where to start... Hm..

Of course when you read the above blurb you are expecting Kitty to be a somewhat unconventional young woman and you are expecting the novel to be funny, but nothing prepares you to how it will be! Touched by an Alien had me chuckling and then laughing out loud from page 3(!). The dialogues are sharp and incredibly witty, I just started typing that Kitty, Martini and Christopher's one liners and sharp comebacks are hilarious and dead on, but then I started adding to the list Kitty's mom, Mr. White, James and I realized I could go on and on because all the characters are hilarious.

Kitty is an extraordinary heroine: she combats alien monsters with blaring Aerosmith and Tears from Heaven from the stereo, she attacks the biggest monster, Leader of all Evils with hair spray cans and when a huge stinking 12 feet tall scary monster charges towards her, she runs to it at full speed!! Just a few to demonstrate you that Kitty is a unique heroine, one that the characters in the novel can't decide whether she's crazy or incredibly brave and a genius. 

Then let me tell you about the heroes: there are two leading men: Christopher and Jeff Martini (how cool a name is that?). And one of the first things Gini Koch establishes early on is that all A-Cs (the good aliens) are incredibly gorgeous: the men are total hunks, swoonworthy-droolworthy and the women are more-than-model beautiful. So no surprise that both Christopher and Jeff are drop-dead gorgeous men specimen and Gini Koch sure made them unique characters.

Jeff is the charmer: easygoing and funny, constantly smiling and hitting on Kitty from sentence #3, professing his love for her on page 9 and within 30 mins of meeting her he already asks her to marry him and keeps repeating it at regular intervals through the novel. But Jeff's pushiness is endearing and funny, not creepy or bullying at all.

Christopher is the snarky one: he is incredible handsome too, but somehow he and Kitty are like cats and dogs: they are always at each other's throats and it takes Kitty's mom or Christopher's dad to make the children behave.

So let me tell you, to choose between the two men is hard not only for Kitty but for the reader too, if the romantic in us could get their way we would definitely want a ménage! ;-) *wink*

What is amazing is that the supporting characters are also well developed and original: Kitty's mom and dad, Christopher's dad, Claudia and Lorraine and the human pilots, oh and don't let me start on James! Fantastic character development!

The story is fast-paced, action packed, there's never a dull moment in Touched by an Alien.

The love/sex scenes are done tastefully while still remaining scorchingly hot!

But let me tell you my absolutely favourite thing in this novel (besides the totally hot and passionate love scenes of course!): it was the humour! The incredibly unique, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes dry and biting, but always laugh out loud humour! You can't believe the things that come out of Kitty's mouth and what she does to combat the monsters! Gini Koch is brilliant because in the midst of a terribly scary scene, when stinking huge jelly-snake looking monsters are about to trample/kill/strangle the characters she simply makes Kitty do or say something, and bam! you are laughing instead of/while biting your nails.

Verdict: I fell in love with this novel. Love Kitty, Martini, Chris and the whole package, love the hilarious interactions, all the passion and humour. I could go on and on and tell you about everything I loved in Touched by an Alien but I guess that would be just as long as the novel itself, so trust me, pick up this book and read it, you'll gain a new favourite series and a brilliant new author to definitely watch! Alien Tango cannot come out soon enough, I want more!

(ps. Sorry, I can imagine that in my enthusiasm I was quite rambling and gushing but you will understand it once you read Touched by an Alien.)

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

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