Author: Melissa Landers
Series: Book One in the Alienated Series
Published By: Disney Hyperion (February 4, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
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 huge on sci fi but even so I had to pick this one up, the cover alone was just something I couldn't ignore. Throw in the fact that the synopsis sounded like star crossed lovers and the simple fact that this is a debut novel and you have something nearly impossible to resist.
Did I mention that I am glad I picked this up, because I am and let me tell you, I wasn't so sure if I was going to love this even with all those pluses above I mentioned. I mean aliens? Yeah, you just never know what you are going to be in for.
I really enjoyed this. Even though there are aliens, more than anything it is a love story. A story about two people that overcome their differences (which, let's fact it are pretty huge) and learn to not only look past all the prejudices and become friends, but also to become more than friends, to really care about the other in a way they never thought possible, even when that means losing some of the people in their lives that they care about the most, just so they can be together.
I didn't go into this knowing it wasn't a stand alone and although there is no mention anywhere (yet) that there will be a sequel, with the way it ended it only leaves me to believe that there will be one, which I am happy about because I think there is more story to tell about Aelyx's planet and world and even with what will happen to Earth later on.
This was a good read, one that lets you completely get away and just have some fun reading something purely for enjoyment, some romance and a plot unlike others out there right now.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*