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Review: “Blacklisted,” Gena Showalter

June 9, 2011
Review: “Blacklisted,” Gena ShowalterBlacklisted (YA Alien Huntress #2)
Written by Gena Showalter
Published September, 2007 by Simon & Schuster
228 pages
Genres: Aliens, Sci-Fi
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four-stars

High school senior Camille Robins and her best friend are determined to snag the attention of their crushes before graduation next month. Armed with red-hot outfits and killer hair, they sneak into the hottest nightclub in town — which caters to the rich and famous, both human and alien. They end up following Erik (who is human) and Silver (who isn’t) through a guarded door and are soon separated and under attack…and not the good kind.

Bad boy Erik spares Camille’s life, but the two are soon being chased by gun-toting Alien Investigation and Removal agents. Camille’s more confused than ever because Erik’s finally showing real interest in her, but the agents are accusing him of dealing Onadyn — a drug that ruins human lives. Suddenly, with the heat of his kiss lingering on her lips, Camille has to decide whose side she’s on…and whether she’s willing to put her life on the line to save Erik’s.

Just as fast-paced and exciting as it’s predecessor, Blacklisted is an excellent addition to Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress YA series. Favourite characters are back and new ones are created, though this time readers will find themselves on the opposite side of the agency known as ‘A.I.R.’

This one features on Erik Trinity – or as he’s now called, Erik Troy – and a young 18 year old girl by the name of Camille Robins, who is now our heroine. Fans of the previous couple, Phoenix and Ryan, will be pleased to see them return, albeit in a very different light. It’s been some time since the events of Red Handed took place and a lot has unfolded since our last visit to the amazing world Gena Showalter has managed to create.

Readers will get a look at what it’s like to be on the other end of A.I.R. – the bad side. Faced with an unstoppable force, will Camille and Erik be able to last? It’s this question that drives the story, as the two struggle to get to know each other (Camille learning that the guy she’s crushed on isn’t exactly what she’d thought initially) while escaping the menacing agents Erik previously trained with.

I had just as much fun reading this one as I did the first – and like it, it was a quick read that I was able to do in very little time. I’m quite disappointed, actually, that Gena Showalter hasn’t continued with the YA Alien Huntress series since this ones release in 2007. I really hope she’ll change her mind and another will come out soon. I would definitely pick it up!

Like Red Handed, this isn’t a ‘vanilla’ story and it explores teen sexual tension and all that other stuff we’ve come to expect in Showalter’s world. Basically, don’t set your expectations any higher or lower than you did with Red Handed, as both are much of the same. I would also recommend reading this one even if you haven’t read the first. Each has it’s own story – but with familiar characters – but the world building is explained enough for fresh eyes to start with Blacklisted. I, actually by mistake, read this one before Red Handed a few years ago and recall thoroughly enjoying it despite not being familiar with the first book.

I’m really happy that those few years haven’t changed my opinion of this short but sweet series!

Recommended to: Fans of Red Handed will like this one, as will new readers not familiar with the first book. If you want action, romance and a dash of sci-fi, all while falling under the canopy of YA, then this is the book for you.

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. She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

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