Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress #1) by Gena Showalter

Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: 4
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

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.



This book had a huge potential to be epic and though it didn’t end up quite hitting the mark for me (in the epic scale, anyway), it was a really enjoyable read.

The universe of aliens inhabiting our futuristic world was a very intriguing idea, for me. I haven’t read many sci-fi novels (it’s not usually my thing), but I know this is a popular series by an author who I’ve been meaning to read for a while now.

I was impressed by how well this book dove right into the universe and slowly pieced everything together for the reader without wasting pages and pages of universe-building. The ability to build an entirely new universe – especially complex ones – without sounding like a supernatural encyclopedia is a skill that very few authors have. I am not one of them. I’ve tried writing my fair share of fantasy/paranormal stories, and the world-building absolutely kills me.

Gena is fantastic about throwing you into a world and letting you figure it out, even if the main character already knows everything about the universe.

Again, I’m no expert on paranormal romance and certainly not sci-fi, but I did notice some discrepancies in the way things are done in the future as told in this book. Though, I guess, it’s not really discrepancies, so much as it isn’t really aligned with where I see technology heading in the future. But that’s just my opinion and it wasn’t at all distracting from the story.

As for the romance, when we were initially introduced to the hero of this book, I immediately had incredibly high expectations and though I wasn’t fully let down, the romance left me a little… unsatisfied. I guess because I thought it was going to be a little more slow-burney and it ended up being a little too insta-lovey for my taste.

Audiobook Performance: 3 stars

The narrater’s voice was a little two nasally and husky for how I pictured the MC.

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah

Bookshelf Placement: Nah

Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars





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