Sunday, November 30, 2014

REVIEW: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Released: February 4, 2014
352 pages
Source: mine (I got it at the Buckeye Book Fair-- I met the author!)

Description: 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 Review: Oh. My. Glaciers. This book was amazing. I got it a few weeks ago at the Buckeye Book Fair when I met the author. (check it out!) she was great, and I had heard wonderful things about the book. I've heard wonderful things about the sequel too, and now I almost wish I hadn't read it yet, because the wait for the sequel is going to be intolerable!
This book is fantastic. It asks you to take one leap-- that aliens called the L'eihr have contacted Earth-- and everything else is completely real and believable. There is no unforeshadowed shark-jumping, no insta-love, no cardboard cutout characters. This is one of the best ya books from a new author I've read in quite a while. 
Major flaw-- this book is devastatingly entrancing. I sat down to start reading it and got up at 2 am, a little disoriented and a lot blown away. 

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