Alienated by Melissa Landers Review

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Synopsis:

“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.”

 

This is the story of Cara and Aelyx: an alien who gets to move to a new planet, and a teenage girl bent on getting that college scholarship that she has worked so hard for. Little did she know all that was entailed in this little setup of taking in an extraterrestrial. Now before you go calling him Alex, it’s actually pronounced A-licks. Yeah, I thought it was an interesting take on the name, too. But I like it 🙂

I picked this book up because one, it just came out and I have had a serious low in book selection lately, and two, the cover was just freaking fantastic. I mean come on, everybody loves star crossed lovers and crap like that, and that is exactly what the cover looks like it promotes. So I was like, game on.

This story may sound like that show Star-Crossed on the CW, but in reality it’s…okay, it’s exactly like Star-Crossed on the CW. The only major difference is that Aelyx can’t really feel, and he looks a lot different than Roman lol. I liked how the author made the alien race of L’eihrs way different in appearance compared to humans. It seems like with every alien book they have the actual alien look like a human, so I always forget what they are until something with their planet or powers happens.

That did not happen here.

The L’eihrs are dark skinned with light brown hair in a pony tail at the back of their necks (male and female alike), and have a monochromatic uniform of brown they wear. So you will never have a hard time distinguishing between characters. Another little quirk? How they talk. They act and speak emotionless with a scientific factuality because of a certain breeding issue, but I won’t spill the beans for you guys on that.

Cara was something I kind of saw coming. She’s the typical good girl who had a family trauma and is trying to come back from it. All she wants is to go to the college of her choice and not have to worry about the bill afterwards. And she gets the answer by taking in Aelyx, one of three aliens coming to earth for the first exchange program. At first he’s all “Zombie” and then she realizes that he’s just as freaked about this situation as she is. So a nice friendship starts to bloom because of this shared common thread and it is ridiculously cute to read.

This story line is kind of predictable in the beginning, but along the way there are some mysteries that I couldn’t figure out. And that’s good, no one likes to be able to tell the story before it unfolds. Another thing this book touched on is the prejudice of this world and how some people really can’t stand change, or have a major fear of it. The lines get drawn in the sand in some parts of this book and I found how realistic that aspect was. The world is full of haters, and it just reminded me of a seriously dark time in our history. But I hope that in the second installment those social standings will be destroyed and that Cara and Aelyx can have a good outcome.

I give this book a bit of a lower score just because it was kind of a common story and some of the world building and scene descriptions were lacking. I would have loved to have seen more scenes where the two went somewhere other than school and Cara’s house. I think the story would have been a five star for me if that had happened.

Alienated by Melissa Landers = 3 stars

 

 

 

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