I have been eagerly anticipating ALIEN IN THE FAMILY and catch up with Kitty Katt, Jeff Martini, and their band of merry Aliens from Alpha Centauri. I was so reluctant to start this series but have since loved just about every minute. This series is filled with an awesome heroine, and studly hero, wacky aliens, pop culture references, action, adventure, and twisting and intersecting plotlines.
Months have passed since "Operation Drug Addict" and Kitty has been busy planning her wedding. Both Kitty and Jeff want everything to be perfect and are feeling the pressure of being the "poster children" for inter-species marriage and haven't really gotten far in the actually planning. Oh, and they still have had to save the world from superbeings, too. Now that the wedding is six weeks away, it looks like a few more people are coming to the wedding than expected: like Amazonian assassins, spies, alien beasties, shape-shifters, and representatives from the Planetary Council, including members from the ruling family from Martini's home world. Why would so many be concerned about this wedding? Martini's royalty and the reigning King has his own idea about how this wedding should proceed.
Although I was eager to get my hands on this book, I had a hard time getting into it initially. I kept pushing forward and was SO glad I did because I absolutely loved it. This one was a bit different than I expected because the wedding really does take a life of its own and dominates the storyline and page time. If you don't like reading about all the wedding details and mushy wedding day romance, this might be a miss for you.
1. Kitty--Still love the girl! She's still so much the same, but is growing. She's still a dorky comic-loving girl who can get to the bottom of things. She's engaged to the man of her dreams and is freaking out! She's still flawed, which makes her believable.
2. Jeff Martini--Jeff is coming into his own in terms of his relationship with Kitty. He already had everything else in this life figured out, and now he's figuring out how to be with Kitty and deal with his jealously. It cracked me up that he's had "the jealously talk" with so many people. Pretty funny! I love his quirks.
3. James Reader--I loved the development between Kitty and James. They are best friends who go through a lot and come out stronger for it. I especially loved the little bit of insight James brings back with him. They always crack me up how they constantly make Jeff and Paul wonder.
4. Family--you can't have a wedding without the crazy family around, can you? We got more of Mr. and Mrs. Katt, Kitty's extended (and slightly crazy) family, the Martinis, and more. I really love that family plays such a huge role in this series. Very refreshing. Not only do we see the immediate family, but we get to meet some alien extended family. WOW!
5. Humor--So many times I was laughing out loud. I just couldn't help it. The whole book was just so funny. Kitty is very straight forward, but not overly rude and crude.
6. Storyline--again, we have a few plans in play that overlap. The story wasn't a rehash of the first two. There was a LOT going on. I few times I was confused, but it all comes together in the end.
7. A Wedding to Remember--Kitty and Jeff get hitched and it's THE event of the galaxy. Because the future of the younger AC generation is hanging on the Kitty & Jeff's marriage, Kitty knows that it's not going to be all that easy to get to the alter. But Kitty is Kitty and manages to handle that wrench in the works her own way and it's great!
8. The Ending--I loved how Ms. Koch ended this book. Not many authors are brave enough to do this to a hero & heroine in a series, but I have a lot of faith that if anyone can pull it off then Ms. Koch would be able to. Now I can't wait to see how she pulls it off.
There were a few drawbacks for me.
1. Multiple romantic options--it's kinda getting old. I didn't like Chuckie so much for a good portion of the book.
2. Aliens who beat around the bush--okay, so this one I can't get too annoyed with because this is just how all the aliens are in this series and so it's been very consistent and I can't expect the bad guy to come right out and explain his master evil plan right away. However, it was sometimes confusing when Kitty would have to drag information out of aliens because aliens can't lie and so sometime beat around the bush instead of just coming right out and saying it.
All in all, I really enjoyed ALIEN IN THE FAMILY. Despite the bumpy beginning, it was an awesome read. I hope you like weddings, because Kitty's getting married and it's taking center stage in this latest installment.
As a bonus, we get an excerpt to the 4th Alien book, Alien Proliferation, which I can't wait for.
The Alien Series
Touched by an Alien
Alien in the Family
Alien Diplomacy (2012)
Alien vs. Alien (2012)