Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
Lately I have been reading a lot of sci-fi thanks to one book in particular, Alienated by Melissa Landers! I picked up this book as part of a read-along that was going on and I don’t regret it for a second! This book was such a cool take on the average alien book. No, the aliens don’t come and invade earth and kill off all the humans living here. They just come as exchange students.
First you have Cara Sweeney: valedictorian, calm, cool, and collected. Well that is until she signs up to house the first L’eihr transfer student and her whole world is turned upside down. Her friends start ignoring, her whole class hates her, and even the community is against her. But why does she put up with it? For one hot alien named Aelyx (pronounced A-LICKS). I really connected with Cara in the book because like her, I do focus a lot on my school work and she is a blogger too! Cara’s view is definitely one of my favorite point of view’s I’ve ever read from because she has such a strong voice. I loved hearing her deep thoughts that went beyond her sarcasm and snarky exterior.
Part of the book is also told from Aelyx’s POV. Now don’t get me wrong he is great too, but I had my doubts. Right off the bat Aelyx reveals to us readers that he planned on destroying any good relations between Earth and L’eihr. Talk about making a bad first impression! But during the course of the book you see his cold exterior start to melt and this is so rewarding as a reader.
My favorite thing about this book was that although there was a killer romance, there were some really serious issues that were addressed in this book. Mostly it was about not judging a book by its cover. Throughout the book you see Cara, her family, and even her friend go through a lot of trials because of Aelyx. Not because he’s done anything wrong, or that he’s a bad person…er alien, but because he’s different. And that is something that happens even in our society. There is always prejudice and there will always be people who will judge you just because you aren’t just like them. And in my opinion Melissa Landers handled this beautifully with such strong independent characters.
Overall I had a blast reading Alienated. It was such a fun, humorous read that had lots of interesting and unexpected turns. I guess now you can officially call me a L’annabe! I would rate Alienated 5/5 stars and recommend this to any YA reader out there! And I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, Invaded, which is expected to come out February 3, 2015!