Saturday, 8 February 2014

(Review) Alienated (Alienated, #1) - Melissa Landers

Title: Alienated (Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa Landers
Format: kindle
Pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date Published: Feb. 4, 2014

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Summary (from Goodreads)
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.

When i read that Jennifer L. Armentrout had some nice things to say about Alienated, I knew I had to check it out. I've been hearing about similar it is to her Lux series, but to be quite honest the similarities end with the aliens. 

Alienated is a debut novel by Melissa Landers, which follows the story of Cara who is poised to be the student host of an alien (L’eihr) exchange student named Aelyx (A-licks, as Cara states). Aelyx and 2 others are going to be attending high school on earth for some months to study the earth's biology and to hopefully foster an alliance between the two species. Things start to turn bad when we finally get hints of their true intentions. 

All in all, it was still a fun read but the emotional investment wasn't there, or at least it wasn't that deep enough for me. I like being able to relate to the heroine. Aelyx' character was beyond fun, though, and the way he interacted with humans in the beginning was quite interesting. 

Then we get to the point where Aelyx and Cara get pretty deep into each other and that was an intense and rather non-traditionally intimate scene. I like how they didn't hate each other in the beginning, because that is starting to get annoyingly cliche with alien novels. They were just decent with each other and both were more or less open with each other and that fostered a good relationship. It didn't just show one aspect of the human paranoia that makes us shun things we don't understand, but it also shows that in a non-human ways. 

In the end, the book ends in a rather good but also sad note. It's a big cliffhanger and I'm already really excited to read what happens next. 

Rating: ♚♚♚♚♚

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