Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Alienated by Melissa Landers

the first Alienated book
published on February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
science fiction | fantasy | romance

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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.

REVIEW

I was super excited for this release and went to our local bookstore the day it was out. Sadly, the book only became available around April, so my excitement for the book died down a bit. Nonetheless, I still picked up the book once I saw it in the bookstore.

Alienated was a perfect light-hearted read to put me out of my mini reading slump. It was a quick, enjoyable read, but of course it had some flaws. The things I disliked were mostly those minor things that you won’t notice if you’re not looking, like:

– The heroine didn’t like how affectionate her parents were towards each other, even saying she wanted them to fight like “normal parents” do. The hell, girl? I would love it if my parents went on dates once in a while. I absolutely hate it when they fight.

– There were a lot of implications that there were sluts and hoes. There’s even a place people call The Ho Depot and apparently that’s where the guys go there on their birthdays.

*Takes deep breath* Okay, so, alien books. I haven’t read a lot of them, so I don’t have a lot of experience concerning various alien mythologies. The aliens in Alienated were pretty simple, easy to understand and did not require your wild imaginations. If you were expecting some funky-looking aliens with a lot of depth to their histories, you’ll be very disappointed. In fact, they were just like humans, except they didn’t have belly buttons or small pinkie toes. They don’t grow facial hair, either. And they’re quite unemotional.

Cara Sweeney wasn’t big on the idea of housing an alien at first. But with all the publicity it could bring her blog and the good it can do to her dream career to be a journalist, Cara reluctantly agrees to let Aelyx into her house. Now, I like Cara. She was determined and always stood by the people who she knew were good. I think she has a pretty good sense of humor, too, using words like craptastic and sucktacular.

Cara didn’t argue with that. “I think she left her soul at home. Maybe it didn’t match her shoes.”

Aelyx was another story. His character was cold and off at first, but once he really started to care for Cara and her family, he really grew on me! He was really sweet, and he was definitely a charmer. Like here:

Aelyx shrugged. “To be honest, I don’t know what qualities you ever saw in him. I can tell why he chose you, but–”

“Oh, yeah?” Cara’s spirits lifted as she sensed a compliment coming on. “Why do you think he chose me?”

“It’s obvious.” He swept a hand to indicate her loose curls. “Your long, shiny hair, healthy skin, and bright eyes show that you’re well nourished.”

And here:

“But Eric was probably most attracted to your waist-to-hip ratio.” For a split second, Aelyx resembled a human boy as he leaned back and peered at her caboose. “Hips of that width are likely to pass live offspring without complications.”

So clearly, I like Aelyx as a love interest. I also like how this never developed into a love triangle. Cara also got over her ex in a very realistic manner: it hurt to see him, but she moved on. Her ex aside, I loved the romance. It was a slow burning relationship that started off as friendship–obviously I would ship these two!

The end was where the actual plot was, and sadly I seriously did not like the pacing there at all. Things happened too abruptly and I could not wrap my head around what was going on. I think the end could’ve been dragged out a bit more, just so things would’ve went smoothly.

Overall, this was a really fun book and I am now a fan of Melissa Landers and her simple writing. I’ll eagerly await the sequel and anything else this author may have up her sleeve. I would recommend this to people who don’t mind books with a lack of depth and are just looking for a fun, romantic read to pass the time.

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3.5 skulls

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Let’s discuss! Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, will you be picking it up anytime soon?
SIG - Aimee
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30 thoughts on “Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

  1. I don’t mind a lack of depth at all. A good enjoyable book is all I need! I was super excited about this as well since there were so many rave ARC reviews. My excitement has died down a bit too but you’ve sparked it again, I NEED TO read this by the end of this year. Great review Aimee! :D

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  2. Wait, she WANTS her parents to fight? Huh? I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anyone in my LIFE who likes it when their parents fight O.o

    That aside, though, this looks like a quick and fun read despite some flaws! Doesn’t look like the perfect story, but I think this is one of those books that’s perfect to get you out of a slump :)
    Great review, Aimee <33

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  3. The whole “I want my parents to fight” really annoyed me as well! I mean…c’mon! I agree though, despite a few minor flaws it really was a great, fluffy read and I’m definitely going to read the sequel. Are you? :D Thanks for sharing Aimee, and, as always, brilliant review! <3

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  4. I’m so glad you liked it too! I read it a while ago and I really thought it was cute and quite enjoyable read. I loved Aelyx, he was really funny at times, and I really liked how he opened to Cara with time. The ending was quite rushed, and I have to admit, I’m a bit scared how the sequel will go and what will they do to Cara on L’eihr without Aelyx, but nevertheless, I’m really excited to read it!

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    1. I really liked the slow buildup of their relationship as well. Aelyx was such a doll. ;) I didn’t get a lot of substance from the ending, but I need book two as well! <3

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  5. I totally agree about the plot – it sped up at the end and left me hanging! I can’t wait for book two, even if it’s just so I can read about Aelyx again ;) THAT ONE SCENE ABOUT PULSES <333

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  6. I’m soo excited for this actually! I won a copy and omg, can’t WAIT to read it. x) But I don’t have ridiculously high hopes for it because I’ve seen a LOT of 3-star reviews. But that I-wish-my-parents-were-fighting reeeeally worries me. WHY WOULD YOU WANT YOUR PARENTS TO FIGHT? That’s horrible. >.<

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    1. Woohoo! Congrats, Cait! <3 It's because her parents love PDA, lol! xD But honestly I'd love it if my parents were sort of lovey dovey, haha!

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  7. Ok I admit I hadn’t seen the most swimming reviews of this one and didn’t know if I was going to read it. Even given that its mostly gotten “ok” ratings Aelyx quotes you included probably cinched the deal for me.

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  8. Now you’ve got me thinking. I have read this one a while ago and honestly I don’t remember the girl bitching about her parents going on dates. That’s mean!! I will have to talk to her about that when the sequel is out! Great review, Aimee :)

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  9. I’ve honestly been wary of this one because I’ve read a lot of reviews criticizing Alienated. It does seem very fluffy which may be a nice change of pace for me though lol.

    The whole wanting her parents to fight thing?? Ummm, what!? That’s quite honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve read in awhile. It seems entirely vapid and selfish. I also don’t like the sounds of unnecessary slut shaming /: It doesn’t add anything to the book, that’s for sure.

    However the main character sounds like one that I can easily support! And the romance doesn’t sound that bad either [;

    Lovely review <33

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    1. Teehee! This one definitely had some stupid things, but most of them were minor and only mentioned once or twice. :) The romance was definitely not bad. ;)

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  10. Heaps of people have reviewed this book but it’s always been overlooked for me, and I think I know why now. I don’t like the slut shaming in this one and the quote that you put in about the waist to hip ratio. Glad you enjoyed it though and thanks for your honesty Aimee <3

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  11. Agh! My computer ate my comment so trying again :-) I enjoyed this one overall…felt that the characters were the strongest aspect…well the main characters. I loved their dialog and interactions. I felt that the progress and closeness between them was very well done and realistic. I’m glad you enjoyed this one for the most part :-)

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