Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Alienated By Melissa Landers

Alienated By Melissa Landers
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Format: Kindle
My Rating: ★★★1/2

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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.
I saw bloggers rave about this book back when it first came out, but since I am the worst I finally read it a few months ago. I'm kind of disappointed to say that I just wasn't that impressed with this book. If anything it made me super angry.

I knew going into this book that it was going to be super cheesy. I was expecting some Roswell-style cheesy teen romance, which I did get, it just felt way too cheesy! Maybe this is just a testament of my age, but something just didn't quite work for me. Some people might like this book because of the cheese, so I'm not judging, it just wasn't for me. Also the romance does fall into the dreaded insta-love, so I think I had some issues with it there too. I think if you are not sold on the romance between this human and alien, this might not be your thing.

So I mentioned that this book made me angry, and one of the reasons is the crux of the conflict in the novel. I think what annoyed me the most was just how realistic it was, because humans are terrible. So there are a group of people that are anti-alien and set out to make Cara's life miserable since she agreed to the alien exchange program. Even her jerky boyfriend is one of them and then her best friend totally abandons her for these people. That part of the novel really annoyed me! So, yes I can totally see this happening. People are still not accepting of other people because of their skin color, could you imagine people being accepting of an alien species? I think not. So props to Landers for pointing out that this huge flaw in humanity would still exist when it comes to " first contact". This pretty much drives the rest of the plot, and as I read it I just got more and more annoyed with it!

I thought the culture of the L'eihr's was really interesting and I wanted to know more about them. The descriptions of their home world piqued my interest, but we didn't really get to see this at all in the book. We see their home base briefly at the end of the novel. I have a feeling we get more of this later on in the series.

This is another one of those books that I just think is "okay." I didn't hate it, but there were just things about it that didn't work for me. I think the romance was a huge issue for me that I just couldn't get past. I think it is just unfortunately another series I will pass on finishing.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Do you think I should give this series another try?

Happy Reads Everyone!