Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

Posted August 2, 2011 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter
Awaken Me Darkly
by Gena Showalter

3.5 Stars


Released: March 1, 2006
Series: Alien Huntress #1
Published by Downtown Press
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback

Mia Snow is a Huntress, she hunts down aliens who have committed violent crimes on humans and executes them, and her most recent case, where a man shows up dead and posed in a seedy alley is no different, she hs to find the alien responsible and execute them. Only things aren’t quite what they seem, especially with a certain handsome but deadly alien, and the case soon becomes really personal.

I think this book starts of really well, she sets up an interesting futuristic world where aliens now live openly among us. However, some aliens aren’t quite as peaceful as others and that is where Mia comes in. And the case is interesting, I wanted to know why these men had been abducted and murdered and I wanted to learn more about Mia and this sci-fi world. But as the book progressed it seemed like the whole thing was being rushed through and one minute you were in the thick of the action and revelations and the next everything was resolved and they all lived happily ever after, the last 5% of the book read more like a list of what happened next rather then a story.

I also felt like I never really got to know Kyrin who was the hero of the story, as it was told from first person POV I think this may be why as we go to know Mia quite well. But Kyrin, he seemed like an after thought and I don’t get how the fell in love I didn’t really feel the chemistry with them. One minute she hated him, the next she didn’t.

There were also plot points left open, which I think are probably left that way on purpose for future books, like Mia’s brother and the children. But I think there needed to be something more between Mia and her father to get some closure on that.

But despite all that I still enjoyed it, the whole thing was a bit different and I just can’t resist the lure of sexy aliens!

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About 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”.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Gotta love the sexy aliens!


All I can say is…WOW!!! I gotta read this one!!! 🙂


I need to begin with this serie soon. I love all the Lords of the Underworld so I know this one will be as good as the other one 🙂

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Read this and loved it. Am always looking for the next Alien Huntress book. Have them all so far. can your write faster so I can get them faster :}


I really like this series. Noelle and Hector’s book should be great.

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