In Alien Diplomacy we find our favorite well dressed Aliens and the fabulous Kitty as sharp and funny as a...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
In Alien Diplomacy we find our favorite well dressed Aliens and the fabulous Kitty as sharp and funny as always but the setting itself is changed. Jeff’s and Kitty’s new job as Diplomats for the ACs seems to change the game for them but they still don’t get to miss the parties. One big problem is hovering in the near future and there are again evil maniacs out there to ruin the fun. Question is who and if i’St only one fugly planning to ruin the dancing? This new job is by far not what Kitty and Jeff want but our couple isn’t one to give up. Kitty is, as obediently as she can be, doing everything that is expected. She does her best but well she isn’t this uppity kind of gal and I loved her for that. More than once she bumps noses with the in crowd and she does that with style- at least her kind of style. *wink* She is adjusting well to being a mom but all the diplomatic facets of her new role are seriously trying her patience. She always was and still is a girl who says what she thinks and it seems society doesn’t agree with me for loving her for that. It’s one of the main reasons I love her. She’s not only fun but she also is an honest person.
Jeff is doing slightly better but he also misses being active on the field. I loved to see both of the grow into this new job but even more doing the same with their relationship and still quite new little family. Jeff is trying hard to get the jealousy factor under control and he really shocked me with his emotional maturity at times. He still is all alpha male need-to-protect-woman-and-kid-at-all-costs but I wouldn’t expect less of him. Even though I have to say I’m not sure I can forgive him for turning out the music while Iron Maiden was on. Seriously Jeff, what is wrong with you?
In Alien Diplomacy we meet all our favorite characters again and thanks to Kitty and her awesome people skills we meet some new ones who are as quirky and refreshing as we expect Koch’s characters to be.
The plot is multi-layered and interwoven. We know the problem nearly from the start but the search for the big bad is the main problem through the book. It kept me guessing with Kitty and I caught myself turning into a conspiracy queen at times. I loved discovering the varied themes and plots in bits and pieces. It constantly kept the suspense at a high level and urged me to read just one more chapter. The series plot is getting thicker and thicker and I desperately await the next book Alien vs. Alien to find out what happens next.
Alien Diplomacy has everything I love about this series- the jokes, pop culture references, the hot aliens and a clever, touch but still real heroine. I love how Koch gives her characters strength but never makes them seem untouchable. Kitty is definitely a gal I would love to call my friend- not only because her taste in music rocks.
If you want to try something new and refreshing I urge you to read this series- it will surprise you and won’t let you stop until you read them all.
The buzz around this book was getting bigger and bigger and I just couldn’t resists its lure anymore. Even with having read what feels like a million...moreThe buzz around this book was getting bigger and bigger and I just couldn’t resists its lure anymore. Even with having read what feels like a million reviews The Bro-Magnet still surprised me- in a good way. This whole book is so different and refreshing in a genre that sometimes seems to be too set in its ways. For starters, our main character is Johnny a guy who’s hopelessly bad at dealing with woman. I loved Johnny. He is a nice guy with a sports obsession, an adoringly wierd family, a lesbian bff and one big problem: all the dudes love him and the woman not so much. He is a crowd-pleaser but only for the male crowd. Woman hugely start shaking their heads dismissively as soon as he opens his mouth. So here he is- wanting to finally fall happily in love and no idea how to achieve that. When Johnny meets Helen he is set on winning her heart- he just has to figure out how to achieve that.
The only woman in Johnny’s life that doesn’t seem to hate him is Sam- his bff. I adored these two together. Their easy banter was highly entertaining and to see that even both of them together were cluesless about how to make the girls happy was hilarious. Together they try to change Johnny and his life in a way that will please the ordinary woman even though they both don’t have much of a clue. But luckily advice and assistance isn’t beyond their reach. Friends, acquaintances and even the coffee shop owner help him along his way and share their secrets about a happy relationship. I loved to see what some of them came up with. I just say kittens and General Hospital.
Johnny tries to change himself so much that sometimes he accidentally says something that is out of his “new and better” character. Here’s a scene where Johnny tries to get out of liking loopholes in law cases because he thinks that that’s unattractive:
“Not only do I like ice holes,” I say, “but I like sinkholes.” “Sinkholes?” “I mean , I’d hate to get my truck stuck in one, but they’re so interesting, the way they just appear all of a sudden. And peepholes, I like those too.” “Peepholes?” “It is always good to see who’s on the other side of the door so you know whether you want to let them in or not. Oh, and blowholes- you know, whales. They should be saved.”
This whole changing-yourself is a huge topic in The Bro-Magnet. How much should you change to appeal to someone you’re interested in. And if you do change so much, will you still be you? Will this actually secure your shot at happiness. Johnny’s insistence on changing was funny yes- but at times i felt really bad for him. He shouldn’t be forced to do all that. He should be able to find someone who will love him just the way he is.
One of the main factors why I loved this book was that it just felt different and new. I loved to see everything through Johnny’s eyes. His confusion and uncertainty made me love him even more. A little thing nagged me a bit and that was that we only got a tiny bit of romance. If I would be forced to give this book a genre I would say Bro-Lit says it best. This book does feel a bit like chiclit with it’s cheeryness and all but well we see everything through a guy’s eyes. Also the narration does need a bit of getting used to. At points I would have wished that everything flowed a bit better.
Johnny’s journey to become a Chick- instead of a Bro-Magnet will make you giggle and cry from laughter. You will catch yourself talking to your ereader telling Johnny to “No don’t do that.” and “OMG he didn’t.”. The Bro-Magnet is a refreshing read that will keep you happy and smiling for a long time. Recommended for all who love a funny read