Review: Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch

Filed in 4 Stars , featured , Gini Koch , Review , The Geeky Lover Posted on April 3, 2012 @ 11:38 am 12 comments

Format read: ARC provided by author
Series: Book #5 Katherine “Kitty” Katt series
Genre: science fiction romance
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Number of pages: 448 pages
Publisher: DAW
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Purchasing Info: GoodreadsAuthor’s WebsiteAmazonBook Depository (UK)Book Depository (US)

Book Blurb:

Being newlyweds and new parents is challenging enough. But Jeff and Kitty Martini are also giving up their roles as super-being exterminators and Commanders in Centaurion Division while mastering the political landscape as the new heads of Centaurion’s Diplomatic Corps. Enter a shadowy assassination plot and a new set of anti-alien conspirators, and nothing will ever be the same…

This review contains minor spoilers for previous books in this series.

My Thoughts:
In Alien Diplomacy we find our favorite well dressed Aliens and the fabulous Kitty as sharp and funny as always but the setting itself is changed. Jeff’s and Kitty’s new job as Diplomats for the ACs seems to change the game for them but they still don’t get to miss the parties. One big problem is hovering in the near future and there are again evil maniacs out there to ruin the fun. Question is who and if i’St only one fugly planning to ruin the dancing?

This new job is by far not what Kitty and Jeff want but our couple isn’t one to give up. Kitty is, as obediently as she can be, doing everything that is expected. She does her best but well she isn’t this uppity kind of gal and I loved her for that. More than once she bumps noses with the in crowd and she does that with style- at least her kind of style. *wink* She is adjusting well to being a mom but all the diplomatic facets of her new role are seriously trying her patience. She always was and still is a girl who says what she thinks and it seems society doesn’t agree with me for loving her for that. It’s one of the main reasons I love her. She’s not only fun but she also is an honest person.

Jeff is doing slightly better but he also misses being active on the field.  I loved to see both of the grow into this new job but even more doing the same with their relationship and still quite new little family. Jeff is trying hard to get the jealousy factor under control and he really shocked me with his emotional maturity at times. He still is all alpha male need-to-protect-woman-and-kid-at-all-costs but I wouldn’t expect less of him. Even though I have to say I’m not sure I can forgive him for turning out the music while Iron Maiden was on. Seriously Jeff, what is wrong with you?

In Alien Diplomacy we meet all our favorite characters again and thanks to Kitty and her awesome people skills we meet some new ones who are as quirky and refreshing as we expect Koch’s characters to be.

The plot is multi-layered and interwoven. We know the problem nearly from the start but the search for the big bad is the main problem through the book. It kept me guessing with Kitty and I caught myself turning into a conspiracy queen at times. I loved discovering the varied themes and plots in bits and pieces. It constantly kept the suspense at a high level and urged me to read just one more chapter.  The series plot is getting thicker and thicker and I desperately await the next book Alien vs. Alien to find out what happens next.

Alien Diplomacy has everything I love about this series- the jokes, pop culture references, the hot aliens and a clever, touch but still real heroine. I love how Koch gives her characters strength but never makes them seem untouchable. Kitty is definitely a gal I would love to call my friend- not only because her taste in music rocks.

If you want to try something new and refreshing I urge you to read this series- it will surprise you and won’t let you stop until you read them all.

I give  Alien Diplomacy 4 stars

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • aurian April 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    No, I am not going to read this! I want my own copy and lots of reading time first! But glad you enjoyed it (skipped to the stars 🙂

    • Stella April 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Ditto! 😀

    • Susi April 4, 2012 at 6:20 am

      I actually never do that either. I hate spoilers with a passion. Hope you will enjoy the book though. 😉

  • blodeuedd April 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I said it on another blog and i say it here, jealous!!!

    • Susi April 4, 2012 at 6:21 am


  • Mel S April 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I really need to read this series – I’ve been wanting too for so long. I can’t believe this is book 5 already!

    • Stella April 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

      Yes, amazing how prolific Gini is with 2 Alien books every year and all the other projects she has going on. She is the best! 😀

    • Susi April 4, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Hurry!! And yes, Gini is a writing machine. 😀 Good for us though. Imagine there would be a 2 year wait between books. *gasp*

      • Stella April 4, 2012 at 6:32 am

        Oh my, don’t scare me like that Susi!! O_O

        • Susi April 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

          Sorry!!! I’M sure she will keep going the way she does now. LOL

  • Felicia the Geeky Blogger May 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    This series is one I just bought! I am really looking forward to reading it!

  • Business Development Consultant August 28, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

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