⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Pros: cool story, really funny, alien sex
Cons: abrupt ending, unassuming cover (i will elaborate) and pregnancy nonsense
So... I certainly didn't anticipate alien smut to be on my reading list this year but I could say the same thing about serial killer smut too. 2022 has been a wild ride and it's only April! How did I get here?
I had seen this book all over TikTok. I don't exclusively read things that I find that way but I do like to toss a TikTok recommendation into my reading schedule every now and then just to mix things up. It has not always been a success, it has not always been a disaster, but it definitely is always entertaining.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: KIDNAPPING, SEX TRAFFICKING, DRUGS, RAPE, MURDER, GORE, AND VIOLENCE
THE PLOT, THE CHARACTERS, THE WRITING
The story follows a human girl named Georgie (cool name) who gets abducted by basketball-headed aliens in the middle of the night. She and the other girls being held captive on the ship are dumped onto some random, freezing planet with the aliens presumably returning to recapture them at a later date. Georgie and the girls now have to figure out how to survive and get themselves back home. Georgie somehow becomes the leader and sets off on foot to explore the strange planet and hopefully find help. She finds herself getting stuck in a trap, losing consciousness and when she wakes up... an enormous blue, horned alien, um, eating...her...pussy. ::AHEM:: not a bad way to wake up, for sure, but THIS IS SERIOUS.
The story unfolds after that and I have to say... I really enjoyed this ridiculous book.
The writing was good. There was intriguing plot points, great and easy flow and the most important (to me) it was really fucking funny. To have your writing be funny you have to know exactly what you're doing, articulate it well, set up the joke and set the tone for the characters to make it all seem effortlessly funny. I feel like more respect needs to be paid to the authors who can execute funny writing well; it is no easy thing. I talked in depth about language and humor in smut on TikTok if you want to hear more about that but I just want you to know this book was funny and I really applaud the author for that.
I really liked Georgie too; she was a believable and endearing main character. I really liked but also lowkey hated that there was a language barrier, though I understand why there would be. I liked see the words Georgie was saying interpreted by Vektal and vice versa. She told him her name was Georgie and he then heard/referred to her as "Shorshie" and that was just precious, I don't care what you say. I also liked Vektal; he had a brute flare to him while also being kind and respectful of Georgie and her friends the entire time.
HERE COME THE SPOILERS | CLICK TO AVOID
Ok so... not really a spoiler but the cover. I would rethink it. It is a gorgeous illustration, don't get me wrong. However, it is not a cover that tells me upon skimming the shelves "Oh! That is graphic alien porn in print!" It is unassuming which can be both good and bad but since I am a mom and a former preteen girl... I can see children grabbing this book thinking its a cool scifi book and then having their entire worlds rocked when they get home. I literally found my copy in a Wal-Mart next to actual YA books. AND YES I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S THE PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY BLAH, I just think it needed to be said. Even the description of the book wouldn't necessary raise any red flags. I just feel like its like not having the knives in a case... someone is bound to get hurt.
TW: RAPE - the book starts out with a pretty brutal alien rape scene of one of the captive girls and like YOWZA what a way to start, huh? Just beware of that.
I hate pregnancy storylines, I really, really do... so I HATE that Georgie got pregnant. I also hate that I called it fairly early on in the book. I can hear you now "but you're a mother, you should know the love that comes wi-" blah, I KNOW and I do. I know of the love. I just don't need it in my smut. I do not have a breeding kink, I don't think getting pregnant by someone you just met is romantic or a fun fantasy. It's just not for me.
I really liked that Vektal called Georgie his resonance. Honestly. I know it is probably cheesy to a lot of folks but I was just like... "AW!"
Speaking of resonance, I really liked that aspect of the story and how it was explained. The "khui" that lives inside of the aliens; it rumbles aka imprints aka resonates with someone when they find their soulmate. I liked it. What I didn't like was the way the khui was implanted/inserted. Hell to the no, you are not cutting open my shoulder and letting a worm crawl in. Hard pass.
The ending sucked in my opinion. It was so fast I almost didn't even realize that it was over. The entire book went really fast, but the whole thing was that they were worried about the aliens coming back to collect them. I was expecting some epic fight scene, etc. but nope. They just said "oh, they're not where we left them? Bye." and that was that. Weird.
Another thing I had trouble wrapping my brain around: all of these women wanted to stay? They all ended up accepting the khui into their bodies and just staying on the ice planet. Did they not have like, family back on earth? A boyfriend? A job they love or a pet even? I just found that hard to believe and they all agreed to stay fairly quickly too. If it were me, I would've had questions: "Ok so, we're just ALL staying because Georgie got knocked up by a rhinoceros man?" "And we're all going to resonate with these aliens too? I'm married, I just-" "Can you at least show me where I will be living first? I need to know if this is an upgrade or a downgrade from my Earth situation. The bar is low but still." I just can't believe that they wouldn't have a little bit more of an issue with staying on a planet and completely giving up on the mission of going home but maybe I'm the asshole.
Overall, I had a really fun time reading this book. I recommend this to anyone who likes funny writing, sci-fi alien romances, high but easily understood fantasy or dirty, dirty smut. It was probably more of a 3.5, maybe even a 4... I reserve the right to change my mind at any time. It was a great read to break up some of my more heavy reads of the month.
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