Book View: Alienated

Book View: AlienatedAlienated by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 4th 2014
Pages: 352
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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.

shortOnce the aliens made contact, there was no going back.

Cara Sweeney, to her surprise, has been given the honor of taking part in the first exchange program with L’eihr, an alien people that have been recently discovered. As part of this exchange program, Cara and a select few other teens from across the planet will play host to the L’eihr teens. After the first exchange phase is complete, the teens will switch. Although Cara might be excited at this opportunity, her counterpart in the exchange, Aelyx, is not.

In a lot of ways, Alienated was exactly what I was expecting it to be. A little cute. A sweet romance budding amongst tensions from both sides due to the human vs. alien conflict.

What you see is what you get with Alienated. The books does tend to stay on the lighter side with the romance and humor, but also does not shy away from tackling darker issues like alien, and even human, prejudice. In the end, I cannot say that I absolutely adored Alienated. There are a few bumps along the way, but at least it was a fun ride.

Verdict:

A light read, for the most part, with a little bit of humor and a sweet romance.

Fans of CW’s StarCrossed will fall head over heads for this one.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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