Series: Alienated #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on February 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
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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!