I just finished reading Alienated by Melissa Landers for an Around the World ARC Tour.
Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi
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.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I liked the idea--that alien students participate in an exchange program and predictably, one of the aliens falls in love with the girl he staying with. But there's something about the whole anti-L'eihr thing turned me off a little. It was almost like there was too much anti-L'eihr problems for me to really love it. And some of the writing was a little corny, especially in the romance scenes.
I did really like the main characters. I loved that Cara was super smart and feisty. I loved that even though she wasn't really interested in the beginning, she still stuck up for Aelyx. Aelyx grew on me. He seemed to get over his L'eihr personality (or lack of one) a little quickly but I brushed that off.
I liked reading about the L'eihr world. It was interesting to read about this created world and how the aliens are different from humans. It was an intriguing take on what other-worldly life could be like.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge: 42
2013 ARC Reading Challenge: 23
2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 34
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.