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Invaded is a sequel to be thankful for!

Book Review: Invaded by Melissa Landers

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Title & Author: Invaded (An Alienated Novel) by Melissa Landers

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Aliens

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Series: Alienated #2

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?”

Going Strong

Books with aliens always remind me of that Katy Perry song, E.T. “You’re not like the others/Futuristic lover…” In this case it applies, too. 🙂

(Oh my gosh, I said the same thing in my review of Alientated!! I’m crazy, what can I say?)

Invaded is the sequel to Alienated, which I fell in love with. Although I don’t see it listed on Goodreads yet, I’m almost 100 percent sure there will be at least a minimum of one more book in the series.

I was worried at first about Invaded. I knew going into it that the majority of the book, Aelyx and Cara would be apart. Usually that means that there will be trouble in paradise in the form of love triangles, which I dislike because it feels like a cheap ploy to keep readers interested.

All I’ll say is: Trust Melissa Landers. She knows what she’s doing.

I appreciated that Aelyx and Cara are separated for interesting reasons, too. Cara is on L’eihr as an ambassador of sorts, and Aelyx is still on Earth trying to help solidify L’eihr and Earth relations.

Things are getting more complicated, and there are a lot of bombshells thrown in to keep things moving. There’s actually quite a bit of mystery to the story, which kept my attention throughout the book.

Invaded is what a sequel should be – new ideas, characters and plot woven in with what’s been well established from book 1. Despite my apprehension, I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the story.

This may sound weird, but I feel like this book could actually feasibly take place if aliens existed and made contact with Earth (provided they have a humanoid form, i.e. hot teenage boys).


I’m ready and excited for the next sequel in the Alienated series! Thus far, the books have been full of science fiction fun and love. Invaded was no different, and I happily recommend it to fans of Alienated.

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.
  • I haven’t read Alieanated, but maybe I should. There just aren’t enough books about aliens if you ask me… Thanks for sharing this one 🙂

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I’m really glad to hear about how the romance fares – that’s the one thing I’m most concerned about! Now I’m even more excited to get my copy in the mail 😀