Saturday, January 25, 2014

ARC Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Author: Melissa Landers
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (February 4, 2014)

Description: Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

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.

My Thoughts: Cara Sweeney has been chosen to host an alien foreign exchange student for the coming school year. She was picked out of all the class valedictorians in the United States to host one of three L'eihr young people coming to Earth. While she is grateful to the L'eihr for providing the cancer cure that saved her mother's life, and, while she is eager for the generous college scholarship that hosting will provide, she doesn't want to be the one chosen. But Cara is competitive and, if she has to host a L'eihr, she is going to be the best host ever.

Aelyx is one of three L'eihr chosen by the Elders for the exchange program. He doesn't want to go to Earth and be surrounded by primitive, violent, unintelligent humans. He and his Aegis have hatched a plan to sabotage the intended alliance and nothing is going to stop him.

Aelyx doesn't know what to make of the loud, emotional, and demonstrative family he is placed with but Cara's kindness and determination to make him comfortable begin to grow on him. Unfortunately, many of the outside world including Cara's best friend and boyfriend belong to the political group that doesn't want an alliance and wants to expel the L'eihr from Earth. Watching Cara have to deal with the harassment of other students and watching her friends turn away from her was painful to read. Watching Aelyx and Cara fall in love was sweet though.

When the hidden reasons for the alliance are finally revealed, Aelyx and Cara have to fight for their relationship and for the fates of their planets.

This was an exciting science fiction story and great romance too.

Favorite Quote:
But she had a feeling Marcus would laugh his lacrosse pads off if he could see her now, slumped in the principal's wingback guest chair, mouth agape as she tried to form a coherent response to the "awesome news" Mr. Ferguson had just tossed into her lap like a live grenade.
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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