The Word Nerd Reviews
It's Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien (Tentacular Tales #1) ~ Chloe Archer
An engaging and addictive debut that is just plain fun to read!
It’s Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien is a crazy (in the best way) read where you need to suspend any sense of reality and just go with the flow. Believe me, it’s worth it!
The story's premise is that aliens are living peacefully among humans. Some are refugees, others just immigrated, and some are holidaymakers. The controlling alien body, The Alliance, ensures that the secret is kept and that the aliens do not show themselves to humans. However, there is now a group?, an individual?, who wants to upset the status quo and sets up opportunities for humans to discover just what is living among them. Enter River, a sci-fi loving, alien believer nerd who discovers that like his teenage crush, Fox Mulder, 'The Truth is Out There'. Things happen and River ends up helping to try and solve the mystery of who is trying to out the aliens. I’m missing a lot of information here, but to tell anymore simply ruins the experience and the fun.
For a debut novel, Chloe Archer has done a magnificent job! The writing is smooth and engaging. I was hooked from the first chapter and even at this point I knew that I would love this book. This author's characters are so easy to love. They are all whacky in their own ways, but not to the point where they become ridiculous. They are quirky and fun, but when stuff gets real, they are on! Our main characters, Kai and River, are grumpy/sunshine personified, leading to some of the humour in the story.
One little warning is that the ending is well, not so much a cliffhanger, it leaves on a very solid happy for now for Kai and River, but this series is going to be one of those where there is no 'end' until the final book, and the story just keeps rolling from one book to the next.
Normally I hate cliffhangers, and I usually refuse to read a book with one (my anxiety just doesn't cope with them), but this didn’t really feel like that. I mean, yes, I’m dying for book 2, but it didn't leave me in an emotional state over what was happening to our team. This part of the story was resolved, but it wasn’t over. Think of it as the battle was won, but the war will go on, type of thing.
I highly encourage you to not let this put you off. The ending leaves you wanting more but does not leave the characters in mortal peril (as per your typical cliffhanger).
If you enjoy a whacky fast-paced alien story with great characters, written in an engaging and addictive writing style, I HIGHLY recommend you read It’s Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien. You won’t be sorry!
It's Not Unusual to be Loved by an Alien is available from Amazon US ǀ AU ǀ UK
It is released on 9 September 2022 and is available for pre-order.