Author: Magan Vernon
Publication date: November 2011
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 3/5
High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war?My thoughts:
How to Date a Alien is, as the title suggests, a novel about a human girl who meets and falls for an alien boy. I was really excited about the premise of this one. I've read lots of books where humans date vampires, werewolves, fairies etc... but aliens? Nope, not before this! So it already had points from me for being different to anything I've read before! While this book didn't exactly amaze me, it did entertain and amuse me and I think it was definitely worth the time I spent reading it.
The protagonist, Alex, is a high school student who gets an internship at her dad's workplace, Circe. Alex had no idea that there were aliens at this center and her first moments at Circe are certainly memorable! I thought this book started out really well. Alex was an incredibly likable character who's easy to relate to. She's confident and capable- just clueless about everything to do with her new setting! I liked learning about Circe along with Alex and found it fun and entertaining.
If you're someone who needs lots of action in novels, this might not be for you. I didn't feel like the action started until maybe the last quarter of the book. It is definitely a romance focused book. The romance between Alex and Ace (the alien) progresses fairly quickly but it's not over the top. Things do get crazy as the book goes on which was exciting. What I LOVED about this book was Alex's relationship with her father! She hasn't really seem him in years so it was interesting to see them getting used to each other again.
Overall this was an enjoyable and quick read and I'll definitely be checking out the sequel: How To Break up With an Alien. I also recommend checking out the short story, A Very Alien Valentine's Day, which appears in the anthology In His Eyes. I reviewed that anthology here.
I was provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.