Hey it’s just Zoë here today, and I’m going to be reviewing Alienated by Melissa Landers, which I read a couple of days ago and loved.
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.
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 realises 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 loved this book. I thought it was really original and had an awesome storyline and plot. First of all, I think the cover is amazing. I love books which good covers because they make me love the a story a lot more and the design of this cover was perfect for the story. The novel contains the POV from both Aelyx and Cara which I thought was really fun as we got to see the POV of people from both planets and see how they react to each others environment and life.
“How can we understand what we’ve never experienced and adapt without making mistakes?”
The characters were all well developed because they were genuine, normal teens which were easy to relate to. Aelyx was a really well developed alien from a different planet and Cara was a really cool, competitive teen whom I really grew to love. One of the best things about the book was the development of Aelyx as he changed a lot through the book. I loved Aelyx and Cara together, and the Sweeney family because I thought they were really genuine and sweet. I loved getting to know the alienated planet L’eihr, because it was cool to see how it was developed and was really interesting. I did however think the last 50 pages were very rushed and had all of the action in them. So the last 5o pages did get a bit confusing but I still think it was a really good read and I cant wait to read the sequel.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy or romance and would recommend it to ages 12-16, for a really fun enjoyable read.
Thanks for reading, Zoë x