Touched by an Alien (Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series #1)

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"...I was hooked from the first page, and felt downright resentful of dinner for making me put the book down." —Tempting Persephone

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn't even begin to cover it when ...

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Overview

"...I was hooked from the first page, and felt downright resentful of dinner for making me put the book down." —Tempting Persephone

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn't even begin to cover it when the "man" suddenly transformed into a huge, winged monster right out of a grade Z science fiction movie and went on a deadly killing spree. In hindsight, Kitty realized she probably should have panicked and run screaming the way everyone around her was doing. Instead she sprinted into action to take down the alien.

In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a hunk in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with "the agency," and then insisted on leading her to a nearby limo to talk to his "boss." And that was how Kitty's new life among the aliens began...Touched by an Alien is the thrilling first installment of the Alien novels.
 

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marlyn Beebe
In the first two chapters of Touched by an Alien, protagonist Katherine Katt (known to her friends as "Kitty") is released from jury duty, kills a large knife-winged alien on the way back to her car, and is "rescued" by a group of what appear to be unusually handsome federal agents in black Armani suits. They are actually refugees from Alpha Centauri who have chosen to live peacefully on Earth rather than submit to religious genocide on their own planet. At the same time, evil aliens from yet another planet begin to appear. These superbeings, attracted to strong negative emotions such as hate and anger, take over the bodies of humans experiencing such feelings. It is one of these beings that Kitty kills on the street. The A-C's (as the Alpha Centaurians call themselves) perform damage control on such incidents, making the aliens look human, and disposing of the bodies when they are able. Kitty's ability to handle the situation, rather than panicking, prompts them to invite her to join their team. Kitty's evolution from marketing manager to member of a secret government unit is amusing and interesting. To her surprise, she also discovers that both her parents are government operatives. For their protection, they are brought to the A-C's secret desert compound, and the Katt family becomes instrumental in the fight against the superbeings. Deliberately silly and derivative, the story turns into a hilarious romp in the vein of Men in Black or Ghostbusters. The plot is needlessly complex, and the erotic interludes between Kitty and her A-C paramour are unnecessarily graphic and jarring. This is suitable for older teens who are fans of Piers Anthony or Douglas Adams. Reviewer: Marlyn Beebe
Publishers Weekly
Koch's derivative debut piles on the comic book clichés. Katherine “Kitty” Katt's orderly world is shaken when she sees a man on the street turn into a monster. After she manages to kill it, secret agents whisk her away and explain that these “superbeings” are humans mutated by alien parasites. The agents are aliens themselves, visitors from Alpha Centauri who are tracking a particularly powerful superbeing that has taken over the mind of a terrorist leader. Handsome agent Jeff Martini instantly becomes obsessed with Kitty, who unaccountably finds it sexy and romantic when he acts like an aggressive stalker. The plot moves quickly and Koch's prose shows promise, but the action scenes drag a bit, and the constant erotic overtones of Jeff and Kitty's banter are painfully intrusive. (Apr.)
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"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men." —-Booklist Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406004
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 184,817
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gini Koch lives in the American Southwest, works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. Touched by an Alien, the first in her Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series, received a starred review from Booklist and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten adult science fiction and fantasy novels of 2010. Alien Tango released December 7, 2010, with Alien in the Family releasing April 5, 2011, and Alien Proliferation in Winter 2011. Gini started writing as an excuse to stay up late playing on the computer while listening to rock music and mooning over pictures of hunky men. She's thrilled all that drooling has finally paid off. She can be found at ginikoch.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Jack O'Neill meets Men in Black

    This main character had a great sense of humor, for me it was like a female Jack O'Neill (from SG-1). You laughed out loud while getting sucked into the action. I'm not so big on romance, but this wasn't too sappy to make you groan at the sillyness. And I have to say I am Sci-Fi enough to enjoy the references to things like Star Wars and Star Trek, things I can relate to. I look forward to the next in the series and hope the author can keep up the same high level of humor. I can't wait for her male "geek" friend to meet these women.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    This is an enjoyable science fiction tale that lampoons comic book and movie superhero thrillers

    In Arizona, marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt completes jury duty. Crossing the street after leaving the courtroom, she sees a minor fender bender, but the male driver gets into a rage shouting at the woman in the other vehicle. The man sprouts wings and starts slicing up the woman with his sharp feathers. Kitty takes out her expensive Mont Blanc pen and stabs the out of control male in his jelly like back. He dies and Alpha Centauri based secret agent Jeff Martini asks her how she knew what to do; Kitty says it just felt right. As the cops arrive at the scene, Jeff takes Kitty with him.

    Kitty learns superbeings exist but unlike comic book superheroes they are not. Instead ET parasites.have mutated ordinary people. Jeff and his peers from Alpha Centauri explain they came to earth tracking a nasty alien who has apparently has taken control of a nasty terrorist chief. As Jeff and Kitty are attracted to one another, she learns how to use weapons of evil alien destruction like hair spray.

    This is an enjoyable science fiction tale that lampoons comic book and movie superhero thrillers. The story line feels like a amalgam of Earth Girls Are Easy merged with Evolution. Although at times the parody overwhelms the action, readers who enjoy a fun at times inane Space Invaders spoof will want to read Touched by an Alien.

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    Surprisingly Good

    Ok, this book was a complete off the wall pick for me but I kept seeing it pop up in all the book blogs that I read and I just had to find out what this book was all about. So, Friday afternoon I ran by the book store to grab this book and Saturday afternoon I sat down to read it. Oh my goodness, I couldn't put it down and stayed up till 2 in the morning finishing it. I'm not sure if it was the different genre that pulled me in or the incredibly hot aliens, but either way, I loved the story, I loved the heroine, and I simply just loved this book. I'm heading back to the book store this week to buy the next book in this series, Alien Tango. Can't Wait!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Funny, quirky book: Sci-Fi, Monsters, Romance - it has it all

    This was a very fun and quick read. It just grabbed you from the first scene and kept you that way until the end. With humor and a dynamic interaction between the main characters, I was hooked.

    The writing was extremely detailed, there were no gaps in the plot and it was just plausible enough that you could sit there and go "yep, that could happen".

    The insight in to a mind that is not quite linear was a hoot. I loved how the character of Kitty's mind worked. And her interaction with Martini and the rest of the ACs was just priceless, slight sarcastic with a dash of "OMG how did I get in this mess" going on.

    I read this in one sitting and immediately wanted more. I think the best aspect of the book is the humor. There were sad parts, icky parts, and romantic parts but through it all there was this thread of humor that kept me grinning at what was happening to the characters.

    Gini Koch made you care about what was happening to the characters and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    fast paced and funny

    My mom says-you gotta read this book, she kills an alien with her ball point pen. So i bought it and then the next one.. and have the next one all lined up. It's not hard science or hard military, but a good funny story that is up beat. I love this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Funny, Sexy, Campy Read!

    I was first made aware of this book by Danielle at ALPHA Reader. She gave it such a good review, I thought, "I don't usually like stuff with aliens but I'll put in on my TBR." Then, for my birthday, my son bought it for me, and then I HAD to read it :) But I kept putting it off - I'm not really a big fan of alien stories.

    This book is made of awesome! I want to stand in front of the bookstore in my tinfoil hat and tell people "Buy this book!" I loved it! (This always happens to me,btw, I put off reading a book and end up loving it.)

    Katherine "Kitty" Katt, is leaving jury duty when she witnesses an accident and the resulting argument. Suddenly though, things take a turn for the weird when the man turns into a horrible monster and kills the other driver (his wife) and starts attacking the courthouse! Instead of running, Kitty grabs her Mont Blanc pen and ends up killing him with it.

    When the police show up, so does Jeffery "Jeff" Martini (love that last name). He's a hottie, and Kitty is definitely attracted! He's giving off a "Men in Black" vibe, and Kitty ends up going to meet his superiors, where she learns there's much more to Jeff and his crew than meets the eye!

    This book has it all - witty, sometimes campy dialogue, smokin' hot sex, international and interplanetary intrigue, and maybe even a lesson to learn. If I had to pick a quote, I'd probably put in half the book; I really loved Jeff and Kitty's repartee. The secondary characters were engaging and I probably developed feelings for half of Kitty's team; especially Jeff's cousin Christopher. I adored her larger than life parents and their menagerie. We heard a lot about but didn't actually meet Kitty's three best friends; I'm hoping we'll meet Best Friend Chuckie in the next book - Alien Tango.

    There were some parts I felt like could have been pushed through a little - technical stuff that I would have accepted as part of the world building without a lengthy explanation, but even that was interesting to read the whys and whereofs of different abilities and gadgets.

    I've officially got a new fictional boyfriend (check my list at the left) and Gini Koch has a new stalker! In case you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm giving this book 6/5 stars - (Officially it's 5/5 but my son said since he bought it for me I had to give it an extra star) This book is going on my keeper shelf and I know I will reread it many times! Thanks Danielle and Ian!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Bleh book

    I really wanted to like this book. Honestly, I did. The first chapter started all tell and no show. However, I pushed that aside, thinking it might just be a prologue labeled as the first chapter. It wasn’t. It was the writing style. That’s okay, I told myself. I’ve read a few books where the writing isn’t my style, but the storyline rocked enough to make me forget. I’d read so many great things about this book. I was hopeful. How could I not be? I really had nothing against Kitty. On the other hand, I wasn’t cheering for her either. She was a tough cookie, I’ll hand her that. If you’re looking for a strong female lead, she’s your gal. But for some reason, I just didn’t connect with her. I’m going to hazard a guess and say it was because she was just too perfect. Not only did she not make mistakes, but she had a solution for everything. EVERYTHING. And let me tell you, the book was riddled with sticky situations. Kitty had plenty of time to shine in this novel. As for me, I look for characters a bit more flawed. I want things to go bad for them so they can show their strengths, but Kitty made the events in the story look like a stroll through the park. Add that to Kitty being a know-it-all, and well, I just couldn’t muster up any feelings for her. Then there’s Martini. He rubbed me wrong from the beginning. The guy seriously had tunnel vision with the jump Kitty’s bones thing. There was no romanticizing. It was, Marry me, and I’ll fill your belly with my spawn. I imagine some guys think like that, but most are smart enough to keep their mouths shut and at least offer a rose here and there. On top of that, the aliens, including Martini were as lacking in common sense as Kitty was resourceful. Sure, the A-C were brilliant in the brains department. Give them an equation, and they could solve it in a fraction of a second. Have them apply that knowledge to an everyday situation, and they were stumped. Okay. Now that I think about it, they didn’t lack common sense. Kitty just seemed to connect two and two together without there being any leads whatsoever. So it kind of made the aliens look beyond dumb. As to the plot, it had potential, but the info dumps really slowed the entire story down. Something significant would happen, followed by 20-30 pages of folks catching Kitty up to speed. No action, no moving the story along, just pages and pages of info. I understand the purpose of story building, but I would have liked to see a bit more balance. In terms of romance, yes Kitty and Martini had sparks flying and ricocheting off the walls. But from Kitty’s viewpoint it really seemed like an arbitrary first-come-first-serve kind of situation. All the aliens, she found hawt. I got the impression if any other alien had shown interest first, Kitty would have been fine to let that alien into her pants. This is one of those novels I complained a lot while reading, but in all honesty, it wasn’t a horrible book. I can see the appeal others might have with it. It reminded me a lot of Men in Black but with a woman as the main character. The dialogue was quirky and brought many a smiles to my face. But in the end, it just didn’t fit my personal tastes. It was more of a bleh book. I didn’t feel like a total loser finishing it, but can’t see myself recommending it either.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Well 2 1/4 stars. Series Could Get Good. Series has potential;

    Well 2 1/4 stars. Series Could Get Good.

    Series has potential; lots of interesting elements even beyond the premise of earth girl meeting alien. PROS: any sitcom, rock group, science fiction series or movies--all there. Heroine gets kickass moments and usually outsmarts the men. Science gets explained. Arch--arch comments, arch villains, arched eyebrows, an arch/snarky tone overall...and CONS: repeat all the preceding. All too implausible for me.

    Series could get good; but, i could not get into past opening chapters I sampled that had fast paced action and vivid writing. Never really got into main character as she, like the story, really jumped around a lot and tried too hard to be too cute and too funny. Really did not work for me when it was relentlessly jumping from spoof to pseudo-science info dumps to sex scenes to religion and moralizing to heroine über perceptive when story wanted or dense when plot needed. Lengthy infodumps of attempted science in one chapter blithely refuted with another long infodump in others. Chick lit cliches like pulling in strange family dynamics worked better than the attempt to pull in the science.

    Did have some chuckles and writing good overall if uneven; so, if rest of series gets a better flow could be good. If I had not been reading for a goodreads group game, I would have set aside to read in spurts between other books and probably liked better. Reading all at once was actually tiring. More suited to a set of shorter graphic novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Juvenile . . . except for the sex

    After reading readers' ratings of this book, I expected a great read. However, this is 'adult' fiction only because there are a number of graphic sex scenes thrown in periodically to enliven the otherwise inane dialogue and plot. The basic idea for some of the aliens comes right out of Heinlein's Puppet Masters (1951); to counter the parasitic puppet masters in this story, the author threw in some beautiful aliens who are not only too good to be true but also--despite their super powers and technological superiority to humans--so dumb that the heroine (not really of superior intellect) has to do their thinking for them. Unless you're primarily interested in the sex, this book is not worth your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Was having too much fun to put it down

    This was a great read. It was cheeky, action filled, sexy, romantic, and the main characters were people I wanted to know. It was so much fun I didn't want to put it down until I was done and at the end, I was disappointed there wasn't more to read. I am looking for another book from her -- and would not be disappointed if it was about this same group of loving families from on this planet and off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

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    crazy fun

    The past couple of weeks, I've been hearing so much about this new science-fiction book with a funny bone and a flair for romance that I decided I had to give it a go. Not only did the title, Touched by an Alien, make me giggle but the cover art is truly priceless. I figured if the book contained as much craziness as the cover suggested, I'd be in for one wild ride.

    Finding herself unexpectedly free after only a half-day of jury duty, Katherine "Kitty" Katt isn't expecting much in the way of trouble. As a mid-level marketing manager, Kitty's life is comfortable and happy as long as she can do her job and come home to her fish. Though Kitty's life instantly becomes a heck of a lot more interesting after she watches what can only be described as an irate man morphing into a winged monster bent on murder and mayhem and she does what any sane girl would at such a time. Takes him down and kills him with her trusty Mont Blanc pen.

    It's not until the adrenaline has worn off and a group of uber-handsome men in gray Armani enter the scene, ready to contain the 'situation,' that Kitty begins to suspect that something is amiss. Aside from the freaky corpse she's now responsible for. Led by the cocky, yet notably talented agent Jeff Martini, Kitty is pulled from the crime scene only to discover that extra-terrestrials aren't the stuff of dreams, they are a living, breathing reality, sent to help protect earthlings from a deadly parasite that turns humans into murderous monsters. And since Kitty's crime fighter instincts kicked into high gear, these Men In Gray want her for their special mankind-saving team. Kitty's none too sure about joining forces with aliens, but as the secrets slowly trickle out and the threat hits close to home, Kitty is undeniably on board. And if for one crazy time.

    Although glaringly predictable at times, I was there for every bit of Gini Koch's fantasy debut Touched by an Alien. Non-stop action and constant revelations kept things constantly moving (albeit sometimes to the point of excess) but I was just too interested in what would be coming next to worry all that much. It's like the pages just kept turning themselves. And there were enough tongue-in-cheek moments from the get-go to realize that Touched by an Alien doesn't take itself too seriously. Thank goodness. Gini Koch must have understood that too often science fiction/adventure books are so full of doom and gloom that they fail to simply be fun and decided to heck with it all and made something highly entertaining for her readers. Which was an utterly brilliant move on Ms. Koch's part. My inner sci-fi reader gave a shout every time Kitty took some some big, bad alien down while my romantic side was cheering for her happily ever after. Touched by an Alien has its flaws, but I found them ever so easy to overlook, because, dang if Kitty isn't extremely likable with her eclectic music selection and willingness to get the job done.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    One wild ride!!

    Finally a heroine that is an actual heroine!! She is smart, tough, funny and has great taste in music. This book was funny and exciting. It is well written and hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    I did not realize this was her only book published so far. After I read it I went looking for more by this author. Can't wait for the next book. I love the romance, erotica, weirdness and the sarcastic humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

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    Page-Turner of Twists and Turns Kitty Katt is smart, sassy, and

    Page-Turner of Twists and Turns
    Kitty Katt is smart, sassy, and highly adaptable to very weird and dangerous situations. In the midst of it all she maintains laser-like focus on the priorities... making time with a super-hot alien who thinks she's amazing.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    I loved this story so much I own it in paperback and Nook versio

    I loved this story so much I own it in paperback and Nook versions. The strong female lead character is both smart, daring and has a GREAT sense of humor. The premise of there being aliens among us and helping whenever they can is very well done. Gini Koch has done a superb job in character and world building. Her stories suck you in and keep you entertained. Every book of hers that I have picked up has been difficult to put down. Love the action. Love the aliens.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    I gave up on this book after 70 pages. By then, I was totally b

    I gave up on this book after 70 pages. By then, I was totally bored by the superficial plot and the unimaginative characters. Based on the part I read, the book seems to consist mostly of dialogue between the implausible heroine and her adoring audience. This quickly becomes impossible to bear.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    This was a great read read! Loved the main character was a stro

    This was a great read read! Loved the main character was a strong, intelligent and rip-roaring funny woman. She took the craziness in stride and subsequently kicked ass and took names at the same time. She didn't take herself seriously and was real about her faults. Loved her parents too. Martini was cool too, but hope that we see a bit more of his character as well.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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    3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers

    3.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Katherine “Kitty” Katt is minding her own business when a man with wings starts massacring everyone in sight. Without realising it, Kitty gets the bad guy and saves the day…but that’s just the beginning. Between sexy aliens, family secrets and monsters Kitty’s life takes a turn for the extra ordinary.

    This series has been on my wishlist for a while; an UF with aliens in it, I am sold! I was half expecting, and hoping, for a series like Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews) or Cassie Palmer (Karen Chance), only with aliens instead of vamps and shifters; however, my expectations were completely upturned. Think more along the lines of Men in Black and Molly Harper, it was full of alien packed action and a funny likable heroine.

    What I liked most about Touched by an Alien was the characters and the pace of the story. From page one you dive straight into the book and the action with barely a chance to breath and you get to know all the characters along the way. Kitty and Jeff, her extraterrestrial love interest, were easy characters to get to know and love, they were resourceful, fairly uncomplicated and gave fantastic banter.

    But although the writing was great and the story enjoyable, I was a little disappointed, I thought Kitty was an unrealistic she made massive jumps in logic all of which were correct; she was a little too perfect. The romance also happened a little too quickly, i-love-yous were swapped a bit too fast, although I appreciate that the will-they-won’t-they phase of their relationship wasn’t stretched out for ages, I thought the tension could have been strung out perhaps till the next book.

    Altogether this was a fun book, it had something for everyone, action, romance, sexy aliens and a great heroine. It may have lacked intensity and for me that extra something that hooks me to a series, but I would give the next book a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Fun, exciting, and fast paced

    Ive read this book and its sequals several times now. They never get old and remain just as fun as the first time I read it. Kitty never fails to make me laugh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Silly

    I found this book to be silly. I wont be reading more by this author.

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