Monday, July 7, 2014

Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Melissa Landers
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
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.
Before I start my review, can we just take a moment to appreciate this cover? The font! The colors! The people!

Now that that is out of the way....ALIENATED was absolutely fantastic. I wasn't quite sure about it at first, but as I delved more into the story, I grew to love the story (and Aelyx) even more.

"Hips of that width are likely to pass live offspring without complications."

Aelyx was one of the best male leads I have read in a long time. He was so awkward at times, but that made him even more attractive than he already was. And he was hilarious. That quote about the hips, though. *dies of laughter*

Cara was really awesome too. Most of the time, I find the female leads in books to be annoying at times, but I never found Cara annoying. She was so refreshing. I loved that she never took crap from anyone, especially her annoying ex-boyfriend.

The world Melissa created was absolutely fantastic too. Most of the book still took place on earth, but I found the planet L'eihr fascinating. I hope we get to see more of it in the next book!

Overall, ALIENATED is a must read for sci-fi fans...and romance lovers...actually, everyone should read it. It will not disappoint!

CONTENT: Kissing, talk of going "all the way", but no sex ever happens; no swearing I can recall, and hardly any violence.                  

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