Fleeing rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her. Or is he kidnapping her?
Marianne is sick and tired of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.
Quinn, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose? – Goodreads Synopsis
Alien Contact for Kid Sisters Review
Color me all sorts of impressed. Alien Contact for Kid Sisters is a solidly written book. The main character, Marianne, is battling a mental illness and the author makes sure its not magically righted or brushed aside instantly. (Although I will say it seems to be written in this magical in between time where she’s not really super affected by it. Of course, at one point I was diagnosed as bipolar (I disagree.), so maybe she just seems normal to me for a reason. Hmmmmm.) A recurring theme is M’s worries about people finding out she’s ‘sick in the head’, about going crazy like her mom. She also worries about disappointing her sister, who raised her after their mother was gone.
Marianne also has an atypical relationship with her big sister. Generally in these types of books, the kid sister is rebellious and resentful. Not M. She loves and respects her sister. As the book progresses, and she realizes exactly how much her big sister did for her, M’s appreciation grows.
This is a story that you know is ultimately going to end in smoochies, but its not just a story about smoochies and bed bouncing. Its also a story of personal growth as both characters are forced to be more than what they were before the madness started. As they’re forced to confront and examine their motivations/thoughts and how they think the people around them perceive them. People’s expectations tend to influence how a person perceives themselves, and Alien Contact for Kid Sisters lets that play out clearly.
I liked the relationships between (and just generally liked) 90 percent the characters. They were all very believable, and some of the dialogue especially between Quinn and Elfy had me snickering. I think I wanted to slap each of the characters at one point or another, but I was also cheering them on. Geesh, at one point I was even rooting for one of the rebels!
Overall, this was a great read, and I was curious enough to read the first book in the series, Alien Contact for Idiots.