Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Rating: 1.75/5 stars

Series: Alienated #1 | Published: January 6th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 346 | Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Status: read from August 22 to August 26, 2017
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Winning. Cara Sweeney had made it her business, and business was good.

Alienated is one of the books I've had on my shelf forever. I'm on a mission trying to read all my physical books on my TBR shelf and Alienated was the first one I got my hands on. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.

I had quite a lot of problems with Alienated, but it had its good sides too. It is not at all like I hated the book, it's only that I found it cringey, unimaginable and monotonous. For example, about 50 % of the book (the first half) revolved around which food Aelyx would possibly enjoy eating without puking. It was amusingly uneventful in my opinion. The book was definitely character driven, because when they were home doing nothing, nothing happened.

This is a different kind of 1.75 star rating. The book wasn't bad bad, but good bad. In the end, I had too many problems with it to higher my rating. I still believe that I will read book 2 in the future though.

• The last 30/40-or-so pages were quite good. More happened in these pages than in the rest of the book. I liked the new surroundings and the new pace of the story. I think book two will be better actually.
• The parts where Cara and Aelyx were friends. When was that, you may ask? Almost never, unfortunately. But I liked those parts a lot.

• Unnecessary misunderstandings. Ugh. One cannot stand too much drama. I hate when two characters are in love but both of them believe that the other one's not in love with them.
• The thing I hated the most was the freaking L'eihr language. Especially certain words that were brought up in the beginning of the book but were not explained. Some of the words were easy to understand it the context but others didn't mean a thing to me. It was so annoying.
• The name Aelyx. It was a brain twister. I needed to read it the same as they pronounced it in the book: as A-licks.
THE INSTALOVE! Why? The book would be so much better off without the love. Aelyx and Cara were perfect as good friends. Cara had a boyfriend but fell in love with Aelyx basically from the moment she laid eyes on him. She promised that she never would fall in love with him, but surprise surprise: she did.
• The reason the L'eihr contacted humans in the first place was quite boring to me. I had wished for something more shocking.
• Cara was contradictory. She was mad at her best friend for leaving her, but Cara left her even before that. She was "mad" that her parents weren't like other parents (hating eachother or whatever) but she loved that her family was so loving. I don't know. That was annoying.
• The probability that humans have the same DNA as an other species, millions of light years away, is 0 %. In my opinion it's completely unbelievable that humans and L'eihrs are almost the same even though they may come from the same ancestors.

What is it about?

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.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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