Sunday, August 2, 2015

Alienated by Melissa Landers Book Review

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 rating: 3/5

This book wasn’t all that bad, but it was like drinking water when you wanted to drink juice; it’s not horrible but a little disappointing.

Cara is excited, she is going to be one of the few students allowed in an exchange programm that will let them meet first-handed the world of the L'eihr. but when her world is submerged into anti-alien madness, her partner Aelyx, cold, and infuriatingly gorgeous might become her only friend... and a little more than that.

Everything in the book was ok, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It’s the same formula we have seen over and over in so many YA books before, and the writing style, characters or world building are nothing out of this world (what a lame pun) to make this story stand out from the crowd.

The aliens had, despite being, you know, ALIENS, the exact same life style, social structure and culture we do and you could forget you were reading about a fantasy novel without problems.

The characters were alright, Aelyx was a little hard to decipher and it was fun to try and find out the mystery surrounding him and his people. Cara was a decent narrator and MC too, but I wish she had had a bit more spirit and spunk.

In the end the story was ok, fun at times and a bit boring at others.

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