Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

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 Author: Melissa Landers

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 352

Rating: 5/5


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.


When I finished this book (which I did in one day because I couldn’t put it down) all I did was…


Amazing everybody, just pure perfection!

So this book is about Cara Sweeney. She has been picked to take an exchange student from another planet, L’eihr. L’eihr wants to make an alliance with Earth and exchanging students is a great way for everyone to get to know each other and become more comfortable. Aelyx, pronounced A-licks, arrives but his differences make the transition difficult. He hates the food, all the colors and practically everything else. Cara makes an effort to help him fit in and eventually she starts to see more to him.

An alien exchange program isn’t supported by all. Protesters begin staking out their school and life for Cara becomes more and more difficult. Her ex-best friend, her ex-boyfriend and the rest of the school have ostracized her for supporting the program. There are the few L’annabe’s as they call themselves that support the program. Aelyx and the other two exchanges students aren’t as supportive as they seem. They have a plan to stop this alliance but as Aelyx and one other exchange student start to enjoy life on earth everything will soon blow up in their faces.

Let’s begin with Cara. I love when a heroin is fierce and doesn’t back down and rely on a boy to fix all her problems. Cara is confident, strong and most important independent. Even when everyone turns their back on her, because of Aelyx, she still doesn’t act differently to please everyone else but continues with what she began doing. I love her passion for life. Everything she does, she enjoys to 100%.

While I adore Cara in the way of be my best friend forever way, it’s Aelyx that totally captures my heart. He’s cold and dangerous when he first gets to earth the longer we see him around Cara and her family, the more human he becomes. His hatred toward human food is quite hilarious. So many times just his reaction upon foods that I enjoy leaves me in fits of giggles. He’s not only described as one of the best looking men you might come across but his personality is what truly wins the reader over. His feelings for not only Cara, but the whole human race evolve and it makes him question everything he originally came here to do. The best scene involves Aelyx, a computer and a search engine starting with something along the lines of how do I . . . I will leave it at that (note: this may not be exactly what he was searching as but silly me never marked it so I have no idea where it is in the book).

There is also a deep story at play at the center. The author does an amazing job of portraying the real fear of the unknown. You will want to hate certain characters in the book (and a few you will), but you will also understand where they are coming from and that it isn’t evil that guides them, but irrational fear of those that are different from themselves.

The story is gripping and the characters will suck you into their world. I laughed, I teared up a little, and I felt all of those wild emotions that go along with falling in love for the first time. You know me, my love for all things alien is endless and this book is definitely one of my favorites. I am dying to read the next in the series. I won’t lie…the ending is a pretty giant cliff hanger. But there is a bit of a Happily Ever After aspect to it. As Aelyx and Cara discover in those last few paragraphs, along with the good news comes a bit of bad news as well. I can’t wait to see how they make it through the next phase together.

Alienated is a heart-warming story between an intergalactic Romeo & Juliet that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you cheer for first love, acceptance, and for those that stand up for what is right no matter how hard it is to do.




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