Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

May 15, 2014 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated
by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #1
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publication Date: February 4, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Pages: 344
Format: Hardcover
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

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.


Welcome Earthlings!

Alienated is about a normal high school teenage girl, Cara Sweeney (pronunciation: Care-a). Cara’s goal is to get into a prestigious college and the only way to do that is if she lets a L’eihr (alien from planet L’eihr) stay in her home. By doing so, the government will pay for any college she applies. She accepts without really knowing that her life is about to change drastically.

When I first started reading Alienated, my first thought was that it seemed a lot like the television show Star-Crossed. As I continued reading, I noticed that the things that make them similar are aliens and the interplanetary relations, along with wanting the aliens out of planet Earth. The story line is way different and I find it so interesting.

I found the book to be a bit slow, like a drama but the plot always kept me going. I wanted to know more about how everything would turn out. There were parts in the book that got me teary-eyed and parts where I couldn’t stop laughing. This book won’t let the readers down.

When I finished reading, I wanted more. It leaves a cliffhanger as to “what happens now?” that you just need to read the second book.


About Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”

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