Monday, 18 September 2017

Book Review: Dating an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L Saunders

The Blurb

To blend in among humans and win their favor, a couple of new-in-town extraterrestrials disguise themselves as English pop stars — and kidnap geeky Daisy to help them pull it off.

Twenty-nine-year-old Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she's kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.

Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they're too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline… 

Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones' Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy.

My Review

If you want some light relief in the form of a funny, insane story involving sexy rock stars, then this is the book for you!

I do like a rock star, it has to be said, so when I found out who and what inspired the author to write this novel, I just had to read it.

I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. The two aliens who abduct the very human Daisy are utterly adorable. The very talented and Griffin is infuriatingly irresistible, as is fellow visitor, devoted Devon, who is lumbered with the responsibility of looking out for his wayward friend. 

The minor characters are not particularly fleshed out, but there is so much going on that it doesn't matter. The pace is fast and as crazy as Griffin's questionable dress sense, but it's anchored by the believable Daisy. She is the voice of reason, the antidote to the madness around her. Whisked away on a roller coaster ride of adventure, she manages to hold onto her sanity, even when she realises she is falling for this weird little alien prince. I loved her. And I loved Griffin. And Devon! 

It's a great observation on our celebrity-obsessed society.

Okay, so it's unlikely to win the Booker prize or thrill the literary luvvies, but I really enjoyed reading this book! It's a thoroughly entertaining read and I'll be reading the sequel, Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, very soon.

You can buy Dating an Alien Pop Star here, and follow the author @Kendrybird on Twitter. She's lovely.

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