June 11, 2011

Aliens on Vacation

After reading a review on a fellow blogger's site I was enticed to pick up author Clete Barrett Smith's debut book Aliens on Vacation.

Summary:David, otherwise known as Scrub (don't ask), isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his grandmother in "Middle of Nowhere," Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its 60s meets Star Wars decor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal, and his grandma is the gate-keeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. Grandma desperately needs Scrub's help with welcoming (and disguising) the tourists, shopping for cartloads of aluminum foil for dinner, and taking rambunctious alien kids camping in the nearby woods. The problem is, the town sheriff--already suspicious about Granny--is a scout leader camping in the same spot. Will Scrub blow Granny's cover, forcing the B&B to shut down forever?

Normally I'm not a big fan of alien books, but this was an exception. The idea for the book is very creative, and smart. I've read plenty of books about vampires, werewolves, mermaids, basically everything under the sun [or moon] but nothing compares to the aliens in this book. From aliens whose skin glows to aliens that are taller then basketball players wearing high-heels, this book has it all! I thought the character of "Scrub" and the entire cast of characters were all very colorful. My only problem with this book was that it was rather hard to believe, and didn't really make it seem real. Other than that, a fun, quirky novel that will leave readers wanting to take another ride.

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