I really liked the premise of this story: Mia Snow is an Hunter on the trail of a serial killer alien. The setting is New Chicago in a future where aliens have been around for 70 years, but Mia believes that they are dangerous and takes her job, where she can kill them and they have less rights than humans, seriously. You could almost say she takes it too seriously as she feels she has something to prove to her distant father who hates aliens, and she seems to relish bending the rules and killing off aliens she deems evil. The world and Mia's job are fascinating as are the descriptions of the aliens and their powers, but the author only concentrates on one kind of alien - the Arcadians, with a too brief description of a couple of other species. I felt that the way the book started was strong plot-wise, and then in the second half it was much weaker - things felt cobbled together and glossed over. There are unresolved issues, and out of character actions from Mia. I will probably have people disagreeing, but this book would have been better without the sex scenes and with more relationship-building scenes, and more police-procedure scenes. I know, I know, this is just the type of book it is.
Really enjoyed this one. I did figure out the suprise before it was revealed but it was still a great story. I would really love to read more about Kyrin and Mia, so Ms. Showalter needs to get busy. LOL
I enjoyed this book although the male hero in this story is a bit lack luster and is outshone by the herione.. who is a kick ass warrior, but it is still a decent read
The story was great. The plot was interesting, but the dialog left me rolling my eyes!
Awaken Me Darkly is the first book in the Alien Huntress series, and features Mia Snow: a tough talking law enforcement agent who is also a workaholic and has daddy issues. She is investigating a series of murders, and one of the suspects is a tall, light, and handsome alien. She it torn between loyalty to her job and the other-worldly and tabboo desire she feels for her 300 year old suspect.
This book starts out slow as the reader gets to know Mia and her hangups. Once her alien suitor is introduced the pace of the story picks up considerably. The police procedural portions are well written and believable (despite the fact that they contain discussions of aliens), but some of the scenes that are meant to inspire romantic tension are pretty cheesy. For example, after dumping a bowl of salad with vinagrette dressing over the alien's head in a fight, Mia kisses him and announces that he tastes good. Like balsamic perhaps? A hot makeout session ensues, but it is then announced that the alien still has a noodle on his head. Pasta salad with vinagrette, I guess?
Awaken Me Darkly has potential, but was not consistently good enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.