Review: Red Handed (Teen Alien Huntress #1) by Gena Showalter

on Feb 19, 2018
She's been chosen to fight the elusive enemy among us...

Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn—the drug of choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school.

Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy. Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone—the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen-year-old agent she met in the woods that night—doesn't make things any easier. Especially when dating him is totally against the rules...

5 out of 5 Stars


We're doing a little throwback-Monday here on the Runaway Pen today. This is a book I loved as a teen and it's one of only a handful of YA books that I can honestly say I love just as much now as I did then. :)

Once upon a time I was a huge fan of Gena Showalter adult books, her collection of short stories, Into the Dark was fourteen-year-old mes first introduction to romance novels and I subsequently devoured all of her writing. While I'm not as die-hard as I once was I still enjoy her writing and have several favorites, Red Handed being one of them. 

I like this book as an introduction to the Alien Huntress books, while there are two teen books, Showalter wrote an adult romance series set in the same Alien Huntress world. Phoenix is a good main character and I like that she is very level headed and wants to get her life back from drug addiction. Personally I wouldn't focus too much on the addiction since this is just fiction. Never the less i think it puts Phoenix in the perfect spot for A.I.R.

My favorite thing about this book is the romance, even though it's not heavy. Ryan is dreamy. 

I highly recommend this book and the sequel Blacklisted!


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