Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers


Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Number of Pages: 344
Source: My Copy

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 have a confession to make: the cover of this book totally made me want to read it. I'm normally not a book cover whore, but when I was at Lori Fosters Reader/Author Get Together this past summer and saw the cover I knew I had to have the book. I'm not sure why, but I was really surprised at how this was not your typical teen insta love kind of book. I liked how strong & independent Cara was. I also really liked how believable the plot was-people got scared and did stupid things. However, that didn't stop Cara for standing up for what she thought was right or  by being hurt from it.

I liked how miserable Aelyx was throughout the whole book because everything was so new & foreign to him. He didn't want to be apart of the program, but did it because he was asked to-the same as with Cara. Alienated was just a refreshing read, and while it is full of teen angst, it was well done and is one of those YA books that can enjoyable for every age group.  I'm just really glad I took a chance on this book. I can't wait until the second book in the series comes out!