Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

344 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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 Thoughts:

This book had me reminiscing over TV shows such as, Roswell and Starcrossed. Which were some of my favorite sci-fi shows. I am a complete sci-fi junkie so I think I know good sci-fi when I read it. I love books like this if they are done right and Melissa Landers gave me an out of this world experience (LOL). I had so much fun while reading this book that I could hardly put it down.

The characters are completely relatable and the pacing keeps the book flowing well. I never felt the lag that you sometimes get in a book. The story had me captivated from the beginning which is different from the book being well written. Although, the book was very well written and that is sometimes difficult for new authors. I also think Melissa does a great job of capturing human nature. As a whole we are a very judgmental and fearful race of beings. We also have the great capacity to love and learn. I love the fact that she was able to capture that in this story and teach us something with out it feeling like a lesson. I have to say Melissa does an exceptional job of making you feel outrage and sympathy at the same time.

I have very high hopes for this series. I think if these are the type of books we can expect for Melissa Landers then she will more than likely end up on my automatic buy list. I can not wait to get my hands on the sequel.


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