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Touched by an Alien

(Katherine "Kitty" Katt #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  5,291 ratings  ·  873 reviews
Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn't even begin to cover it when the "man" suddenly transf ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Daw Books
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
Touched by an Alien, eh? What was I thinking?

I mean yeah, the cover artist – I’m talking about the whole series of books- is great, and call me a douche, but that’s the main reason I wanted to get my hands on this book so much. But Touched by an Alien??

And then the summary, which states a bunch of important words “sexy marketing manager”, emphasis, as you see, on “sexy”, “Alpha Centauri male in Armani”, emphasis on “Alpha” and “Armani”, and “handsome hunk”, emphasis on “hunk”. After analyzing t
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
A mash-up of "Men In Black" and "Ghostbusters" with a central "McGyver" character. Intriguing premise. The sex scenes were steamy and the humour sometimes funny but the writing, in general, needed serious tweaking.

Fugly. That word has been (possibly temporarily) removed from my personal dictionary. "Baby" and "girlfriend" as terms of endearments should be banned. My lovely Kindle can illustrate why:

fugly = 39 mentions (mostly in the second half of the book) -used by Kitty.
baby = 22 mentions (as
Feb 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is a public service announcement for the skeptics:

I picked up this book from the library because the author is coming to Tucson Festival of Books in a few weeks and the reviews were overall good. I thought it might be just silly enough to be awesome. My bad.

Everything people loved about this book I hated. I thought the dialogue was horrible and clunky. Kitty was super sarcastic all the time (think: Gilmore Girls without the "charm") and a really big fucking flirt who kept giggling that she
2,5 slimy parasites stars

Kitty Katt our average MarySue woman just exited a building when a man suffer a nasty transformation , sprout deadly wings and starting killing people. As everybody normal reaction will be (not) she jump on the guy and kill a slimy blob on him. Well, welcome to Men in Black Meet True Lies Meet Get Smart.. Then , of course, some really georgeous men dressed in Armany arrive to control the situation, and Jeff Martini (and can't you take srly a name like that!) is insta-sm
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
With a name like "Touched by an alien", it's no doubt that this book would be hilarious and unconventional, not taking itself seriously. Even the blurb was funny, I mean handsome aliens dressed in Armani suits? The book delivered lots of laughs, action, romance, and more.

Nothing could prepare me for the entertainment that ensued upon reading the book. The witty banter alone was incredibly fun, between the Alpha-Centaurions (or A-C's) which are all incredibly good looking, smart aliens who are g
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
There are three categories of books:
1) Some books one reads to improve themselves. This is like eating broccoli; you may or may not like it, but you know it's good for you.
2) Some books one reads because they like them and they happen to be really good books. This is like eating strawberries; you know you like them and you're pleased it also happens to be good for you.
3) Some books one reads specifically because they are trash. This is like eating circus peanuts; you know you like them and you k
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I have to confess I'm not a sci-fi fan. Not because I don't like the genre, but simply because I have never read any sci-fi novel or watched any sci-fi movie. So when I saw the gorgeous cover of this book at first, I never thought this would be something I would pick up, but then I kept stumbling upon praising reviews of Touched by an Alien and since all the reviews were so unanimous in praising Gini Koch's writing and the novel itself to the skies, I thought I'd give sci-fi a try and see what T ...more
Ren Puspita
UPDATE :First read, borrow from my friend, and then I win a signed copy of Touched by an Alien, from the author herself. Thanks, Ms Gini Koch! You're rock, like Kitty too!! =)

Actually, I'm torn to give this book between 4 and 5 stars

Let me see...
My reason why I want to give it 5 stars :

- Katherine Katt, a.k.a Kitty is my kind of heroine ===> She can kick her enemy ass and maybe yours as well! And she has a weird kind of humor. Oh, don't forget her sarcasm

- Jeff Martini -an Alpha Centaurion ali
Lisa Kay
Katherine “Kitty” Katt’s Montblanc pen.
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Romy Nordlinger. She is had great pacing and inflection on her voices. My only hesitancy, although I love her voice, is it is not how I pictured Kitty’s. Her voice sounds roughened by whisky poured over jagged rocks, then slowly infused with bar lounge smoke. (I sped it up to 1.5 speed.) Good job, though, with the witty dialogue, so I went with it and quite enjoyed her delivery.

What a
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
This book was straight-up stupid.

There was a massive info dump in the beginning, and in the midst of said dump (and afterwards as well), there were numerous references to the sexy alien men as "hunks" and even "dreamy to the max" on one occasion.

Dreamy . . . to the max . . .

YEP. That happened.

There was also slut shaming, and a cartload of other ridiculousness, and just, NO.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF fans that like a lot of action and world-building in their books.
Rating: 3.5
Quick take: I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Most was love, but there were aspects that had the Scoff-O-Meter turned up high. But overall it was an amusing sci-fi romp!

I'd like to start by saying that this book has a gorgeous cover. Artist Daniel dos Santos--who is known for his work on the Mercy Thompson series's US covers--is freaking brilliant. I must say that I absolutely judged a book by its cover in this instance; it drew me in immediately. Gini Koch is one lucky a
Elena C.
I guess this is a case of "it's me, not you" because I really can't figure out how this book managed to get such a flattering rating and so many ecstatic reviews.

Well, ok... Touched by an Alien did have it all, to be honest. Let's see:
● a super special snowflake of a MC? Check.
● who's not only a total badass and the most sexy woman this side of the universe (and quite possibly the other one as well) but, obviously, also the smartest person in the room. Any room. Check.
● a bunch of ridiculously
Kathy Davie
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, funny, urban
First in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt urban fantasy series about a human who falls in with crusading aliens out to save the world.

My Take
Oh. My. God. This is too hysterically funny for words!! I absolutely love this start to the series, and Martini's flirting just cracks me up. And I love their fear of Kitty's purse! Then there's her dad and his worry. As well as his very protective instincts when it comes to any guy around Kitty.

On first seeing Jeff, Dad's first reaction is: "Who's the octopus?"

CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Ok, so first off based on the cover and the back description I wasn't expecting much.

I was wrong.

This book was not only surprisingly funny and fast-paced, it was semi-plausible and steamy.

I thought Kitty was going to be TSTL and that the romance was going to be by-the-numbers and blah blah blah blah I'd fall asleep in the middle. Nope. Kitty is smart, realistic, brave and flawed. A marketing manager who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time (depending on how you look at it), Katheri
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I should've loved this book. I WANTED to love this book but, sadly, I just didn't. This book is basically in the same vein as the movie, Men In Black, in terms of how over the top it is. And that's fine because that's what the author is going for. The heroine even makes several MIB jokes so it's clear that the book doesn't take itself seriously. Which is yet another reason why I should've loved this book. I loved the first MIB movie so this book was supposed to be a slam dunk for me and yet...I ...more
In Touched by an Alien, Katherine, known as 'Kitty', is walking out of the courthouse where she did jury duty to find her life flipped upside down. What starts out as a fender bender ends with Katherine being pulled out of a war zone after one of the victims turns into some kind of superhuman. Turns out aliens have been on this planet for some time, trying to stop an alien parasitic race from overtaking planet Earth. Katherine is invited to join them and a certain member of their alien organizat ...more
Angela Myers
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch gets off to a running start when the protagonist, armed only with an expensive pen, attacks--and kills--a monster. Then it slows down to a walk for the next 150 pages while we learn about who the aliens are, why they're here, how they travel and where they live, but during which I did not learn to like the protagonist and learned to actually dislike the love interest. (This is probably just me--I don't like cocky men, or aliens, who call their significant others ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I never have thought of aliens as sexy till now, Martini, is one hot green little man. LOL This book was a surprise in every way, it was fresh, original and filled with quirky characters. The mother, oh my wait till you meet her mother, what a hoot. Nothing is what it seems, poor Katt has been lied to all her life, well to be fair most of the world has. This is a funny book, light somewhat predictable towards the end still and enjoyable ride.
Warning: rage monster ahead.
1) Timeline
All that shit could not possibly happen in less than a week.

2) Get real
- You've known each other for less than a week. You show no serious outward signs of love. And you want to get married asap. EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLEASE!
- The alien's religious leader is called the Sovereign Pontifex. This one amused me to no end.
- Don't ever name a SF/UF heroine Kitty.

3) Kitty
Generally I expect intelligent people to be have logic backing their stunning intellect.
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ok, get ready to suspend belief. If you can't, you'll probably hate this book. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this very reason, some of the action in this book is just eye-rollingly unbelieveable. The heroine goes from marketing manager in a suit to know-it-all special agent in Aerosmith t-shirt in about 2 days. I mean it, she goes from desk worker to flying jets and sharp-shooting, and solving mysteries that these Alpha-Centaurians haven't been able to figure out in generations. That being ...more
May 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
They say a sucker is born every minute. Well I was born many minutes ago and it appears that I'm still an overall general sucker. I mean really, I should have known from the title, but then again, I'm a sucker.

Touched by an Alien is a mix of Twilight meets MIB. I'm a big fan of the MIB movies and well, I'm a guy so I don't really get the whole Twilight craze. However if anything this book has brought me closer to an understanding. This is the Twilight series for adults. Since this is for older r
I was super hesitant diving into this book mostly because of the title. I know, I know.. don't judge a book by it cover or title. I did though and..

Touched by an Alien was a funny kind of book. It was also a cute, quick, and easy read. The characters were witty enough to make me smile and turn the page. The Aliens being good in bed was no surprise to me, mostly because I'm never read an alien book and kind of just went with the flow. The powers though are what really got me going. The extreme em
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: Larissa
Katherine "Kitty" Katt has just finished jury service and is about to head back to work when she gets caught up in a domestic dispute. When the husband suddenly mutates into a creature from Kitty's worst nightmares and goes on a killing spree she takes action without even thinking and manages to kill the creature using just her pen. What started as a normal day goes downhill rapidly from there and she soon finds herself whisked away by a group of Armani clad hunks who want her to come and work f ...more
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this cover! I a huge Daniel dos Santos fan after he did all the Mercy Thompson series covers and this is an awesome one. I’m glad to say that the content is just as good as the cover.

It’s just another ordinary day in Kitty’s life when out of nowhere a man comes out of his car in the middle of the street and transforms into a Fugly creature and starts attacking people.

Without no thought or reason Kitty just springs into action and kills the monster with nothing less than a Mont Blanc pen.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, romance, sci-fi
Katherine "Kitty" Kat is leaving the courthouse after jury duty when she sees something amazing and horrifying: a domestic dispute turned worse than ugly as the enraged man mutates into a winged monster and shoots blade from its wings, killing the man's wife before turning on the other people exiting the courthouse. Instead of fleeing or hiding behind her car, trying not to scream, Kitty goes into action and manages to take out the monster - with a ball-point pen.

Next thing she knows, several ex
Snarktastic Sonja
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed
Review: This book has been on my TBR list for quite a while. I haven’t read it sooner for the simple reason that my daughter refuses to read books about aliens. (They are too real, go figure.) I did, however, manage to get the gals (and guys) over at the GoodReads group Girls, Guns, & Grimoires to make this Book of the Month, so reading along was kinda obligational. And, I am glad I did. I enjoyed it. Probably not quite as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it.

I loved the “Men in Armani” set u
I've been putting this review off for a while because I wasn't sure how to rate or review it.

I loved the beginning of this. It was so fascinating seeing Kitty attack some thing and then get recruited into a secret organization for it. She was so snarky and fun with her smartass comments and her easily flippant remarks towards Martini and the rest of the Alpha Centauri. I couldn't stop laughing for the first half of the book because of the banter between Kitty, Martini and Christopher. I was rea
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Despite the title Touched by an Alien is a pretty decent read. It was hilarious, it was kickass and totally not what I expected. The beginning didn't inspire much confidence, I actually got an Aisling Grey feel for a while. Thankfully it was misleading. Kitty isn't a dumb bimbo and while things were so OTT (especially after the midway point) that it was ridiculous it was entertai
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
Don't let the rating fool you, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would when I started reading it.

~ Review to come ~

Chosen book for the 2018 MacHalo Reading Challenge (aka MMFBCE™) ~~ 9. Bloody Mayhem ~~

Also, my fellow MacHalos decided to join me into reading this one therefore this was turned into a Buddy Read
Sep 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
I don't even remember why I picked Touched by an Alien. It is said to be a comic approach to sci-fi, but even in that, it was thoroughly disappointing. There was potential, but the author didn't get even close. ...more
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Gini Koch lives in Phoenix, Arizona and writes the bestselling fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. Book 14, Alien Nation, won the ...more

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