Monday, March 31, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers

By: Melissa Landers
Released: February 4, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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" (Summary from

I liked Alienated, but didn't fall in love with this story like I was hoping to. I started this book with some high expectations. 

Alienated is the story of Cara who is picked to host one of the first L'eihr exchange students, Aelyx.  Cara is a perfectionist when it comes to school and this opportunity will give her a scholarship to any college she wants. It's also a perfect way to get her journalism career started because she will have the inside information on the L'eihrs. As Cara gets to know Aelyx better though, she begins to fall for him. However, the anti-L'eihr group continues to grow and it's becoming more dangerous for Aelyx and now Cara as well. 

Cara was an interesting protagonist. I liked how determined she was, but she could also be really frustrating at times. Then there is Aelyx who was an interesting character and  I think that he was developed well. I loved learning all about the L'eihrs. I thought that the relationship between Cara and Aelyx was developed fairly well. I also really enjoyed how the chapters alternated between Cara and Aelyx. It was just interesting to read both of their perspectives on what was happening.

Alienated started off really good. I really enjoyed the beginning, but then after that it just started to lose my interest. The concept itself was great and I really thought that the world that Landers created was fascinating. I enjoyed reading all of the science about the L'eihrs. However, around the middle of the book I found myself getting bored. The middle started to get really repetitive and then all of sudden so much happened all at once in the last few chapters. So I felt like the ending was really rushed.

Overall, I did like Alienated. It was a really interesting world to jump into. I would definitely still read the sequel because I am interested enough in reading what will happen next for these characters.   

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  1. I also liked the world Landers created. I thought it was great how determined Cara was to stick to her commitments although I can definitely see how that would get frustrating as well. I think I might have liked this a little more then you although I think it's only because of the parallels between the L'heir exchange and racism in the US during the 1950's/60's (one of my favorite topics to study). Do you plan on reading the sequel?

    1. Agreed, I did love the parallel between the L'heirs and racism during the 50's. I thought that was done well. I will definitely still pick up the sequel. I liked it enough to stick with it and see what will happen next.

  2. I had some trouble with this one too, I just got bored at a couple of points and wanted to story to get going. I liked the whole concept and I am still curious, but I wasn't wowed by this one. Great review!


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