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Aliens and Ice Cream

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What would you do if you couldn't go outside?
How long could you last?


On an ordinary Sunday, the sky rips apart and millions of aliens pour from the wound. Dark, sleek and evil, they hover above the ground, killing anyone caught outside. Inexplicably, they don't attack people indoors. No one knows why they're here, or what they want.

During the initial attack, Matt
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published March 19th 2019 (first published March 15th 2019)
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Lisa
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Books go Social, the author and Netgalley for the Arc
I loved the first 80% of this book! I was meh, about the last. This is not a complete book. It's at least a duology, maybe even a trilogy. This isn't a deal breaker with me, but I like to know beforehand.
I mostly loved the characters in this story. The kid's, from 4 to 18 were the main draw. The adults however were a damn soap opera. I hate soap.opera's. Cheating neighbor's. Big manly guy, who is a misogynistic arse, yet believes
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The Cats’ Mother
My curiosity was aroused, while browsing on NetGalley, by this title, which suggested a comedy, in contrast with the cover image, which has a bleak 1950s sci-fi look. In fact it’s a genius mash-up of post-apocalyptic alien invasion thriller, domestic drama, YA coming-of-age teen romance with some pretty gruesome horror scenes. I read the summary and had to find out how it all worked out, and ended up gripped and loving it.

A summer Sunday afternoon in an unspecified North American town, and the
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Louie  Book Teacher
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aliens and Ice Cream is a solid siege narrative horror novel that ends with the idea that this is going to be a series. The author has since confirmed that there are more parts to this, although it can be read as a standalone. The story begins with the geek guy waking early to go jogging with the pretty girl that is unattainable not because he is unworthy, but because he lacks the confidence to ask her out. The minute that I noticed this alteration of the typical narrative trope, I became ...more
Bandit
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, nice, a proper indie find. Sure, the title sounded on yet another summer scorcher and the cover looked professionally done, but one never knows what to expect with these things. Nevertheless, the few reviews that there were seemed encouraging, so I checked it out and it turned out quite good. A tale of alien invasion placed in a microworld of sleepy suburbia. In fact, it starts off with a cook out rudely interrupted by homicidal space invaders and proceeds to tell a story of survival. Those ...more
Kalyn Woodbury
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
After reading the synopsis and title, I thought this was going to be a middle grade book. It isn't. Matt is an 18 year old (not a pre-teen like I thought) and the POV switches from kids to adults, covering things like adultery pretty openly and vulgarly. This didn't affect my personal rating at all, just something I wanted to point out to potential readers.

The alien invasion starts on a sunny summer day, when the sky rips open and a bunch of alien pods come swarming our skies. Thousands of them
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Cara Bristol
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2019
Aliens and Ice Cream was AWESOME. It was one of those books that make you're sorry when you finish because then it's all over. Waaaaa! I immediately went to see what else the author had written. Alas! This might be his debut novel. Well, he'd better write faster!!!

Aliens attack earth, killing everyone who's outside. The survivors are holed up inside, but not necessarily with the people they want to be with. Food and water are running out. Great setup, excellent execution. A true page-turner.
Gilbert Stack
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, this is a rather straightforward novel about alien drones that blanket the earth killing anyone who steps outside of a structure like a house or an automobile. The death toll quickly mounts upwards of one billion as humanity hunkers down and tries to figure out what they will do when the food and water runs out in their homes. At the same time, this is a story about people and how they will respond to being shut up with each other after terrible tragedy. Their fears and their ...more
Indieflower
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that was a pleasant surprise, I really didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! The first couple of chapters I was a little unsure and thought it might end up being a bit shallow but before I knew it, I was flipping those pages like mad. The characters were well rounded and likeable (except for one who's an absolute tool, just like real life I guess, there's always going to be at least one arse who messes it up for everyone) and I enjoyed rooting for them, there were genuinely ...more
Tina Fritchley
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! I don't usually read alien stuff, but this was great.

Well-written, with a good storyline running through it. Tension, heartbreak, tenderness, funny moments - Aliens and Ice Cream has it all.
Melissa Borsey
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars of wacky fun. Alien, sci-fi is not my usual read however, the synopsis sounded good and it really was a fun read. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-own
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Carolyn
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure about picking this book up because of the title, it sounded like a comedy about aliens which didn't sound remotely appealing. Thankfully, however, I read the synopsis, was intrigued, and decided to give it a go.

I am not a huge fan of aliens, but I am of apocalyptic fiction - however, this book is so much more than either of those things. There is a small enough cast of well drawn relateable characters that you don't lose track of who's who, but enough to maintain the pace and drama
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Jodi
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title of Aliens and Ice Cream is intriguing and a bit light-hearted. The novel begins with a shy 18-year-old boy puking on himself during an ill-advised attempt to impress the girl he likes. It's easy to believe Michael James has a farcical tale for us. Instead, he has something much more interesting, albeit harder to read, in store.

James wisely spends a few chapters introducing us to young Matt and his friends, family, and neighborhood. A barbecue is being planned for the weekend. Matt's
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Fae's Finds aka Corrie
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, sci-fi, horror
Overall Rating: 4.5

Trigger/Content Warning:
Aliens, Alien Invasion, Massive/Graphic Killings (including children), Marital Strife (cheating), Alcoholism, Child/Abuse (rather violent), Masculine Toxicity, Survivor's Guilt, Severe Post-Attack Shock/Trauma

What a freakin' trip man! Like DAYUM! There were a few parts in the story that my heart was just a thumping with the action! Like, DOWN WITH THE ALIENS! They are so not your friendly ALF.

Aliens and Ice Cream is a super fast-paced alien invasion
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Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
You might think given that cover that you are getting ready to read a sci-fi apocalyptic alien invasion story...and you are, except Aliens and Ice Cream is much more than that. I wouldn't call this one on the sci-fi either. More like sci-fi lite. Part horror, part thriller, with a good dose of domestic tragedy, the heart of this survival story is a coming of age tale. It's more about the interpersonal relationships than it is about aliens.

Set in the midst of a neighborhood cookout, the story
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Sherry
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Voracious Readers Only, but all opinions are my own. This book was a fun and easy read. It poses the question "what if you couldn't leave your house? How long could you survive?"

The story begins with a charmingly awkward boy who is trying to woo the girl up the street but at a community BBQ everything takes a sudden dark turn when an alien invasion interrupts the fun. No one knows where they came from or what they want,
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Mary Mithrilil
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this summer read. It will take you to a serene American suburban setting where everyone knows their neighbor and barbeques are held with an almost ritualistic frequency. Boring, you say? Cut to a few hours into the book when the sky is ripped apart, alien aircrafts pour out and all Hell breaks loose (slightly graphic content warning by the way). Nobody knows what they are or where they came from. Nobody knows what they want. Only one thing is certain: step outside your house ...more
Dan Kalin
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Aliens and Ice Cream is a title which does not convey much about the book itself. The aliens are a monolithic plot device serving primarily as the reason why people are confined to their homes, and ice cream is mentioned once in passing without any plot effect. We never learn why the aliens show up (theories are presented with gaping holes in the logic) or where things go from where it ends. Another note, technologies (alien and human) are all presented without a basic understanding of the ...more
Sam Harper
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received a complimentary copy of this novel through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.
Wow what a rollercoaster of emotions, I laughed, cried and was on the edge of my seat whilst reading this gripping page turner.
Loved the depth of the characters and the dynamics between the different families and groups.
This book is more about the strength and weaknesses of mankind when faced with an alien invasion, than the actual aliens. Imagine being unable to go outside, as the
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Sayo
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

Its a typical day on a typical neighborhood street.
It's summer so the entire neighborhood is outside - suddenly the sky opens up and the world is under attack.
Families are separated and scattered around the neighborhood, you're safe as long as you stay inside.

While this book was a fast and fun read, it was not simply aliens shooting people, this book highlighted the way people react to trauma.
And not just the trauma of an 'alien attack' the trauma that people face everyday, abuse, loss,
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Ryan Weiler
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since I watched the movie "Signs" as a kid, I've been on a quest to find a modern book about a realistic alien invasion (besides the classics). This is honestly as close as I've come. Not to say the author writes anything like M Night Shyamalan, but the premise of an alien invasion with an ultra realistic setting is there. There are no parts of this book that I will remember forever like when Joaquin Phoenix see's the alien for the first time on the news broadcast, or when he starts ...more
Delilah Bluette
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Michael James perfectly captures the slow lazy atmosphere of a Sunday afternoon in a neighborhood where the neighbors are too close for their own good and at the same time not close enought to know much about anyone. The hidden ugly in the character's lives comes to the fore and they are unable to hide behind the trappings of life when aliens attack. The book can sock you in the stomach and make your heart race. Readers will be in the moment, every moment of Aliens and Ice ...more
Stephanie
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2019-read
Surprisingly excellent

I read this book as a buddy read for my reading group because we needed something fit the prompt "Food in title." I expected this to be awful at best. Boy was I surprised! This is funny and thought provoking and both uplifting and dark, dark, dark.

I loved the multiple perspectives, and especially the way life played out in expected and unexpected ways in a microcosm against the backdrop of world-ending catastrophe. It poetrays the best and worst of humanity. The
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Ty
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
It was semi eerie with the aliens and the different nature of the aliens certainly added to the book’s features. Otherwise I was super bored. And didn’t really connect with the characters. But this book had many dimensions and it entombed cheating spouses, abusive parents (but protective still in the face of danger), crushes and the freshness of the beginning of relationship—survival being the core of it all.

It emboldened the moral that human will, brains and strength can help overcome any
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Rose
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The long and the short of it: Too many aliens, not enough ice cream. 3 stars.

This is the first book I've read from NetGalley.

I loved how the story starts out with everything just going along like a normal day, and then out of nowhere- boom- all these aliens appear. There is a possibility that this is how it could really happen. You'd be going about your day, not expecting it to be the day of an invasion and your whole life changing.

The idea for the aliens and their characteristics was unique to
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Bre
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley.

An invasion happens across the globe. During a neighborhood block party, the aliens are exterminating anyone outside. How long would you be able to survive inside, if you found safety?

Narrative told by multiple perspectives, with a mix of teens & adults, all in third person. Some graphicness due to robot killings and other violence. Some mentions of physical and verbal abuse to teens occur. Adultery is also a backstory of two characters.

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Cj Zawacki
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ALIENS and ICE CREAM? This is a great alien vs earth in a small community. I always have grown up with the great movies, and this book is a great story of young adults, wrecked families, strong love. and , of course, those pesky black flying death machines.
Michael James. you must explain the icecream in your title. I mean, come on, there was, after all, just one ice cream sandwich thrown at the alien machines,
Debra Chiaro
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!

What a harrowing story. I'm not sure why ice cream is in the title but if it would have saved them from the aliens, that would have made sense. I gave only 4 stars because of the many errors in the book. Please, please, please, authors, re-read your books and get a proofreader. Thanks!
Andrea Dillon
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoa, i honestly expected this one to be like all the other alien invader books. I didn't expect a lot but wow it sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved the complex character stories along with the action. I love the not apparent solutions they come up with. I highly recommend this one! Great read!
Katy Surber
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gripping alien adventure

It's great to find a book that keeps you guessing. I definitely didn't free how the characters would get through the predicament they were in. No cliffhanger, and I would read the next book. Hope there is a next book

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