Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Alienated by Melissa Landers
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 352
Keywords: aliens, war, high school
Format Read: ARC from NetGalley

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 did a WOW post about this a while ago, and I was so excited when I was approved on NetGalley to read this one, but now that I've finished I have mixed feelings.

It started off pretty great — I was all into the alien exchange student thing, it was a first for me, and I hadn't read anything similar to this. The background of the aliens also was well-established. It was clear Landers had a huge backstory for them, and I appreciated how much detail was put into their history.
One of the main problems I had dealt with foreshadowing, and the fact that there was just SO MUCH of it. I mean, a good hint to the future is exciting, but giving it away in big chunks ruin the suspense in the story. So about 30% through, I pretty much knew exactly what was going to happen for the rest of the novel.

But okay, I moved past that because it was still cute, and I wanted to see exactly what would pan out. My next issue was with logistics of the actual storyline. So Midtown started getting all these people protesting and eventually bringing weapons on school grounds. Don't you think if you were running an intergalactic experiment to see if your two countries could make nice, you would check up on your TEENAGERS who were sent there? That's just my personal opinion that you should. And that you should take them home when people are threatening them.

I mean, the book was interesting enough that it held my attention and I did actually finish it because I wanted to know what happened. But none of it was believable at all (especially not the ending). I've just now gone and looked on Goodreads and I'm quite shocked at how high it's rated. Sure, it was easy and fun to read, but it was nothing spectacular and I really wasn't blown away by it.

Read When: You're in the middle of a bunch of stuff and need something you can fly through and feel like you just read a fun book.

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