by Melissa Landers
on February 2nd 2016 Genres: Young Adult
, Sci-Fi Pages:
369 Goodreads Buy on Amazon
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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...
Space themes are always tricky for me. I either love them, or I can’t stand them. I either have a desperate need to read the book or watch the movie, or I just sit there thinking, “Meh.” Starflight fell into the former. It‘s a book that initially drew me in by the cover…and held me with the story.
The only downside to this book was that pieces of the plot were a bit clichéd and predictable. Very little of the overall plot was a surprise to me. But the details and the journey to reach those overarching themes were interesting and entertaining. So, I didn’t find myself too disappointed about knowing what was coming next; I wanted to see how they got there. What paths did they take? What trouble did they encounter? That was what interested me most.
The secondary characters were also excellent. I loved discovering their personalities and the dynamics of the group. They were all so entertaining and I wanted to know the entireties of their backstories, every detail. I cannot wait for the sequel, Starfall, to release next year and tell the story of my favorite dynamic duo, Cassia and Kane. Honestly, these two together were hilarious, but I can’t wait to find out how deep their connection really goes.
Overall, Starflight was a great, entertaining read. It was a space book that (surprisingly) was able to keep me interested and flying through the pages of this book. It made me even more excited for the sequel. 2017 is already looking like an excellent year for new books, and I cannot wait to get my hands on Starfall in February.
by Melissa Landers Series: Alienated #1 Published by Disney Hyperion
on February 4th 2014 Genres: Young Adult
, Romance Pages:
344 Format: Paperback
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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.
“Look what I made for you. A bowl of diabetes.”
Tori: I don’t like the way he looks at you. Cara: How does he look at me? Tori: Like he wants to dock his ship inside your spaceport. Cara: You’ve cracked.
“It’s common knowledge that shiny rocks are preferred among human females.”
“How can we understand what we’ve never experienced and adapt without making mistakes?”
I really liked the concept of this book. Where aliens are common knowledge and how there is a student exchange program between the aliens and the humans. Melissa Landers did an excellent job at creating a unique story about aliens and humans living together. It made a lot of sense and it felt realistic. If aliens were common knowledge now and living among us, I would assume that this sort of exchange would happen in real life. As would the riots from the people who don’t agree. That happens nowadays with other issues.
I enjoyed Cara’s character. I liked how she still went through with the exchange program even though her boyfriend and best friend didn’t like it. I liked that she was a blogger and going for journalism. I loved Cara. I loved her family. I didn’t, however, love her boyfriend or best friend. And once her boyfriend became her ex-boyfriend and her best friend became her ex-best friend, I liked them even less. They do redeem themselves towards the end but they’re still not my favorite characters.
Aelyx…I loved. He was fantastic. He was swoon worthy. He was at first against the exchange and only went through with it to sabotage it. But, he redeems himself. And he becomes even more attractive by the end of the book.
If you’re a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series then you would enjoy this series. They’re different but they both deal with aliens and relationships between aliens and humans. And they’re both swoon worthy. I will definitely be picking up the second book soon!
Let’s talk about it. Did you read Alienated? What did you think of it? Or if you haven’t read it yet, do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂