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Awaken Me Darkly

(Alien Huntress #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  11,419 ratings  ·  567 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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Aug 05, 2014 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
Hhmmm… I am feeling somewhat ambivalent about this – about the characters, about the plot, about the romance – not bad, not great. Just blah.

I am guilty of comparing this to Showalter’s other series, Lords of the Underworld. I have to admit that I am partial to mythology-based storyline, so that is part of the reason why I prefer LOTU. However, besides that, I think this plot is too slow for my taste. I read this book quickly, but mainly because I was eager for something amazing to happen. T
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Oct 20, 2009 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
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: br-with-sharon
there's clearly A LOT of issues i have with this book i could rant about, but it was also a fun read so?

~ buddy read with sharon <3
May 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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Kathy Davie
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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


Love triangle? (view spoiler)
Cheating? (view spoiler)
HEA? (view spoiler)
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 p
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Given how my previous encounters with Gena Showalter's books went (spoiler: not well), I'm not sure why I decided to buy this one.

...Oh wait, now I remember. It's about an alien huntress.

Assassins and bounty hunters in books make my ears perk up. Aliens make me come running. If you discovered a bodice rip
Mar 09, 2010 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
Dec 10, 2009 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
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

SciFi sexy1 Well-Written

First Impression: Smoking sex with a hot alien. Win!

The Narration: Justine Eyre narration 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 u

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
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
Ronda  Tutt
Jan 23, 2010 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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book was awesome! I was a little sad at the ending. We were mostly told how things ended, than experiencing them for ourselves. It felt a little rushed to me, and I wanted more dammit! Other than the abrupt ending, this was a kickass book!
Neyra ♦
Jan 07, 2012 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 su
Dec 15, 2014 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 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.
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!!!
♆ 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.
Oct 30, 2009 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~*~
Mar 11, 2010 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.
Eva Rose
I'm kind of tire of writing about how much a book sucks, so I will spare myself the pain. You draw your own conclusions.
Tiera McMillian
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november-2019
3.5 - 4 stars. I picked this up off Audible and was so freaking exstatic to find out that one of my favorite author's had a book narrated by Justine Eyre who over the past year has become one of my favorite narrators. She has such a gravelly voice and does accents so well. I was so excited!

Everything started off great though a little ways in I was getting a tad bit lost, I think it was because I was expecting like real Aliens... not like superhuman mutation like individuals humanoid in appearan
Titania Remakes the World
Juicy, hot, steamy romance, with good quality crime drama going on too. Really enjoyed it. It has a lot of steamy action & crime drama action, similar to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, which I really enjoy, but monogamous. I'd re-read again. I'm reading the series and so far, they've all been good.

What I'd love to have happen: Would love to have the series continue with the characters, or group of friends. Or more in-depth followups, with great romance action and also crime drama acti
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 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
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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