ARC Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Title: Alienated (Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa  Landers
Publication: February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Source: Provided by the kind publisher...

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.

-- My Rating --
3/5 Oscars: Liked it

-- My Thoughts --

     Well, when I received this book for review, I was intrigued. I really like ANYTHING that deals with aliens and their generation. Their ideas, their lives, it's all so interesting! And although this book didn't satisfy all that, it was cute, altogether!
     Cara is thrilled to host the first ever exchange program between humans and the L'eihrs. But when Aleyx, the cutest alien she has ever seen, arrives, she can't even stand him. And the feeling is mutual. And it seems like a huge group of humans want the L'eihrs off of Earth and out of their lives, and that only fuels more problems.
     The idea of this book is more towards the contemporary genre not the science fiction one. It's a story of two teens falling in love, who are not fit for each other but still try to make it work. I would have liked some more world building, because i felt like it was lacking a bit in this aspect. I never fully understood the differences between the aliens and us, but i have to say that I liked the information that was provided. 
     The romance is sweet , cute but nothing serious. It's the kind of high school romance that you know, might not be forever. I don't know what the author will do with this romance for the future books in the series, but I am hoping that she'll make it more mature and long-lasting. I did like the main characters, not at first, though. I didn't like Cara and Aleyx's arrogant attitude towards each other, but they did grow out of it. So, the character development was really evident.

     Although this book is not the best science fiction book out there in the blogging world, but it is interesting, nonetheless. And I know that it has a lot of potential so I am waiting for the author to show us more of this interesting world!


  1. I always am a little wary of books with aliens. I have no idea why. lol I loved how it was written in The 5th Wave and I hear the JLA books are great but otherwise, I'm not sure they are for me. I'm glad you still enjoyed this one though it felt more contemp.

    1. I wasn't sure that they are for me, too
      But they were great
      thanks for being here

  2. Haha, seems I've loved this one much more than you! ;P I loved Alienated and I was happy with the fluff romance instead of those dark sci-fis. Not that I don't love those, but it's great to find something different!

  3. I only skimmed this review bc I don't like to give myself much expectation before reading a book but I have seen mixed reviews so I'm curious where I will fall!


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