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How to Date an Alien (My Alien Romance #1)

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High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Beautifully Broken Books (first published November 2011)
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At first I thought I was going to like it. It was fun, different; but the more I read, more seems like a satire.

The point of fantasy is to be credible but when a regular teenager, even clumsy, ends up shooting with amazing aim and flying a spacecraft you actually think that someone is teasing you.

The characters, on the other hand, ended up degenerating into stereotypes so exaggerated that I was hoping that at some point someone told me that all book was about to make fun about, precisely,
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
WOW is all I can say about this book. This is the first book I have ever read about Aliens. Magan has done a great job of weaving a story together from two different perspectives.

Alex lives a mundane life and wants to get into a prestigious college but she has no extracurricular activities to put on her college applications. She decides she is gong to ask her father for help because he is a Colonel in the army. So she decides she will do a summer internship with him at his job.

Once she gets ther
NightlyReading Heather
I must say that I am very happy with this book! It actually blew me away. You know that they say to never judge a book by its cover and unfortunately, I always do. But, I am glad that I had read this one!

The book starts off with our heroine, Alex, sitting in an interview for Columbia University. She is trying to get a spot and the interviewer is not impressed with her extra curricular activities. She literally has none. Alex has always been the outcast at her school and focused more on her studi
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Alien life does exist, or at least that’s what Alex discovers when she travels to Arizona to intern for the summer at Circe. Part “Men In Black,” part high school romance, “How to Date an Alien” by Magan Vernon is a quirky young adult comedy. It was an enjoyable read, but I have my pros and cons. Here’s the breakdown.


—Ace/Alex interactions: What do you say to an alien that just saved your life, especially when you just found out alien life exists? I can tell Vernon had a lot of fun writing
Howdy YAL
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I'm sort of alien junkie.

And I don't know why because E.T. is hardly sexy. And after watching all those episodes of Ancient Aliens, I sometimes find myself not sleeping thinking some grey is going to pull a Barney and Betty Hill on me but whatever.

How to Date an Alien was free on Amazon which was probably the number one factor in why I decided to read it that and it involved aliens. It's probably one of the better free books from Amazon I read, that's not saying muc
I won this book through goodreads and I must say that it is an excellent read.

Alex the MC is trying to get into Columbia University, but is lacking some extracurricular activities. She decides to take on an internship at her dads "military base Circe", which she comes to find out aliens are working with humans. She is just blown away when she arrives and even is attacked upon arriving. However, like a knight in shining armor, Ace comes to the rescue.

Ace is an alien, and a Caltian at that. Which
A very believable Story about a human girl and an alien boy meeting by chance. The best, it is the first book in the Young Adult Sci-Fi series "My Alien Romance" which will be three books long and is the début work of Magan Vernon.

Alex just got 17 years old and has already a lifetime dream: She wants to be a journalist and for that the Columbia University is her College of choice. Unfortunately, she is not much of an extracurricular activity person and consequently severely lacking in this depar
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is a cute and fun story. With great action and mysteriousness around every corner, dating an alien is harder than what you think.

What I adored most about this story is how much it reminded me of Men in Black but with a high school setting and teens. Alex thinking she doing an military internship, she finds herself in a whole new world she did not know exist. Alex is quick to accept it with loads of questions. I too, feel that I would react the same way. Alex is smart and knows exactly what
Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
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How to Date an Alien brings life, love, and lessons learned to readers of all ages. This young adult romance is cute and humorous making it an enjoyable read for any season.

Alex Bianchi is the lovable character that always feels out of place and has a longing to be invisible. When the opportunity arises for her to intern at Circe with her father, the days of clinging to the shadows of anonymity are over. A military base with operations hidden under the surfa
Step Into Fiction
First, I must comment about how much I love the fact that the ranks of the different alien species and humans are like the same ranks of high school. I definitely think that makes this book more relateable to those of high school age, or ones that haven’t been out of high school long. Or hell, even someone like me, who has been out of high school for awhile. It shows you that it’s not just humans that act a certain way or treat people a specific way.

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Cory Oakes
"Well, for starters, friends should tell their friends when they have a secret alien boyfriend and not lie to them about it."
(Jen, to Alex, in HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN)

I have heard people describe this book as "part Twilight, part Men in Black" and that is EXACTLY what it is (maybe with a teeny bit of Independence Day thrown in near the end). But don't get me wrong - HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN is not just a mashup of these other works. It's entirely its own thing - a delightful, well-paced story with memo
I know, I know, who would read a book with that title? But here we are. (I did get this for free on Amazon; there is no way I would have paid money to read this e-book.) It was quite terrible, but if I'm being completely honest, I loved it. I cringed and wanted to laugh out loud half the time, but I couldn't put it down. It is very reminiscent of Twilight, but worse, so much worse. It was entertaining though. I think this book has potential, but it needs some hard-core editing to make it a compl ...more
Jessie Harrell
I'd never really thought of aliens as sexy and lovable before, but Ace sure changed my mind. I love how he had such deep, black eyes - it really made him seem soulful. And I also loved how Alex was like a typical high school teenager, who wears glasses and is concerned that her Italian hips are too large. She was a total kick-butt heroine and didn't back down from anything! If you can root for a human and supernatural being to make it against all odds, then you'll enjoy rooting for this human-al ...more
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Alex is the smart girl who always felt awkward. Summer internship at her dads company proves to be an adventure Alex will never forget. First day and she is almost killed until a handsome man with dark ink eyes saves her. Getting the grand tour and now finding out her assignment and guess who her new partner to work with is. None other then her rescuer Ace.

Ace looks human but the gorgeous Greek God chiseled type of human. He is faster and stronger. Everyone around Alex starts to notice the prote
An other worldly novel that is uniquely written! With a twist on the supernatural/sci fi element,and a sweet romance,as well as a fierce protagonist,this novel is complete! I adored the alien theme of the story,a breath of fresh air from the typical YA novel. The romance was sweet,although I wished it had progressed a little slower,but love at first sight is always an intriguing tale. Overall,a nice,fast pace novel in a sci fi world with romance and adventure sewn in.
Emily Abarca
This book had funny moments and I liked the whole alien/human relationship. I love Ace and Alex! I ordered it online and I was surprised to see how short it was, like, it's a small book, but other than that I loved it! It is a little similar to twilight and a little sappy; I hated how the comparison made it a bit cheesy. Overall it was great, so give this book a try :D
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Really cute & fun story. Enjoyed this one. Full review to follow soon.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It was just destiny for me to read this book. Magan says it was written in the stars. (tee hee) Magan sent me an email asking me to review her book and then I won it from a giveaway on somebody else's blog. See what I mean? It was meant to be.

First off, I have to tell you that I love this cover. I think it fits this book perfectly. It's fun, light and you just know you will have some good romance coming.

I loved Alex. She is such a normal girl, wearing glasses and toting a few extra pounds. She b
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
I want to thank the author, Magan Vernon, for giving us the opportunity to read and review her highly enjoyable HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN. I enjoyed reading this and I look forward to the second book, as much as the title might scare me, I know it’ll be great!

First, I must comment about how much I love the fact that the ranks of the different alien species and humans are like the same ranks of high school. I definitely think that makes this book more relateable to those of high school age, or ones th
Erster Satz: If someone told me at the beginning of that summer that I would come face-to-face with death because of a Romeo and Juliet romance, I would never have believed it.

Ich habe gerade so eine Phase in der ich vor allem gerne Alien Lovestorys lese und im Zuge dessen, ist mir auch How to Date an Alien begegnet. Eigentlich schon allein vom Titel her nicht meins, aber davon ließ ich mich nicht abschrecken. Am Anfang gefiel mir das Buch auch sehr gut. Alex braucht für ihre College Bewerbunge
How to Date a Alien is, as the title suggests, a novel about a human girl who meets and falls for an alien boy. I was really excited about the premise of this one. I've read lots of books where humans date vampires, werewolves, fairies etc... but aliens? Nope, not before this! So it already had points from me for being different to anything I've read before! While this book didn't exactly amaze me, it did entertain and amuse me and I think it was definitely worth the time I spent reading it.

Ashley Schwartau
This book was just so....... I don't want to say BAD but yeah.....

I had a few major problems with it:
1) In the book's universe, aliens and humans of been working together at this aliens operations center in the desert somewhere for a long time. We've known about aliens for YEARS and have peaceful relations with many difference species. YET despite the fact that there are dozens of species working together at the military base, the author constantly refers to ALL of them as "aliens". It's like re
The concept for this book is just fantastic, isn't it?! Straight after I read the blurb I knew I just had to read it. I, for one, was definitely not going to miss out on something so unique and different. And I can tell you right now, you shouldn't either. Everyone just has to experience this book for themselves.

I only recently found out that apart from being a science-fiction book, this is also a romantic comedy. Now that I think about it, I did find myself laughing when reading it! Oh yes, and
Shreya (CCReviews)
I really enjoyed this book because it was unique and charming. The theme of the "star-crossed lovers" was played out to perfection and the romance was heart-felt. It was cute and fun with great action, mystery, and suspense. The best part of this book is the concept, and even though this is one of the rare YA alien books out there, it sure put the genre to good use. It's a pinch of sci-fi, an ounce of romance, and a quarter of humor, together making the perfect blend.

The main character Alex is
Barb Lie
How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon is the first book in her My Alien Romance series, which is considered Sci Fi Young Adult. When you read this book, you know right from the start that this is indeed a more youthful book, not to mention just by the title.

Surprisingly this turned out to be a cute story. I liked the heroine in the book, Alex. She was not your normal teenage heroine. Alex was pretty, but she wore glasses, and she was a bit more on the plump side. But that did not matter to the h

I was really excited to start this series. I have seen the book around a few times and was very curious. I did enjoy the first book, it was a quick and light read into an alien romance with a bit of drama.

Alex wants to get into college, the only issue is that she doesn't have any extra curricular activities to put on her college applications. She believes interning at her father's government job will do just the trick. She isn't close to her dad and has no idea what he really does for living, on
Sarah Snyder
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It's rather difficult for me to categorize this book, because it spans several genres. Obviously it's a young adult science fiction story, but it is also a romantic comedy. I guess I'll go with sci-fi-romance-romp. How's that? At any rate, I certainly enjoyed it.

Although the story centers around an Alien plot line, I would recommend it to readers who don't normally enjoy sci-fi stories. Vernon injects enough comedy, heart and r
The premise of this book was really interesting - and the various aliens included in this book is probably just the tip of the iceberg - but unfortunately the story quickly became repetitive. I lost count of how many times Ace was described as a Grecian statue, and I'm so fed up with the Romeo and Juliet references (Helen of Troy and Tristan and Isolde come in a close second and third) that I wanted to throw my Kindle down in frustration.

I do give mad credit to the author for making Alex fairly
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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media. You can find her online on


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“I'm falling in love with you." As the words left his mouth, his lips pressed to mine, giving me the most intense and explosive kiss I had ever had. With the coldness of his lips and the warmth of his tongue beneath mine I saw fireworks and felt them through every part of my body.” 33 likes
“If someone told me at the beginning of that summer that I would come face-to-face with death because of a Romeo and Juliet romance, I would never have believed it. But it wasn't like that summer went at all like I planned in the first place.” 7 likes
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