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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Review: Alien Tango

Alien TangoTitle: Alien Tango
Author: Gini Koch
Page Count: 448 pages
Publisher: DAW
Genre: science fiction romance
Copy for review provided by Julie at My Five Monkeys in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: Kitty is getting used to her life as a secret government agent and her relationship with Jeff Martini, one of the leaders of the group of Alpha Centurai expats.  Saving the world from extraterrestrial evil should make doing stuff like meeting his family and navigating relationship drama small potatoes, but you'd be surprised.

Alien Tango is the highly anticipated sequel to Touched by an Alien, which I read and loved, so my expectations were high for round two.  When Julie thoughtfully offered up her ARC to other folks who wanted to read it, I perked up like a Jack Russell Terrier.  In this second installment we get a wider view of the politics of the world in which the story is set and a better understanding of the issues the ACs (Alpha Centurians) face in trying to reconcile their own belief system and ways of doing things with the fact that they're a long, long way from home with minimal shots to return.

Kitty and Jeff are one of those couples that make you want to pinch their cheeks and say "you are so CUTE!"  They're obviously crazy about one another, but one thing or another gets in the way and they both have to make some decisions about the past, the future and how those two things fit together.  When these two are together, you'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll want to punch Jeff in his stupid alien forehead! You'll cheer when folks band together and force him to realize that if you don't hold a good thing dear, someone else will do it for you, and to quite acting like a damn moron and do the right thing! And that's all I'll say about that.

Another interesting development surfaces in the form of Kitty's human best friend, Chuck, and what his role in her wacky world turns out to be.  Especially in light of the preview of the next book that was included in my ARC, I'm very, very interested to see what becomes of him.  Don't be stupid, Chuck.  I'm warning you.

The scenes were Kitty meets Jeff's family are hilarious, hands down.  Anyone who's ever had to be nice to someone because the situation required it and not because those feelings were genuine will definitely be able to relate.

If you haven't read the first book in the series, I definitely recommend you start there, because that book was a treat and this one is too, because the way was laid by the first book.  Reading in order is fun!

I will probably include this video with every review of every book in this series that I write, but that is okay, because it establishes perfectly the irreverent, enjoyable tone that permeates this series.  I definitely recommend picking these books up.




Overall Grade: A
 
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