by Gena Showalter
Release date : June 2007
Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn -- the drug of choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school. Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll learn to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy. Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone -- the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen-year-old agent she met in the woods that night -- doesn't make things any easier. Especially when dating him is totally against the rules.... (taken from Simon and Schuster)MY THOUGHTS : A thrilling book that I read very quickly ! For me, the book's strength laid in the characters. I followed Phoenix really closely and fell in love with all of the other characters. The story is punctuated with action, emotion and humor, jumping from one to the other with finesse.
I had a problem with the timeline though. I felt like the whole year was partially covered, jumping too quickly from the beginning to the end. I thought the love story didn't have enough suspense, which was disappointing because it works really well. I was a bit frustrated by the descriptions too, I wanted more !
But I had that feeling because I found this book full of qualities and gripping, even if I felt like it lacked the little something that would have made it even more exciting. And I wanted to read the sequel right away. So I did. :)
by Gena Showalter
Release date : July 2007
High school senior Camille Robins and her best friend are determined to snag the attention of their crushes before graduation next month. Armed with red-hot outfits and killer hair, they sneak into the hottest nightclub in town -- which caters to the rich and famous, both human and alien. They end up following Erik (who is human) and Silver (who isn't) through a guarded door and are soon separated and under attack...and not the good kind. Bad boy Erik spares Camille's life, but the two are soon being chased by gun-toting Alien Investigation and Removal agents. Camille's more confused than ever because Erik's finally showing real interest in her, but the agents are accusing him of dealing Onadyn -- a drug that ruins human lives. Suddenly, with the heat of his kiss lingering on her lips, Camille has to decide whose side she's on...and whether she's willing to put her life on the line to save Erik's. (taken from Simon and Schuster)MY THOUGHTS : I loved the change of characters, I thought it was a great idea. Especially since the new characters are as endearing as the previous ones. Like for the first book, they are what made me feel involved in the story.
But I was sad not to cross the Red Handed protagonists more, these parts were too short for my liking. I felt like there was much more suspense and action than in Red Handed, which was nice. So yes, another page turner. But I'm still reticent, and this is due to a few things : the changes of narrators were a bit unsettling at first. Also, the action is hectic and thrilling, but I found the story a bit too simple and the twists predictable.
All in all, I'm torn : it was an entertaining read, but not rich enough somehow.