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Review: Alien Separation by Gini Koch

alien-separationTitle: Alien Separation

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #11)

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Format: Paperback, 524 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756409314 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756409319 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Life’s never easy…

The Mastermind has finally been identified, but before Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini can take him down, they, their daughter Jamie, Charles Reynolds, Paul Gower, Christopher White, and several others are zapped out of their solar system and into another.

Landing in scattered groups on various areas of Beta Eight in the Alpha Centauri system means getting the team back together will be a major issue. But it’s only one of the challenges they’ll face. Kitty and Company have to forge alliances with the wide variety of sentient natives on the planet while plotting to create a civil war and overthrow the king—who just may be a clone of one of their bitterest enemies, Ronaldo Al Dejahl.

Of course, to do this, they have to overcome an assortment of dangerous obstacles, protect a group of refugees, take mind reading lessons, and seek out unexpected new allies as they journey to the CenterPoint of the World.

And once they reach the All Seeing Mountain, new issues and surprises await. Because there’s more than a small war going on—they’re in the midst of the Alpha Centauri Civil War!

Quick & Dirty: Different worlds, big bugs…

Opening Sentence: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kitty is back and it is really Kitty not the Kitty from the alternative universe. She soon finds out Stephanie aka traitor is missing after being involved with Cliff, which as we all know from the last book was unveiled as the Mastermind. So they finally reveal the big news to Chuckie who of course is heartbroken and mad. After all, that was his best friend, and he murdered his wife.

As they gear up to go after the Mastermind, they suddenly find themselves whisked away into a whole other solar system. Same reality this time, but this world has huge bugs on it and it is kind of freaking Kitty out. Soon they find themselves in the middle of a civil war. Of course, it is also filled with Clones and the King is none other than a clone of Ronaldo himself.

Will Kitty be able to get the whole group back together, and will they be able to find her daughter? Will they be able to get back to Earth? Will things ever be slightly normal for them?

I have to say this one was entertaining, but also felt really silly. I am not even sure where it fits in the overall scheme of Kitty’s world. Basically, instead of dealing with Mastermind now that they know who he is, the end spends 524 pages on Beta Eight with, Ancients, Amazons, and clones in some kind of weird civil war with big bugs and the All Seeing Mountain. I mean Bizarro World wasn’t old enough, although that book (previous to this) was actually really interesting and complex. This is so hit or miss for me. This was overall a miss, I like my series to have a deeper mystery and things that tie it together.

I honestly couldn’t figure out what this had to do with anything that happened earlier or how it actually advanced the story. I mean it did tie in some elements and of course as always introduced loads of new friends. Kitty was on point with her humor, and Jamie was kidnapped again, so okay, it did have things in common with previous books.

Notable Scene:

This didn’t matter at all to Jeff or me, of course. They’d taken our little girl and drugged her and we basically wanted to hunker down and hide her. Of course, events were not going to allow us to ever be regular parents, and this particular excursion was definitely Exhibit A.

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 Separation. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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