My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Aiens, 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.
Before we begin, let’s have a look at the beautiful cover., shall we? I mean, seriously, look at the design and the two otherwordly models. They’re amazing!
Sixteen-going-on-seventeen Cara has it all: a boyfriend, a best friend, loving parents (which she complains about), beauty and perfect grades. When she’s assigned to host a L’eihr (Aelyx) for the intergalactic exchange program and has no choice but to accept, she knows a lot will eventually change in her life.
Except, she never thought she would actually come to like the guy, or should I say Alien?
Told from an alternative point of view, Alienated by Melissa Landers is fun and entertaining, exactly the kind of book that you’ll read to relax and have a good time.
It unfortunately features a few immature characters that you will, at some point, die to shake or slap or scream at, due to frustration and impatience, which is the less stellar part of this book.
But since Cara and Aelyx are mature ones in contrast (and the heros), it made reading Alienated a lot more enjoyable. Aelyx was my favourite character since the very beginning. I liked seeing his developpement because he, funnily enough, gets nicer and nicer with every chapter.
He’s also truly hilarious when he talks formally or statistically about mating; I can’t wait for you to get to those awkward but unforgettable scenes. I laughed out loud quite often, let me tell you.
The writing is simple and the language includes a couple of alien words referring to some objects and expressions. It’s never confusing, though, since they are explained as they are poured into the novel.
What a scarily realistic futuristic world! But, I’m going to be honest with you, if all aliens are as sexy and charming as the One in this book, I wouldn’t mind being invaded 😉
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