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Alienated Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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Just when I thought Alienated was going to fall short in the romantic department, Melissa Landers shocked my socks off with one of the hottest scenes I've read in a YA Sci-Fi novel. It's the kind of steamy and sexy that's twice as effective because everybody still has their clothes on. It spiked my pulse and it was something different and refreshing than any romantic scene I've read in a while.
The world and character building are as vivid as the cover. Aelyx and Cara are as likeable and exciting as main characters get, and forget about your formulaic "stock characters" - there's nothing "stock" about Melissa's colorful cast of friends, family, and antagonists in this story. They are as brilliant as the MC's and make for a fantastic and engaging reading experience.
But that's not what makes a book, right? It's all those pretty words inside that make it what it is. All those pretty words make up quite a freaking fantastic story. Two worlds colliding and not necessarily in the best way.
Cara is awesome. I want her as my BFF because she's so chill, so smart and really, just as nerdy as I am (well, maybe a little more but I love that). She was the only American chosen to play host to alien boy from L'eihr - but these aliens are almost identical to us humans. She couldn't be more excited because it opens up her future to the future she's always dreamed. Plus, she gets to be one of the only humans to interact with these alien species and that's just awesome.
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 . . .Read more ›
Cara is such a good character. She's your typical overachiever with an extra dose of fiesty. But the arrival of Aelyx in her home as an alien exchange student turns her world upside down. Landers does such a fabulous job at showing how Cara grows over the course of this book. I was so impressed with her when I finished this book. I totally want to be her new best friend!
Aelyx and his culture were so intriguing to me. The author was able to introduce a whole new world to me without making it an info dump. That's a feat! I was giving Aelyx a lot of side eye in the beginning, but he quickly grew on me. I think I may even like him more than Cara at this point! I'm a total L'annabe!
Everything about this book is seriously great, y'all. The world building, the climatic ending, the characters, the science fiction elements, the romance; it's all so amazing! There was absolutely nothing that I did not like about this book. Seriously! Go pick up Alienated right now! You will NOT be disappointed!
Then there is Aelyx. He is so loyal to his people that even though his intentions may not be the best for all of those around him, you know he is guided by passion and doing what he believes is the right thing. I loved watching this character evolve into a caring, feeling, emotional, almost-human teenage boy. His arc is extremely fulfilling and I was so invested in it.
There is no insta-love in this book. Cara and Aelyx are as different as night and day and it takes time for these two to find each other. As a reader I fell in love with Aelyx with Cara as he slowly opened up to her and experienced emotions he didn't know he was capable of feeling. And seriously, there is nothing in this world better than the kissing showdown between these two! Get ready to melt!
For the most part, the book is light and funny. It's heartwarming and the developing romance will take you right back to that first time you ever fell in love (do we EVER forget that feeling?). But 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book in a fantastic YA science fiction series. I loved it!
Cara Sweeney is a wonderful character. I really liked her. Read more
Cara, an honor student in her high school, was chosen as one of the first alien exchange students with L'eihr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Chick Who Reads
Aliens? Intergalactic exchange students? Yeah, I was hooked the moment I read the blurb. Not that the beautiful cover didn’t help.
This book takes place in the future. Read more
I actually read the novella and the second book before I read this one. I loved the humor and Cara is definitely my favorite in this one!Published 2 months ago by Candace Robinson
Having teenagers in my home, I enjoy a well-written young adult novel. So I base this review on its appeal and enjoyment by teenagers/young adults. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trosado
Original review on: Across the Bookiverse
Cara Sweeney is given the opportunity of a lifetime. Being the host of the first L'eihr exchange student. Read more
I liked the premise, it was a easy read which drew me in. The plot wasn't overly dynamic but that didn't put me off. Read morePublished 3 months ago