Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Alienated

Title - Alienated 
Author - Melissa Landers
Series - Alienated #1
Genre - YA Paranormal Aliens
Format - Kindle review copy
Published - February 4th 2014
Publisher - 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.

I received Alienated in return for an honest review from the publisher Disney Hyperion via Netgalley. Cara has been giving a once in a lifetime opportunity the only thing is she didn’t ask for it. She’s been picked to be one of the three humans to host one of the L’eihrs the aliens. In return she will get to spend time on their home planet as well as have college paid for. It’s an amazing chance for her future after all thanks to the aliens they cured her mom’s cancer. They can’t be all bad? She will be able to blog all about her experience which is hard to refuse if she wants to be a journalist.

Cara isn’t sure how she feels about losing her brother off to the alien planet and having to live with a strange boy. He’s attractive, hates all earth food and happens to beat her in chess every time. Yet as the two start learning more about each other Cara finds that he’s not so bad. She tries finding a food that will allow Aelyx to eat instead of being stuck with his supplements. However Aelyx has an agenda of his own. With the help of his friends those who are also on earth they planned to sabotage any attempts for the two beings to live together. The more he learns about Cara the more he knows he doesn't want to leave her. As Cara loses all her friends and even her boyfriend she finds herself falling for Aelyx and he her but can the two find happiness? What about all his plans with his friends? What about the angry humans who want them to leave? Will they survive?

I love Cara she has a blog how could I not connect with her right away. She’s smart willing to do what’s right even risking everything for love. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Aelyx he’s kind of frustrating but the more I got to know him and learned about his people it all made sense. I’m glad she had Aelyx when everything with her friends didn't work out. They each have toxic friends but together they find happiness.

I have had this book on my TBR list forever so when I received an Arc I was super excite. I couldn't wait to dive into the story as reviews quickly started popping up around the blogosphere. I’m still new to the whole alien concept but after Alienated the concept has become my new favorite. I love the characters in the book they are easy to connect with engaging and stole my heart I couldn't help getting sucked into their lives. The concept of finding the advanced L’eihrs in space was unique and refreshing I like the idea of them being humans who have advanced far beyond us. The author has created a concept that sounds believable almost as if it could happen in the near future. For me Alienated was hard to put down it’s just one of those books that you have to know how it will end. The author has written a beautiful story that captures the heart as well as the imagination. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series. One of my new favorite books I just really loved everything about it. There are a few steamy moments but mature teens as well as adults will enjoy the book. 
5 out of 5 stars

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