Book Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Title: Alienated (Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa Landers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Aliens, Romance
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Price: Php680 (Fullybooked Philippines) | $20.98 (The Book Depository)

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 discovered Alienated on YA Central, if I’m not mistaken. And then on that day I saw the book, I knew it was love at first sight. The cover totally captivated me! Well, I really have this very bad fetish with book covers, so I just… yeah. Anyway, going back… Ever since I saw the cover of this beautiful book, I’ve always wanted to read it. I’m anticipating so much and expecting a lot from this book. And I was like, I want this, once it hit the bookstore! But unfortunately, on its release day, our local bookstore didn’t carry the book not until April (I guess?). I was totally devastated! And I do not want to read it on ebook. I. Want. My. Actual. Copy! With my very own hands! On my shelf! So I had to wait a little longer. AND I finally bought it just last month, September (I know, I’m a loser). But even if I waited that long, my excitement to read the book didn’t die. I’m still so much into this one!
Okay, enough with the history. Let’s get to the actual review.
Alienated is being compared a lot with the American TV show Star-crossed. Well, I haven’t watched that one yet, so I’m not really sure. But if you like light and funny reads with touch of cute sci-fi-romance, suspense, and a little action – this one’s is for you!
Cara, the female protagonist of the story, is pretty, smart and a valedictorian of their school. When I started this, I really really really hoped that Cara will not be like any other female damsel in distress, whiney and annoying protagonist. And  yeah, I grew to like Cara’s character than from what I’ve expected. She is funny and not the dorky-type of valedictorian, which is why I like her! So because of her outstanding intelligence, Cara was selected to be the human host for the inter-galactic exchange student program with the planet called L’eihr. This planet is very advanced and they are much known for their extraordinary intelligence. You know, they can master a language in a week! Oh how I wish I can do that with my school exams!

And then we have, Aelyx (pronounced as A-licks), the male protagonist of the story; the very beautiful alien-being and the one who will be joining Cara in Midtown for the exchange thing. And yes, this guy is so gorgeous! My mind can’t process how beautiful he is. Lol. Unlike what we’ve usually known about alien appearances, these L’eihr people have the same DNA with the humans. So basically, they look so human except that they don’t have belly buttons; they have four-toe fingers and are very robotic. They’re very cold and don’t have too much emotions.
I actually didn’t read the synopsis of this book so I really have no idea what this book is all about except for the fact that there are aliens… and outer space.  So honestly, I’ve expected another dystopian world; another action packed world, after The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner and many more other mainstream dystopian novels. But to my surprise, it’s almost the exact opposite. It’s actually like a normal contemporary romance novel, except for the sci-fi and little action part.  It is a light read and quick phasing. I never got bored reading this one. In fact, if not for my school exams, I can finish this it in one sitting.
I really like how Aelyx’s character developed from the cold-robotic-alien to the very adorable handsome alien-but-so-human boy crush! The romance is really cute too! If you read shoujo mangas, and you know or already read L-DK or The Wallflower, wherein the male and the female leads live on the same roof, and you liked that kind of mushy romance, then I guess you’ll really like this. BECAUSE I DID! It’s just so cute. And you can feel and see the slow changes with Aelyx as he falls in love. And that’s another thing I liked with this book. It’s a 3rd person point-of-view with both Cara and Aelyx’s POV.
Of course, it’s not just romance, it’s sci-fi so… The conflict lies within the intertwined planets. So these alien exchange students don’t want to be allied with the humans and same thing goes with the earthlings; because alliance between Earth and L’eihr is the whole point of the exchange student program. Humans think that L’eihrs are bad people, and the new generation of L’eihr people also think that humans are cruel and not to be trusted. So the exchange students tried to sabotage the alliance, and these human beings also took action by protesting to the government and blah blah (I’m afraid I might spoil something, so…). So there’s the action, suspense and dystopian part. And it worked well for me! It’s actually breathtaking, especially on those few pages left!
What more can I say? Did it ever happen to you wherein you read a single line sentence for like 3 times over and over? Just because… you liked it, you liked what happened. I was like that! That’s maybe part of the reasons why I’ve spent longer time reading this. Lol. Overall, I freakin’ love this book! I love the cover. I love the story. I love Aelyx. I just love this book and it’s whole existence. I don’t know. Maybe, it’s because it’s the first “alien” book I’ve read and the cover, so I was hooked and got so much into this. But still, I liked all the twist and turns and I enjoyed this so much! Then there’s also the cliffhanger for the next book. I now have to wait a million light years for Invaded on its release next year.
So yes, I’m also planning to read Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series which is also about aliens. Aliens! I’ve heard and read a lot of good reviews about this and I want to give it a try.
PS: It’s already midnight, but I really want to finish this post. Haha! ╮(╯▽╰)╭

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