Alienated by Melissa Landers
Our Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 4.01
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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.
When the foreign exchange student from L’eihr, a planet many light years away, comes to stay with Cara Sweeney, her whole life is turned upside down. Not only do the government and her parents’ expectations of her skyrocket, but a group of protesters has formed, recruiting Cara’s best friends. Now Aelyx is the only one who will even talk to Cara, and she starts to fall in love. But this alien has secrets of his own, secrets that would cause some to kill.
Me with this book was love at first sight. The moment I saw that beautiful cover I wanted to read it. And the story did not disappoint. This is another book that switches perspectives (between Cara and Aelyx), but it’s in third person. It displays all the drama of high school, but on the extreme. There is distrust between some of the characters and too much trust between others. I recommend Alienated to anyone who likes romance, sci-fi, and adventure. And even if you don’t read it for any other reason, read it for the cover! I’m pretty sure I’ve spent hours just staring at it.