ARC Review: Alienated

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January 12, 2014 by Alice in Readerland

AlienatedTwo 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.

Special thanks to the publisher, Disney Hyperion, for sending me an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Alienated by Melissa Landers will arrive in stores on February 4th, 2014. 

As soon as I saw Alienated on Goodreads, I knew that I just had to read it. An alien exchange student? It sounded so fun, and the concept reminded me a bit of another YA book I enjoyed, Singing the Dogstar Blues. Plus, the cover is gorgeous (I even painted my nails to match it, you can see the pic at the bottom of this post)! When I got the ARC, I stared at the cover for a bit, and then my cat came and stared at it. Seriously.

Figment and Alienated

So here’s what I enjoyed about Alienated:

The Modernized Aliens-On-Earth Scenario

A lot of the books I have read that involve aliens are Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic or SciFi in space or the aliens are a “secret”, so I thought it was really cool to see how the author handled aliens coming down to modern-day Earth. The way the author used the protesters and the fangirls made me think that the scenarios really would be what it would be like if aliens came down to Earth now!

The Go-Getter

I loved what a go-getter the main character, Cara, was. She knew what she wanted, and she worked to get it. She had a lot of determination, and I appreciate that in a main character.

The Underlying Message

I loved the underlying message of acceptance in this story! I liked that it didn’t feel preachy or forced, but it definitely got the message across that you shouldn’t judge people before you get to know them.

Cynical Cindy Says

To be perfectly honest, this book wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I have some friends who I think would absolutely love this book, so I would not hesitate to recommend this to fans of the romance/scifi mix.

I loved the Alienated cover so much that I painted my nails to match it:

Alienated Nails

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14 thoughts on “ARC Review: Alienated

  1. Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain*** says:

    I like your nails! I’ve always had a thing for galaxy nails and the cover is really beautiful. I think this may be the third or fourth book I’ve heard of where aliens actually invade the earth and everyone knows about them. Cara sounds like a fantastic author, and I like how the author tackles the subject of an alien invasion realistically. Maybe I’ll give this one a try soon, great review, Alice! <33

  2. DoingDewey says:

    Wow, I love the matching nails! I think they’re even prettier than the cover :)

  3. I can’t wait to read this! It kind of reminds me of The Taking series by Melissa West and I loved her books. Love the nails btw :D

  4. Love your nails! I am pretty excited about this one. I love scifi and aliens and I love that you say there are protestors and fangirls. I can totally see humans really being like that if aliens were ever to join our society. Great review!

  5. Your nails are gorgeous! This book sounds really fun and I love the idea of an alien exchange student.

  6. Your nails look so pretty! That’s so cool how you matched it with the cover. I enjoyed this one, and I agree with you about Cara being a great main character. Awesome review :)

  7. Lesley Marie says:

    Alien fangirls? Lol! Anyways. I have been interested in this book for quite a while now, but because I never heard much about it, I kept forgetting to pick it up. However, now your review has etched the book into my brain :D I like the idea of a “go-getter” heroine and love the message of acceptance– messages like that really get to me. And you know, the alien fangirls sound sort of hilarious… Unless they aren’t. Which would be a bit disappointing but whatever.

    Great review! And I love your nails :)

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