Mini Review: Alienated

Mini Review: AlienatedAlienated by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #1
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 344
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 4, 2014
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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.
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Did anyone else watch that CW show “Star Crossed”? It got cancelled (sadly) after 13 episodes, but it definitely made me think of this book. Aliens (who look just like humans) show up at earth, wanting to make an alliance, and while some of earth is all for it, there are some who want the aliens gone.

Cara has to play host to one of the alien ambassadors, a sullen yet beautiful boy by the name of Aelyx. As they get to know each other, they learn more about each other’s cultures and develop a new appreciation for each species, not to mention the romance that blossoms between them. Trouble brews as many of earth’s people demand the aliens leave, and it would appear that the aliens have secrets of their own.

ALIENATED is perfect for fans of JLA’s “Lux” Series; Landers writes sweet and clever dialogue, with interesting characters and swoon worthy romance that had me reading late into the night. Highly recommended for fans of YA romance with a dash of sci-fi thrown in.

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