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Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,314 Ratings  ·  456 Reviews

Snow is in the forecast.

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job.

Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Downtown Press (first published May 10th 2005)
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Jul 30, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one ever
1.) FEMINISM DOES NOT EQUAL MAN-HATING. Okay, so the main character is just going around, talking about castrating men, forcing steel pipes down their throats (o.O), ripping out their voice boxes, kicking men in the balls, and saying stuff like,
A tide of anticipation was already rushing through me at the thought of putting these men in their places - at my feet.


One of the men had actually pulled my hair and scratched my cheek, like a sissy girl who ha
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Hmmmmmm look at what I’m reading… Ignore the stupid title and clichéd series name. And the perverted cover. Geez there are lots of things that would make a person avoid reading this. I’m not sure why I picked it. Oh wait.

Muahahaha I couldn’t help myself!

Well well… What can I say about this Awaken Me Darkly? It’s mostly typical UF to my entire disappointment. I like a good UF as any cool and important person but my dear Huntress of Aliens is not the most special kid in class. The story is mediocr
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I wasn't at all sure what to think of this storyline, since the alien bounty hunter plot seems very different, but I ended up liking it very much. My first read by Gena Showalter was The Nymph King, which I absolutely loved. From that point on, I have been reading her books. This is very different. Early on in her paranormal romance-writing career, Gena Showalter seemed to focus on writing lighter paranormal. The Alien Huntress series is a big departure from that, at least in my opinion. If I co ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 04, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
Mia is a hard-ass A.I.R. agent who never lets anything stand in her way, but from the first time she lays eyes on arcadian Kyrin, she can't get him out of her head. But when her partner Dallas is hurt and near death, Kyrin can save him...for a price. He wants his sister Lilla released from the A.I.R. holding cell, then he'll save Dallas. Mia tries to set him up, but he captures her and they get to know each other. I love the way the ending leaves a happily ever after, but also there's enough lee ...more


Love triangle? (view spoiler)
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Any Descriptive Sex w/OW/OM/Ex? (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? Maybe, but not for now.
Rating: 3 stars.
Reviewed on Amazon.

Hmmm, I hate to say that I'm a bit disappointed the way this story turned out. I guess I just had too high expectations regarding the romance aspect of the story. The action pa
Kathy Davie
May 12, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
First in the Alien Huntress paranormal romance series. It will definitely be my last in this series.

The Story
Mia Snow has been called out to a homicide. A man, William Steele, has been found nude in a dicey neighborhood and it's only luck that Mia and Dallas each find a clue that narrows the list of suspects down. All on that list are aliens, which confirms that their unit, AIR, is in charge.

The team members of AIR are hoping this isn't a serial killer as Steele is the fifth man who's been snatc
Dec 04, 2011 valee rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars

I have been saving this series for a long, long time, not because I thought it would be amazing and I wanted to save it for later but because it was the last series I had yet to read from this outstanding author. I knew I wouldn't be as attached to it as her LOTU series but I still knew I would like it big time because I adore how she writes. Well, I am glad to say I even liked it much more than what I thought I would after reading most of the reviews out there.

I never thought aliens co
May 08, 2015 Meagan rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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Mar 17, 2010 Catherine rated it it was ok
After reading the third and fourth books in this series, Savor Me Slowly and Seduce The Darkness, I decided to go back and read the earlier books to catch up on the other characters. I guess I had a different set of expectations after starting the series where I did. One of the biggest disappointments was that it was in first person. That was really jarring after reading a few of the other books in third person. It's just really odd to read a series and have one book be in first person and other ...more
Ended up liking this one. I wasn’t sure because I usually hate “bitchy” heroines- and Mia is that. But, to Showalter’s credit, she never got on my nerves. It’s the world building that makes this story, however, which I cant say about a lot of “PNR” (paranormal romance.)

Aliens are in this world (future earth from what I can tell) and Mia Snow is in charge of a team for the A.I.R. unit of the New Chicago Police Department. (A.I.R. standing for Alien Investigation and Removal.) During an alien rel
Neyra ♦
Aug 08, 2014 Neyra ♦ rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 1.5

The city is Chicago, the time: the distant future (it was never specified). A series of killings has erupted, and A.I.R is on the case. I know sounds silly, right? :P

Awaken me Darkly begins the Alien Huntress series with Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Mia Snow. She is an expert when dealing with "other-worlders", and as a series of killings unfold in Chicago, Mia and her team must track the killer before it is too late. But as they begin their trail in finding a susp
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Mia Snow is a Huntress, she hunts down aliens who have commited violent crimes on humans and executes them, and her most recent case, where a man shows up dead and posed in a seedy alley is no different, she hs to find the alien responsible and execute them. Only things aren't quite what they seem, espcially with a certain handsome but deadly alien, and the case soon becomes really personal.

I think this book starts of really well, she sets up an interesting futuristic world where aliens
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
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First Impression: Smoking sex with a hot alien. Win!

The Narration:Justine Eyrenarration of Awaken Me Darkly is equal parts lulling and sex phone operator. She has a silky deep voice that works well for both the female and male characters. It's hard for a female narrator to pull the male voices off well sometimes but Eyre does a great job and she still manages to make the females sound light and feminine.

What I liked: Showalter does a great job at setting up t

Ronda  Tutt
Feb 20, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it liked it
This story was an ok read for me, I give it 3 stars because the story was more like a cop and murder kind of thing. I felt like I was watching the SVU (Special Victums Unit) on TV where the detective figures out the case and either kills the murder or puts him in jail.

Kyrin the alien and Mia the half alien romance was more of a lust kind of thing and so it was ok for me but not thrilling. I didn't get any kind of thrill for this book or emotion.

If a book brings out some kind of emotion in me li
Dec 15, 2014 Hollie rated it it was ok
DNF at 40% - Way too much emphasis on the heroine being all that.......... it seemed to take away from story development and character depth. At least on every page something was said about how badass our little Alien Huntress was. I could not stand this character for even another chapter. The arrogance was not only appalling but ridiculous. I lost interest. Fast. Not a series I will continue.
This is the book I chose for the 2016 popsugar reading challenge. Book with a blue cover.

5 stars

This was a very good book. Liked Mia Snow. Her parentage was very interesting. Glad she was able to defeat Atlanna. Hope she has a long and happy life with Kyrin.

Hope to read more books from this series!!!
2 1/2 stars

Starts really good with kickass female but she turns into a wishy-washy woman that goes from threatening to flirting. She has a "loyalty to the core" to her job one moment then is thinking of perhaps not to save partner or when not sharing information with the captain. She just does stay true to herself.

This is told in 1st person POV and is trying to be an Urban Fantasy, yet it is really Paranormal romance. I've never found 1st person POV as a good choice for romance, it is too one si
This was a fast paced , kick butt book. I was a little nervous since I am not a huge fan of alien books. But I love Gena Showalter and so I figured I would give it a chance. I am glad I did. I look forward to the next book and hope that some of the other characters will be in it. Kinda fond of some of them. Want more Dallas and Jaxon.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Goodness Ms. Showalter is an amazing writing. I love her erotic paranormal stories. The sexual heat and alpha males in her books are hot. Mia Snow is a female character I can get behind. (Or underneath for some smexy time)

Great read. Must read all the books in this series.
Marie Lourie
Mar 18, 2016 Marie Lourie rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Ese libro forma parte de mi reto lector 2016: 9.Un libro escrito por una mujer.

Me gusto el libro, se lee muy rápido . PERO hubo momentos en que Mia Snow me fastidiaba en exceso, la historia fue como muy abrupta, no había esa transición entre los momentos claves, es decir, ella apenas conoce al tipo, no le tiene confianza, lo odia y después se lanza a sus brazos; y aun teniendo en cuenta que él es un extraterrestre super sexy, eso me pareció muy forzado.

Puede que también haya tenido muy altas m
Dec 17, 2009 AvidReader47 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Gena Showalter never fails to deliver. Onto the bookstore to get the 2nd book in this series...enough said.
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Apr 05, 2010 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~ rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. Loved Kyrin, the story, the plot. well written. Mia is my girl! I kinda teared up towards the end.
Dec 14, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I've been in a bit of a reading funk lately and haven't really enjoyed most of the books I've read. Fortunately, Awaken Me Slowly was just what I needed to break out of it. I loved it so much that I've already bought the next four books in the series! Mia Snow is a perfect strong heroine - smart, sexy, and tough, with a real reason behind her attitude instead of just barely-deserved cockiness. Kyrin, the male protagonist, is strong yet caring, making him very endearing. I also loved the concept ...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Awaken Me Darkly" by Gena Showalter kicks off the first installment of the Alien Huntress Series. Gritty, action-packed, with a touch of romance, this book was a pretty original read about a government huntress out to stop an alien murderer.

The setting is the future where humans and aliens live and exist together in one universe. Mia Snow works as an Alien Huntress for the government to help police any Aliens who commit crimes and protect the human population. When a murdered man is found with
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Awaken Me Darkly is set in the future when different species of aliens are openly living amongst humans. Mia is part of a law enforcement group that specifically deal with alien-related crime. She hunts down the criminals and if she finds them guilty, they are executed. There is no trial.

Mia is a no-nonsense kick-ass alien hunter, she's had a tough life growing up. Her mother left after she was born, her two brothers were murdered and her father stopped loving her and turned abusive when her fir
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Alien Huntress series by Gena Showalter. I really liked her book "Playing with Fire". I was a bit leery about this book's called "Awaken me Darkly" and it has a scantily clad woman in a black corset on the cover; it kind of screamed romance to me. Well, it is not a romance. It is a tightly packed paranormal crime novel, with back to back action scenes and a sex scene thrown in for good measure.

Mia Snow is part of AIR, Alien Investigation and Remo
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Mia annoyed me. Kyrin, meh. I don't ever condone hitting women, but I wouldn't have faulted him if he had. She spent the entire book trying to beat the shit out of him/kill him and he kept taking it without barely an objection. Her intent kept flip flopping on the kill or just beat idea, when she wasn't erotically dreaming of him.

The latter part of the book was better. I've read policewoman books before, but this one wasn't interesting in the usual Law&Order, CSI, etc. way, I think because
Jenny Rebecca
I've read the entire Alien Huntress series, but somehow I missed the very first one. I picked this one up yesterday. The first thing I noticed was that the two main characters didn't even meet until page 100 or so, and then it was another 25 pages until they even had any real contact!
This is more a story kind of a story than a romance novel. I never felt like I got to know Kyrin, and even when he was around there didn't seem to be tons of chemistry between them either. Plus this book really onl
3.5 - 4 stars
The book was action packed, the intrigues and mysteries were amazing.
Sometimes the pace was perfect but at others it felt a bit slow.
I didn't understand where the infatuation with each other came at first, but at the end I understood. (at least from Kyrin's side).

I was pleasantly surprised with the truth about Atlanna and the outcome in general.

The worst thing, since it was an audiobook, definitely was the woman reading it. OMG! It was unbearable. I was wishing for it to be over.

Jun 29, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it
This was interesting. I saw it in the library and picked it up when I saw the author. I didn't really read the description and then realized that it was actually about aliens. This book was definitely different than the other books she has written and I originally thought it was going to be bad. I'm not a big fan of alien stories. But I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be a fast paced story that involved a task force that has the job of hunting and killing the "evil" aliens.

I would de
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl
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Other Books in the Series

Alien Huntress (6 books)
  • Enslave Me Sweetly (Alien Huntress, #2)
  • Savor Me Slowly (Alien Huntress, #3)
  • Seduce the Darkness (Alien Huntress, #4)
  • Ecstasy in Darkness (Alien Huntress, #5)
  • Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntress, #6)

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