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Review: Alien in the House by Gini Koch

alien-in-the-houseTitle: Alien in the House

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #7)

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Format: Paperback, 544 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756407575 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756407575 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman.

Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot.

Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?

Quick & Dirty: Can they save the House of Representatives?

Opening Sentence: “As any person who’s ever had to hide a huge secret about themselves knows, being outed  before you’re ready is one of the things you fear the most.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Jeff and Kitty and the gang are back in this 7th book. They are still reeling from the world finding out about them being aliens, and ACE disappearing as well. When the Representative from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District dies at dinner at the Centaurion Embassy it is Kitty and the gang to the rescue. Especially because Jeff is going to the be the replacement. When Vance reappears to tell Kitty that someone is killing off representatives, she knows things are about to go from bad to worse.

Kitty wonders if the Cabal of Evil is behind this, and is it another conspiracy or is it just someone new on the scene? Plus, the representative dying in their embassy poses a whole other problem, will they be able to prove that they had nothing to do with it? Of course Kitty has to keep on the down low because while the aliens have been outed she is still considered their secret weapon as know one knows that she was enhanced by the birth of her daughter.

Also, since six months have gone by and baby Jamie isn’t so babyish anymore! A whole host of new characters arrive to add to the story, a new assassin, Uncle Peter, and two princesses!

I wanted to really love this series, but as I tried to get into the 7th book, I realized that I thought they were too long when they were clocking 480 pages and now that it is over 500 pages. Way too long. Not enough cohesion, too many characters to really get attached to any of them, and sometimes just too wordy. Plus, they just try too hard at times. Pared down the core of this series is great, Kitty and Jeff have a wonderful relationship. Chris and Amy, and some of the other characters are great and really just add to the story.

The humor is good, and Kitty is snarky still and I love her, but these are just too long and too much going on and I really do still want to love them!

Notable Scene:

There were photographers. Noticed them because they started snapping as soon as the Speaker joined us. Realized this was a great way for an enemy to get close. Examined them as well as I could. Most of them had their cameras up and flashing pictures. One of them smiled at me and, when I caught his eye, winked. Oliver was here, and I felt oddly better. Not like any of us were safe simply because Mister Joel Oliver  was in attendance, but at least someone else on the floor was on our side.

Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series:

1. Touched By An Alien

2. Alien Tango

3. Alien in the Family

4. Alien Proliferation

5. Alien Diplomacy

6. Alien vs. Alien

7. Alien in the House

8. Alien Research

9. Alien Collective

10. Universal Alien

11. Alien Separation

12. Alien in Chief

13. Camp Alien

14. Alien Nation

15. Alien Education (May 2, 2017)

16. Aliens Abroad (December 2017)

17. Aliens Rescue (May 2018)

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Alien in the House. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Review: Alien in the House by Gini Koch

  1. Lauren @ Always MeNo Gravatar
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    I have the first book in this series – I think I’ll have to bump it up my tbr! :)

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