Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review: Aliens in the Gift Shop by D. E. Morris

Aliens in the Gift Shop
by D.E. Morris
Publisher: D. E. Morris
Published: Oct. 19, 2013
ASIN: B00G16VW54

Amazon Synopsis:

"Aliens in the Gift Shop" follows two extra-terrestrial scientists who have arrived on Earth for their first reconnaissance mission: to study and gather information about human society and interaction. Due to a miscalculation in their environmental data the mission is a complete disaster. While trying to salvage their assignment, they discover that they have brought with them an object that is vital to the survival of their planet. This discovery unwittingly puts them, and the Earth, into the interstellar cross-hairs of their enemies, who will stop at nothing to acquire it.

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My Thoughts:

Aliens in the Gift Shop was a humorous and entertaining read geared for middle school youth. It begins when two ill-disguised aliens from another planet enter a gift shop with plans to observe the humans race. However, things go wrong when they are overwhelmed by the scents in the shop and begin sneezing non-stop. With tear-filled eyes they race around the store trying to find the exit. In the commotion the aliens, Zort and Quigbat drop the key to their spacecraft so that they are unable to regain entry once they return to it. Managing to open their cargo bay, they discover a stowaway - Appointed Assistant Jargafar!

From here, the aliens lives and Marcy's, the shop owner's become entangled as they are chased down by a Vorx - a deadly creature that never gives up until it has captured its prey, it seems it was sent out after Jargafar who stowed away with an object from his planet Xunip that could mean it's life or death if it got in the wrong hands.

Filled with twists and turns, Aliens in the Gift Shop is an exciting book to read.  There is plenty of adventure. I liked that one of the main characters was a female as I think this might draw girls to read this genre of book.

The pacing of the book was good. The descriptions in the book of surroundings were detailed without being overly long and boring. Even how the characters could communicate in their different languages had been thought out. The language is clean throughout.

Aliens in thr Gift Shop was an enjoyable read, perfect for middle grade students. I highly recommend it. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

D.E. Morris has been a sci-fi/fantasy geek since he first flew down the Death Star trench with Luke and trudged the weary road to Mordor with Frodo. D.E. did not grow up with a television and has been a voracious reader from a young age, as books became his entertainment. He had read "The Lord of the Rings" by the fifth grade and continued on with authors such as Lloyd Alexander, John Christopher, and Terry Brooks. During high school, he was one of the few students who didn’t groan when a creative writing project was assigned or one of the "classics" given to the class to read. Current influences include Douglas Adams and Steven Moffat (as well as being an obsessive Doctor Who fan). He currently lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two parakeets.

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