Thu, February 6, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers Review

Alienated book cover

Alienated book cover

Alienated
By Melissa Landers
Publication date: Feb. 4, 2014
Disney Hyperion, 352 pages
Source: 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.

— Goodreads.com description

Who would have thought a book could get me SERIOUSLY rooting for interspecies romance?! And, ick, you pervs — no, I don’t mean that weird dino-porn book that was in the news a few months ago.

I mean Alienated by Melissa Landers! Dudes, I read this in one sitting. So. Freaking. Entertaining.

So, here’s the story. It’s a little bit in the future and intelligent lifeforms have made contact with Earth. They’re essentially highly evolved humans, and they help Earthlings cure cancer…but might have some ulterior motives. They decide to do an interplanetary exchange.

Alien Aelyx comes to live with Human Cara and, c’mon, you just saw the romance coming. But who cares! It was really nicely paced and steamy and so much fun to read.

The story is suspenseful, deliciously angsty — in the good tension-y way you root for, not in the way you roll your eyes at — and really surprisingly layered. Alienated isn’t afraid to bring up some big-picture themes of persecution, acceptance, kindness, sticking to your guns, friendship and prejudice.

Okay, sure, there were little things like: Wouldn’t there be more security? More followers on Cara’s blog? Some government PR person censoring what she wrote? But, okay, it’s an alien story, so it’s not like I can fault it for being unrealistic!

If you liked the show Roswell or the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, you’ll need to check this out. If you’re a romance in sci-fi fan, you’ll love it.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Allie @ Little Birdie said:

    OHMYGOD. Dino-porn. Haha, I remember that *struggles to breathe through laughter*. Oh, man.

    I love the sound of this story! I’ve been eyeing it up for a while. I actually mentioned on another review I read that the premise is similar to that new CW show that’s going to start soon (Star-crossed). So if you’re a fan of this you might love the show! I’m excited to check them both out 😀

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    Anna Reply:

    AHAHAHA, right??? Also: YES to Star-Crossed, especially watching it because Julie from Friday Night Lights is staring!

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  2. Christina @ Allodoxophobia said:

    I really enjoyed this one too, despite the inconsistencies you pointed out. Have you read her adult books? SO swoony.

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    Anna Reply:

    I didn’t know she wrote adult books — gotta consult goodreads! Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I’m really looking forward to this one. I loved Roswell and the Lux series! And yes, romance in sci-fi…more please. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Anna Reply:

    YES, if those are up your alley, this would totally be too!

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  4. Alexa S. said:

    I really want to read Alienated! Been waiting on it since I got a recommendation a few months ago, and it warms my heart to hear that it’s entertaining, funny and sweet.

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    Anna Reply:

    I think you’d really enjoy it, Alexa!

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  5. Kelly said:

    Dino-porn!?

    The more reviews I read for this, the more I want to pick it up! It sounds like a fluffy and fun read, with a touch of political drama and sci-finess – all things I love!

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    Anna Reply:

    HAHA did you not see that one in the news? I guess an eBook came out with it a few months ago and everyone freaked out about how truly awful it was!

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  6. D. @ The Nerdy Journalist said:

    After finishing Allegiant, I told myself to take a break from sci-fi, and go back to reading other genres…
    but Ignite Me came out…
    and I’m also tempted to read Alienated ASAP.
    Ugh. The struggle of having too many books on your to-read list.

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    Anna Reply:

    Ooooh that’s a lot of good, but intense, books back to back!

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  7. April Books & Wine said:

    I am not super big on aliens or interspecies erotica hahahahaha. I mean, hmmmm, maybe I will give this a chance because you loved it but given the state of my TBR, I think I am still going to pass even though your review was like thisclose to convincing me, nice job, BTW.

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    Anna Reply:

    Well it’s definitely NOT erotica so there’s that hahahaha it’s more of a cute romance!

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  8. Lilyan said:

    I’ve been debating whether to read this or not. I think i might give it a try now 😀

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