Hey, beautiful! Today, I’m back with another book review!
I love writing these, but I can’t really write them in bulk, as you can see.
In this post, I’ll be reviewing Alienated by Melissa Landers.
I read this book on my flight to Morocco, and I loved it! I gobbled it up all in one sitting (and thats pretty rare for me)
If you’ve read this book, then tell me what you think about it in the comments below. How many stars did you rate it?
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Page Count: 344 pages
Series: Alienated trilogy/series (#1)
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.
This was one of the first sci-fi books I’ve read, sol I don’t really have much to compare it to, so keep that in mind while reading the review.
The book was a bit confusing for the first couple chapters, but it all cleared up after the first 60 or so pages.
The characters really get to grow on you throughout this book, and the character development is just amazing.
Aelyx (pronounces a-licks), came to earth with this computer-like programmed personality, and by the end of the book, he’s just changed so much for the better.
As you read through the book, you get to see Cara and Aelyx fall slowly in love, which is one of the many things that I adored about this book.
Its not like one of those insta-love books, where the characters just fall in love at first sight. No, because at first, Cara and Aelyx hated each other, so when all that tension built up between them, they just couldn’t hold it in anymore.
If you’ve read the book you know what I mean ;-). All that sexual tension that built up between them, it all got released in this one scene.
This is a Young-Adult novel, so there was nothing too explicit, but there was a steamy scene.
And then the scene which came after that, just made me laugh out loud; not a giggle, or a chuckle, no a full out cackle!
I liked the fact that there was conflict between Cara and her friends when Aelyx came into their life, but that the drama wasn’t too much.
And the L’eihr haters (also known as HALO), just add this whole other component to the world that makes it so believable. Because if aliens were to ever come to earth, we all know there’ll be some (maybe many) haters. 😂
I’m not gonna spoil anything, but the scene where Cara ‘found out everything’ made me shed a tear or two (maybe even more 😪 )
But all-in-all, this book was just beautiful! The writing, the plot, the characters, the everything.
I overall, gave this book a 4/5 stars on goodreads.
THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
SPOILERS FOR ALIENATED
As I mentioned previously, this is the first book in a series (and it did a great job at that.
The second book in the series is called Invaded, and here is the synopsis.
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.
Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.
The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
Then there’s the third book, which is still awaiting a cover, but it’s called United.
But it comes out this summer of 2016! So lets see how this series closes!
Here is the synopsis, I didn’t read it myself, because I don’t want to spoil myself for Invaded, so here you go.
After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.
But the vacation is short-lived.
The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awoken an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order the separation of both races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.
With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.
Much love, Rawan <3…