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Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—

My grandpa Dahlen was crazy. According to my mom, anyway. I was seven when he had me tattooed, and then tried to drown me in his bathtub to escape the bad men. Whether his obsession with alien visitors drove him over the edge or he just knew things we didn
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Published June 7th 2016 by SparkPress
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Okay this book was definitely different.

Courtney had a traumatic experience when she was young and at her grandfather's house. That was years ago and now Courtney is older and her grandfather is dead. She's just a teenager trying to live a normal life. BUT. . . it's not normal when you dream aliens are visiting you and then your not dreaming and they are still there.

Courtney's mom is not nice to her at all and ends up putting her in the nut house for a week. Courtney meets a girl there that lo
Elyse  Walters
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Courtney Hoffman? Where are you? It was Josh Sale, the guy I sorta liked before
my problems started".

Fifteen year old Courtney has a few problems. Aliens visit her at night in her bedroom.
Her parents are divorced. Her dad has girlfriend.
Courtney lives with her mother and younger sister.
Her mother -( who would never win any "Mother-of-the-Year" awards) is dating a doctor we wouldn't choose to exam our bodies or date our mother.
The mother and 'boyfriend/doctor' basically think Courtney is men
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Courtney is turning fifteen and her mother is concerned that she hasn't given up her imaginary friends and still questions what happened with her grandfather when she was younger. Her grandfather had been obsessed with aliens and one night tattooed Courtney and tried to drown her.

Now Courtney's mother worries about her being mentally unstable just as her grandfather had been but when Courtney meets Agatha who looks just like the imaginary friend Courtney has been seeing for years Courtney begin
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, ya, z2017
2.5 Stars.

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I first started reading this book. It sounded like either a YA sci-fi thriller or a YA book about a girl with a mental illness. It turned out to not really be either of those. I say that because I felt like Stefani didn't take us the whole way with this story; the characters felt underdeveloped, the story lacked concise direction, the pacing was all wrong and it just felt very muddled throughout. Perhaps it felt muddled because Stefani was tryi
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of YA sci-fi and aliens.
Recommended to Courtney by: Booktasters
Courtney Hoffman was put through an extremely traumatizing event by her grandfather, a person she loved and trusted dearly... Or so her memory tells it. Since that time, Courtney has began hallucinating alien visitations in her bedroom and even developed a friendship with an "imaginary" girl, named Astra. Fearing for their daughter, her (divorced) parents sought out professional help, and for a while it worked. As her 15th birthday neared, though, her plaguing memories and horrible nightmares re ...more
Suze Lavender
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Courtney has terrible dreams and she sees aliens. She knows there's a family link. Her grandfather was believed to be crazy as well. Courtney even has a tattoo to prove this. When Courtney's visions are starting to get worse her mother makes sure she's being locked up. Courtney is fifteen years old and she doesn't feel like she's crazy and maybe her grandfather wasn't either. She's young and wants to have normal a life. To achieve that she has to find out what's going on. Is she mentally ill or ...more
Danielle Urban
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Bradley G. Stefani is an interesting read for all ages. Yes, it's geared for teens but as an adult, I enjoyed reading it. The main character, a teenage girl, is growing through a difficult time period in her life. She just lost her grandpa whom many deem crazy. Yes, he was a bit crazy but this tale proves he was also a genius as well. A grandpa who gave his granddaughter a tattoo that she knows nothing about...and the talk of aliens. Who believes in aliens.. ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
SparkPress and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman, in exchange for an honest review.

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman received so many positive recommendations, which heightened my expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I found the premise to be interesting, but the execution lacking. I did not feel any connection to the main character and could not stop my attention from straying while reading. With some polishing and final editing to clean
John Purvis
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
“The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Brady Stefani ( This is Mr. Stefani’s first novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this Science Fiction Young Adult novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and some Mature Language. This novel is set in the contemporary US. The primary character is 15 year old Courtney Hoffman.

Hoffman wants to be normal, but she fe
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A truly great author can make you believe (or agree to suspend your dis-belief of) anything. Mr. Stefani writes a YA book that would rival any adult bestseller for tension and suspense and he does it with a 15 year old protagonist and aliens. I loved this book for its sympathetic and real characters (young and old) and the far-fetched romp of aliens, wormholes, monks and vikings. I was totally caught up in the exciting finale and could not put down the book until I finished.

This book has mild s
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Space Girl
I recently finished reading an excellent book by a very talented author that I have never had the pleasure to read one of their works before. In The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman: A Novel by Brady Stefani you met Courtney Hoffman, who at first glance appears to be your average straight “A” teenager. However, nothing is ordinary about her life, starting with alien visitations in her bedroom, all the way to discovering a genetic brain anomaly which she shares with her Grandpa Dahlen. Th
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
You'll quickly learn all about Courtney Hoffman and what makes her a typical teenage girl, along with what makes her extraordinary! Just like her Grandpa, she has a brain anomaly that is probably the reason for the alien's visiting her in her bedroom, and it's these abilities that make her a one of a kind character.

This is a book you can pick up and instantly become hooked. She is quickly putting the pieces of her life together, including her mysterious tattoo her Grandfather gave her.

I really e
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is Courtney crazy? Was her grandfather crazy too? Or do aliens really visit her and talk to her? Her mother thinks she is crazy and her mom's creepy doctor boyfriend has Courtney admitted to a mental hospital. That does not stop Courtney from eventually learning the truth. The aliens are real, the world could end, and only Courtney can save the world. I like this book and think it should appeal equally to girls and boys who enjoy stories about aliens and adventure. I received this book free to r ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
**This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

A young adult book about aliens - not something I've read in a while. I'm not exactly drawn to novels about aliens anyway, but with a plethora of young adult novels containing vampires, werewolves, fairies, and what have you - the presence of aliens is a change.
The book follows young protagonist, Courtney, who's caught between two worlds - the alien and the human. For her whole life up to the age of fifteen,
Julie Baswell
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Courtney was seven years old, her crazy grandpa tried to drown her. He believed in aliens, and had Courtney believing too. It is now eight years later, and she still has recurring nightmares about aliens visiting her. Only, she knows it’s real, and no one believes her. When her mother commits her to the insane hospital for a few days, she meets Agatha, who looks amazingly close to her imaginary friend Astra. Agatha believes that aliens are real too, and works to help Courtney face her fears ...more
Angela Cuéllar
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is an electric adventure full of the insane and the impossible. Aliens could not only be real but be close enough to reach out and…then again, Courtney could just be crazy after all. A fun exciting read through and through.

This story is a pure alien story through and through. Filled with hallucinations, parallel universes, nighttime visitations, secret societies, and the potential ending of the world. Courtney Hoffman is the sto
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: crazy teens (are they really crazy?), aliens, funny lines, and adventure! A great combo for a YA book!!

The adventure in this book reminds me of The Magic Tree House series, except this book is obviously for older teens. Plus it has aliens! And is way more fun to read!

I truly think teens and adults alike will find this book fun to read and see pieces of themselves in the characters, whether they are Courtney, Agatha, Haley, Jorg, or Lauren.

Read this book and save an alien..
Jul 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF at 40%. I can't see where the plot is going with this one. Along with absolutely nothing happening the characters are annoying and juvenile. The main character is mean to everyone, including those trying to help her. She has a bad habit of "pulling at her hair", but not as bad as the other girl saying "dude". It doesn't really bother me that I won't know what happened with this.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publish for the ARC.
Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
I don't know how Stefani did it but he nailed Courtney's character right down to her teenage angsty speech. From the battle with parents and siblings to worrying about her social life Courtney comes to life. (Interesting how most of the "bad guys" in this book are adults.) This book has the potential to turn into a fun series and I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, teen x-files adventure.
I think I'm gonna DNF this. I hate to do that to another ARC, but I haven't picked it up in weeks and I wasn't that into it in the first place. I saw a lot of problems and it really wasn't doing anything for me. I'll have to regroup and write a review later.

Full review here.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had a pretty interesting premise: a young girl has visions of aliens and doesn’t know whether she is crazy or they are real. As the story unfolds, we discover the truth about her and her past. Unfortunately, the writing didn’t quite live up to the premise. The main character is a teenager, so a certain amount of immaturity and angst is to be expected, however, this main character seems more like a caricature of a teenager than a real one. She was all immaturity and angst (some of it ju ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm sorry, just no.
I could not for the life of me get into this book. I got maybe halfway through the audio-book and had to stop listening. There was so much I didn't like. Honestly I knew it right from the beginning. When you're thrown into a world it can be fun. This time, it wasn't. There was nothing. No detail offered after the first chapter, no real back story. And it kept on like this throughout the book!

You wont find any fork in the road in this story. Instead you basically feel like you'
Title: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
Author: Brady Stefani
Publisher: SparkPress, 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction

**I received a copy of this book free from the author and Booktasters in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

This book was...different than what I was expecting. But that does not mean bad! It just means...different.

But let's get into it...

Courtney Hoffman is a little troubled ever since her grandfath
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
( stars. I started reading this book and came really close to stopping before I got very far. I thought I had the wrong idea about what the book was about, and really didn’t want to read about a teenager going through mental illness. Not that there’s anything wrong with books about that, but I just wanted to read the book I thought I was getting. I was so wrong. So I am going to say right off the bat, this is a young adult science fiction read, and a pretty good one at that.

Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
SciFi is not a huge genre with me. I often get bored with a story that I find gets bogged down with things that have odd names. The blurb about this book intrigued me. When combined with the cover, I knew I had to read it. Mental health issues draw me in. As for aliens, it totally depends on the story being told. This story involves both those subjects. I believe the author may have a lot of knowledge on both of them. Was it a mental health issue or an alien issue? I have no idea. I do know Cour ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“People who are different don’t become heroes in this world, Courtney. They’re locked up for being crazy or they live in their parent’s basements and spend the rest of their lives watching public television and eating microwave dinners without a friend left to talk to.”

I loved this quote because at the time of reading this book, I’ve had quite the bad personal time and the “left without a friend to talk to” line really hit home for me. While I’m not exactly 15 and can’t talk to aliens, having th
Carol Keen
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, teen, suspense
Oh Courtney! Are you crazy, or are you an alien? Indeed, that is the book long question as we wait to unravel the mystery of Courtney Hoffman.

Is this genetic, passed down from her Grandfather, that they can somehow chat with aliens? Or, is it as her mother so fears, her child is going to go insane like her Grandfather! Her mother wants her to grow up already. Put away that childhood imaginary friend, who, possibly isn't imaginary. Astra shows up at odd times, and as hard as Courtney has tried t
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
ARC for review - Publication date - June 7, 2016

Courtney Hoffman has a long history of traffic in aliens - her grandfather was a believer and gave her a tattoo when she was seven (seven?) to protect her. Now she's having bad dreams and seeing the aliens again - her mother and her mother's new boyfriend think she's mentally ill - what is the truth?

I love young adult, but good YA....and I'm sorry to say that this wasn't, but perhaps my weary adult eyes were too hard on it and it will appeal, in a
Alicia Marie
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ancient secret societies, hidden treasures, apocalypse predictions, and aliens! The overall plot was very well thought out. I really enjoyed reading this.
It was suspenseful, mysterious, intriguing, and a bit crazy (good crazy) at times.
To read my full review on this and other books please visit

Thanks to Netgalley and SparkPress for allowing me the ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Lori Murray
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Blog Tour Schedule: *** The Alienation of Courtney Hoffmanby Brady StefaniGenre: YA Psychological Thriller/ScifiRelease Date: June 7th 2016
SparkPressSummary from Goodreads:Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She's bein
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