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Book Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers’ Alienated is a book you do not want to miss! Period!!

Book Review: Book Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Title & Author: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction – Aliens, Futuristic

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Series: Alienated #1

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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.”

It’s Supernatural

If all you can think about is Katy Perry’s song E.T., you’re not alone. And, it sort of applies to Alienated.

When Aelyx first comes to Earth, he’s miserable. The colors, the food and the people are overwhelming. On his home planet, everything is muted and quiet. Being able to communicate in each other minds helps, too.

And, even though Cara agreed to host Aelyx in her home for a foreign exchange project, she didn’t realize just how foreign the alien race L’eihrs would be.

As for me, there’s not much I didn’t like about Alienated. It was such an interesting read – there’s something so fascinating about getting to know someone who is totally different than you. You must overcome much just to try to understand different cultures and traditions and language.

I loved Cara and Aelyx’s journey to becoming friends…and maybe more.

Plus, the backdrop of political ramifications and future intergalactic partnerships added another layer of complications to their friendship.

Different Dimension

Normally, I can get a tad annoyed when books are set mainly in high school. As in, a ton if not most of the action is actually taking place inside the school. It always gives off a juvenile feel that I dislike.

A good amount of action in Alienated does play out in Cara’s high school, BUT I didn’t mind it at all. It goes beyond the typical mean girl/school caste system drama, and offers something relatable and important to the overall plot.

There is a lot of moving and changing and growing in the book, and I loved seeing it happen gradually and not all at once.

Plus, there is a HUGE set up for the next book. I appreciate seeing a big enough glimpse of what to expect in a sequel vs. going in totally blind. I seriously cannot wait to read the next book in the series.


If you’re science fiction-shy, this book is the perfect leap into the genre. It’s funny and smart and romance-filled. Alienated was a fantastic debut novel, and I am so excited to see where this series goes – highly recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.