ARC Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers ★★★★1/2

Alienated by Melissa Landers
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Series: Alienated #1
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
ISBN: 9781423170280
Page Count: 352
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Janice
Buy Link: AMAZON
Synopsis: Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

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.


REVIEW

Alien Invasion

The moment I read saw Alienated's cover and read the synopsis, I heard it - the unmistakable sound of a book calling my name. No if's, and's, or but's about it, I simply had to get my greedy paws on this one, and when I finally did, I immediately dove in. Sleep? Who needs sleep? I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing this beauty off. Sure, I was a zombie the next day at work, but it was totally worth it.

Cara Sweeney has her life all plotted out. A whip-smart, highly motivated young woman with a drive to succeed that just won't quit, the last thing she expected was to be called into her principal's office and told she and her family have been selected to host an alien exchange student. Considering she didn't even apply for the honor, she's understandably shocked, but the opportunity is too good to pass up, and besides, she owes the L'eihr. Their miracle cure saved her mother's life two years ago, and Cara isn't the kind of girl to forget that.

Unfortunately, where Cara sees opportunity and a chance to learn about someone as different from her as night is from day, others are not so open-minded. Almost from the moment the announcement breaks, the hate begins. Lines are quickly drawn, and Cara, her friends and her family are stuck in the middle. It doesn't help that the alien exchange student, Aelyx, isn't exactly the warm, fuzzy or approachable type, and has a bad habit of looking down his nose at everyone. At first glance, it seems the exchange program is doomed before it starts, and yet Cara soldiers on, determined to make the best of the situation....and to punch a hole in the wall of Aelyx's icy reserve.

Cara displayed considerable strength of character throughout the book. When pushed, she didn't back down, and she proved repeatedly that she was willing to stand up for what she felt was right. But she's got a playful side too, and and I loved that. She won't be winning any L'eihr cooking contests anytime soon (although I give her points for trying, bless her heart, lol), but on the whole, she's as close to perfect as a YA heroine can get. She didn't change in the book so much as find more ways to shine.

Aelyx, on the other hand, had a lot of growing to do. He's come to Earth with his own agenda, and has little to no interest in befriending or integrating with the humans around him. He's an arrogant iceberg in bad need of thawing, and of course, that's exactly what happens. Little by little, he finds himself warming up to his host family, and to Cara in particular. It doesn't happen overnight, though. It takes a lot of big and small moments for him to get there, and I loved seeing him slowly come around. It was so much more believable than if, for example, he'd taken one look at Cara, fallen madly in instalove, and started wearing "I Heart Humans" t-shirts.

Aelyx's secret and the mounting tensions between human and alien added a welcome dose of depth to the story. The author did a fine job showing that neither race was as perfect as they thought they were.

The romance aspect of the story played out nicely, too. Not too fast, not too slow, but just right. The heartbeats scene was hands down my favorite. (You'll know the scene I'm talking about when you read it. Great stuff there!).

While the premise of Alienated may not be ground-breakingly original, the story is beautifully executed and kept me fully engaged from first page to last. It has great characters, excellent world-building, and a romance that developed just as it should. What more could a reader ask for? :)

4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely, lovely review, Janice! This book hooked me with it's cover and premise. After reading your review, I know I'm gonna love it. It seems as though Ms. Landers did an excellent job with pacing and character development...both things I love in a book. I can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks Brandee!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next :)

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