Alien in the Family by Gini Koch Review: The girl that everyone loves to hate

June 29, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 2 stars, Books, Reviews

Alien in the Family by Gini Koch Review: The girl that everyone loves to hateAlien in the Family by Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty Katt" #3
Published by Daw Books on April 5, 2011
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
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"...great fun, with lots of quirky characters, witty dialogue, a bit of romance, some hot sex, and oodles of action." —Locus

Planning any wedding is hard enough, but Katherine "Kitty" Katt and Jeff Martini have a lot more to worry about than seating arrangements, because multiple inter-stellar invasions, Alpha Team in mortal peril, and inter-alien conspiracies are all on the guest list—and the gifts they've brought contain some explosive surprises.

The discovery that Martini is actually a member of the Alpha Centaurion Royal Family brings additional bad news—emissaries are on their way to see if Kitty's royal bride material. And they're not the only things coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Amazonian assassins, spies, alien beasties, shape-shifters, and representatives from the Planetary Council, combined with a tabloid reporter who's a little too on the mark, create a deadly situation for Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team. When the assassins strike far too close to home for anyone's comfort, Kitty realizes it's going to come down to more than throwing a bouquet—she's going to have to face an entire planetary consciousness and dethrone a monarch in order to make it to the church on time...

Alien in the Family is the thrilling third installment of the Alien novels.

This is a hard book for me to review, mainly because I loved the previous two books in the series but have decided to stop after this one. I enjoyed the series to date due to it’s originality, action, hot aliens in Armani suits and it’s charming narrator Kitty, who ultimately led to the downfall of the series for me.

As a member of the Alpha Centaurian Division, filled with A-C’s or ultra good looking, stamina-filled, emotion-reading men who have an affinity for Armani suits, Kitty is surrounded by temptations everywhere. Not only does she constantly fantasise and drool over the men in her division, but she’s slept with at least three of them, and constantly flirts with pretty much the whole team. Although the A-C women are blessed with supermodel genes and smarts, all these men are supposedly so bedazzled by Kitty that they constantly coddle her, compliment her, and make passes at her.

Kitty’s ego has gotten so big in this book, that she uses her body and sexuality to get her way. Despite being engaged to Martini, probably the hottest alien there is, she constantly pines after her best friend Chuckie, flirts with random men in public, and gets a bit too close for comfort with her best gay friend, Reader. These men absolutely worship the ground she walks on, and she knows it. So much so that instead of giving her the respect she deserves as a Commander of her division, when the men are fighting about the ‘important things’, she flashes everyone by pulling up her top to get their attention.

When it hit that part of the book, with everyone’s jaw dropping and the Earth pretty much stopping after she did that, I well and truly decided that was the end of the series for me. I’m not sure whether the series is written for men with Kitty’s sluttiness or for women with the hot A-C aliens but Kitty is the girl that every woman loves to hate. Kitty is pretty much that Sim with the ‘love’ ambition whose only focus is to sleep with as many people as possible.

Not only did all that annoy me at the start of the book, but there were some pretty teeth grinding scenes where Kitty interrogates some captured aliens that made me despise her even more. When an Amazonian woman infiltrates her wedding gown shopping trip and nearly kills her best friend Reader, she gets on her high horse after the alien has been captured and says some nasty things, just because she can. Of course, everyone is egging her on as she does it, making it more annoying than ever. This is followed by a bunch of unidentified aliens from other planets being captured as well, and Kitty’s bigotry, over-confidence and constant insults between these aliens and their customs and race were almost too much to bear.

Luckily, the last half the book made the slog a little more tolerable for me. Once we got to know the aliens’ true intentions, and we were introduced to the royal pet poofs which are fluffy, deadly little pets and we stopped obsessing over Kitty, I started to enjoy the book a little more. While this review has been quite negative, it’s not all bad. The series offers plenty of political movements between the A-Cs on Earth and their home planet, and with Kitty and Martini’s wedding on the horizon, there was plenty of action to be had over this. The wedding ceremony was also a welcome distraction from the rest of the series.

This is a series enjoyed by many, but sadly comes to an end for me. This review is based on my opinion only, and in no way is this a bad series. If Kitty’s annoying character traits, I would consider to continue reading, but unfortunately it underpins the whole series.

Series: Katherine “Kitty Katt” #3. Click here to read my review on Alien Tango, the 2nd book in the series.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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6 responses to “Alien in the Family by Gini Koch Review: The girl that everyone loves to hate

  1. I keep pulling these books off the shelf at my library to consider them, because I like the covers and the general idea behind them, but then keep putting them back because the blurbs don't really do it for me. I guess it's good to know that I'm getting the correct vibe from them, and not missing out on a really good thing. Oh well.

  2. I've never even heard of this series before now, and it sounds rather interesting! However I'm not big on characters with the personality traits you mentioned. If I read it I'll definitely go into it with this review in mind. Thanks for the honesty!

  3. Nice review – sadly, I feel the same about this series too. For me, Kitty has gone from charming (yet slightly annoying) to just plain old annoying. Her head has become so big, i'm surprised she can board a spaceship…

    • LoL your comment made me laugh! It's a shame hey, I wonder whether it's because of the whole wedding thing in this book or whether it's going to be like that from now on. Lots of other series to read out there I suppose. Did you finish on this book as well?

      • I read one more – and didn't actually finish it… I won't spoil it in case you do actually continue with the series, but Kitty did something so friggin ego centric that I threw my Kindle away in digust (then promptly fetched it off the floor and wiped the dust bunnies off it). There's definitely better out there in this genre. Much better.