Alienated by Melissa Landers
the first Alienated book
published on February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
science fiction | fantasy | romance
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.
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.”
“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.