Audio Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

Posted November 1, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 8 Comments

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Audio Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena ShowalterAwaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress #1
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 25th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins

Ridding the world of evil, one alien at a time: That's Mia Snow's mission.

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.

SciFi sexy1 Well-Written

First Impression: Smoking sex with a hot alien. Win!

The Narration: Justine Eyre narration of Awaken Me Darkly is equal parts lulling and sex phone operator. She has a silky deep voice that works well for both the female and male characters. It’s hard for a female narrator to pull the male voices off well sometimes but Eyre does a great job and she still manages to make the females sound light and feminine.

What I liked: Showalter does a great job at setting up this world where we are in the future and have aliens of different species living among the humans. Mia the main character is a kick ass chick that you would see in an Urban Fantasy series. Kyrin is not quite an alpha male but he’s not wuss either. He’s a happy medium. I enjoyed the different secondary characters and I can’t wait to see them all get their own stories. And with the set up of the missing children there’s a potential for an interesting series arc.

What I didn’t like: I saw one of the big reveals to the plot line a mile away but since I’m pretty good I figure things out early in most of the books I read I won’t hold that against this one.

Lasting Impression: Interesting world and characters that will have me sticking around for a while.

Will I continue this series: Yes. While the 1st installment did not my socks off, I still enjoyed it and can see the series getting better with each character’s book. I already have books 2 & 3 ready to listen to.

Would I read this author again: I’ve read a couple of other books by Showalter and I’ve enjoyed them so far. So yeah I’ll continue to give her books a try.

Similar Books/Series: Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh.


About Justine Eyre

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over three hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage in leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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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8 responses to “Audio Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

  1. Added it to my TBL.. I was contemplating adding already, but I thought it was a sequel to Playing with Fire and I didn’t enjoy that one at all.
    Good to know it’s an entirely new series. I can’t keep up any more with all this new audiobooks..LOL

    • TheBookNympho

      This series has been out for a few years. They are just now recording them on audio.

  2. I love Showalter’s LOTU and have had ‘Awaken Me Darkly’ on my TBR for like forever. I should totally try the audio! Duh! *slaps forehead* Maybe I can convince Simon & Schuster to let me review the audios. *winks*

    • TheBookNympho

      The audios for this series is new. They are just now recording and releasing them. Books 1-3 are out now.