Saturday, January 7, 2017

Week 1 Reviews: Alien Collective, Universal Alien, Alien Separation, Alien in Chief, Camp Alien, Alien Nation

From Goodreads:
Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don't want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.

From Goodreads:
Being the wife of the Vice President isn't easy. Especially when your talents lie in kicking butt and rocking out . . .

Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini find out just how easy it is for the wife of the Vice President of the United States to unintentionally insult an ally. Now they have to smooth things over with the Australian Prime Minister, pronto, or risk creating an international incident the worldwide anti-alien coalitions will be able to use to force Jeff to resign and the A-Cs to leave the planet.

But before Kitty can make things worse, a cosmic congruence and a little help from some powerful beings shoves her into another world -- one where she's been married to Charles Reynolds for years and aliens don't exist. She's also landed in the middle of a huge conspiracy and is marked for death . . . but at least that's business as usual.

Kitty's not the only one confused, because the Kitty from that world has taken her place in this one. Now Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have to make sure that no one spots that there's been a switch, while keeping World War III from happening. And they have to do so while keeping this new Kitty in line, because she has views about what to do and how to it, and time is running out.

Can both Kittys save their respective days before it's too late to go home to the universes they belong to? Or will one Kitty decide to keep the other's life . . . forever? 

From Goodreads:
Life's never easy . . .

The Mastermind has finally been identified, but before Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini can take him down, they, their daughter Jamie, Charles Reynolds, Paul Gower, Christopher White, and several others are zapped out of their solar system and into another.

Landing in scattered groups on various areas of Beta Eight in the Alpha Centauri system means getting the team back together will be a major issue. But it's only one of the challenges they'll face. Kitty and Company have to forge alliances with the wide variety of sentient natives on the planet while plotting to create a civil war and overthrow the king - who just may be a clone of one of their bitterest enemies, Ronaldo Al Dejahl.

Of course, to do this, they have to overcome an assortment of dangerous obstacles, protect a group of refugees, take mind reading lessons, and seek out unexpected new allies as they journey to the Centerpoint of the world.

And once they reach the All Seeing Mountain, new issues and surprises await. Because there's more than a small war going on - they're in the midst of the Alpha Centauri Civil War!

From Goodreads:
The Mastermind has upped his game . . .

As Kitty can tell you, it's not easy being the wife of the vice president - especially not when he's an alien from the Alpha Centauri system. And being a parent of preternaturally talented children, don't even go there. But she and her A-C husband, Jeff, have learned how to roll with whatever life and the bad guys throw at them - they think.

Kitty & Company have been savouring a few months of quiet since they got back from Beta Eight. But suddenly their peace is shattered by the arrival of a mysterious female assassin - who might be Jeff's missing niece, Stephanie. And that's just the beginning of the fun.

When the Alpha Centauri Planetary Council requests a visit with the president and vice president, things look politically dicey. When the most dangerous prisoners in the most secure supermax prison escape with ease, things look bad. But when the Mastermind releases a virus that kills people in a week, things go to Defcon Worse fast.

Now it's up to Kitty to save everyone important in the U.S. government - including her mother, her husband, and herself - before the virus spreads through the rest of the country, and then the world. Plus she's facing invisible attackers, crazed assassins, a teenager in hiding, the most dangerous train ride ever, the disappearance of her beloved flyboys, and a mysterious alien who could be an enemy or the ally she needs.

And this time, the Mastermind's made it very personal. Either he's going down . . . or Kitty is.

From Goodreads:
The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, don't get any downtime once the Mastermind has been revealed to the world. Not only do they have myriad high-level government positions to fill, but the scrutiny and pressure on this Administration has gone into overdrive.

The sudden reappearance of a long-forgotten adversary turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. New robots and androids attacking, old enemies making new alliances, and new aliens with interesting abilities almost overshadow the fact that the U.S. still has to host a peace summit at Camp David between Israel and Iraq. It's clear that while the Mastermind may be down, there are plenty of others ready to take his place - and all that stands between them and success are Kitty and Company.

Kidnappings, rescues, creepy hideouts, a hidden black site, and a domestic dispute that could end Jeff and Kitty's marriage are nothing compared to find not one but two hidden labs where dangerous and deadly things are brewing.

But when the President and his entourage finally get to the peace talks, things are no better. Mossad rightly suspects something's wrong with both their Prime Minister and the President of Iraq. A hidden in-control superbeing, an android replacement, and an army of Fem-Bots turn the peace talks into a Battle Royale that the team might not actually survive. And if they don't make it, Earth won't make it, either.

But no pressure. 

From Goodreads:
It's a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system. Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion—and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he's also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities. 

And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren't enough to keep Kitty down, especially when she's got some new alien friends helping out. But what these aliens share will rock the world—the other aliens on their way to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z'porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn't able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity. Now Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.

My Review:
I absolutely loved reading these books! And yeah that I've finally caught up to what's been published! I wanted to be finished before the end of 2016, but it didn't work out that way. Oh, well, I read it, and I loved it, and I can't wait to read more!

It was a bit strange reading Alien Collective this soon after the 2016 elections. There were similarities and differences. Like one side expected to win, and then suddenly the other wins. But there were differences-Jeff was on the ticket opposing the hate ticket. So yeah. Weird. But the whole superconsciousness' situation was so awesome!

So awesome to read Universal Alien, because we got to see what life was like for another Kitty! Of how their lives were different, and how they were the same! And I loved how the symbol of an alien ship was right side when it was "our" Kitty, and upside down for the other Kitty! Plus, figuring out who the Mastermind was, more about LaRue and the different Jamie's!

Alien Separation was so neat to read! It's the first time that we've left Earth for a significant amount of time-most of the book. But it was with a limited number of characters that we've come to know and love, and a bunch of new ones! And a totally strange world! Plus, some series of events that weren't clear before, are now! And oh, yeah, a civil war!

Alien in Chief, this was a bit sad! I mean, we really only got to know Armstrong in Operation Destruction. And now he's dead, and Jeff had to become president, all while having to pretend that they don't know who the Mastermind was! And the deaths of the Uncles hit hard! So yeah, pretty important book!

Camp Alien, was so great! Because it's had the only big fight between Jeff and Kitty since Alien Tango. Well, not really a fight-he acted without thought because he was afraid and said actions both said that he didn't trust that she could get out of a bad situation and that meant that she was almost killed by friendly fire. Yeah. So she was right to be mad, but I'm glad that they made up!

There were so many things happening in Alien Nation! Like, new Alien races, and a race that was "uplifted" by the Z'porrah that basically destroys. And the op to take down Cliff once and for all! And learning more to the story of Mephistopheles and his race, well, races, as it turns out! Yep, an action-packed book!

So these are a few of my lingering questions. What's the name of the president Vince Armstrong was after? Why didn't he or the previous Vice President come and offer any advice or anything after Operation Epidemic, or did they and was it just not mentioned? And what happened to the rest of the UCS football team that Len and Kyle were on? Because Len and Kyle and great, and if there's more where that came from, well, yeah!

There still are a few threats lingering. There's Stephanie and the Tinkerer out there, and then there's Casey, as well as the Club 51 True Believers and the Church of Hate and Intolerance. There's the last member of the Gualtier leaders. And there's the Kramers and any who escaped the investigation into the NSA. And any more parasites/Surviving Superiors. Plus the bad Z'porrah. Yeah. Lots left to happen, and any new things, too! 

Touched by an Alien -- Operation Fugly
Alien Tango -- Operation Drug Addict
Alien in the Family -- Operation Invasion
Alien Proliferation -- Operation Confusion
Alien Diplomacy -- Operation Assassination
Alien vs. Alien -- Operation Destruction
Alien in the House -- Operation Sherlock
Alien Research -- Operation Infiltration
Alien Collective -- Operation Defection Election
Universal Alien -- Operation Bizarro World
Alien Separation -- Operation Civil War
Alien in Chief -- Operation Epidemic
Camp Alien -- Operation Madhouse
Alien Nation -- Operation Immigration

Most of this list was already compiled here, just without the latest 3 in the series, but I need this to keep track of some of the later operations, because they weren't mentioned as often as the early ones were! So yeah, this helped me keep track! And yeah for the excerpt from Alien Education giving us Kitty's Operation name for Alien Nation!

Yeah, this series is just utterly fantastic, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Read: December 31st, 2016, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 2017
Source:, NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And Alien Nation is a WoW Book!
Publisher: Daw
Published: May 6th 2014, December 2nd 2014, May 5th 2015, December 1st 2015, May 3rd 2016, December 6th 2016

Alien Collective:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Universal Alien:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Alien Separation:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Alien in Chief:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Camp Alien:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Alien Nation:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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