Review ~ Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

Review ~ Awaken Me Darkly by Gena ShowalterAwaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio
Released on June 25, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Justine Eyre
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Ridding the world of evil, one alien at a time: That's Mia Snow's mission.

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. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects - but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

They are ice and fire.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction... and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs - and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.

I came to read Awaken Me Darkly after reading and reviewing book 3, Savor Me Slowly.  I had been looking to read this series for some time but the whole “alien” thing always had me on the fence.  It seemed more sci-fi than UF and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like that.  After reading Savor Me Slowly, I found that I really enjoyed it and decided to go back and start at book one.

The difference between Savor Me Slowly and Awaken Me Darkly, is that Awaken Me Darkly is in first person.  I think I would say that the majority of what I read is third person, so it started out difficult for me.  We only get Mia’s POV in the story and I was absolutely DYING to know Kyrin’s thoughts.  I adjusted to just seeing through Mia’s eyes, and holy crap I wanted to shake her at times.  I mean, at some points, I don’t think Kyrin could have been more obvious, but she seemed to take things differently.

The story was really good.  I enjoyed the suspense and the fast-paced action. There was always something happening and each new trial jumped up quickly. Like I said, I wanted to shake Mia some, but the way her life is changed I pretty much forgave her and her obtuseness by the end. I loved Kyrin. He was able to manipulate what he needed from Mia as well as give her what she needed and wanted without taking away her tough exterior.

I am loving aliens much more than I thought I would and this series is definitely one I plan on continuing. The audio is really good, especially considering the accents needed to portray the different species. That must be hard as hell to do.  Justine Eyre pulls it off just right.

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.